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Let's Party Like It's 2011
Kristina Chau - Saturday, December 31, 2011
 Hey party peeps,

It's been way too long since I've posted about the happenings in this party guru's world, so my apologies.  With having said that, I promise I haven't been lazy without reason.  It's been a great and busy year and I feel blessed for all of my clients that I've had the opportunity to work with.  To celebrate the year that was, here's a photo re-cap of of my highlights in 2011: 

 

June 6, 2011

Once again I was part of the fabulous annual simply divas fundraiser in support of Family Association of Mental Health Everywhere at The Berkeley Church. From fabulous chef tasting stations and sipping on divatinis, to a grand silent auction, and of course enjoying the star-filled show, it was an afternoon not to be missed!

 

June 8, 2011

It was so great to work with an amazing organization such as SKETCH, who provide working arts for street involved youth, on their Capital Campaign Launch "Home is Where the Art Is".  We raised $46,000 towards funding for their new exciting space that will open in 2013.   It was a great evening of performances and a live auction that was supported by such friends as former mayor David Miller, pictured above.

 

 

June 9 - 13, 2011

As Road Manager for the Endbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in support of Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, I was part of an incredible execution team that supported the amazing 4,610 riders who rode over 200 kilometers to help raise $17.5 million dollars!  Talk about inspirational!

 

June 25, 2011

I was so touched when the groom-to-be, Tommy Blodgett inquired about my services for his upcoming wedding to the beautiful Kristina Nicholson.  They had a lovely brunch wedding at the Boiler House in the Distillery District on a beautiful summer day.  Photo credit:  Marianne Rothbauer Photography

 

 

July 16, 2011

Planning this vintage style Mad Men themed wedding for Jane & Luis at the Gladstone Hotel was such fun!  I loved being able to shop at vintage stores for the various decor pieces and arranging for fun details such as getting them a jukebox and that Mercury Monterey pictured with them above.  Photo credit:  Jessica Lin Photography


July 21, 2011

The 2011 Franklin Templeton Investment Forum gave a rare opportunity for investors and advisors to hear from top investment experts in one of Toronto's finest concert halls,  Roy Thompson Hall. Having worked with the Franklin Templeton Investment team previously, it was great to come on board once again to help the execution of this annual event.


September 2 - 5, 2011

Helping to produce The Hot & Spicy Food Festival at Harbourfront Centre was a definite highlight as I was back on my old stomping grounds working with familiar faces and helping to plan a great festival that combines some of my biggest passions - music and food!  From hosting an international Iron Chef competition to breaking a Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive barbecuing, there was no shortage of excitement during this Labour Day weekend.


 

September 8 - 12, 2011

The 2011 Shopper's Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers saw 4013 participants walk a 60km route over two days who raised 9.4 million dollars for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.  Once again joining the incredible execution team, we worked tirelessly for five days straight to produce the opening, overnight camp, and closing ceremony sites to celebrate these dedicated walkers and cancer survivors.

 

September 25 - October 8, 2011

Global Village Program through Habitat for Humanity in Braga, Portugal 

While this one isn't exactly part of my party guru world, it was definitely a highlight of 2011.  I participated alongside 10 other dedicated Canadians to help rebuild a family's home in need.  I truly believe in the importance of volunteerism and giving back and have to say that this was one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of my life.

 



November 6, 2011

Having served at Salt Wine Bar before, I was honoured to help them out with their 1st anniversary event, Salt Speakeasy.  This event theme was a cheeky play on their early days when Salt wasn't able to acquire a liquor license due to the moratorium placed on Ossington restaurants and bars.  It was a fun evening that featured prohibition-style cocktails, flapper girls, a jazz band and raised funds in support of Nazareth House,



December 31, 2011

What a better way to ring in the new year by celebrating the marriage of my two friends, Laura and Dave!  This definitely "not your average" wedding was held at 99 Sudbury in the open space of the Glass Factory.  The event truly reflected this couple's personalities and their sense of style, as they are both designers. Laura of Uno Nove, helped with my branding and Dave of Big Spin Media, designed my website.  Everything from the decor, to the aerialist performer, to having the bride's sister Clara Lofaro sing their procession and first dance songs, all of the details had a personal touch and were so much fun for all of the guests to enjoy.  Congrats Lau & Dave!


So there you have it!  This is just a sampling of the amazing events I feel so lucky to have been a part of this year.  As you can see, it was quite busy so I want to thank all of you for your continued support.  I look forward to partying with you more this year!

For the life of the party,


Small Acts of Kindness
Kristina Chau - Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Hey party peeps,

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday - what a gorgeous day it was!  I was busy as usual and helped out with a fundraiser called Toronto Bakes for Japan, which raised over $26,000 on the weekend and with continued online donations, the total is over $27,000!  The proceeds are being donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society who are aiding with the relief efforts in Japan.



It was such an inspiring and unique event to be part of and organizers Heena and Niya did a wonderful job of taking this idea and making it a reality.  To see a community of such kind and giving people come together for such an important cause really touched my heart.  From donating baked goods, to volunteering at the event, to purchasing the yummy treats, the people of T.O. really came through and made me so proud of being a Torontonian!

Here are some pics of the location and great people who helped bring this event to life, and of course the delicious baked goods:



Amaranto Café - 809 St. Clair Avenue West



  The lovely owner of Amaranto Cafe, Elizabeth Rumbe and me :)



Some of the yummy treats on display.



Check out these beautiful origami cupcakes!



Or what about these cute Rice Krispie pops!



Here's Margaret, one of our dedicated volunteers
ready to sell our Toronto Bakes for Japan merchandise



One of the highlights of my day was meeting this amazing family pictured above. 
These parents gave money weekly to their two cuties Owen & Liam to put away in
their piggy bank and save for a charity.  They emptied it out and
donated to Toronto Bakes for Japan, giving us $68 total!!

I love this quote that really sums up what this event was all about - Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. ~Howard Zinn

Donations are still pouring in, so you too can be part of this great community fundraiser.  Please visit: Japan Needs Your Help or bid on the Online Art Auction to make your online contribution.

For the love of the party and Japan,



Toronto Bakes for Japan
Kristina Chau - Monday, April 04, 2011
Hey there party peeps!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying spring :)  I've been a busy party guru as usual but I wanted to share with you an awesome fundraiser that not your average party is excited to support.  Toronto Bakes for Japan is a simple concept - a bake sale to raise money for Japan with all proceeds being donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.


 
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn

This fun and fab fundraiser will take place this weekend on April 9  & 10 at various locations within the city, which include:  Liberty Noodle, The Rivoli, Farmers' Market at Evergreen Brick Works, Cafe Diplomatico, Yoshi's Sweets and Amaranto Cafe.

I'll be leading an amazing team of volunteers over at Amaranto Cafe, which is located at 809 St. Clair Avenue, just east of Oakwood.  Come out, say hello, and of course buy some delicious baked goods to support this great cause.  I've been told that owner Elizabeth Rumebe's Tres Leches cake are a must have, but be sure to try any of her other southern Mexican delights!

If you can't make it out this weekend, please do your part by helping us spread the word.  Send out an email to your family and friends, invite your friends to the event on Facebook, tweet about it using the #bakeforjapan hash tag on Twitter, and blog about it! You will find all of the Toronto Bakes for Japan badges and images for download on the Tiffin Tales website.

Thanks in advance for your generous support :)

For the life of the party,


P.S. Check out this recent article about Toronto Bakes for Japan in the Toronto Star.


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