Take Time To Toast

Providing people with in-person opportunities for connection so they may feel seen and empowered to do great work.friendsgiving

What is Take Time to Toast?

Take Time to Toast is an event series devoted to empowering women entrepreneurs, solopreneurs in any field, and event industry professionals! At TTTT we network, support, encourage, and collaborate. The events create an environment where we can *toast* + celebrate each other and learn from one another’s experiences. We include food + drink, inspiring conversation, educational topics, instagram-worthy photo ops, and some extra special surprises at each event. Attendees will learn from motivational guest speakers from a broad range of backgrounds and enjoy the opportunity to connect with others. We value community and promote collaboration. There’s so much business to go around, and there’s even more when we share it!

Danielle Gibson Events is the planning and design power behind Take Time to Toast. DGE is a boutique event firm based out of Napa with a refreshing approach to creating unique, all-encompassing experiences. DGE chooses to partner with top-notch event planners throughout the San Francisco Bay Area instead of seeing them as competition. This collaborative approach gives DGE the ability to take on complex events with rock-solid teams.

Why we Take Time to Toast:

The concept for Take Time to Toast came at the conclusion of a long corporate event, that DGE had planned, when we brought our incredible contractors together for food, drinks, photo ops, etc. and really took the time to recognize their accomplishments and thank them for a job well done. We walked away from this incredibly cute PARTY feeling inspired, motivated, and anchored in community! It was the best feeling and we’ve implemented it as a part of every event that DGE is a part of. A thank you like this is few and far between in the events world and Danielle Gibson Events wanted to pioneer this concept to uplift all of us who work so hard. On the same note of uplifting overs, we have also expanded the concept to the public to grow networks and encourage community in industries where working from home, contracting, and freelancing can be lonely and confusing. Our mission is to grow the sense of collaboration over competition and give women a space to meet others, go for support, ask questions, and grow their own businesses!

Who’s Behind TTTT?


Danielle worked in retail management for 11 years, followed by another 10 years in the San Francisco event scene before starting her own event firm, Danielle Gibson Events. When it comes to the details, Danielle is a self-admitted madwoman. She and her team know what’s happening down to the minute. They design unique, all-encompassing experiences each time and TTTT is no exception. Oohs and ahhs are frequently overheard around every corner. Before event planning, Danielle studied Fashion Merchandising and Buying in New York and then put it into practice for 11 years at Gap, Inc. As if that weren’t enough, she is also the Owner and Creative Director of Tallu-lah. Since 2005, Danielle has honed her expertise in envisioning one-of-a-kind events where people have a truly amazing experience. A successful event is much more than an occasion, it’s an experience that touches people’s hearts.


Shaina is a dedicated and proven self-starter. In 2016, Shaina graduated with a degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. A passion for details and pretty pictures (and tbh a childhood dream of Cinderella-esque weddings) lead her to the world of event planning where she was hired by Danielle Gibson Events for her first post-grad career. The go-getter she is, she jumped at the idea of empowering women and making a difference and so Take Time to Toast was born.

What’s Next:

Our next Take Time to Toast event is Friendsgiving! We are hosting a thanksgiving-style dinner on Tuesday, November 5th, at Cerf Club, in San Francisco. TTTT Friendsgiving will be a sit-down dinner that includes facilitated conversation throughout the evening to encourage community connections. This is a safe space for each and every one of you to be seen + heard for who you are. If you come alone, we promise you will walk out with a new friend. If you come with a friend, we promise to introduce you to someone new! Everyone is encouraged to attend Friendsgiving. Invite your business partner, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, best friend, neighbor or anyone who contributes to your life and supports community-feels!! Buy your tickets HERE and join the community.

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