It really is hard to believe that this Haven Conference that we started talking about over 3 years ago is now in it’s 3rd year here in Atlanta. It’s been an amazing journey, creating a blog conference for attendees and sponsors to come together, meet and collaborate, and a place to learn more about blogging topics too. The home/DIY blogging niche has literally exploded in the last couple of years and just keeps growing, so to have Haven as major resource for this niche group is truly wonderful. The Haven team is 6 of us now and we really strive to make it such a great experience, a place to gather and get to know other bloggers, as well as a place to learn more about the craft of blogging and to meet and collaborate with sponsors. It’s a win-win for everyone! We are so very proud of what Haven has evolved into.
This year, we sported some cute Team Haven shirts the first day and had fun wearing those.
Kristin set up an amazing spread to host our sponsors coming in to pick up their badges and did such a wonderful job with the table.
Haven begins on a Thursday night with a cocktail party hosted by Ballard Designs this year. That first day is a blur of activity, from setting up the registration table, to stuffing swag bags, which is always a big job.
Swag bags were provided again by Ballard Designs this year and we love how pretty they are. The swag bags are a huge hit, as you can imagine. All sponsors add goodies to be stocked in the bags, so it’s always a surprise on what’s in there.
This year, Kristin also did a photo wall which turned out really cute. This is the Skylar’s Lace stencil from Royal Design Studio, one of our Haven sponsors who has been with us since the beginning.
This year, Haven was held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel, across from Perimeter Mall. It’s a great location for our attendees and it just so happens to be beautiful inside, with this soaring atrium and plants galore.
That’s one of the things we love about the hotel, such a natural feel with vegetation everywhere. These stairs lead from the lobby down to the restaurant and outside terrace with paths and walkways.
It’s a gorgeous place to host a party too, which was where our opening cocktail party was held.
Beautiful outdoor fountain and walkways.
My pics do not do it justice, but it’s truly a park outside.
Ballard Designs brought in extra furniture for the lobby, which was a nice bonus.
And they hosted our opening party, which was a treat too.
Nice spread of appetizers were served.
Everyone came in that afternoon and headed to the party, with folks inside and outside.
There were plenty of tables for talking and catching up, which is always a highlight.
Appetizers and drinks were served.
Lots of great spaces to hang out and visit.
We brought in a great local singer, Douglas Cameron, who I’ve been listening to around town for the last year. He’s a cross between Harry Connick, Jr. and Frank Sinatra. Great singer and he was wonderful entertainment for the evening.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more from the conference, including the sponsor booths and all the other fun stuff we did at the conference. It’s a fast paced 2 and 1/2 days and this year was no exception. I think everyone had a wonderful time and took home lots of information from the classes they took.