DinHer 2010

1st September 2010

DinHer is an event that I hosted during Blogher in NYC  a few weeks ago. What started out as a small dinner to get together some lovely friends and bloggers, turned out to be a great event that was relaxing, enjoyable and a wonderful opportunity to get to know some fantastic and cool women.

When I was planning the dinner, I thought it would be great to have a little swag bag for everyone. Turns out the swag bag ended up being kind of huge. It was actually really fun getting all these great products together for the bag, maybe a little less fun trying to get it over the border, but fun nevertheless. Thank you so much to Toni (@itsToni) who was a HUGE help along the way, and was key at getting some fantastic swag items for the bag!! Also, Sandy and Cheryl helped out with the swag overload, and I am so grateful to both ladies! Thank you!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the sponsors for the event – all 38 of them – THANK YOU for making the event a fun and successful one! First of all, I would like to give a huge shout out to Adria and GM Canada for not only providing myself and my roomies with a Chevy Equinox for the trip to and from NYC, but GM Canada was also generous to sponsor the dinner itself for all the attendees – We appreciate you GM Canada!!

We were given the chance to drive a Chevy Equinox and it was a great ride. As the back seat passenger, I was thrilled that I had a crazy amount of leg room, despite the massive amounts of luggage and swag that was stuffed in the car with us. Christine who was the driver on the trip said,

“I was really impressed with the Equinox loaned to us by GM Canada. The ride was smooth and quiet (well mostly, if you don’t count the passengers – KIDDING), but even better was the gas mileage. To New York, out of New York, back to New York (yes, that’s right) and then finally home again on $80. Now that rocks!”

Old Navy Canada was very generous and sent us a huge box of swag for everyone. Each blogger received a cute headband, sandals, a tank top, a handbag and the delightful surprise of an item also known as JACKET IN A PACKET!

Another great Canadian Company that sent me 5 huge boxes of swag that provided 10 full size products to all the ladies. From their shampoos, to the hand soap, it is all eco-friendly and it all smells wonderful. Thank you Live Clean!

A big thank you to Mabel’s Labels for their fabulous addition to the swag bags! Great Blogher1o specific swag, their famous labels, along with some fab panties, made these a hit!!

I knew that I definitely wanted to have a special little something for each of the ladies that would be a personalized piece of jewelery. Thanks to The Vintage Pearl, each of the ladies received a lovely necklace personalized with their initial, and a pearl. I handed them out to everyone after the dinner, and everyone was thrilled. THANK YOU!!

The Cow and the Moon co. contributed fantastic notecards from their new line of paper products, and even created this awesome personalized Blogher notebook for me as well. Thanks so much Kelly!

  • CHEVY MISSIONS

Thank you to Chevy Missions for contributing purse hooks, to help keep our handbags off all those dirty floors!

Touch’d contributed a full size Bath Butter to everyone. This product smells SO GOOD and is so versatile, it can be used as a moisturizing body soap and also a shaving cream. Thanks so much Rachel!

I was thrilled to be able to add the Mini Makeup Collection from E.L.F. to the bags – I really wanted to fill the bags with things that I would also want, and I always want fantastic makeup. Thanks again E.L.F!

I was thrilled when I found out that Penguin Canada was interested in contributing to our bags. We were lucky enough to be give three great books: Sima’s Undergarments For Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross, Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell and advance copies of A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah.

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of EOS before Twitter, but then I kept hearing about their infamous lip balms and shaving cream, so I had to try it. Thankfully they contributed their shaving cream and their lip balm smooth stick for everyone. As soon as I got to New York, I also made a point of stopping to buy some more. Thanks EOS!

I’ve been tweeting with Tara for a while and I was thrilled when she said she would contribute her coffee sleeves for Dinher. They are impeccably made with these gorgeous fabrics – love this product!

Fun Movie Swag on Twitter is always doing these fun movie giveaways, based out of Toronto. They contributed some fun stuff, from some of the new releases like Salt, that my kids have enjoyed playing with, so thank you so much for that!

Who doesn’t love My Little Pony? I used to play with these as a kid, so I get a kick out of watching how excited my three year old gets when she’s playing with her My Little Pony toys. It was great to be able to add one to everyone’s bags.

A special thank you to one of the DinHer attendees who also contributed to the swag bags – as an Avon rep, she contributed some AVON products to everyone. Thanks Cheryl!!

All of the ladies received a 2010/2011 organizer from Busybody books – a great product for organizing yourself and your family’s commitments. Despite all the electronic organizers, I prefer pen to paper, and this is a great tool for just that, and it’s pretty to look at to boot.

Another fantastic Canadian company that is a shining example of good business, and I might be biased when I say this because I totally admire the owner, Lindsay. Grace Announcements does everything from business cards, to art, to stationary and invites, does them impeccably. I was thrilled to add some personalized notepads to the bags. Thanks so much Lindsay!

  • ENERGIZER

Thank you to Energizer for contributing  the Energizer® Recharge Smart Charger for everyone, which always come in handy with two young children and many toys that seem to need batteries all the time. Also,

Peartree is a U.S. based stationary company that makes some beautiful products from address labels, invitations to note cards. Thanks to Peartree for contributing personalized items to each bag, including return address labels and note cards.

Thank you to Sensodyne Canada for contributing their sensitive toothpaste and the Breathe Right strips (my personal favorite – my bed buddy just happens to be a snorer).

Thanks to DK Books Canada for donating a reusable tote and a fantastic book called A Slice of Organic Life by Sheherazade Goldsmith – a gorgeous book about leading a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Thanks so much to RuMe Bags for contributing the Macro RuMe bags that held all of the swag, that was very heavy. The bags can hold up to 50lbs and look gorgeous doing it too. These bags are beautifully made and they have a great selection of products available – love the kid’s totes!

  • PASSION PARTIES

My lovely twitter friend @ManiacalMom provided us some fun swag that she sells through passion parties, and was also lovely enough to donate a door prize that I gave away during the dinner, which one of our lucky ladies won! It was a much coveted prize – and we’ll leave it at that!

  • HALO SLEEPSACK

The Halo SleepSacks are adorable products that ensure babies can be both warm and safe when sleeping – we were sent adorable themed sleep sacks. They come in many colors, designs and sizes, so be sure to check them out. If you don’t have little ones any longer, they make a perfect shower gift I think.

  • COTY

Thanks to Coty, we received the latest perfume by Baby Phat called DARE ME. Cute bottle, and smells nice too.

  • REISENTHEL

A last minute addition to our bags were these great reusable totes from Reisenthel – the mini maxi shopper in a variety of designs. In a time where caring about the environmental and being aware of even the smallest actions that we can do to make a difference, you can honestly never have too many reusable totes, especially cute ones.

  • HADAKI

Hadaki generously provided each of the DinHer attendees a cool wallet, called the Large Money Pod – they were all different colors and patters, but beautifully made and such a unique product. Be sure to check out all their products on their website. Also, we raffled off a fabulous Hadaki tote to one very happy attendee!

  • BALBOA BABY

Balboa Baby is company that makes gorgeous baby slings and nursing covers, among other items in these beautiful fabrics and patterns. The ladies chose from nursing covers, the sling and the shopping cart/ high chair cover. Another great site to check out if you have a babe of your own, or need to get a special gift for a friend.

  • CHRIS BLAKE

Chris Blake is someone that you may recognize from Twitter – I recognized him a while back when he followed me. I thought he was quite the hunky dude. And then I heard him sing – he has a fantastic voice, and he was gracious enough to provide all the ladies with one of his cds entitled WAVE. If you haven’t heard his music yet, check him out here, and you can also now find him on Amazon and iTunes!

  • WANNA HAVA COOKIE

I knew we wanted to have one edible item in the bags, and I was thrilled that Wanna Hava Cookie wanted to be part of it. They sent us these lovely little boxes containing the most delicious whoopie pies in different flavours. Seriously to die for. They make many products and they ship to the U.S. and CANADA!! They just opened their first store in NYC, so try to make it out there if you happen to be in the neighborhood, you will be glad you did.

  • NAME YOUR TUNE

Name Your Tune cds are an award-winning, Canadian product that provides personalized music for your child. Within 14 songs, your child’s name is heard more than 80 times, which I can tell you from experience, is beyond thrilling for a little person. This is a fantastic product, from a company that knows good business, and just happen to be really, lovely people. A great kid’s gift!

  • THE JIMMIES

I was thrilled when I was contacted about adding The Jimmies cd to our swag bag – The Jimmies are a fun, rock band for kids. This particular double cd titled “Trying Funny Stuff” included a live concert cd, music videos, and 6 karaoke videos. A really fun, energetic cd that gets the little people dancing. Make sure to check them out!

  • SURVIVAL OF THE HIPPEST

For Twitter fans, Survival of the Hippest is a site where you can order jewelery to key chains to tie clips, that will immortalize your Twitter handle or perhaps a favorite hashtag. Thanks so much for providing us with a great discount on our first order!!

  • FELD ENTERTAINMENT

Thanks to FELD Entertainment for providing us some fun Disney products for our bags and as a door prize. Fun clown noses, disposable cameras, and other items were a great addition to our DinHer bags.

  • Blue Avocado

Thanks to Blue Avocado, another great eco-friendly company, for providing us two great door prizes for our event – the starter kits (which included veg, pack, and pod bags) were a big hit.

  • OWLSAY DESIGNS

Owlsay Designs is an Etsy shop that was generous enough to provide each of the ladies with a luggage tag that helped identify their bags, and will be great for their travels, as well as a discount on a future purchase. Please check out her sight where you find handmade items from passport covers, pouches, and magnets. Thanks so much!!

  • FOUNDATION STUDIO

And our last addition to our bag was from another Twitter friend, Foundation Studio, who provided each of the ladies a gift certificate that entitles them to a 125×125 pixel ad. They offer many different professional services, including web design and branding. Thanks so much Ariane!

  • CARMICHAEL DIGITAL

And a huge shout out to Carmichael Digital for providing our DinHer event with a fantastic site to show off all of our sponsors throughout the planning process. If you need help with strategy, assessment, training and/or coaching – they are the people to call! THANKS SO MUCH!!

Check out some pictures below of the great products that all the companies provided to the DinHer event! Thank you!!

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14 thoughts on “DinHer 2010

  1. Corinne

    Thank you for organizing DinHer, and thank you to all the fabulous sponsors! I’ve been using my new day planner, and it’s seriously the best one I’ve ever used. Paige is now infatuated with My Little Ponies… and my kids adore listening to Paige’s personalized CD (she lucked out everything came right before her birthday!!) I’ll be ordering a cd for Fynn for Christmas…
    🙂

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  2. Lindsey Jacobs

    Okay, seriously, best stuff ever! Loved it all, really top notch stuff and everyone was so nice to donate things! I even (how nice) shared stuff with my family and spread the word about all the great stuff.

    It was really nice to be spoiled a bit especially being (mostly) Moms that really don’t take time to do that for ourselves. Was a bit like Christmas!

    Big thank you to you all!!

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  3. Sandy (@sandyel)

    I loved it! So much fun, and thank you so much for organizing all of it! What a great evening and what great products. I’d like to quote my roomie, “Swag Mountain” was unbelievable! I still have dreams about those cookies… yum! Like Lindsey – I have also shared with family members, but no one… I mean no one, can touch my reusable bags! Love them to bits.

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  4. Christine LaRocque

    Had a such a lovely time, and we were so pampered! You did a fabulous job Maria and I’m so pleased I had a chance to be a part of it. I’m not sure where to start…honestly I’m using so much of the stuff on a regular basis -including the rain jacket in a bag which REALLY keeps you dry. I love the Busy Body Planner, it came just in time for my oldest to start school and life to get crazy. I also LOVE LOVE my new Hadaki wallet. I do believe I am a Hadaki convert!

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  5. Kate

    Okay, I was originally jealous of all of the amazing women you got to spend time with. But I must admit, now I am a tiny bit jealous of the swag. 🙂 Great job organizing an intimate event and props to the companies for seeing the value in these v. cool women.

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  6. LZ

    What a blast DinHer was! I must say, the swag was such a nice bonus. I tend to not buy myself stationery or paper products, so it was so nice to get some that was personalized for me and my children. I will definitely be repurchasing most if not all of the labels and paper that I got. Truly special!
    Maria – you did such an amazing job organizing this, and it was such a pleasure and an honor to be included.

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  7. Toni

    I can’t believe how well this event turned out. Everything from the wait staff to the friends to the sponsoring companies. All of the brands were so wonderful to work with. If I listed all of the items that I love and use, I would only be repeating your list. Huge thanks to you Maria, thanks to everyone who came, thanks to Victor at Trattoria Trecolori, thanks to swag donors and a HUGE HUGE thank you to GM Canada for making a wonderful memory for so many special women. Luv!

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  8. Karen @agentninety9

    Maria, I’m so sorry I’m late with my feedback. I’ve had a LOT to deal with the last few weeks. But, better late than never!

    I can honestly say that this event was a HUGE highlight for me. I think it was the intimate setting that made it so special (and of course the lovely hostess!)

    The food and wine were divine and the company was incredible also. It was so nice to connect on that kind of level. DinHer will be remembered for a very long, long time. It also set the bar impossibly high for all other future events I get invited to!

    As for the gifts… (this stuff is too nice to be called swag!) I felt positively spoiled!(and I’m sure the other ladies feel this way too). I just about cried from being so overwhelmed. I did not expect to feel so valued and appreciated for attending this great event. Wow is all I can say.

    I use almost everything just about every day. I’m LOVING the Live Clean products and the Elf cosmetics. The busy Body Book has officially replaced my calendar on my pc. That says A LOT. And the lovely necklace from Vintage Pearl? A personal favorite. I’ve worn it every day and it reminds me of the trip of a lifetime for me.

    So thank you Maria and to ALL of your wonderful sponsors. DinHer blew my mind! I’m honoured that I was a guest and I am completely and utterly grateful.

    XO Karen.

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