In case you’re new to our blog, or you just haven’t yet heard of our #girlgang empowerment event, Take Time to Toast, let us give you a refresher. Here at DGE we firmly believe in taking the time to say thank you to our fellow female entrepreneurs, vendors, partners, and friends (don’t get us wrong, we love the guys too! But this event’s all about the #girlpower).
We believe in the power of bringing women together to network, create, and share. Our Take Time to Toast events allow some of the busiest women we know to take a pause and recognize each other for the incredibly hard work that they do.
Our latest Take Time to Toast is our fourth so far, and the second one we’ve held this year. Clearly we love this event so much that we’ll throw one just about as often as we can, but this one was particularly special. This Take Time to Toast took place before a 3-day annual event and our same crew has been working on it together for three years running! This group of women and this 3-day event were what inspired us to start Take Time to Toast a little over a year ago. We felt it was only right to recognize this exceptional group of ladies with their own private Take Time to Toast dinner at the lovely Indian Springs Resort & Spa in Calistoga.
Our intimate table was set for 9 and tucked away in a particularly beautiful corner of the venue, surrounded by lush greenery and an ambiance that the Napa Valley is famous for creating. As many of you in the industry know, the summer time is always busy for event planners (especially wedding planners) so taking time off to have dinner together is no small feat. We decided to upgrade our pre-event team dinner to a Take Time to Toast celebration, and well, we can’t say we were disappointed in the slightest. After we sat down, we shared updates on how the events season was going for each of us and expressed statements of gratitude to clear our heads before a long event week. It was the perfect way to kick things off and get our #girlboss game faces on. After a toast with our favorite Fearless Rosé we were ready to come together as the DGE team and get down to business. See below for a complete list of event sponsors of this summery event!
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Take Time to Toast is an event devoted to empowering women entrepreneurs and saying thank you. Thank you for sharing your unique talents with this crazy industry, thank you for working tirelessly with us to create something beautiful, and mostly thank you for working your tush off without expecting a thank you in return.
The event creates an environment where women can toast each other and learn from one another’s experiences. Take Time to Toast is quickly growing into an established (and beloved) tradition around the DGE office and will soon be expanding to include the SF Bay Area event industry, creatives, and beyond.
This year’s Take Time to Toast was an intimate dinner gathering with both old and new friends. The evening included dinner and drinks, inspiring conversation, instagram-worthy photo ops, and a few galentine’s day themed surprises.
The party focused on vendors and clients coming together to share their best ideas in collaboration. This particular Take Time to Toast event recognized vendors, entrepreneurs, and other event industry professionals by inviting them to have a seat at the table with us, and with each other. We also partnered with numerous sponsors to create magic moments at the event and their contributions were showcased in numerous ways. A couple of our favorites were a bathtub filled to the brim with rose and oreos dipped in pink-marbled chocolate. YEAH. WE KNOW. It was as good as it sounds.
Bringing clients, event friends, and influencers into the same room gave us all the opportunity to network and let our creative juices flow. We always feel more inspired after talking with our #girlgang, but the inspiration didn’t stop at casual conversation. We also had two inspiring guest speakers: Temi Adamolekun from Radiant Work Spaces, the keynote speaker for the evening, and Chelsea Hoff from Fearless Wines.
You could feel the love and appreciation as glasses clinked, stories were shared, and smiles filled the room.
Danielle Gibson Events x the Take Time to Toast Experience
This Take Time to Toast took place at Stable Cafe, a converted carriage house located in the lively Mission District in San Francisco. After a warm welcome to the party under a giant balloon garland installation, each guest received a hand calligraphed magnetic name tag by Blushtype, a glass of Fearless rose, and a custom cocktail or non-alcoholic refresher from Serpentine SF to kick off the night.
Attendees had the opportunity to share some love with their galentines at the Collaboration Station hosted by Candy Club. Take Time to Toast was the day before Valentine’s Day, so there was an interactive activity with candy and valentines to create and drop in other attendee’s bags. These bags were gorgeously perched on a crate wall and personalized with handwritten names in calligraphy by Blushtype. Cocktail hour was full of new introductions, networking, catching up with familiar friends, and sending little love notes to our galentines and #girlboss crushes.
Cocktail hour was followed by a seated dinner featuring a three-course meal prepared by Foxtail Catering. Decadent plates of Egg Surrounded, Seared Day Boat Scallops, and Olive Oil Cake with Heirloom Citrus were enjoyed by the guests. This was not a quiet group but things sure quieted down when these plates hit the table, which as they say, is usually a sign of excellent food.
The dining room design was a Galentine’s day dream. All rentals were provided by Archive and fit the theme of the night perfectly. The room was full of soft pink hues and the lighting was warm and cool all at the same time. There was a beautiful floral installation created and designed by Erin DeYoung, owner of Scarlett and Grace, that hung from the ceiling. Coupe glasses, copper flatware, pink stones as place cards, and tea light candles were carefully placed among the tables. As a guest, one couldn’t help but stare and take photos of the surrounding decor.
During dinner, Chelsea Hoff, owner and winemaker of Fearless Wines, spoke about her journey as a young female entrepreneur in the wine making business. Chelsea also spoke about the Rose she sponsored that we all enjoyed during cocktail hour, and she told her story on how she got to where she is today.
Temi Adamolekun was the keynote speaker for the evening and is the owner of Radiant Workspaces, a co-working space and social club for women. It’s a place for women to connect, collaborate and create. As if this weren’t already a slam dunk for what Take time to Toast is all about, Temi has another business called Pembroke PR. At Take Time to Toast, Temi spoke about her business experience as a woman, collaboration, and what it means to her to be an entrepreneur. Her standout quote was for all of us to stop pretending that “work-life balance” exists and just be OK with doing our best.
Where does Take Time to Toast go from here?
Coming Fall of 2018, TTTT will be hosting its first public event. Tickets will be available later this year and sold on a first come-first served basis. To be the first to know about upcoming TTTT events be sure to join the Danielle Gibson Events newsletter.
What is Galentine’s Day, you ask? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year!Amy Poehler says it best and once again it’s right around the corner. If you’re spending this fabulous occasion surrounded by your #girlgang, we’re sharing a bit of event planning design inspo to curate the perfect event focused around the best of the best — your powerhouse posse, your boss babes, your ride or dies.
Step 1) G-Day Invitations + Card Exchange. If this occasion doesn’t make you think back to your younger years and exchanging handmade and/or handwritten cards with your favorite gals (and maybe your secret crush), well then, here’s your chance to make that reality happen!
We love the idea of providing Galentine’s cards for guests to share with one another throughout the event and this printable set recently featured on Pizzazzerie includes all of the goods from invitations, cupcake toppers (we’re using them for our card exchange!), banners and playful icebreaker cards. These individual “cupcake topper” squares can also be used as tiny galentine’s, allowing guests to quickly jot down a little lady love note and place it in others card exchange box. Another fun idea is to encourage guests to arrive with a pre-made card exchange box they’ve decorated by hand, which gets all the feels started prior to arriving for the big day!
Snag these beauties to print prior to your party and let the fun begin. We also love these printables from Brit + Co as well.
Side note: if you don’t follow @pizzazzerie on instagram, trust me, it’s worth the follow for anything and everything related to entertaining in style!
Step 2) The welcome! At every DGE event hosted at Danielle’s home, the first thing guests see upon arrival is her stylish front door. You know those posts about fabulous doors in Palm Springs? Well this gal is right up there with them in terms of style factor. No matter the season, there will always be some sort of colorful welcome indicating you’ve found the right spot! Be sure to dress up your door or entry way for your guests.
Step 3) Rosé! No explanation necessary here. This step speaks for itself. If your guests aren’t a fan of rosé, kick them out! Kidding, kidding. Always have a back-up red or white, but just keep the wine flowing and there will be no shortage of conversations (and fun).
Step 4) Simple, customizable treats. At one of our recent Take Time to Toastevents, we created “bespoke bowls” for the group, allowing everyone to choose their favorite ingredients. As we’re all unique creatures, we understand that everyone has a distinct flavor palate and wanted to allow each guet to choose their own adventure.
If you’re looking for something a bit more simple (and on a budget), we love the idea of a parfait bar with lots of yummy fruits and grains. This Martha Stewart article outlines some great options!
Step 5) Photo booth or backdrop. While we all come to the party for the company, we also come for the photos (or it didn’t happen, right?). Every party should have a dedicated photo backdrop to snap a pic from your phone, or even provide a Polaroid camera for take home photos. Either way, don’t skip this step, whether big or small.
Above are photos from one of our favorite backdrops, but we also love the idea of a DIY backdrop like this one created by the duo at Lovely Indeed with just a few sticky notes. Yes, it’s that easy to create this attention grabbing background!
Step 6) Party favors. Our most memorable party favors were a variety of beauty products from one of our favorite brands, Glossier. For your party, ask everyone to bring their favorite beauty product (while providing a dedicated maximum budget of say $20) and then initiate a beauty swap during the event. We are always on the hunt for new must-have products, so this allow for sharing and gaining a new product for our beauty regimen.
After watching Oprah’s monumental speech at the Grammy’s, the Women’s March yesterday and preparing for our next Take Time to Toast event in a few short weeks, our team has been feeling all sorts of inspired lately! All of this seemed very fitting heading into our Annual Vision Board Party, where we hosted Grace Gulley, author and founder of an online community meant to encourage and empower women to pursue their goals.
During the event, Grace shared her journey of finding and pursing her passion to coach women in doing just that – finding their happy. We’re not talking about the happy that society tell us we need to obtain or that we tell ourselves we need to be living. Instead, Grace invites you to focus on finding that place where you truly feel yourself. Whether it’s a side hustle you’ve been considering for some time or that next BIG move to take your business to the next level, she pushes you to step outside of your comfort zone to take those BIG dreams into action.
To kick off the afternoon, Grace led the group through a visualization exercise. She asked us to sit with our thoughts for a few moments and jot down some of our goals for the future. Did you know that simply putting a goal into words or onto paper makes you 10x more likely to achieve it? Yeah, manifestation is some powerful stuff!
As the group began to feverishly jot down their thoughts (because let’s be honest, this group was full of hustlers!), Grace then asked us to write down a few words of affirmation to assure ourselves we would achieve our goals. Telling yourself “I can”, “I will” or “I am” can be more powerful that you would ever imagine, as we all have a tendency to get in our heads from time to time and let that little voice of doubt creep in.
Once Grace got our brains moving on our vision for the next year we began the vision boarding! Oh, and not to mention some of the most delicious treats from Elaine Bell Catering & Whetstone Wines! These tiny sandwiches packed a serious flavor punch and we definitely ate more macaroons than we care to admit, but hey, it’s all in the name of creativity, am I right?!
Another special guest in attendance was Sheryl of Blush Type calligraphy. See all of these super cute, super inspiring signs below? Yeah, these beauties are handmade by her! Sheryl spent the afternoon preparing custom calligraphy signs for the group to pin to their board.
After an hour or so of open conversations our vision boards were (mostly) complete and we were ready to share! We love this group shot of everyone with their goals literally in the palm of their hands. It’s moments like this that remind us that we have the power to make our dreams come to life, we simply have to get out of our own way and get it done!
This event was truly magical and it simply would not have been possible without these incredible sponsors. Be sure to check them out on social!
If you’re interested in participating in this same exercise, take 2-3 minutes to sit with your thoughts for each of the items below. Jot down anything that comes to mind. Keep in mind, there is no wrong answer. Your list can be big or small, and it can continue to grow as time goes on. You do you, girl!
1) What are your goals for 2018?
2) Share a few words of affirmation about achieving those goals. For instances, if one of your goals is “run a marathon”, you could say something like “I will run a marathon within the next 6 months”. The key part of an affirmation is using the phrases “I can/will/am going to (fill in the blank)”
3) Name one thing you can do tomorrow to work towards these goals
Do you ever look at those incredible holiday tablescapes on Pinterest and think, ugh (!) why doesn’t my table look like that? Well friends, Danielle Gibson Events has good news for ya. As we (and our gal, @targetdoesitagain) recently discovered, Target launched their Hearth & Hand collection earlier this month and everyone is freakin’ swooning over these beauties. Whether you are looking for the perfect holiday decor to dress up your dinner table, or everyday items to decorate your home, they’ve got you covered.
One of our favorite things about the Hearth & Hand collection is the story behind these subtly stylish pieces. This line was created by Target in collaboration with Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand by Chip & Joanna Gaines. If you haven’t already heard their story, learn about it here. This power couple is truly killing the game with their eye for design and strong desire to create community inside and outside the home.
Within seconds of strolling down the isle at Target, our minds started reeling with ideas. We could immediately picture these X-Patterned Glass Goblets, filled with our favorite chardonnay from Lewis Cellars. Or these Embroidered Placements (which come in numerous colors and patterns) styled alongside these Plaid Napkins. Needless to say, the combinations are endless and we had to resist the strong urge to buy everything in every color!
We were so inspired by this couple and their line, that we threw a holiday party in their honor! Check out the details below on how to style your upcoming holiday table on a budget, including a few staple pieces that can absolutely be used year round. Grab these goodies soon, as they are sure to sell out!
Psst! Be sure to tag @daniellegibsonevents in photos of your favorite holiday decor to share your style inspo and creations! We love hearing from you 🙂
A very special thanks to these vendors:
@target / @magnolia (Hearth & Hand collection – placemats, plates, bowls, napkins, water goblets, place card holders, floral vases, blankets, and pillows)
Danielle Gibson Events recently hosted an event with the help of our friends atConfete Party Box, inviting a variety of local vendors throughout the Napa & Sonoma area. We were thrilled to not only showcase the goodies we received in ourConfete Party Box, but also share the afternoon with incredible women in the event and wine industry, and come together to support one another during a time of local adversity.
First, let’s give you a little background onConfete Party Box! This team launched their curated party boxes after receiving numerous requests from friends and family to assist in planning their parties, and of course, picking out the perfect decor. They quickly came up with the idea to share this experience with anyone looking for party decor for all types of occasions. The best part…it’s shipped right to your doorstep! Does it get any better than that?
OurConfete Party Box arrived just in time for our Halloween themed event and let-me-tell-you! These details were exactly what we needed to dress up our tablescape and festive cocktails. Our box included decorative plates + cups, our favorite glitter utensils, napkins (obviously in the shape of a ghost), drink stirrers and of course, lettered BOO-lloons (see what we did there?). Needless to say, we were quite pleased with the box and can’t wait to try them again in the future! Be sure to check out their website for the party box that’s perfect for your next event (psst! if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve event, don’t missthis box)
After fawning over our party decor, including the tasty chocolate treats from Woodhouse Chocolate that were *almost* too cute to eat, we spent the afternoon catching up with some of our favorite “frendors” (see previous posts for definition). We laughed, we indulged in lots of german chocolate cake from Alexis Baking Company and even shed a few tears.
As many of you know, our beloved wine country was recently victim to some of the most devastating fires Northern California has ever seen. After over a week of turmoil and helplessly watching the devastation spread throughout our neighborhoods, our dedicated local fire departments (from near and far) were able to contain the fires. As anyone in the area can attest, every moment passed felt like a lifetime and every phone call received made our hearts drop. While some homes were spared, there were many in the area that were not and our hearts continue to ache for these friends, families and neighbors. The group of friends attending this event all live in and/or have business based in the Napa and Sonoma area. Needless to say, inviting these women to come together after such a monumental event was truly bittersweet.
During the event, Danielle Gibson read an email from a local winemaker, Azur Wines, who perfectly summed up what we all felt as we watched loved ones and strangers around us lose their homes, but also watch our community come together in a way that somehow made our hearts ache just a little less. While many lives will be forever changed by these events, we feel truly fortunate to be a part of such a compassionate and remarkable community.
Danielle Gibson Events hosted this event as part of the Take Time to Toast series, which focuses on bringing together, empowering, supporting and thanking boss babes. To learn more about Take Time to Toast, check out this blog!
Check out more photos below, as well as the full list of vendors that helped make this special event happen.
The Danielle Gibson Events team recently got together with some of our closest frendors (that’s friends and vendors) of the Napa and Sonoma communities to throw a Halloween Party! We were able to put on this event thanks to some help from our friends at Confete Party Box.
What a great idea, right? So we teamed up. We were so excited to get our Halloween themed box and the anticipation of what would be inside made it that much more fun. Check out Confete Party Box‘s website to see all the other curated boxes they have. There’s also an option to go custom! What’s cool is that their products are unique and not anything like what you would find at your neighborhood party-goods store.
Lastly, a big thank you to our wonderful photographer, Briana Marie. Below is just a taste of the beautiful images she captured. Stay tuned for more in the following weeks in our upcoming blog post explaining this event and it’s significance in light of the Napa and Sonoma fires.
You’ve waited long enough…a toast to you for bearing with us as we sorted out the press for our rosé themed soirée. We’re so excited to finally share it with all of you!
Take Time to Toast
A toast to the fabulous girl bosses in our lives and all that we’ve done as a team.
Take Time to Toast was an event hosted by Danielle Gibson Events to take time to honor and thank (aka *toast*) the girl bosses that work with us! The concept came from the idea that we all work so hard, but we don’t take the time to toast each other, or ourselves, for that hard work. Being in the events industry, we are constantly throwing parties for clients but never for our own staff. The time has come in our book! This concept should be across all businesses, not just the events world…so Danielle Gibson Events decided to lead the way in celebrating those around us!
This Take Time to Toast event was for 8 very special women who partnered with DGE on our most recent corporate retreat. The retreat was a big deal for some high profile clients and these ladies worked their butts off to help everything go off without a hitch. What better way to say thank you than with rosé (both the wine and the color), delicious bites, and picture-perfect photo-ops? We had tons of vendors and sponsors that made this event come to life such as our photographer @megsmithphotography, our florist @scarlettandgrace, and our caterer @fogcutter_sf who created our idea of “bespoke bowls” perfectly.
We have been using products from World Market for years when designing our events and parties. They are such a fantastic source with great prices! See our Instagram Story today on us taking an inspiration visit to the Napa, California store and our PopUp Sonoma White Party. (We used World Market’s macrame runners for this event)
Their decor items are up to 50% off right now so go check them out!
Here are some of our favorites.
How about the JuJu Wall Hanging Collection for a bar or wedding ceremony backdrop?
One party we love to participate in every year is HandMade Events PopUp Party. Nicole and her husband Garrett have been throwing their PopUp Party since 2011 in several cities around the US. Sonoma is our local party of choice and we always have a great team that helps pull it all together.
How to attend?
To attend a PopUp Party, you need to purchase tickets on the HandMade Events website. (usually a few months before) Tickets sell out fast, so buy them when they go live! For $40 a ticket, HandMade Events supplies you with a seat at a table, music, lighting and restrooms and the rest is up to you. Most people come as a group and delegate the responsibilities. (decor, food, beverages, and tableware). Our group has been attending for 3 years and DGE is (of course) responsible for decor. We also bring lots of wine since the owner’s husband is in the wine industry and always wants to enjoy something from his cellar.
Here are some photos of our last 2 years. (They can also be seen on our website)
This year we planned a boho vibe party design.
Pulling all the pieces together is fun, loading into the party…not so much fun. If you are ever thinking of changing careers and being an event planner, one thing to know…it’s a lot of shlepping!
Here are some photos of us putting our table together this year.
Ta-da! The finished table design.
Several wonderful vendors were used to create this look that we would like to thank! See below how you can create this look for our own party.
We started off the night with lots of Rose fun! We opened a jerobaum bottle of our favorite Rose, Azur. We did something most wine drinkers don’t do…poured our Rose into Disco Ball Tumblers from Packed Party to get the party started. If you follow us on Instagram you know we are obsessed with these Disco Balls. They are so much fun to drink out of and they always put a smile on everyone’s face…look for our upcoming party where we will be using hundreds of these!
PS -A Jerobaum wine bottle is the size of 2 magnums!
Soulflower was our florist for the event. We are loving pampas grass at the moment and not only does it match perfectly for a white party, but it’s big and makes a great statement without spending a lot of money. It also looks so pretty blowing in the wind, giving the boho relaxed vibe we were looking for. We used potted plants to add greenery to the table to give it a earthy look with lots of different textures.
La Tavola was our linen of choice for something simple, flowy and organic feeling to keep with our boho theme. We chose the Tuscany Eggshell fabric. The feel of the linen material is perfect with the theme and the eggshell color is a little bit less harsh then a bright white shade. We also had the eggshell napkins to match.
We thought the look of these macrame runners were perfect for the theme. We found them in Cost Plus World Market for under $40! We used two of them for a 16-foot table since they were 6 feet long each. (We could have used 3 to have more of the macrame design on the table).
Pulling the whole look together definitely happened with the help of Encore Events and their tabletop pieces; flatware, wicker chargers and glassware. The wicker chargers added a great pop of a natural feel to the table while the flatware and amber glassware brought in a stylish flare that’s on point for tabletop design at the moment.
The place cards by Studio Noel were so awesome and different than what we have done in the past. The owner of Studio Noel, Brittni Fisher, is totally killing it with her business! We had so many people ask who made the place cards, so I hope she gets lots of new customers! The place cards were made of wood, another layer of texture that added to the final look of the table.
Votive Candle Holders
We have been using our Concrete Geometric votive holders for lots of events. They have such a great look and are even better when you stack them and create a different design each time. They are neutral so you can use them for almost any table design.
All of the food was homemade by our friends who attended the party. Here are some pics of what we enjoyed. Beef tenderloin, gold leaf deviled eggs, tomatoes with burrata, and poached salmon… just to name a few.
At the end of the night the DJ always makes the last hour so much fun!
Stay tuned…we will have professional photos from the HandMade Events photographer, Allyson Wiley, and we hope to see our table in their advertising again for next year’s party!