After 3 years I FINALLY had the chance to host the Celebrate Conference again on the 7th June, back at the beautiful Deckhouse Venue.
This day brought the industry together for a day of inspiration….networking…connection and learning
It was an event that was so needed….after the challenges of the last 2 years….to help support vendors in our industry to RISE up !
I’m so pleased to be able to share the stunning photos with you and all the details of this amazing day!
Thanks goes to Mary Ronis Events for styling this event and an array of vendors who gave their time and talent for the decor of this event along with supporting it and sponsoring it. Please view the vendor list at the end of this post for all the credits:
We had a range of amazing guest speakers for the day. Here is a few of them!
The decor for the day came to life thanks to a team of amazing vendors! Here are some of the team involved!
The theme of the day was RISE which was lit up in lights thanks to LIT Letter Lights, surrounded by gorgeous balloons by Balloons by Des. How amazing does it look from the back of the room at the stunning DEDES Waterfront Venue – The Deckhouse?!
Guests were greeted by an entertainer from Pistachio Entertainment and how colourful and fun does she look?!
On her tray she had all the welcome badges for our attendees – handmade in stunning acrylic by Lavorato Designs:
The badges had attendees names and business name and the design was created to link to the RISE theme and the sun rays design which was seen throughout the decor:
Our tables were beautifully styled by Mary Ronis Events to create a gorgeous place for our attendees to enjoy the day!
Starting with stunning table cards with beautiful gold foiling by Eve&Co:
Each place setting had stunning hand made keyrings by The Little Shindig Shop with fun tassels. These keyrings with the Celebrate Conference logo made beautiful mementos for the day:
We also had cookie mix bottles from Sweet Health with gorgeous labels by Eve&Co:
Each attendee was also gifted with an INCREDIBLE gift box by Complete St Co. More photos later of the details inside!
Silk Flora created beautiful floral centrepieces for half of the tables and Balloons by Des created gorgeous jumbo balloons on the other half of the table centrepieces:
Now to the backdrop which can only be described as MAGNIFICENT!! Mary Ronis Events created the concept for this stunning setup which executed perfectly by our vendors!
Belle Events provided all the gorgeous backdrop panels in custom colours. Eve&Co created a sun ray decal applied to one of the panels to work in with the theme. Lavorato Designs created the beautiful Celebrate 22 acrylic sign.
Pretty Bangin’ Balloons created the burse of colours with the stunning balloons
Silk Flora were the genius behind the incredible florals on the day and they were beyond stunning!
Just look at the stunning colours of these silk florals by Silk Flora!!
Mastello Creations created a true work of art with her cake and Lavorato Designs created the gorgeous cake topper. The details are truly stunning
This setting made the perfect photo backdrop for SO many photos throughout the day and our photographer, Jade of Hipster Mum Photography captured all the photos.
We had a special area setup with some of our magazines printed in hard copy for people to view and also to take photos of with any issues of the magazine they were in!
The ghost cart from Belle Events was the perfect setting to display the magazines:
Perfect Print Co created this STUNNING set of books showcasing Life’s Little Celebrations, The Celebrate Society, Celebrating Little Ones and the Celebrate Conference. How beautiful did they look?!
Such stunning quality and clear print by Perfect Print Co:
The area for these photos was created with a neon backdrop from Baby Got Backdrop Hire, a panel from Belle Events and balloons from Balloons by Des.
We had a thank you banner for our sponsors also created for this photo area and printed by Jo’s Signs by Design:
Our members enjoyed taking snaps here of their business inside the magazine!
The day started off with some mingling where everyone was in groups and had to follow each other on Instagram:
I then welcomed everyone to the event and thanked all involved and….one of my favourite parts of the day….I had everyone APPLAUD themselves for making it through the last 2 years. We really took a moment to acknowledge what we had achieved as an industry by overcoming the challenges and now being ready to RISE for the future.
Then there were the speakers which was such an integral part of the day. Although we had beautiful views to enjoy, and stunning decor, and food throughout the day….the day isn’t about the food and venue. The food is about the learning, the inspiration and the networking!
Wendy El-Khoury of Wedded Wonderland was the perfect keynote speaker to start of the Conference as she blew us away with her marketing tips. To be honest – this presentation alone was worth the cost of the conference ticket as she fit a whole days worth of knowledge into 1 hour!
After morning tea we had the amazing Racha of Willow Tree Events who is a true inspiration in our industry. Coming all the way from Melbourne, Racha presented on pricing strategies and instagram, and later in the day also ran an instagram audit session!
Throughout the day the AMAZING Sarah Osmotherly was the perfect MC keeping us laughing and entertained. Truly there is no better MC than Sarah and she created the fun vibe for the day!
We then had amazing PANEL sessions followed by 2 afternoon sessions by Racha of Willow Tree Events and Bianca of On-Point Planning Co.
On this panel we had Bianca of On Point Planning Co, Emily of Pistachio Entertainment, Dalia of Tiny Tots Event Hire and Alysia of Alysia Bridger events who gave us their thoughts on some hot topics in the industry and shared their ideas on customer service, social media and more!
The next panel focused on branding and some general questions and we had Andrea of Tutu Du Monde, Rob of Five Star Party Co, Kathryn of Event Law and Eliza of Copper Fork Cakes:
Throughout the presentations there were lots of laughs…questions….and lightbulb moments!
Every attendee walked away not only with inspiration, ideas and new connections…but a gift box itself worth the price of the ticket!
The gift box was created by Complete St co:
Inside many amazing vendors provided delicious and handmade items
It truly was an incredible day which we all needed after 2 hard years! So many have said they cannot wait until next year!
This day wasn’t about the food…the views…the venue….it was about the amazing speakers, connections and inspiration…and I know so many walked away with practical tips, new networks and feeling inspired!!
VENDORS: with special thanks to
Mary Ronis Events
Dedes Waterfront Group
Hipster Mum Photography
Florals: Backdrop and tables
Balloons: main backdrop
Pretty Bangin’ Balloons
Props: Backdrop panels, ghost cart, plinth
Balloons: Table balloons, garland around RISE letters, garland for photo area
Balloons by Des
Acrylics: Name Badges, backdrop sign, cake topper
Paperie: All design, Table placecards
Eve & Co
The Little Shindig Shop
Celebrate Gift Boxes
Custom Celebrate Books: Set of 4
Perfect Print Co
Cookie Mix Bottles on Table
Welcome Entertainer/Name badge tray
Neon backdrop panel
Baby got Backdrop Hire
RISE Letter Lights
LIT Letter Lights
Gift box contents thanks to:
Yesterday I held a gorgeous mini-masterclass with Mary Ronis and I thought it was about time I shared some pictures and details with you of our Celebrate conference from back in May – long overdue!
On May 27 I was delighted to host the 2nd “Celebrate” conference in Sydney. We had vendors from all around Australia – flying in from Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane and even one business owner who flew in from New Zealand – along with many fabulous Sydney based business owners.
Each of these attendees were able to enjoy and soak in some wonderful learnings and ideas from our experienced speakers. Sydney put on a beautiful day where the sun was shining and attendees could enjoy water views and views of the harbour bridge from our venue at The Deckhouse in Woolwich.
In this post I will share snaps of the day, thanks to our photographer Captured by Kirri.
A special thanks to the wonderful Shelley of Paper Face Party who styled and created the florals for the day and assisted with the concept of the look and feel of the venue! Links to all vendors involved can be found at the end of this post.
The day kicked off bright and early at 8:30am and as attendees arrived they picked up these gorgeous name tags by Eve and Co Stationery which were created for each attendee with their name and business name to assist in the mingling and networking process:
As part of the day I wanted to encourage the attendees to be able to connect and get to know the other businesses attending – so as part of that we had a table where everyone could leave their business cards and take others home! Signage was also by Eve and Co Stationery:
As we only had 2 hours to setup – we decided to keep the setup simple, stylish and sophisticated without going too over the top! I always want Celebrate conference attendees to feel as though they have stepped into an inspiring space for the day that they can relax in – away from their busy lives!
Attendees each received a swag bag filled to the brim with items from Life’s Little Celebration members! The bags came all the way from Perth thanks to Chumblebee Chumblebee and they looked *so* swish! Attendees were really spoilt with the contents of edible items and partyware inside.
Another special touch were the acrylic signs with 3D gold lettering that we used as part of the centrepieces – thanks to Alison Caroline Designs ! All the gorgeous florals were by Shelley of Paper Face Party:
The front of the venue was styled with mesh props from The Treasure Room and balloon decor by Jess of Floating Designs. The large acrylic sign was by Alison Caroline Designs.
We wanted to create lovely pops of colour and something which was on-trend and sophisticated while still being fun (and quick to set up in our very short time frame) !
One of the main focuses of the day of course was the knowledge shared by our valuable speakers. Our speakers were so open to questions and to talking to attendees before or after their session as well giving people an opportunity to gain some one on one information.
Sarah Cichy of Piccolo PR shared her PR tips as well as valuable information on how to get influencers to feature your products. She also spoke about the importance of knowing and sharing your brand story.
Mary-Anne Amies of Wise-up Marketing smashed out an amazing session covering everything social media. Her session was filled with practical “apply-now” tips and she also emphasised the huge importance of sharing the”real” you on social media in order to connect with your followers and showing more of the process and behind the scenes of your business to help your customers get to know your business and understand what they are paying for.
Belinda Bow was the perfect presenter for our after lunch session – with her vibrant personality she got us inspired on the topic of Marketing. She also got everyone up and talking during her “workshop” activity where people had to partner up to speak to others in the room about what their business was “really” about.
Everyone was a little star struck when Katherine Sabbath presented and shared her story as well as her must-know tips and lessons she has learned along the way. Katherine was very generous also with her time, speaking to many afterwards and delighting many by bringing along her pop-up book for us to view.
The day was truly a wonderful day of learning AND connection. It was a great day of people putting faces to names and building new relationships! Here are some photo of our attendees meeting and mingling:
As part of the day we setup a fun photobooth also using props from The Treasure Room, Balloons from Floating Designs and photo props from Ruby Rabbit Partyware and Alison Caroline Designs. This area was used to get some fabulous shots of our attendees!
After all the inspiration from the day I wanted attendees to take home a concrete piece of inspiration and hence this year we set up a “Quote Bar” with gorgeous quote cards by Eve and Co stationery in gold foil lettering for each attendee to choose 2 from:
I was truly so happy with how Celebrate went after many months of planning! It was truly such a wonderful atmosphere and people walked away with valuable knowledge and ideas to apply to their business, while also making new connections and enjoying some time to work “on” their business.
It is hard to summarise ALL the valuable information presented however one of the main themes which came through in all the presentations was ways to be authentic in your business. They all emphasised the importance of building real connections and also humanizing your brand – whether it be through social media, marketing or PR! This was not “planned” however the fact that all speakers had this common thread showed the importance of this area of our business.
Some of the testimonials from the day included:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the day! A beautiful venue & setup, fab networking opportunities, plus informative & engaging speakers. Tanya organised a well planned & positive day for industry people across Australia to attend. Excellent 5 star day!”
“Well done Tanya on organising yet another A class event. I have come away so motivated, inspired and focused. The speakers were very knowledgeable, yet so real and humble. Spending the day with so many talented and supportive business women was such a highlight. Sign me up for next year!!!”
“The perfect event for those in the party industry to be inspired to take their business to the next level!”
“What an amazing day it was and I felt very inspired being in the same room as other vendors who are way bigger than I am! I took away a lot of valuable information that will help me grow my business.”
At the end of the event attendees also walked away with their swag bag filled with goodies from our Life’s Little Celebration members:
So to end with…I want to thank all those who attended and were a part of this event! A huge thank you to our sponsors as well as those who contributed to the day and to the swag bags! Celebrate couldn’t occur to the high level it does without your support!
So will there be another one in 2019? Watch this space!
Styling and florals: Paper Face Party
Photos: Captured by Kirri
Graphic Design: Pretty and Print
Props: The Treasure Room
Partyware/photobooth props: Ruby Rabbit Party
Name badges, quote cards, signage: Eve and Co Stationery
Balloons: Floating Designs
Centrepiece acrylic toppers and acrylic sign for backdrop: Alison Caroline Designs
Swag bags: Chumblebee Chumblebee
Tickets close this Sunday night for the CELEBRATE conference day event – so now is the time to ensure you don’t miss out on this special event for all small business owners with a business relating to parties, events, cake decorating or handmade decor!
If you’re looking for:
- – a chance to connect with other vendors in your industry
- – practical and valuable business tips relevant to your type of business in your industry from experts: Katherine Sabbath, Belinda Bow, Mary-Anne Amies and Sarah Cichy
- – answers to questions you have in areas of social media marketing, PR, branding and general business growth
- – a refreshing day out in a beautiful venue and delicious food
then…truly this is the day for you!
Held on Sunday May 27th at The Deckhouse in Woolwich, Sydney – the day will be *filled* with value to ensure you get the most out of taking a day away from your families & commitments to be there.
This event will not be recorded and may not be held again in 2019 so now really is the time to take advantage of this opportunity!
We have vendors flying in from around Australia to attend and all attendees will be in a private facebook group to ensure you can introduce your business even before the event and connect and support each other going forward!
So head HERE to find out more and book your seat!
Are you wanting to connect with other business owners in your industry and make new connections with your industry peers? Are you looking for some practical business tips and tools specifically for your business within the baking or event industry? Are you needing some business inspiration relevant for your particular business?
If so then the Celebrate Conference is for YOU! It is on again for small business owners in the event or baking industry bringing you a gorgeous day away in a fabulous venue with amazing speakers and a room full of your industry peers who “get” your business!
Earlybird tickets are now open ONLY until the end of March so don’t miss your chance to grab one now and take advantage of the special price! Find more details here about who is speaking, the venue and testimonials from the last Celebrate!
My suggestion? Book your ticket now before you forget as the month will fly by and I wouldn’t want you to miss your chance to take advantage of the Earlybird price
Find more information here!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Celebrate is back again in 2018 and earlybird tickets and payment plans are now OPEN for a *limited time*! Find more details here:
Are you a business owner wanting to network and connect with others who are in the same industry as you?
Are you looking for a fabulous event where you can be inspired, hear from experienced speakers and take away some key tips to apply to your event or baking business?
Are you wanting to invest in a day with amazing company, enjoying gorgeous views, delicious food all while working ON your business?
Then book yourself away for the ultimate business conference day for this industry on Sunday 27th May in Sydney at The Deckhouse in Woolwich (just 10min from Ryde with easy parking). Joining us this year is Katherine Sabbath, Sarah Cichy, Mary-Anne Aimes and Belinda Bow – discussing everything from building your small business in this industry, gaining exposure, attracting your ideal client and nailing your website and social media! You will also be able to enjoy structured networking activities to ensure you get to meet some new faces and contacts!
Earlybird tickets are now available and payment plans have also opened for a limited time (payment plans must be started by the end of February)
You can see more details and book yourselkf a ticket here.
Look forward to celebrating with you there!