Monday, July 30, 2012

Madison Business Expo

July has been one very busy month for us! Vacations, World Market (Atlanta) and preparing for the Madison Expo.

The Madison Business Expo & Kid's Day was this past weekend. We had a GREAT time! We spent several weeks planning for the Expo and making list after list. Special thanks to everyone that helped us! We couldn't have done it without the help of our family and friends. We made 304 muffins, 294 cupcakes, 6 batches of the yummiest frosting, went through nearly 1,000 cups, made 11 door prizes. Not to mention nearly 30 gallons of fresh brewed loose leaf tea; Strawberry Kiwi, Peach and Raspberry. Strawberry Kiwi was the most popular, several people were requesting we sell it by the gallon. We were able to talk to so many people from our community. We were overwhelmed with positive feedback. It was AMAZING! Top it off we won 2 out of 4 ribbons. It was all so surreal. All our hard work had paid off, all those late nights we spent prepping and list making. We were building a customer base, getting the word out that "We're Coming Soon!". We won People's Choice (orange ribbon) and 1st Place Best Booth (blue ribbon). It was so funny! Here we are working and not even hearing them call our name over the speaker, not realizing we've won until they come bringing us our ribbons. The look in my mom's eyes was priceless when they told her she was 1st Place! Needless to say there was a lot of celebrating going on. It was a very long day, but so satisfying! We can't wait until next year... We're already startng to plan! :) Here are a few pictures of us prepping and a few from the Expo. Wish I would've taken more, but we.were.that.busy.

 Feel free to leave us some feedback! Special Thanks to all those involved, you're the bomb! ;)       

(excuse the quality of the pics, they were taken with my phone)

Mama Nell & Tara making door prizes

My wonderful Aunt Rita

Mom & Mama Simpson

24 out of the 294 cupcakes I baked!

Mama Simpson, Mama Nell and Aunt Rita filling tea samples

One of our door prizes. Our Steep-N-Go is a great item to have for tea on the go! Allows you to steep & drink loose leaf from your water bottle. $5.95 Order Now! You'll love it.

People's Choice Award

Mom, Aunt Rita, Mama Simpson and Mama Nell

Megan, Kara and Abigail (granddaughters) Such great helpers!!

Mom smiling hear to hear, she deserves it!

Mom & Dad,

I am so proud of you! Ya'll are going to do so well with the Tea Room and have nothing but success. I'm so grateful I get to be a part of this journey! All those late nights, loading/unloading, baking and feeling like my legs/feet were going to fall off was so worth the outcome. I can't wait to do it again! :)

Love you both!
- Kristy

*Unfortunately my dad was ill and not able to make it to the Expo, but he was very excited and proud of us all. He will make it next year!!*

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