The day’s activities began the day before, in our beautiful commercial kitchen! We were so excited to be cooking in our new commissary for the first time…like kids in a candy store, that’s-alls-I-gots-to-say!
Sam and I were busy busting out 1000 phyllo dough tartlets and filling them with brie to be topped with a Merlot-cranberry sauce laced with lavender on the day-of, while Julianne was busy making decadent salted-caramel cheesecakes for our raffle prizes. Yum! The kitchen was smelling awesome and it took basically all my will power to not attack Julianne’s handiwork with a fork!
Now, on to the actual Madonna Expo Center. We had a lot to move and Sam was a superhero…she drove her truck with a 17 foot trailer attached. We had a ton of laughs trying to avoid reverse at all costs. Tee-hee, there was even a moment when Sam’s father-in-law came to the rescue…he was amazingly happy to help despite being barefooted and fresh out of bed (did I mention it was 11pm??). We were so blessed with the friends and family who helped us pull this off! From loading, unloading, serving, babysitting, cleaning, to even substituting for Sunday school class. You guys are AWESOME!!! Thanks for helping us grow our baby! Muah!
Btw, don’t you love it when you plan for things and then you have to pull the Keanu Reeves move from the Matrix? Yoozers! We were constantly “rolling with the punches.” Example: we had made a an entire design based on having side crossbars to drape and hang pictures from. Uh-oh….whelp, we decided to haul in as much of the stuff that we could, and then head to Home Depot for supplies…it was time to build some 8’X8′ frames….stat.
Mission accomplished! All in all, not a bad fix. Sam and I had fun figuring out how to build these at 11:30pm without getting a noise complaint. Thankfully, we had had Home Depot do some of the cutting…so we opted to just drill together the bulk of it and then leave off the electric saw work til the AM…and it worked (didn’t wake a soul)
Enough jabbering! Check out the pics!
We did it! And we survived. The day was a huge success with so many connections made, tastings scheduled and design meetings on the horizon. Yay! We are so excited for all that is to come in this new year!
Now on to the tear down…we were so tired and goofy after such a long 48 hours…perfect recipe for a goofy photo-op of me tearing down the last of the 8′ frames (so Sam’s garage would have some room for a car….maybe…har-har)