BAKE TIME: 15 MINUTES
Fifteen minutes, guys! That’s how long we had to turn this hotel ballroom from a totally blank canvas to a fully decorated “party” for the Krusteaz Cookie Swap Session at the 2015 International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in Seattle.
I’ve styled my fair share of quick-turn events, but this teensy set-up window was definitely a new challenge for me! I mean, I can barely get myself presentable in 15 minutes, and this room had 10+ tables, gift bags for every chair, a cookie buffet, a stage, etc. But how boring would life be without challenges, right? ;)
Making this happen meant being super aggro about getting all the details done & organized ahead of time (including having the helium tank delivered straight to my hotel room the day before & stuffing gift bags until 2am with the much-appreciated help of Toni and Scarlett!). Thankfully, there were plenty of hands on deck for the morning set-up, because I was at this conference with the rest of the Krusteaz Baker’s Dozen and some of the 360 PR team. Together, we
frantically threw placed the table runners, centerpieces, craft supplies, and gift bags onto the tables + got all the giant balloons & banners in place.
DO TRY THIS AT HOME ;)
Despite the chaotic morning (this session started a little after 10am), I’m so glad it came together in the end, because now I have all this fun cookie party & crafting inspiration to share with you! Speaking of which… you can also find all the free printables that I designed for this event right here.
TRAVEL THEME + SAVOR THE MOMENT
Since our session had both a travel twist and a “Savor the Moment” theme, I scoured HomeGoods for inexpensive travel and clock themed decor. I picked up a mix of anchors, sailboats, airplanes, hourglasses, etc, and gave them all “crafty makeovers” with acrylic paint, custom paper details, and other embellishments:
See the “Before” of the above anchor here. (more…)
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