We co-hosted the 1st Social + Media Luncheon along with Katie and Lorie of the Round Top Register. It was held at Royers Cafe on Monday, March 30, 2015. Forty five creatives attended the luncheon and "Wi-Fi After Party" at The Vintage Round Top which was sponsored by Marburger Farm, The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, and Zapp Hall.
Our goal in putting this event together was to provide a creative and fun environment for connections to be made. The overriding theme of the day was "Living With Intention". Smoot and I were reminded several years ago by Bud Royer of how important this mantra is for creating the life you desire. This luncheon was a testament to the power it has to change your life!
Many thanks to Tara, JB and the entire staff of Royers for helping make the luncheon a success. The food, pie, and service were amazing!
We designed a handmade RVT tote bag featuring swag from our gracious sponsors and many others, including Honey from Rohan Meadery, Hand Salve from Manready Mercantile, Handcrafted Journal from Mela + Roam, Tote & Koozie from The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, Handmade Soap from the Gallery at Round Top, Homemade Ding Dong from The Bake Shoppe and Cafe, Succulent from The Garden Company, Where Women Create Magazine, Where Woman Cook Magazine, VIP Passes to Marburger Farm, Zapp Hall & The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, and RVT Magazine and Handmade Soap from The Vintage Round Top.
It was so exciting to see the amount of talent in one room. Many of our guests are business owners, bloggers and all around inspiring people. We feel so lucky to have had the chance to hear so many stories of entrepreneurship and hard work. Their successes (and failures) throughout their journeys are a true testament to creating a life you love.
Lorie Woodward and Katie Stavinoha of Round Top Register hosted the luncheon with us. They are the ultimate go-getters! They spoke about the world that is "Roundtopolis" and what it was like purchasing and completely revamping an already-existing business. They worked very hard to develop a very extensive Insider's Guide and Map to Round Top Antiques Week. It was wildly successful and you can find it here. We're excited that they are part of the Round Top community and can't wait to see where they take the publication. You can follow (and use) their hashtag #goingtoroundtop.
Courtney Barton of Mela & Roam was our guest speaker and is truly a one-of-a-kind business women and person. She shared her amazing story, starting from her degree in textiles and design, then moving to Southeast Asia with her husband where she fell in love with the quality and care of the fabrics in the culture she found herself submersed in. She spoke about how she took that passion and turned it into what is now a thriving textiles company, using exotic fabrics and turning them into beautiful pieces for the home. You can shop her products here, Mela & Roam.
My handsome husband welcomed our guests and introduced our sponsors. I'm so lucky to work and be married to such an amazing man. When we began "Living With Intention" three years ago, we could have never imagined where it would take us. Our main goal at that time was to do something creative together. I can say, we are doing that in spades!
We could not have pulled this event off without Valerie, our new Creative Assistant. She hand dyed the table cloths, created the invitations, name tags, and everything in between. She was the ultimate hostess! We worked together for weeks on every detail and were both pleased with the outcome. God truly blessed us when he brought her into our lives!!
Every party needs "A Little Bit of Nonsense", don't they? Valerie's dad, Randy Blair, has developed his art car over five years and was in the Art Car parade in Houston this past weekend. He organizes and hosts many of the charitable events where art cars are featured and is such a positive and uplifting person. Thank you Randy for sharing your passion and creativity!
Special thanks to Haylei Smith for photographing the day's events. Haylei took the original photos of The Vintage Round Top as well as helping us with re-branding our logo, marketing materials and initial website when we first opened.
In closing, over the last three weeks it's been inspiring to see so many creative and like-minded people connect and begin new relationships, including us. We look forward to seeing the projects and partnerships that come from this gathering and are excited to already be planning the next Social + Network event.
PS. Stay tuned for our Part 2 post featuring the "Wi-Fi After Party" at The Vintage Round Top!