The Ins & Outs of The Hello Social

February 5, 2013

The Hello Social

Wow! I am still catching up from Alt Summit and am so happy to finally share the details of The Hello Social! This party was in the works for quite some time, and now that’s it’s over, I’m so happy we did it! It was created for all new attendees to Alt Summit but lots of veterans showed up too! Melissa and I were absolutely overwhelmed by the turnout. Lots of people! At West Elm! At a party we threw! Heck yeah!

It was held at the beautiful new West Elm in the City Creek Shopping Center in SLC. Now, I have been to a lot of West Elms. I love them. I feel a kinship to that store. And Salt Lake City was breathtaking. They have a gorgeous loft in the middle of the store and decor from floor to ceiling. I have to admit, I was more interested in stealing some cake plates than setting up for the party! Good thing I’m an honest person and was taught to never steal. No matter how much you want to….. ;)

We worked very closely with the store manager, Liz, and the rest of the staff to get all of the details ironed out. Those people know just what they’re doing and they become instant friends with you! They were so fun to hang out with at the event, and afterward during the cleanup! Good conversations were had.

The Hello Social

Now, there are a LOT of photos and there is a LOT of information below. I suggest you read on. :)

 Smilebooth was there! Did we tell you that?!? Every party should have a photobooth and this one was super fun. Melissa made a bunch of signs, and Holly from Say Hello Shop created this magnet board to convey messages! (If you were at the party, view your photos here.)

The Hello Social

The Hello Social

The Hello Social

A few photos snagged from the #hellosocial instagram feed. Go check that out! It’s fun to see what everyone was up to!

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 photo via Patti Murphy

The Hello Social

Culinary Crafts was amazing and sent us two caterers to help with keeping the food stocked. Those guys rocked my world. They were so helpful and we made sure they got some snacks on their way out!

The Hello Social

People. The weather was FREEZING. So we had a hot chocolate bar with the most delicious chocolate sticks provided by The Ticket Kitchen. You know, the famous company who invented hot chocolate on a stick? Genius. Delicious. Dangerous. All in one. I made sure to take a stick or two for myself. There were four flavors to choose from: Vanilla Mint, Bolivian Bittersweet, Spiced Ginger, and Belgian Milk. All were super tasty, but I was partial to the bittersweet. We had several syrups and toppings to add so people were making mega hot chocolates. It was so awesome!

The Hello Social

A party without food is like a circus without elephants. You need ‘em! Les Madeleines (a renowned bakery in SLC famous for making everything from scratch) generously provided the treats at The Hello Social. They’re most famous for their Kouing Aman which was DE-licious. Guys, I’d never had it before. I’m not that classy. I grew up in a farmy town. And the goodies from the bakery were so phenomenal that I’m crying as I type these words. There were Cinnamon Scones. There was Monkey Bread. There was Pain Au Chocolate. And there were French Macarons. It was an event for bloggers so, naturally, the macarons went first. Chef Romina definitely knows how to work a pastry. If you happen to live in or are visiting Salt Lake City, stop by Les Madeleines and say “hello” to the fantastic people over there. Click here to view their menu! Classy stuff! I’m ready to go back and order more Pain Au Chocolat. Give me a chocolate croissant anyday.

Sarah Fritzler is the awesome designer behind our invitation. She was extra awesome and created little tent cards identifying all of the treats and goodies. The girl is talented!

The Hello Social

Geronimo Balloons for The Hello Social

And let’s just talk about Geronimo Balloons and how utterly awesome they are. Jihan is fantastic and donated these MEGA balloons for the bash! The fringe was seriously so fun to play with. We attached them to giant dowel sticks and placed them all over the store. They made fun props for photos!

The Hello Social

We made sure to give out favors to our attendees! The first 125 through the door got one of these awesome bags filled with all the goods below:

The Hello Social

That telephone print was made by Erika of Foxtrot Press. It’s very high quality and is oh so cute when framed! Those wooden hello signs were given to every blogger by Holly of Say Hello Shop. You can paint them, but I’m partial to the natural look. Vintage Whites included some shopping passes for the market in March! Guys, they are on the map! They have a super fun event planned with Ruche next month! Those two heart prints are by Caravan Shoppe! Alma & Melanie (the designers) shared their versions of the same type of project! We gave some awesome temporary tattoos designed by Kristie Garner. I’m wearing mine today! And Vintage Confections gave everyone a coupon to buy some pretty fancy candy. I maybe took a handful of those coupons for myself.

The Hello Social

The Hello Social

Everybody got a cute “hello”-themed pencil and Wishy Washi Tape gave everyone a roll of washi tape! I know. I know. Blogger’s dream gift, right?

The Hello Social

The Hello Social Totes by Whimsybags

We also had these sturdy “hello” totes from Whimsybags! We gave these out to all of the staff at West Elm and as a “thank you” to a few other contributors! We filled them with more of the goodies in our other favor bags and people loved them! They’re so pretty. Brittni used hers throughout Alt to carry all of the goods she was receiving!

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More Insta shots from the feed.

The Hello Social

 Look at all these cuties in the Smilebooth!

The Hello Social Smilebooth

 Even the girls from Craft Lake City stopped by to check it out!

The Hello Social

 Michelle Edgemont and Jenny Solar doin’ their thang.

The Hello Social Smilebooth

Oh man. These girls were my fave. Brittni, Ashley, and Kelly pictured here using mustache forks from Sucre Shop!

Hello Tote for The Hello Social by Michelle Dwight

We had a few awesome door prizes that were given away to randomly selected winners.

Michelle Dwight gave this adorable pillow to one lucky attendee! She also donated this cute pillow too!

Little French Bakery donated a super sweet baguette pan! If you wanted to be French, now’s your chance.

West Elm was even more awesome than possible and donated three adorable screen printed tote bags. Again, wanted to steal, but didn’t.

Cricut was totally awesome and donated three THREE Cricut machines! What the?!?! Tan of Squirrelly Minds was one of those lucky winners and created a short video on the Vine app to show her awesome prize!

Amy Sullivan donated one of her lovely prints!

For The Makers blew us away and donated four make boxes to four lucky attendees! For The Makers is a subscription service that sends you boxes in the mail filled with supplies to make charming DIY projects! Why do I want to steal everything?!

The Hello Social

See those cute “hi” stickers? They were created by Emily of Sparrow Nest Script specifically for everyone attending. Who doesn’t love stickers? She followed our invitation design (designed by the wonderful Sarah Fritzler!) and printed out these adorable stickers that I had a hard time letting go of. Emily had so many fun designs it was hard to choose which one we wanted. I mean, take a look at this colorful stationery!

Guys. I’m going to tell you something bad. I planned to order wooden utensils weeks before the event. I even had the window open on my computer to checkout. And you know what? I never completed the order. And then a few days before I left for SLC, I realized that I never ordered them. Enter: emotional meltdown. Seriously. My poor husband. He got the brunt of most of my planning-stress. We were totally in a bind. And guess who stepped in and saved me! Brooke from Sucre Shop! I will forever hold her in my highest esteem. She was a total lifesaver and sent enough forks and spoons for everyone to enjoy. And they were decorative! I was just going to order plain and boring wooden utensils, and she sent us super cute ones! Shut the front door. <—- That’s what I said. Visit Brooke’s shop to check out all the cute party utensils she has to offer. That girl is my fave.

The Hello Social

Kristie Garner designed these little questionnaires to help all the bloggers start some convos! Complete with a few challenges to help meet new people, these were definite ice-breakers.

Sucre Shop Wooden Utensils for The Hello Social

 The utensils. In all their glory.

Questionnaire for The Hello Social designed by Kristie Garner

Hello Social Sponsor Card designed by Sarah Khandjian

To make sure each attendee knew who rocks, Sarah Khandjian of Sarah Hearts created these sponsor cards to give to each attendee. We could not have had such a rockin’ event without everyone who contributed! So if you went to The Hello Social, please reach out to these guys and give them a virtual hug or shout out! They totally deserve it!

A HUGE thanks to all of our sponsors and contributors! We could not have created this event without any of you!

Now, I am going to go sleep until March…

photo creds: all photobooth photos by Smilebooth, Instagram shots pulled from app, pillow from Michelle Dwight Designs, all other photos by The Proper Pinwheel

23 thoughts on “The Ins & Outs of The Hello Social

  1. anne

    Lexy! Congratulations! This looks like an incredible party. And I’m so excited to see Kristie Garner’s stuff in there (she’s a friend of me and my husbands)! Oh man, totally wishing I could have been there. :)

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Thanks, Anne!!! It’s so funny that you know Kristie. I love how we are all connected out here in Denver. :) Now let’s hang out!

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Mandy!!! I’m sad you couldn’t be there, but I am SO glad we got to meet! PLUS get a picture together in an awesome swan!

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Oh you little sweet thing. Thank you! It’s always hard when you throw these things because you never get to see the whole big picture as it is going on. Glad you had a great time! :)

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  2. Mindy

    I had SO much fun at the Hello Social, and it was great to already recognize some faces when Alt started the next day. Thank you for doing this Lexy and Melissa, and thank you to West Elm and all the sponsors who contributed. I hope to see you all again next year!

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Awe, thanks, Mindy!!! I’m so happy you came and that we were finally able to meet! I’ve stalked you for so long!

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Oh thanks, Rach!!! It was a TON of work, but I’m so glad we did it! It was worth it to make sure that everyone had a great time!

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  3. Miranda

    This was seriously so much fun and set the tone for my whole weekend at Alt. Thank you so much for all of the work that went into the details and making it wonderful. If you need help next year, let me know. I’d be happy to be involved!

    xo Miranda

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Miranda!!!!! That is so nice of you to say. I’m glad you were able to go and that it helped as an ice-breaker! We’ll definitely keep you in the loop for next year! :)

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