Please allow me to introduce you to my first guest blogger on Will Run for Pasta! Her name is Bee and she blogs at The Spicy Bee. We met last month at the Portland Bloggers Meetup and she is super sweet! When she started talking about using baking soda and apple cider vinegar in hair care I knew we’d get along great! Like I mentioned yesterday, I wasn’t feeling well when the Pacific Northwest Blogger meetup came around, so I gave Bee my ticket, and this is her recap of the event for me.
Take it away Bee! (The following photos and words are all from Bee herself.)
I was recently bestowed the honor of going to the Pacific Northwest Blogger Holiday Party for Sarah from Will Run for Pasta as she fell ill last minute. I was especially excited for the venue of this holiday party–West Elm! Whole Foods provided food and drink and there were goodie bags filled with fun freebies from blogger sponsors attending the event. This even was led by The Paper Mama‘s Chelsey and had 75+ bloggers in attendance!
Chelsey welcomed us to the event, and the local Whole Food’s Sommelier introduced us to the bubbly being served that evening and the traditional method for opening champagne. The method is called sabering and involves using a sword to hack at a point in the neck of a bottle of champagne (after it’s been chilled for 48 hours beforehand and moved carefully, as to not shake it). One solid hack is administered, and the pressure of the champagne washes away any glass shards from the top of the bottle, meaning the champagne is safe to drink after being opened. He had personal experience attempting this method.
The nibbles from Whole foods included an array of cheese and meats, as well as a hummus plate and some veggies. For dessert, we had the gorgeous little pumpkin pie bites that are pictured above. They were delectable little 1-2 bite pies that had fudge and caramel to add to your liking. These were perfect for feeding such a large bunch and stayed together well all evening out on the tables.
The goodie bags themselves were provided by Whole Foods, and I enjoy using mine as a lunch bag for work or for a quick run to the grocery store. Inside there were bits and bobs from over 20 sponsors! (For a detailed list of sponsors click here). I especially enjoyed playing with the paper mustache (you may have seen the picture from my Weekend in Review post). Beyond the bags everyone received, there were more than 10 different raffles to attendees that tweeted from the event (#PNWBlogger, #WestElm, #WEPDX, etc.–one entry per tweet I believe). They raffled everything from photo sessions to Levi jeans!
All in all, this event was a major success and a joy to be a part of! A hugenormous thank you, again, to Sarah for her generosity in sharing her ticket with me! I hope that if you find yourself able to attend a Pacific Northwest Blogger Event that you do. It is a fabulous networking opportunity and goodies will likely abound!