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Last weekend, I hosted my fourth Cake Poppers Meet-Up… number 4! I never imagined them catching on like this, but I’m so glad everyone is enjoying them.

On Saturday, June 14th, the Texas Cake Poppers Meet-Up was held in Austin. We did things a little different in Texas, and it was so much fun… we had activities at two venues! Search #TXCPMU on Instagram for pictures from the event. 

At check-in, each attendee received a name tag, event program and a swag bag FULL of goodies! See the end of this post for your chance to snag some swag!

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We started the day at Star Bar, where we kicked off the event with a fun icebreaker activity that got everyone moving around and interacting with one another. There were fun table topic questions to get people chatting, like “If you could be any cereal box cartoon for one day, who would you be and why?”

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For lunch, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ provided some of the most amazing food I had while I was in Texas – seriously, it was amazing. Miguel created a delicious taco bar with various meats, toppings & sides, as well as incredible handmade tortillas that everyone was raving about.

For dessert, our TXCPMU planning committee created a super yummy dessert table with Texas-themed treats – cookies and cake pops by Modesty, chocolate covered pretzel rods and Oreos by Sheri & red velvet whoopee pies from Julie. There was also fudge, and peaches picked right from one of the attendees’ trees!

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Karyn of Pint Sized Baker presented Photography 101, sharing valuable information about lighting, composition, editing & more. Everyone was jotting down notes, because her tips are simple, yet so useful! The littlest changes can make all the difference for an incredible photo.

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Next, I led a discussion Social Media Do’s & Don’ts. We talked about ways to improve your social media accounts, ways to be more efficient in posting, goal-setting and more. My favorite part of this portion is the open forum we have on the topic of what it means to be a good “social citizen” on social media. The bakers had great feedback and suggestions such as leaving good feedback if you like someone’s photo, giving credit where its due and supporting others.

Our raffle table was overflowing with really awesome prizes – from cupcake liners to books to artwork, we had a little something of everything. Check out our TXCPMU Raffle Winners so see all if the different goodies.

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Then we had one extra special raffle prize… a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer! Bakers posted a pic of themselves on Instagram or Facebook to enter, which resulted in some really cute (& hopeful) photos. Lucky ducky Karol was the big winner!

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Afterwards, we all packed up and headed over to Make It Sweet for Part 2 of the Meet-Up. We had a little bit of time before we headed into the instructional room, so everyone spread out to shop. This store is 4,000 square feet of bakers paradise – it has everything! I could’ve spent all day just standing at the wall of sprinkles.

Once in the group room, owner Jennifer shared great information about disco dust, luster dust and petal dust – the differences between them and best practices on how to use them.

IMG_2455Jennifer was so incredibly sweet and provided snacks & drinks for everyone! Each table was also given some cake dough, melted chocolate and various decorative supplies; attendees took turns sharing various techniques and tips – it was so rewarding to see everyone teaching and learning from each other!

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It wasn’t until everyone had gone that I realized we forgot to take a group picture – d’oh! I did manage to snap a pic of my TXCPMU planning committee – (L-R) Julie (@jewelz51), Sheri (@blondiestreats) & Modesty (@mocakes). These lovely ladies were my local helpers that helped me plan such a great event all the way from New Jersey. They’re all so sweet, and really talented to boot!

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Now… the TXCPMU Swag Bag Giveaway!!!

One lucky KC Bakes reader will win…

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Here’s a close-up of some of the smaller goodies…

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And can you believe all of the boxes that fit into the BRP Box Shop Swag Portfolio?

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The winner will also get their choice of cake pop earrings from Bakery Charms – chocolate or rainbow?

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TXCPMU Swag Bag Goodies:

  • Aardvark red striped paper straws (2)
  • Bakery Charms cake pop earrings
  • BRP Box Shop swag portfolio
  • Caljava glam stick kit
  • Candiquik candy coating
  • Chefmaster candy dye
  • Hatch gift coupon for $25 off
  • Hoffmaster cupcake liners
  • Lorann Oils flavor dram
  • Lucks chocolate transfer sheets
  • Perfectly Posh samples
  • SpinningLeaf single cavity mold (2)
  • Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply vanilla sample
  • Sweets & Treats Boutique party bags (2)
  • The Great Texas Pecan Candy Company candy sample
  • TLC Farms Texas-shaped goat’s milk soap

To enter the giveaway, answer this question in a blog comment:

Where should I host Cake Poppers Meet-Ups next year?

After you leave a comment, click on the link below to earn 16 more ways to enter this giveaway!

Click here to enter —-> TXCPMU Swag Bag Giveaway Rafflecopter

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