Woot! Woot! On Wednesday we held our cactus coloring party to celebrate our new Cactus Coloring Book and YOU GUYS! It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. From the food to the workshops, to the workshops leaders (Alana Jones-Mann and Cassidy Tuttle), to the location, to the people in attendance. I have no words! Let me tell you all about it!
“And YOU get a coloring book…and YOU get a coloring book…and YOU get a coloring book…”
We held our party at Cactus and Tropicals, a local nursery in Draper. When I was envisioning how I wanted the evening to go, I knew I wanted something among plants and foliage. Cactus and Tropicals was the PERFECT location for us. It’s full of the most lovely cacti and succulents and since they often host weddings they were already equipped for our event.
Now, for food, Pete from The Mighty Baker, Food Network’s Cake Wars Winner, Season 3, Halo, make their Raspberry Bakewell tarts and sugar cookies with vanilla Italian buttercream. Yum!
Cookies and jam-filled madeleines!
We partnered with Orson Gygi once again who provided all the serving wares for the event like the cute cups, plates, and straws. Orson Gygi is the best food and restaurant supply company in the area and they are always so gracious with us. And you! In fact, they are giving Lars readers 15% off their entire site with code “CACTUSLOVE”. Wahoo!
A brand new churro company made its debut at our event. San Diablo makes artisan filled churros are freshly made by hand on demand. They fill them with your choice of sweet decadence like the traditional dulce de leche, Nutella, or sweetened condensed milk or specialty seasonal flavors like pumpkin cheesecake, caramel apple and chocolate ganache. I LOVED their Diablo flavor, which has a nice kick to it. (And psst! They’ll be serving San Diablo churros at Thanksgiving Point’s Cornbelly’s harvest festival this Thursday-Sunday!).
Sarah, a former intern on the left above, planned the whole party. She’s the best! She executes everything so beautifully and with a smile and grace. I cannot speak more highly of her!
Below, full prep mode before the event. Mary, who has been running operations around here, gets down and dirty, and intern, Jayne, perfects the cactus balloons.
I, too, got down and dirty prepping for the event by installing the coloring page mural. We printed out a huge file of a page from the Cactus Coloring Book, and put one page on a huge board, and then cut another one up in pages so that everything could work on it from the tables and then attach it when they were done.
As you know, we love a good pun.
Ok! Now time for the workshops. I kicked it off with the paper plant workshop.
We worked with scrapbook company Stampin’ Up, who provided all the lovely shades of cardstock paper as well as sets of markers for each attendee and Orson Gygi provided the bowls that we placed the plants in.
If you’re interested in making your own, the workshop was based on this tutorial.
Next on the agenda was Alana Jones-Mann, who we flew in from Los Angeles for the day to teach her famous Cactus cupcake tutorial, which you’ve probably seen floating around the blogosphere, no doubt. She’s a making genius! The work she produces is so clever and impeccable. And she teaches all of it on her blog and YouTube channel.
Orson Gygi provided the sprinkles and other kitchen ware to make the baking happen! And yes, Alana traveled with one suitcase that was full of buttercream frosting. Ha! TSA must have had a field day with that one.
I’m absolutely no baker, but I will say that the cupcakes didn’t appear TOO hard to make 😉 Actually, they are quite easy. And stay tuned! We filmed a tutorial for our YouTube channel!
The newly appointed cactus cupcake bakers took the cutest shots of the their artwork. Lookie! And take a full look at the hashtag #CactusColoringParty
After the two workshops, more party goers came and were greeted with Cassidy Tuttle, succulents expert extraordinaire of Succulents and Sunshine, who took us on a tour of Cactus and Tropicals, and taught us all about how to care for our succulents and cactus.
Cassidy gave a potting demo on the proper way to plant succulents. She taught us tricks on how to know if they are healthy or not. So educational! I need SO much help with mine! I love how the coloring page mural turned out. We printed out a huge page and cut it into pieces so that everyone could work on it from their own tables. The markers from Stampin Up were the perfect palette for it.
We sold coloring book kit in bags that we hand dyed.
And one of my favorite elements were these custom designs from Thread Wallets for the event. They took one of our coloring pages and turned it into their wallets. How rad, huh?! LOVE how they turned out! Each person in attendance received one. They are designed to put your important cards in their elastic type fabric. They hold well enough so that they don’t fall out. And you can stick your keys on them. So easy!
These are the items that we offered in the swag bags or as giveaways. Everyone received our Cactus Coloring Book, Dokki Paper provided their adorable cactus pens and stickers, Marigold and Mars provided the hand- stitched yellow felt banners, Stampin Up provided markers, Hello Lucky provided their cactus cards (I love them so much!). Additionally, we made some cactus related photobooth props.
Thank you to everyone who made this party possible! It was such a lovely event and it took a village. I just showed up and enjoyed the evening. A huge thank you to Sarah Bills and Mary Nielson for making it happen along with all our partners who provided some lovely items.