Are You O'caKe? The Event!
On Sunday 30th of may I hosted Floss Cakery's very first event - Are You O'caKe? The Event!
It was amazing! Despite the panic attack I had 4 hours beforehand - one like i have never experienced before. My hands were going numb my vision and hearing was fuzzy. But once we got to the beautiful Kohi Yacht Club Venue and starting setting up I felt much better - thank goodness!
Here's how it went...
The O'caKe Demo
We began the afternoon with Floss (me) demonstrating how i decorate a Floss cake - Are You O'caKe? Themed, of course!
Self Compassion Check In
Then my beautiful friend Anna Boggiss (final year PHD candidate in psychology and Self Compassion teacher) took everyone through a short mediation to get us grounded and some journal prompts to check in on ourselves and find out how we were really feeling that day. This is important to do as sometimes we find ourselves ignoring what we are really thinking or really going through and not giving ourselves exactly what we need right now.
Once we calmed ourselves and became grounded, everyone dived into cupcake decorating. Each guest had 4 cupcakes, buttercream with two piping nozzle shapes, tones of sprinkles and chocolates/ candies to decorate. Special shout out here to Go Bake and the incredible Sugar Lips Sprinkles for donating some of our amazing decorations. See below for more info on them!
Your Self-Care Menu
After completing cupcake masterpieces, Anna stepped back in and took everyone through creating their very own Self Care Menu. We believe it is so important to have a self-care menu or list of things to refer to when things start to get tough in life and you to take a mindful moment to step into calm and peace and out of the chaos that can sometime be life.
After we took a quick break to have some Floss cake (decorated earlier) and some delicious Better Tea Co 'Anxietea' (Special shout out to the team for gifting their product for the event - its absolutely delicious!). The O'caKe Panel - This was one of my favourite parts of the whole afternoon. Anna Boggiss sat down with Georgie Harris and I to answer questions and talk opening about mental health. We left space at the end for our guests to ask questions and i absolutely filled my soul being able to provide advice from my own experience and just generally talk openly about Mental Health. Here i was to say a big big thank you to Georgie Harris for being our guest speaking and being so brave to speak about your journey and share what has got you through. I am forever grateful for you and honoured to have had to come aboard! <3
Finally we finished with some mingling and selfie taking, it was so so wonderful to meet some many brave souls coming out to learn more about themselves and their friends - and eat cake! I am still buzzing about the day a week later and I can't thank each and everyone one of you who attended, enough for coming. I am so grateful for you pushing yourselves to try something new and knowing how much your truly matter to this world. YOU MATTER ALWAYS!!!!
An extra special shout out to my Mum, Dad, Logan and my Sister for being the most wonderful set and support team. And to my beautiful friend Anna for being the best person a gal could wanna work with for this event, for working so hard to fight this cause and for making a change to everyone she meets, i couldn't have done it without you Anna!
P.S Head to my facebook page to see all the photos from the event .... CLICK HERE
LASTLY I want to say a HUGE thank to the most incredible businesses for helping make the first Are You O'caKe? The Event! so so amazingly special:
Anxietea gifted by Better Tea Co
@betterteaco / bettertea.co/
Sprinkles gifted Sugar Lips
@sugarlipsnz / sugarlips.co.nz
Decorations and sprinkles gifted by GoBake
@gobakenz / gobake.co.nz
Beautiful Balloon Garland gifted by Michelle at Fiesta Design
@fiestadesignnz / fiestadesign.co.nz
Spot prize products gifted by Brave Face
@braveface / hellobraveface.com
Earrings for the goodie bags gifted by Harper Rose Handmade
@harper_rose_handmade / harperrosehandmade.com
Stress balls gifted by Habitat Central
Goodie bag samples gifted by Three Gems Natural Skincare
@threegemsnaturalskincare / threegems.co.nz
You Matter, Always goodie bag decals gifted by Handmade by Haleigh
@handmadebyhaleigh / handmadebyhaleigh.com
Bumper stickers gifted by This is Georgiie Bumper Stickers
Goodie bag gifted by Dreamers Duo
@dreamersduo / dreamers-duo.com
Spatula for goodie bags gifted by Cakers NZ Decorating Supplies
@cakersnzds / cakersnzds.co.nz
Samples gifted by Heilala Vanilla
@heilalavanilla / heilalavanilla.co.nz
Pens gifted by Moving Through
@movingthroughnz / movingthrough.net
Goodie bag sprinkles and piping tip gifted by Coast Cakes Ltd
@coastcakesltd / coastcakes.co.nz
Chocolate covered pretzels gifted by Grazy
@grazy_nz / grazy.co.nz
Goodie bag discount code gifted by Pink Tips