Exactly one year ago this month, I wrote a recap on the launch event for ideate. I remember how I felt when I was writing it out – I was happy, excited and full of adrenaline as I thought about the rush of emotions I felt after hosting an event for the first time. At that moment, the possibilities felt endless and I was just so excited to get started on planning the second event.
Fast forward to today and we’re already at the 1st anniversary. Somehow time just flew by and within one year, I was able to host 4 events. When August started to approach, I knew that I couldn’t let the anniversary go by without a celebration. I believe that taking time to reflect is very important and besides you know what they say, the only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come! ideate has evolved so much since the initial event and I’m sure it will continue to evolve in the years to come.
For the anniversary event, we decided to go back to the same format as the first event – a small, intimate brunch. There’s nothing like enjoying a delicious meal in the company of like-minded women.
Since starting ideate, I’ve developed an interest in event decor. I love how creative you can get and I’ve really seen how much it contributes to the overall ambiance and experience at the event. After a bit of brainstorming, I though it would be fun to go with a tropical theme!
We chose to host the brunch at The Apricot Tree Cafe, a cute little restaurant in Mississauga. I personally had never eaten there before but the reviews online were all very positive. Let’s just say they did not disappoint. From their willingness to accommodate all of our requests to the quality of the meals, they are definitely a place that I highly recommend!
This event was a lot more laid-back than the others in that we didn’t have a set topic planned for us to discuss. I wanted it to be super casual with conversation flowing freely and naturally.
Overall, it was a really great afternoon with a unique mix of ladies with various careers and backgrounds. By the end of the afternoon, I felt much closer to all of them and we took so many pictures too!
Thank you to every single woman that came out to recognize the anniversary and a big thank you to The Apricot Tree Cafe for having us! On to year two!
All photography by Nancy Asante.