OC Blogger Bash – A Night to Remember

I recently had the opportunity to attend the OC Blogger Bash hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau with support from MomsLA. With a Mad Men theme this Retro Modern Mom couldn’t resist the promise of vintage fashions, food and fun. And let me tell you I was NOT disappointed.

I carpooled down with two other lovely LA bloggers, Kim Tracy Prince and
Adrienne Van Houten. Upon arrival I was amazed at the immense list of sponsors and the top notch décor and food. From a faux drive-in movie theatre complete with old movies, vintage cars and soda jerk counter to the live band and signature orange martini, this party didn’t miss a single detail. Even the hors d’oeuvres included mini beef wellington, baked Alaska and deviled quail eggs—standard for any 60’s affair. The venue was a sea of red lipstick, white gloves, and dresses that walked straight off the set of Mad Men.

Signature Orange Martini (and I never spilled a drop on those gloves!)

As I worked my way through the crowd, martini in hand, I was met by a lovely woman who ran marketing for Knott’s Berry Farm. I had to be honest and shared that I couldn’t recall the last time I had visited the park. We had a wonderful conversation where I was informed of the new direction Knott’s is taking in re-investing in their park and patrons. She kindly invited me to their Christmas event in December and I must say I am looking forward to visiting again with a new found appreciation for their dedication to a family friendly atmosphere.

Having grown up in Orange County, I thought I knew all there was to do and see. To my surprise I found there was so much more to the area that I hadn’t discovered. For instance:

  • Fullerton Arboretum’s “Haunted Garden” & Kids Pumpkin Day (Oct. 29th)
  • Cook’s Corner – one of the most famous biker bars in Southern California.
  • The Weiner Races at Old Towne Huntington Beach is probably one of the most ridiculous things you’ll ever see for a dollar.

As the MC began dolling out prize packs I was thrilled to win tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific. My Little Man is entranced by the large aquariums and fish.

Little Man loves the Aquarium of the Pacific

The evening went pretty much that way: meeting new and old friends, scarfing mini beef wellingtons, watching the vintage fashion show by Queen of Heartz, munching on quail eggs, dancing with a very exuberant Ricky Ricardo, and sipping cocktails. Of course it was my dancing moves that won me a one night stay at Hotel La Casa del Camino and dinner for two at K’ya Bistro Bar. You can bet when I walked in the door that night my hubby was pretty excited to know we had another date night ready and waiting for a special occasion.

So thank you to the team at AOCVCB and MomsLA for putting together one of the most memorable events I have been to in a long time!

Kim Tracy Prince and I strutting our stuff on the "Orange" carpet


  1. Hooray for your dance moves winning you the makings of a swell date night!

  2. I actually have a season pass to Knott’s Berry Farm. A buddy of mine has a wife and kids so most of the time we hang out it’s a kid’s day. They call me Uncle Joe (which oddly enough was a nick name for Stalin as well) and I have to say it is really pretty fun at Knott’s. It has it’s big theme park attractions, but it’s also sort of a carnival. They have merry-go-rounds, carnival games, all sorts of little booths for souvenirs, one in particular where I got my friend’s kid’s names printed on a fancy poster board in a fun design, and everything is a lot more affordable than I thought it would be. It’s kind of a great place to spend the day with kids… if you have any.

  3. So my question is… did you get the orange martini recipe? 🙂 Sounds like you had a great time.

  4. Fun times!! I LOVE that first photo of you!

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