It was a cold, rainy night. The idea of heading up to Los Angeles for an event in this kind of weather normally would have taken me too far out of my comfort zone (freeway driving, rain, I couldn’t wear my pajamas) and I would have flaked out. But the event was for The Honest Company and I was intrigued. My boys and I were invited to attend their 2nd birthday party. I was familiar with the company but associated them mostly with baby products. It knew it would be a great opportunity to find out more about what they stand for as a company, what else they offer in terms of products and well, the kids love the idea of Los Angeles (where all the Disney celebrities are).
The party was really amazing. As were the Honest Company offices where the party was held. The design was cool, all the people were crazy friendly and it was created to be family so I wasn’t worried (well, a little worried) that my kids would break something. The party was divided up in to three rooms, food and mingling, face painting and balloon animals and a playroom/showroom. I think you can tell a lot about a company from their offices. Their message was visible for all to see in a cool way (that rad printed wall – and on the stairs not pictured), the design was organic and modern (which is mimicked in their packaging and overall aesthetic) and I even spied a ping-pong table in the break room (there is a sense of playfulness throughout the office and the employees). While they are serious about what they do, they are totally personable. And aside from their celebrity status, they are just like us – parents looking to provide safe, quality products for their families to use every day.
Oh and can we talk about the Made-to-Order Beignets station for a minute? That is the first time I have seen this at a party and it was awesome. You know those moments when your kids do something and you think, I couldn’t love you more than I do at this moment right now? Well, my oldest son took a bite of a warm, fresh beignet and gasped. It sort of freaked me out for a minute due to his food allergies. I thought, well, shit. Is this going to be the first time I have to epi-pen him? Am I going to end up ugly crying on E News? So I grabbed him and asked him if he was ok. He looked at me and said, “My mouth has never been so happy.” Looks like someone might have his mama’s sweet tooth after all.
The decorations were super fun! The kids were celebratory immediately upon seeing all the bright colors and huge balloons. I hoped there weren’t any long pokey things around because my youngest son was pretty much dead set on trying to pop the balloons with confetti in them. To make it “confetti rain.” I didn’t hate the idea.
But of course I had to jump in for at least one picture. The backdrop was made from gorgeous paper flowers created by Bloom Box Designs. You all know I love to throw a party so it was cool to see an event so well done. From the event staff to the decorations and catering, they totally nailed it. And if you asked my kids their favorite part of the party it would totally be the face painting/balloon gal. She was very talented. My oldest asked her to come to his birthday party.
The Honest Company was VERY generous with their favors. They gave me a tote bag and told me to fill it up with whatever products I wanted. I didn’t want to be greedy but I didn’t even know that they made some of these things! I took my time going through their product line while the kids played on an indoor play area (a permanent structure in the office since the co-founders often bring their kids in with them). While I knew they had diapers, and wipes, I had no idea that they had a full line of cleaning products (dish soap, laundry detergent, cleaning towels and more), personal care products (detangler, shampoos and conditioner, sunscreen and more) or even health and wellness (vitamins and immunity boosters for the whole family and more). I am very excited to introduce these products in to our daily routine.
And have you heard about The Collective? Honest partnered with an array of baby focused companies to collaborate on limited edition products. Check out their site for the full line but they include things like this stroller, swaddling blankets with Aden and Anais (which were a favorite of mine for both of my kids), a diaper caddy, a crib and this rad diaper bag. I asked Jessica about the collection and LOVED what I heard. They looked to companies that put out a great product and like-minded in their aim to create non-toxic, natural products for design loving families. The diaper bag, for instance, was something that Jessica ran across while shopping at the Brooklyn Flea Market. Instantly she knew LayerXLayer would make the perfect uni-sex diaper bag and the collaboration talks began.
Co-founders Jessica and Christopher Gavigan both spoke briefly about the company and how excited they were to be celebrating their second birthday. I have to tell you, I have not stopped thinking about this company since I left the party. Both were so passionate about what they do and it is infectious and makes you want to support their dream. Christopher seems well-versed in legislation and extremely knowledgable from a product standpoint. And this is not a vanity project for Jessica. She knows her stuff. And when she said that while she loves the environment, she loves her family more – she had me. But I was so far off. While that is a main focus for them, that is not all they are about. I am grateful to have gotten a chance to get to know the brand better. I loved what I saw and am excited to become even more familiar with their products. I was taken by surprise at how responsive my Instagram followers were about my Honest Company posts. Seems I might be a little late to the party. A lot of you already know about their commitment to quality, safe products. So tell me, what is your favorite Honest Company product? Are you a Member?
Thank you for having us, Honest! Congrats on creating an amazing company and watching out for our family’s health and wellness. For more info on the party search the #HonestTurns2 hashtag.