What is Take Time to Toast?
Take Time to Toast events are 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.
These events create 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 rosé 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 Take Time to Toast Experience
This Take Time to Toast event 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 rosé, 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 poached egg, seared diver 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 rosé 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 Take Time to Toast newsletter.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
@daniellegibsonevents – event planning + design
@stablecafe – venue
@foxtailcatering – catering
@serpentinesf – bar service
@megsmithphotography – photography
@fearlesswines – rosé
@chandonusa – sparkling wine
@theonicollection – glassware
@accentsinserts – shoe inserts
@blushtype – invitations, signage, name tags
@scarlettandgrace – florals
@balloonspecialtiesbayarea – balloons
@archiverentals – rentals
@radiantworkspaces – guest speaker
@studio.noel – acrylic signs + custom stir sticks
@loveinthemix – DJ Amy Robbins
@teenycakebakery – pink marble Oreos
@candyofthemonth – candy
@happinessplanner – pens