This time last week I was in Taupo. I’ve always loved that place so it’s wonderful to go back twice a year to Wairakei Thermal resort. After 7 retreats this place is super familiar now and that adds to the charm. It’s kinda like the Cheers theme … “where everyone knows your name”. The barman even remembered what I drink. I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing.
So – ArtVenture was AWESOME. No bias, just the happiest kind of proud satisfaction that it all went as planned! (It helps when you have amazing friends helping!). Thursday is always set-up day before the delegates arrive. I think the little touches around the room were some of my favourites of all time.
This was one of my favourite things. I had a vision for a vintage white chair, a backdrop and a chest of flowers and Rachel Tucker (the amazing visionary that she is!) created this beautiful photo corner with all those special little touches and vintage furniture pieces. It was so lovely & tidy to start with. Then this kind of thing started to happen:
Lucy playing “flower shower” with Karen. The rules are that you got to keep what you catch. As long as you didn’t use your hands or open up your clothing!
Then Louise Nelson & I got a little silly in the flowers.
Then it was a free-for-all, really. Literally. There were flower angel photos, ladies rolled in the flowers, had photos in the flowers and of course if you were stuck on that perfect embellishment for your page there was always a flower as delegates got to help themselves.
Back to the decorating though, because Rachel Tucker had more gorgeousness up her sleeve.
Our candy bar. We’ve done this since the start, even since before candy bars were the done thing, and it’s always super popular. All the lollies were pink/white/black, we went through about 40kg for the weekend. IS that bad?!
Then we had other pretty touches:
Vintage doilies gathered from garage sales & op shops, along with Rae Cooper designed chipboard trees. Prima flowers set everything off beautifully.
Goodie bags for each delegate, decorated with themed ribbon & a Stampin Up stamp.
A hand-stamped bag full of fudge for everyone. These were waiting on the bed when they went back to the room on Friday night. (Stamp by Stampin’ Up, I’ve been asked that many times!).
Along those same lines were everyone's registration bag with a little kit to make a bag tag or name tag. Delegates always get spoiled. Coming up with new ways to do this is always a mission. It requires lots of Sunday afternoon brainstorming sessions. That’s code for drinks in the sun. Someone’s gotta do it.
Another touch to the themed gift giving were these little hand-decorated packs of gum. It’s ‘Extra’ gum. Get it? Extra? We loved the idea so much we made one for everyone and left it on their desk on Saturday night, a gift for the when they arrived to the crop room on Sunday morning.
More Stampin’ Up! Stamps used here. Love the way they design their new stamps to layer.
So that was most of the decorating – actually there was more, the crop room and the whole resort looked so very cool. I’ll leave it here because that’s a whole lot of pics in one post – I still have the teachers, classes, projects created, the BEST crew ever and America’s Cup sailing to go over. Told ya it was awesome,