During the SNAP Conference I attended a fabulous 'Parties that WOW!' session by Mariah of Giggles Galore and Michelle of Maddycakes Muse. These ladies really do know how to throw together parties that WOW!
I'm going to share with you some of their trend predictions and party tips so that you can put together a party on a budget that is sure to WOW too.
I spent most of last week in beautiful Utah for the SNAP Conference. Of course I couldn't be in another state without setting aside just a little time for sightseeing in-between workshops, presentations, and networking. I will be back with more about SNAP, I have lots of posts written in my head, and loads of photographs that need editing.
On Thursday Natalie and I took a little time out of our busy schedule to catch a trolley to the Thanksgiving Point Gardens to photograph the beautiful tulips at the Tulip Festival. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but had envisioned that it would be something similar to the Carlsbad Flower Fields with a sea of tulips as far as the eye could see. However it wasn't exactly like that. The gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful. There are 55-acres to enjoy including 15 themed gardens, a Children's Discovery Garden and the largest manmade waterfall in the Western Hemisphere.
The Tulip Festival is scattered around the gardens and alongside the walking paths. There are nearly 100 varieties amongst the 250,000 tulips which apparently in late May will be pulled from the ground and sold for $3 per dozen.
Don't forget, it's Earth Day on Monday 22nd April.
I'm over at Rusty and Rosy sharing 10 Earth Day activities to get kids involved in celebrating our earth, recycling, and living a little greener.
I've blogged very briefly before (or should I say, shared photos) of the Great Park in Orange County. I attended an Instameet - you know an Instagram meet-up, where you spend hours snapping Instagram pics of cool things, with even cooler people.
Anyway, after attending that my kids had been wanting to go there and ride in the big orange helium balloon. So after scouring their website and choosing the perfect date, watching weather forecasts and wind speeds for two weeks, we settled on going last weekend.
The weather report was wrong, it rained all the way there, and it was too windy for the balloon. Thankfully though I'd chosen a date where there were loads of other activities going on so that there would be plenty to keep the kids busy.
We started our day going on the carousel a couple of times, ventured over to the park where there is free sports equipment to use in the grass area, and then wandered to the Terrace Lawn where the Bark in the Great Park was just gearing up. There were dog safety talks for kids, a Disc Dogs demonstration, a doggy fashion show, and lots of dogs attempting to make their way through obstacle courses. Of course there were crafts too. From there we headed to the Farm and Food Lab where they were telling the Three Sisters Garden story. The kids then made little seed packets and brought home corn, squash and bean seeds to plant.
Lastly, we headed to the Farmer's Market for some fresh fruit and veggies, shaved ice and kettle corn. I love food trucks and I tried the yummiest Chicken Bacon Fries for lunch. They were so good. Really!