Orange County Cake Poppers Meet Up 2013!

November 17, 2013 by Lucylupop

Last weekend, myself and 49 other amazing CakePoppers from Orange County meet up for the first Orange County Cake Poppers Meet Up.

This was an event organized by Kim of KC Bakes, along with the help of her Orange County planning committee Ella (LolliCakes by Ella),  Adri (MaskiPops by Adri) and Nicole (Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique).

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So alittle background, Kim reached out to all her CakePopping friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instgram asking where she should host the next Cake Poppers meet up – after the success of the New Jersey event.

There was an overwhelming outcry for it to be held in California (which I was supper excited about), and I got the chance to get a ticket to the event! I never realized how many of us Cake Poppers there were in OC – the event sold out so quickly!

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On Saturday morning, after getting lost in Garden Grove (thanks Google Maps!), I headed to Dougs Downtown Grill to be greeted by a SWAG bag, the most beautiful desert table, and lots of chatting and laughter.

Side note – it was hilarious to be greeted by Kim with the phrase “I know that accent!” – It seems I haven’t lost as much of my English accent as I thought!

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An amazing Desert table thanks to Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique!

A Full list of sponsors at the end of the post

A Full list of sponsors at the end of the post

The event was jam packed with events, starting with a general meet and greet and finally putting some faces to names, and meeting some of my CakePop favourites.

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After lunch, Kim started the raffle.  So many amazing people donated raffle items, and the raffle contined all afternoon.  I was super excited to win the very first item, some Kitchen equipment from Bling Diva Design.

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Next followed a focus group with Kip and Connie from BRP Box Shop.  They were also awesome enough to provide us all with a sample of their boxes, and I will definitely be putting an order together for some more boxes, when I can decide which colors I want!

Picture courtesy of KC Bakes

Picture courtesy of KC Bakes

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Karyn from PintSize Baker was next to give a presentation on Photography.  I have to admit, I was alittle starstruck meeting Karyn, I have been following PintSized Baker and Dieters Downfall for as long as I can remember, and her blog pictures are amazing.  It was great to get advice from her, and to be able to get to know her alittle.

 

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Next on the agenda, a presentation from Kim of KC Bakes, on the Social Media Best Practices! Kim’s brand is so strong on social media, so we were all getting advice from a pro!

 

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The final part of the event was a panel discussion with an amazing Cake Pop panel. Karyn (Pint Sized Baker), Kris (kCreative), Pam (Cake Ball Love), Angie (O Pops by Angie) and Yuki (Creative Edibles by Yuki). All of these ladies have an amazing history of work, and it was great to be able to pick their brains on advice ranging from pricing to CakePop trouble-shooting.

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As the event drew to a close, there were more photo opportunities, and Kris took the time out to sign copies of her new book, Pop Art. (go get a copy now!!), and of course some shopping!

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Classic Cake Decorations kindly kept their store open for us after the event to get some all important CakePop supplies after a full day inspiration.  I cant wait to put these to good use.

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All in all, this was an amazing event, Kim, Ella, Adri and Nicole did an amazing job, and it was so00000o great to meet so many talented poppers, either for the first time, or finally face-to-face.  I hope this isn’t the last one guys!!

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Some fellow attendees are running some giveaways on their blogs from SWAG bags, to copies of Kris’s amazing book – to enter for any of these amazing prizes, follow these links:

PintSized Baker –  Win a copy of Pop Art by Kris!

KC Bakes –  Win your own Swag Bag

If any of my fellow #OCCPMU people know of any additional giveaways – feel free to leave them in the comments……

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Finally a Big Thank you to all the sponsors of the event:

BRP Box Shop

CandiQuik  

Claudine Hellmuth

Heavenly CakePops

LolliCakes by Ella

MaskiPops by Adri

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Paper Glitter

Photojojo

Spinning Leaf

Sprinkles ‘N Stuff

Aardvark Straws

Bayked Treasures

Classic Cake

Get it Right

Gus & Marley

Marshfellows

Roni’s Sugar Creations

Sweet & Treats Boutique

Sweets from Heaven Orange

The Makery

Jenae Creates

KC Bakes

Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique

 

Until #OCCPMU 2014????

 

 

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Lucy,

    Great post!! So fun sitting with you and getting the chance to meet some OC poppers!! Love the blog :)

    XOXO Heidi

  2. Hi Lucy – It was great to meet you as well. Best of luck with cake popping and photography. Let me know if you ever have any questions.
    Take Care!

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