When I first heard about the Wifestyle Conference my first thought was that suburban wives were getting together to lunch in New York City and talk “wife and married people things” as they learned about entertaining.
Then I noticed that the description said the conference was for all women including single ladies, like myself. That is when I became even more intrigued. While I may not be anywhere near getting married, I would love to life partner up and do my sex kitten meets Martha Stewart routine. The question remained; can wives and single ladies unite at a Wifestyle Conference?
When I sauntered into the GE Monogram Design Center, the kitchen was bustling and ladies were chatting. I knew it was my kind of conference when as soon as I arrived, Coryanne Ettiene (one of the founders of Wifestyle) said to me "Let me get you a drink". The dirty martinis made with Van Gogh Vodka were being mixed up by the Cocktail Deeva as the lifestyle experts prepared to show us how to entertain in style.
In small groups we took turns going to stations in twenty minute increments learning about floral arrangements, glutton free food, place settings, and how to conjure up cocktails.
I started off learning about flowers with Rebekah Rombom and Megan Benson from H. Bloom Flowers. They jammed packed some great information about flowers into a short period of time. Did you know that you can make your own flower food by adding one drop of bleach with salt? Go gentle on the bleach; it is to kill germs so just a drop will do. It’s that simple and easy. Who knew?
Kelley Moore, an on air lifestyle expert, was on hand to show us how to set a table the right way. The night before she took a shower curtain and made it into a tablecloth. It was so lovely and creative. She was so awesome with all of the questions that everyone threw her way. What Moore emphasized is let your creativity roll when you are entertaining.
It doesn't sound like a glutton free demo would be all that interesting, but Lisa Thiele from With Style and Grace, showed us how yummy glutton can be. My favorite tip from Thiele was when she showed us how using a little bit of truffle salt can bust open the flavor on vegetables like tomatoes. Truffles are an aphrodisiac that I give a modern courtesan thumbs up, never thought to put it on raw vegetables.
Last but not least, I made it to the cocktail station. I've been following the Cocktail Deeva on Twitter for a while, but there is nothing like meeting her in person. She throws down when it comes to making a drink. Once Deeva gets a shaker in her hand it's on! She served up a plum martini made with Van Gogh Vodka. It was so smooth and delicious, but most of all sexy!
As we were leaving, we were handed big swag bags. The bag was a packed with luscious items including a coupon for free truffle salt from Gourmet Delights, a gift from designerliners, Van Gogh Vodka, and Poo-Pourri, plus so much more.
Though the conference is called, Wifestyle, you do not have to be a wife to appreciate the day nor will you feel out of place if you are single. I applaud the creators of Wifestyle, Coryanne Ettiene and Mindy Lockard, for their great job in putting the conference together. They had the idea for it only nine months ago. The conference will be the hot place to be for women to learn about great ways to entertain while bonding with some pretty luscious women, I can’t wait for the next one!