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.
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.
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!