I have never been to such an organised event before in my 2 years of blogging. Everything was taken care of from travel, fun activities and even surprise goodie bags that no one was even expecting. The Think Money Blogger Event at Pizza Express Manchester was the first event Think Money has ever done and to be perfectly honest, they nailed it. I was the only blogger from out of town as Laura, Emma, Sally, Donna and Charlotte all live in Manchester, but that didn’t mean that they already knew each other. In fact, most of us were new to each other which meant having a small group was really lovely to ensure that we all got to talk to each other and network.
We were invited to Pizza Express for a ‘different experience’ which turned out to be quite different indeed, as we had a pizza making class! Knowing we were off to a pizza place, I assumed we’d be eating so I skipped breakfast, which meant that the nibbles provided were very much appreciated whilst staring and playing with food. We were taught how to make the perfect pizza and that less toppings is actually more. I was rather impressed with how my pizza turned out, even if my killer nails meant I needed a little assistance so I didn’t pierce the dough! My inner chef definitely came out and attempted to show off during a Calzone making competition too, which actually, our team ‘The Winners’ (obviously my arrogance influenced the name a little) won and we got a certificate too!
The photos were all taken by the lovely ladies from Think Money, which meant we didn’t have to focus on documenting the day at all and could just enjoy ourselves instead. A first at any event I have attended and it definitely took the pressure of being a blogger off!
After we had finished making the pizzas it was then time to eat them and we were beyond impressed with ourselves. Everyone seemed to really love what they had created, if only we could make our own pizzas every time! Unfortunately, most of us were full to try the Calzone and if I didn’t have a train to go home on, I would have definitely took ours home as it looked delicious! Not only did we have Pizza and Calzone, but there was also cake and cupcakes provided by The Icing on the Cake and The Princess & The Cupcake, which was rather exciting to see. It’s always annoying at events for their to be the tiniest bit of food and for you to be too polite to eat it, so having a big pizza and cake slapped in front of me was a welcomed change.
At the end of the event we were presented with huge, bulging goodie bags that no one expected at all. The contents included a lot from Nail HQ, Babor (use code BLOGGER25 for a 25% off discount), Tropic, Vatika Naturals, Nourish, NSPA, Heaven Skincare, Jelly Belly UK, Life of Reilly Cupcakes and Sweet Cecily’s. A wonderful selection to be honest, it’s definitely a goodie bag of things I haven’t necessarily tried before and will definitely be using. My favourite from the goodie bag was the personalised mojito flavoured lip balm. I don’t personally like Mojitos but I think it’s an hilarious gift for Alfie as he loves me and them!
For PRs or people who may be planning an event, this is how it’s done. Pay for people’s travel, don’t invite too many so people can actually network, give them lots of food, supply alcohol, put on fun activities (we also had a quiz too!), TALK to people who you’ve invited, and give them something to remember the day by (I would have been happy with a certificate and slice of cake, but beauty goodies were really a surprise). These are the ingredients of a well thought out event for definite. Think Money certainly thought of everything and we all agreed at the event that it was amazing and the organisation was spot on. This isn’t the last of Think Money on my blog, as they are sending me off on another fun day out with 5 bloggers on my choice!
A huge thank you to Think Money and the other bloggers for making it a lovely day out in Manchester!