Day 2 of #campmixalot is here!! Now I know what you are thinking, Sharon – day 1 had a lot of cocktails…And you are correct. I was pretty slow the morning of day 2. But there was too much planned for the day so I grabbed another RESQ WATER and got moving. And coffee. Lots of coffee.
If you missed yesterdays post, I am recapping the creative retreat weekend in Palm Springs that Lauren and I plan every year. This year’s took place in the beginning of August and was cocktail themed.
Each morning we set out an easy breakfast spread. Sambazon provided acai packets and Driscoll’s Berries provided us with fresh berries to make acai bowls. There may have also been a donut or two…But I’m obsessed with acai bowls so I thought those would be a good healthy start to the day. The girls loved them. They are super easy to make, taste delicious and a nice counter point to some of the decadence of the weekend…
Day 2 had us on a thrift shop tour. We headed out to a few different shops in the Coachella Valley. But when you see an empty lot and you love your dress, you stop for a photo shoot. I brought my inner supermodel. I hate to have my photo taken so I sort of thought of myself as a character and had some fun with it. I think that is what I will do from now on when someone points a camera at me. I’ve got to come up with some really great personalities to draw from…I found some great new props for upcoming recipe and cocktail posts.
For lunch we stopped by Appetito. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to eat in Palm Springs. I was so glad to share it with the girls. Their fresh pasta is crazy good and these meatball sliders are a must. The staff is on top of everything and super friendly. It is located right across the street from the Ace Hotel and has great design and a large outdoor patio for when the weather cools down.
And then we returned home. And sat in the pool. All afternoon. We had the chance to really laugh and get to know each other. And did I mention laugh? We talked about our blogs, our businesses and everything else under the sun. Which decided to be a constant companion on day 2. No more rain.
We set out paddleball just in case anyone wanted to be a little active. The afternoon was super relaxed and exactly what everyone needed. Aside from chatting about our creative worlds, the down time was really great for slowing life down for just a minute. I think it is really important to do that every once in a while. I know for me, when I get really busy and pressured to work on the blog, my creativity suffers. Stepping away really helps.
Pool selfie! While I knew everyone who attended, it was awesome getting to know a few of the girls better. I’m so grateful of this time with them. And if you follow me on Instagram, you know that Palm Springs is my happy place. I am always so glad to share my favorite places with other people.
Again, we had a signature cocktail for the afternoon. We went with Tortuga Nights. Like me when I first made the, the ladies were a bit skeptical of the white zinfandel…but like I knew they would, everyone LOVED this drink! You HAVE to try it! This is a selfie I found on my phone of Lauren enjoying one.
We also had some Golden Road Brewing out for the gals that needed a break from cocktails. This company is LA based and has gorgeous cans! This creative crowd really appreciated that. My favorite was this IPA where proceeds from the sale helps Heal the Bay and I can’t wait to go check out their pub. I hear it is totally family friendly!
And then came my favorite part of the weekend. On a previous Palm Springs trip we had a private chef cater dinner for my family. I really wanted to give the girls that same experience because the caterer is AWESOME! Michelle Globis of Palm Springs Plan arrived in the late afternoon and began prepping. I am going to do a full post on her later this week but for now, all you need to know is that you need to hire her on your next trip to the desert. We started off with an appetizer hour including figs grown in her own yard and delicious charcuterie.
Michelle likes to start off the night with a delicious beverage. They are always non-alcoholic and SO refreshing! This one was a hibiscus cooler and was AMAZING! We brought out some vodka in case anyone wanted to take it up a notch. I would love to recreate this at home. This was not sweet and had such great herbal notes. It was perfect for a warm summer evening.
We moved inside for dinner to the gorgeous table Lauren had set. We poured some more One Hope Wine and for the next few hours enjoyed course after course of amazing food. I am a huge fan of Michelle’s work and it was very special to me to be able to share her with my friends. Every single dish was unique and delicious. I can’t wait to share more about the full dinner with you later this week!
After dinner we got in to our PJ Salvage jammies to get more comfy. We are so grateful they provided each girl with her own set of cute pajamas and eye masks.
But the night was still young so we made some after dinner drinks and laughed some more.
We made sure to keep snacks on hand in case anyone was hungry. After our crazy good meal, there was not a lot of room for anything else. But if you put popcorn in front of me I’m not going to say no. And if you’ve ever tried this G.H Cretors Popcorn then you know how irrisistable it is. SO GOOD! I’m kind of obsessed with the Chicago mix which is cheddar and caramel corn, mixed! I wasn’t sure about it at first. But it is a big old YES!
For our final morning together we decided to have a little pajama breakfast party. How fun is that watermelon?! One of the gals, Carole, had created a carved watermelon for me for a photo shoot I did years ago and I asked her if she would do another one. I’ll show you how to do this in a few weeks! Super easy and so fun, am I right?!
We had just enough time to have each lady make their own party favor before it was time for everyone to get on the road and head home. We brought stuff to infuse vodka. Huge thank you to Smirnoff for providing the vodka! Each gal could make a few different flavors. We set out fresh herbs and fruit for them to choose from. I love that they got to take home a useful favor and that when they create a cocktail with it, they will remember our time together in the desert.
#campmixalot was so amazing in so many ways. For Lauren and I, we get to plan rad themed events that bring rad girls together. We don’t know how these events will grow and change from now until next year but if you are interested in finding out more about the next one, and possibly attending, we’d love for you to let us know! Fill out this quick form here. And don’t forget to check out the hashtag on Instagram to see more of our weekend!
Michelle Globis you are awesome and I can’t wait until our next dinner! We are ecstatic that we were able to work with you to provide the best dinner experience ever and make it fit our budget!
Thank you G.H. Cretors for sending the most delicious popcorn! Snacks are my fave!
Our pajama party was made possible by PJ Salvage! Thank you! Their super comfy jammies are available online and at Nordstrom and I think would make a fantastic gift idea this holiday season! They sent a pair for each gal and an extra so Lauren and I can do a giveaway! More info on that soon!
Thank you RESQ WATER for keeping us hydrated and hangover free!
Thank you to Kidecals who provided a super cute item for our gift bags that I can’t wait to show you!
Thank you to Alexandra Hedin for setting up the amazing house! It was so fun to be staying in one place instead of different hotel rooms! And we couldn’t have done that without you! THANK YOU!
Until next year, friends! If you haven’t read about Day 1 yet, go now!