Cheap Sally Party & Collective Bias
Best Party at Blogher 2011 This Year!
That is simple!! The #CheapSallyParty! It was slated to be the best party – that can be a bit scary! Expectations are high! But guess what? There was no question. Hands down, this was the best party – and not by our accounts…. but by almost everyone who attended! Collective Bias sent me to Blogher (loved it! I’ve never been to San Diego in CA before.. now I know why people love it so much!) this year as their photographer for several events. I was primarily behind the camera lens this trip, but had plenty of pictures with me in them too.
The atmosphere was amazing! We had the entire Stingree Nightclub to ourselves. Three floors of awesomeness!
There were food stations, plenty of drink stations and no problems finding a place to sit, talk and relax.
The rooftop was the highlight of the party! We couldn’t have had better weather if we had ordered and paid for it!
The Brands had exposure in the cabanas that gave them plenty of attention, but they weren’t in your face. This was Collective Bia’s cabana – our community of bloggers is called Social Fabric.
Aren’t our Collective Bias pillows awesome! Love them!
Udi’s Gluten Free Food gave us a loaf of their bread in our swag bags. They also gave us some granola. Later that night I sat in my room and worked… I was starved. I opened up the loaf of bread, fully expecting some terrible tasting stuff (I don’t eat gluten free… can you tell?) I was completely shocked to discover it was moist, tasty and I really liked it. I didn’t have anything to put on it, like butter or jelly… and didn’t miss it. I ate some more the next morning along with the granola (dry) and enjoyed that too. Totally recommend this.
Doesn’t this look cool? I’d love to try out some of those pans… they look nice.
I also loved that they gave away all the items they were displaying there to a local food pantry that helps the homeless. Really … so much cooler than giving it away to the bloggers (we get so much at these conferences)
The Bloggers were able to go and visit and talk sitting on comfy couches, pick up awesome swag at the cabanas as well as in their swag bags on their way out.
Cheap Sally announced an awesome giveaway! I mean … really awesome!! The Cheap Sally Bring Home The Bacon Contest!!
They are having a contest and the winner will get a contract for a year – to write one blog post a week on the Cheap Sally blog for $100,000 for the year! Can you say OMG!!
This is Brian Markley (a Top Chef and owns two restaurants in San Diego) beginning the announcement for Cheap Sally Bring Home the Bacon Contest.
We had several of our bloggers interview Brian at the beginning of the party. Melissa had him laughing!
Ok.. I wanted a picture too.
One of the things I LOVE about any blogging conference is when we can meet people in real life that we are used to just talking to online.
One of my favorite people to meet in real life was Lily @MiliaryFamof8. I discovered that Lily is extremely shy and wasn’t real happy that I was taking her picture. But she is SO giving, has such a loving and giving spirit and looked absolutely hot! Her hubby bought her outfit for her to wear and she was very uncomfortable. She had not been to other blogging conferences and has a comfort behind the computer.. not in front of it (not unusual at all for many bloggers). But she got to meet many people from Social Fabric… how could you not love her?
Check out her shoes! Aren’t they great!!
Here are Amy’s shoes… love them too.
Again at the end of the party with Kate Berg
Sears Style had a booth and the ambassadors that went shopping (that post will be coming soon). They were manning the booth and handing out some awesome swag too! Don’t they look great?
And more.. I’m excited about the age defining cream (I can use all the help I can get you know!)
Liz from Smarties is the bomb! Can you imagine being a 5th generation candy maker and looking like this? I think I’d be a two ton tessy if it were me!
She made a swag for her booth using the candy necklaces! lol
We also discovered that you can put Smarties into a Martini and it was dubbed the Smartini! Can I tell you that when your drink is gone… eating the martini soaked Smarties… was the highlight!
There was also Smartie appetizers all over! (yum)
The evening was beautiful…
Ken Barnett and his wife were there. Ken is the CEO of MARS Advertising.
Lifetime Moms was one of the sponsors
I don’t know who this is, but they were sitting in the Lifetime Moms area… and I love this peach dress! I felt like she looked so beautiful in it. I had to ask for her picture.
That was one of the things the bloggers loved. They felt they could relax, visit and have a space to visit with the Brands that was not pressured… not crazy crowded.
I was excited to meet Shelby @GlitterfulFelt She and Steve did daily videos when we worked on the Lean Cuisine campaign. I felt like I already knew her because I saw her on video. She was so cute with her (fake) tattoo with Steve’s name on it!
These two wonderful ladies are from Canada. It was fun to have someone be excited about having a picture taken with me! Melissa @TimeOutMom on the left and Margarita @DownShiftingPOS (another professional organizer!!) on the right.
Kim, Monica and I posing inside the Social Fabric Cabana. Look at our cool Collective Bias QR code badges (Jay is the bomb!)
Courtney, Kim and I out front before the party began.
Everyone left with plenty of swag (including these great flip flops from ViX Swimwear…these are no cheap little ol’ flip flops ladies!!)
They got a bag as they left which also had more goodies in it (other than what they picked up at the cabanas.) Like Peets Coffee! Yum…. good coffee! I also found out they sell it at my local grocery store.. so it’s all good!
I had a wonderful time, even though I was running around taking pictures of everyone (that was fun!) and what was nicer was knowing that everyone else had a great time too.
Thank you to all the sponsors and Dawn and Elizabeth from Party BluPrints (thank you for your book in the swag bags!) along with everyone from Collective Bias who put in so many hours and so much time to make this party happen.
Collective Bias sponsored my trip to Blogher11.
I was not asked to write this post. I did that on my own because it was so stinkin’ awesome!