September Be-Be-Q in the Park

About a week ago Friday, our closest family members and friends joined us for a fun-in-the-sun-filled afternoon barbecue in the park. We jumped in a jumbo-size bounce house complete with climbing wall, slide, and basketball “court” fit for big and little kids alike and competed in classic outdoor games like croquet, badminton, soccer, Frisbee, horseshoes…even a potato sack relay race!

Hot dogs, burgers, tri-tip and baby back spare ribs were barbecued on-site by one of our favorite local smokehouses. They also served up garlic bread, fresh fruit and green salads and their famous baked beans. Thank you to Christina and Alan for baking cupcakes and cookies and to Santa and her family for treating everyone to homemade tamales.

Two pinatas — one pull-string for the really young ones and a more traditional one for taking a swing at — were very popular towards the end of the evening. Notice the alternative use of our nursing cover! :)


The Anatomy of an Event

I was in NYC this week for Bebe au Lait to talk to the magazines and attending bloggers at a “press junket” of sorts for award winning baby products. I introduced them to the Bebe au Lait Simple line and had great discussions about what it means to be “eco”. It’s not just about buying organic, it’s also about reducing, re-using and recycling. To that end, I emphasized how these nursing covers are being multi-tasked by Bebe-au-Lait-Moms (and Dads!) worldwide: for nursing, pumping, sun shades, blankets and even changing mats. Now that’s eco. One product that does many things and is easily cleaned.

Here are pics from the event in case you ever wondered what it takes to pull this type of thing off. First, product was sent from our warehouse in California to my hotel in NYC where I packed the items into bags for the journalists to pick up at our “booth” (that’s my husband lending a hand, he’s a friend of Bebe). Then we loaded the bags into the boxes so they could be carried the two blocks to the event the next day (again, my husband did this–I carried the flowers and cupcakes). Speaking of cupcakes (those are Red Velvet from Magnolia bakery–perfection), we have found that the attendees at these events get so tired that there’s nothing better than having a sweet respite while listening to our information. Sometimes we call that a bribe :)
The rest of the pictures are the event itself and all of the action. It was really fun to be there to introduce the Simple line and see all of the other fun products now available for moms and babies. The 7 hours flew by and then we packed up, said our goodbyes, and headed home.


Celebration–Fete de Vin 2008

We are 19 employees strong now which sounds small to some, but huge to us! To celebrate and take a well deserved break, Claire and Ronnie (our owners), hosted a wine country tour and tasting. Even though we weren’t all “tasting” per se, the views, the time together and the gorgeous Northern California weather were incredible. Here are some photos to share with you, Savannah-Chanelle was the unofficial favorite. If you’re ever out this way be sure to visit and bring a picnic lunch.