Disclosure: This event was kindly sponsored by The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk! As always our events are made possible by a large group of amazing local sponsors. A huge thank you to: Whole Foods Market Louisiana, Green Leaf’s and Bananas, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Pearl Wine Co, Garden District Bloody Marys,CC’s Coffee House, Essie’s Sparkling Confections, Angelcakes by Mimi, Creative Sitters, Princess Camerian Face Painting, When You Wish Entertainment, Thinkerella, Touro Infirmary and ALG Style. Also, if you noticed our team’s Nola Proud shirts they were provided by our sponsor Storyville. Storyville now has a kiosk open in Riverwalk – make sure you grab one so you too can be Nola Proud!
VIP Brunch and Browse at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
This past Sunday, on what turned out to feel like the first true day of summer, 250 of you joined us on the Spanish Plaza for a VIP Brunch prior to the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk on Family Day. The ladies of ALG Style and their very fashionable team literally rolled out the red carpet and started the morning right for all of our event attendees with their fun backdrop and a variety of props to fit every event goer’s personality! Did you get your picture taken on the red carpet? If so, make sure to check out the photography albums to tag yourself.
Thinkerella was on hand with mini lab coats and creative airplanes for the kids to make. Princess Camarian (who has super fun princess attire, by the way) was painting up beautiful faces and Creative Sitters was on hand with hats for kids to color and beads for bracelet making. It was a huge source of excitment when Alice and Spider-Dude from When You Wish Entertainment showed up at the event. Kids were excited about meeting the characters and interacting with them. As always, we are so impressed with how well When You Wish Entertainment interacts with children while maintaining character. Spider-Dude must have a killer gym routine to be able to maintain that crouch for so long without cramping up. Hats off to you, Spider-Dude!
Once event attendees made it inside the giant inflatable Cube, they were greeted to a delicious brunch courtesy our friends at Whole Foods. From the croissants to the frittatas, there was no shortage of yummy brunch fare. We love that Whole Foods even brought in a little decor with some cheerful bromilleads. Green Leaf’s and Bananas hosted a yogurt parfait bar and Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen had a variety of bagels. Leora, from Pearl Wine Co. hosted a Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar! The yummy Bloody Mary mix was provided by a local company: Garden District Bloody Marys. The reusable carafe where you can just add vodka, shake and serve adds function to the amazing flavor.
Event attendees with a sweet tooth were treated to adorable Riverwalk inspired cookies created by Essie’s Confections. There was also a themed cake courtesy of Angelcakes by Mimi. Seriously, we are convinced that she can make a beautiful cake for any situation.
An 8:30am event was truly the earliest we have ever planned. For that reason (and more), we were thrilled to have CC’s Coffee House join us with caffeine for all. It was … necessary … and appreciated!
A Place For Baby : Care of Our Sponsors at Touro Infirmary
Have you ever been at an event where you truly just needed a place to change your baby or a seat (AND a Boppy) to feed baby?! We know how that feels and so do our sponsors at Touro Infirmary. We were thrilled that they joined us and kindly accomodated moms and families with an easy spot for feeding and changing.
It Was A Swag Spectacular!
In addition to the fabulous food and amazing photo ops, each attendee was given an impressive swag bag containing products ranging from a relaxing soundtrack and healthy snack to natural baby lotion and a quirky t-shirt! Also, staying true to the sprit of the event, each attendee also received a bag of impressive coupons to the newly opened stores in the Riverwalk!
Thank You to Our Swag Sponsors ::
Hartstrings Kids Apparel Center :: Carter’s babies and kids :: Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio :: Samsonite :: Luzianne :: Core Creations :: Go Go Squeeze :: 18 Rabbits :: Pretzel Crisps :: Bitsy’s Brainfood :: Xtend Barre New Orleans :: CC’s Coffee House :: Kleenhanz :: Cool Bottoms :: Zatarain’s :: Waxing the City :: Mrs. Dash :: Pirate’s Booty :: Late July Organic Snacks :: Bare Snacks :: Nurse Nikki LLC :: Ole Man’s Spice Rub and Seasoning :: The Boppy Company :: Udi’s Gluten Free :: Nature’s Path Foods :: Crocs :: Aerosoles :: Children’s Hospital New Orleans :: Cajun Kids :: Shea Moisture :: Gap Factory Store :: Nola Maternal Instincts :: Bakery on Main :: Green Leaf’s and Bananas :: Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen :: Boogie Wipes :: Puffs Fresh Faces :: YMCA of Greater New Orleans :: McDonald’s and Hanley’s Foods
There Were Giveaways Galore!
Every attendee also received one raffle ticket at check in that they were able to use to enter ANY of the following amazing giveaways. There was something for everyone in attendance amongst these giveaways. In fact, since there were so many fantastic giveaways, we started a fun social media game to give each participant the opportunity to receive up to 15 more entries! We loved that our guests were also able to visually see the giveaways available on our “giveaways board” that was custom created for us by Ashlee of Smallchalk. If you or your business have custom chalk board needs we highly recommend her!
Thank You to Our Giveaway Sponsors:
Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio ($100 gift card and a private after hours shopping party for the winner and 10 friends) :: Palm Tree Playground (A 10 pack of play passes valued at $64) :: Core Creations (An outfit of the winner’s choosing) :: Nola Pilates (3 Private Pilates Sessions valued at $175) :: Xtend Barre New Orleans (Group Class Package of 10 Non Equipment Group Classes (valued at $120) :: Zuka Baby (Organic Chocolate Ergo valued $135) :: New Orleans City Park (Four single rounds of golf valued at $32) :: LOFT Outlet (a $200 gift card) :: Hartstrings Kids Apparel Center (a $50 gift card) :: Waxing the City (a $25 gift card) and BLEU a Blowdry Bar ($35 gift card and product) :: The W New Orleans (a one night staycation value varies) :: The Boppy Company (A “Best of Boppy” product collection including a Boppy Pillow, Changing Pad Set, Waterproof Liners and Slipcover valued at $90) :: carter’s babies and kids ($100 gift card) :: Crocs :: Aerosoles (a $100 gift card, a tote and keychain) :: Rosie G (a dress, logo tee & scarf valued at $90) :: Pippen Lane (one of a kind, hand made stuffed lion $360 value) :: Le Foret ($200 gift card) :: Storyville ($50 gifcard) :: Britax (a Marathon carseat along with accessories)
VIP Swag Sponsors Masik Collegiate Fragrances ::
The first 15 moms and first 15 dads who arrived and check in each received a VIP prize of a full size Masik LSU perfume or cologne (valued at $39.50). If you would like to learn more about this awesome company and all of the collegiate fragrances that they carry you can find them on Facebook, Twitter and on their website. What is the scent of your school spirit?
We are so grateful for all of our attendees that made the extra effort to bring out some clothing and/or accessories to give to Dress For Success. It is important to us that every event has a charity component to it and this event was no different. If you would like to know more about Dress For Success New Orleans or more about how you can help make sure to check out their Facebook page.
Photography Thank You’s
If a tree falls in the forest but no one heard it did it happen? Well, yes it did … but no one knows about it. Along the same lines we feel it is super important to have talented photographers capture all of the fun and emotion of our events for sharing, documentation and to tell a story of the event. We want send major thank you’s to our THREE awesome photography sponsors for this event:
Feel free to tag yourselves and your friends and share these photos from our page! If you would like to show our photographers a little love you can like their Facebook pages – we know they would appreciate it.