In our experience, having an event is…a lot.
It’s a lot of everything; thinking, planning, organizing, second guessing, backtracking, executing, troubleshooting, … praying ;).
A lot of all o’ that.
But there’s something else we’ve also learned from having events.
When there is a lot of people gathered together and they’re all filled with joy, magical things can happen.
And it’s so incredibly worth it.
There’s not a lot Thomas and I have figured out in this life. In fact, we’re both pretty sure that we’re almost entirely clueless about most things.
But there is one thing we’ve become certain of.
We (meaning each and every one of us) were meant to have great joy in this life.
This we know.
Lots and lots of joy.
But there is pain, too. And sorrow. And struggle.
And worry. And fear.
And sometimes joy just seems a million miles away.
Ok, this is gonna sound a little cheesy here, but I’m just gonna say it anyway ’cause it’s really real.
When planning the Sweet Weekend & Masquerade Ball, Thomas and I had one goal in mind.
That every single person in attendance would leave having had an amazing weekend filled with pure and utter joy.
Happiness, laughter, and fun.
You know we love cake and cookie art, and gettin’ all fancy is ALL kinds of great…
but joy is magical.
And we were going for the magic.
So we did all we knew how to do to make it what we hoped it would be for everyone…
and as it turns out, the magic was brought to us.
‘Cause the people who came and the time we got to spend with them made it more than we even dreamed it could be.
We had the time of our lives at the Sweet Weekend & Masquerade Ball with family, old friends and lots of new ones who filled our weekend with such a ridiculous amount of joy that we’ll remember it always.
Here’s a little (down home, backwoods style) video I put together of the weekend.
Sandie Beltran of You Can Call Me Sweetie so graciously agreed to share her rock star voice (that many don’t know about) with us and put on a mini concert at the ball!
We were all blown away.
And the rest of the instructors of the weekend, Avalon Yarnes, Shannon Bond and Kara Andretta allowed me to convince them to throw dignity to the wind and get up to accompany Sandie with some…errr… dance moves.
I owe them BIG.
Thank you to all who attended for sharing the weekend with us.
We are honored to have been there, eating, dancing, laughing and in some cases even crying with you.
Below are some notes and comments left for us from those who attended the ball…
are hearts are truly filled. Xx
A- This whole weekend was amazing!!! (As are the both of you!!) I’m still smiling from it and feel so happy that I could be there!!! you guys are awesome fun!!! Xxx
T- Best party ever (and now you know how old I am you know I’ve had time to do some serious partying 😂) Seriously one of the best times we’ve had in a very long time. Thank you to both you and Thomas for all your hard work and thank you to all the amazing instructors and also thank you to all the amazing Cakeheads would made us feel like family. xoxox
C- Wonderful hosts, terrifically helpful and encouraging demos, and friendly faces everywhere.
G- I had such a wonderful, uplifting time at the Sweet Weekend. I can’t thank you enough, Shawna and Thomas, for the great time we had. We not only got to meet and learn from some awe inspiring artists, but first hand experienced their passion, and humility. So thankful to meet so many of our own Cakeheads artists. I don’t think I have made so many friends in a weekend. You guys rock.
I have come home , reenergized , loved, happy, and truly humbled.
Sitting in my kitchen right now, and feel like it was all a dream.
B- Thank you Shawna and Thomas for the amazing weekend! You gave me an excuse to make a ball gown. I’m soooooo excited to go shopping with that voucher thank you thank you thank you!! For anyone wondering Shawna really is so sweet and funny. Hope you two can get some rest now.
K- In all seriousness, the event that you and Thomas put on went seamlessly. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we all had a blast and it came and went too quickly. I’ve always noticed that Shawna cares so much about every Cakehead by seeing the time she puts in to comment on all our pictures, offer us advice, etc, but to hear her talk about the group in person and what it meant for her to start the group literally gave me goosebumps. Y’all, this woman REALLY cares about this group and ALL its members.
I enjoyed meeting every one of you that made it this weekend. Now, if Shawna decides to do it again, everyone has to go!!! Lol.
M- Driving back from Buffalo to the city 😞 Sad the weekend is over. Finally met some friends face to face, learned a lot from great instructors, danced and had the best time ever! Hope you are already planning another get together Shawna!
J- SO. MUCH. FUN!!! Thank you SO much Shawna McGreevy, Kara, Avalon, Shannon, and Sandra for such an amazing time of learning. And thank you to those wonderful ladies and some of the spouses for making this event so memorable for my husband and I. We will never forget this!
C- Had such an amazing time! Learned a ton and met so many amazing people! Cakeheads is truly a life changing group for me! The sincerity, the help, the support and the fun this group brings is bar none! It really feels like family and nobody gets left behind! Love y’all and can’t wait to meet those that weren’t able to make it!
S- One of the best weekends of my life!!!!! Thank you my dear friend for inviting me and Hector to such a magical event! I loved every minute of it! Loved seeing all of our friends and making so many new ones!!! A toast to you and Thomas for being such wonderful hosts. And sharing your beautiful family and hometown with us. Thank you to our ride or die crew Shawna Avalon Shannon and Kara and all the hubbies…for being my support and cheering me on and helping me build the confidence I needed to do this and make you all proud. And I can’t forget the McGreevy kids especially little Lucy….thank you thank you thank you for practicing with me!!!! So much fun!!! ❤️❤️
H- Lllllloooovvvveeeeddd it!!! The McGreevy’s know how to throw a party and a weekend gathering
A- Lets do it again!!!!
G- Such an AMAZING weekend it was!!!
S- This was the best weekend I have had in a looooong time. I had a blast and it was so great to meet new people who love cake and cookies as much as I do. 😊
S- Miss you all!! Such a magical weekend with the most amazing people evah!! ❤❤
D- What an amazing time we all had!!! Just love you Cakeheads!!!
L- So. Much. Fun!
D- The best weekend!! It was definitely worth the journey to spend such a great time with everyone, especially the Ball!! xxx
G- I had the time of my life. You two are the most awesome couple. All my best wishes and tons of love to you.
M- Best time EVER!
H- I loved every minute of it all. Specially meeting you guys and everyone else. Thank you ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️😘
S- You both outdid yourselves with the most magical weekend ever!
J- Best. Night. Evvvvvvaaahhhhhh!!!
S- Everything was absolutely perfect and I had such an amazing time! Thank you for being such a wonderful host.
D- What an amazing experience! I couldn’t have enjoyed it more…. so classy, like you and Thomas both! Thank you again!!!
D- Just home! Thank you both so much, it was a fabulous weekend and the Ball was just the best! Lots of love, until we next meet, hopefully with Lee there too next time! Xxx
P- You are both beyond amazing. You invited us all into your lives and offer an invaluable connection among the Cakeheads community. Thank you just doesn’t say enough❤️
J- It was AHmaaaaazing!!! Ya’ll put together one awesome party.