When Christmas CarnLIVal came to town last year, Katy and Sammy did an amazing job of putting together an event, the likes of which we little Liverpool blogged had never seen before. From start to finish the whole thing was Winter Wonderland magical, and before it was even over, we cried out in unison for another event. And another event we got! But could it live up to the expectations of the first CarnLIVal? Would it be bigger? Could it be better? Here we go, CarnLIVal Spring 2017!
Our venue was the beautifully stylish Hope Street Hotel, which is practically designed with bloggers in mind. After being whisked up to the fifth floor, we were all in awe of the space. Floor to ceiling windows, more natural light than a blogger knows what to do with and a balcony. OH, that balcony! With views of the city the likes of which I’d never seen, we couldn’t stop taking pictures.
The afternoon kicked off with goodies on the door, huge thanks to Jack and Cable who provided every blogger on the day with a fully charged power bank because let's be honest, there’s nothing worse than being at an event and your phone dying or your camera battery giving up! We grabbed mystical eggs off Katy, headed to the bar for a gin (duh!) and got to squealing over every face we recognized coming through the door. Just your average friendly blogger greeting!
The afternoon went by in an absolute blur of organized chaos. From easter egg hunts to poetry competitions, the now infamous naughty or nice potluck bags, more gin, lot’s of sunshine and hours of balcony photo-shoots!
We got a fabulous tour of the hotel too which, hands down, is pretty damn awesome. We started at the top, the penthouse, which has amazing views of the city and a bathroom that’s probably bigger than my living room! From there, we ventured down the corridors to check out two studios and a standard room. Every room is plush, with luxurious bedding, waterfall showers, Pinterest-worthy bathrooms and more! Be still my blogger's heart, but all the in-room toiletries are by REN too! Everything just screams stylish luxury but without the OTT price tag. A standard room starts from as little as £89 per night.
One of the highlights of the day had to be our guest speaker, Deborah Morgan. Mum to the fabulous Antonia, she stopped by to give us all an inspirational talk on not only how to find your dream, but how to follow it too. She let the dreams she had as a little 11-year-old girl guide her throughout her adult life into a career that’s less of a job and more of a passion. She reads, writes, teaches, puts on plays, and hands down, inspires everyone she speaks to. It was fabulous to hear her tell her story and she left me with so much to think about when it comes to my own dreams and future!
Then came the raffle. We all love a good raffle! It’s probably the closest to quite you will ever get a room of bloggers as they wait to see if their lucky number is called. I had my eye on two fabulous prizes, the Fentimans hamper and the Flavourly Gin Discovery Box - because you know, I can never have too much gin in my life. So many fabulous companies had donated some seriously awesome prizes for the raffle and I’m pretty sure nobody went home empty handed! The Fentimans hamper went to the fabulous Jess (you owe me a blogger picnic in that thing girl!) and when the Flavourly box came up? Not my number! The beautiful soul that is Lyd won the box full of gin and bestowed it on my gin beating heart. This girl! So much love was thrown at her from my direction, including my own, yet to win, raffle ticket. Thankfully it came up trumps for her and she went away with a beautiful prize!
And then came the goodie bags. Hands down, Katy and Sam, GIRLS! Seriously, you spoil us! The venue, the activities, the raffle, everything had already been more than we had been expecting, but then you came out with two bags jam packed with goodies for each and every blogger. TWO! The squeals as we started rifling through and seeing what was inside! I’ll do a more in-depth look into the goodie bags next post, but for now, here’s just a couple of highlights!
I was having so much fun catching up with all my local lovelies, Dan, Sam, Codie, Kayleigh, and Hollie to name but a few! Katy and Sam did the most amazing job putting the day together and seriously, I can’t wait to see what you have instore for us next time…because there will be a next time, won’t there?
What was the highlight of your last blogger event?
Until next time,