Wilton ReTreat in Chicago – Day 1

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Events
June 13, 2010

I was so excited to be invited to the Wilton Mom ReTreat in Chicago at the beginning of June.  I love baking and really wanted to learn how to decorate my cakes!  I had a great time in Chicago and loved getting to know the Wilton team, the Wilton Products, and my blogging friends!

I left my home in California at about 4:45 a.m. and headed to Santa Maria, where a small plane would be heading on to LAX at 6:00 a.m.  At LAX, I met up with Caryn (Rockin Mama) and we flew together on a huge plane for 4 hours to Chicago.  It was a blast sitting next to her and chatting about our family lives, To Do Lists, and Apple Products (yes, I want a MAC someday)!!  The guy next to us was telling us all about the iPad and how wonderful it is (if I had the money, I’d purchase it tomorrow), as well as information available in the Apple Stores located throughout the U.S.

Once we stepped off the plane in Chicago, I instantly “felt” the difference in the air and the humidity.  Caryn and I were headed to baggage claim when my cell phone rang and it was Emilie (Baby Loving Mama) letting us know where she was, since we were all riding in the Limo together to the Aloft Hotel.

Within a few minutes, a stretch Limo was at the curbside waiting to take us to our ReTreat!  The Limo ride was so fun!  There were stars in the roof that changed colors, cold sodas and water, glasses, and LOTS of leg room!  If you’re looking for a Limo for your city experience, be sure to check out Limo Find.  Before we knew it, we were at the hotel!

Here’s a clip of our experience in the limo!!!

Check-in took a few minutes and then we each headed to our own rooms, ready to shower off and get that “traveling” feel off of us.  There was a King Size bed in the room with a huge flat screen tv.  Wow!!  In my room, I had a few other fun surprises waiting for me from the Wilton team!  They left me a reusable coffee cup with lid, a journal to take notes in, a folder with the itinerary of the ReTreat, an edible Cookie Bouquet, and some fun decorating books, including Cupcake Fun, Brownie Fun, and Cookie Exchange.  The bouquet was gorgeous and really good too!  I actually ate all the leaves before I headed down to the Introduction in the lobby.  I felt a little guilty, until I found out that most of the other ladies did the same things – shewww! LOL


Here is a little clip of what I found in my room from the Wilton Team!!!

After we met up in the conference room, another Limo took us to Francesca’s in Bolingbrook for dinner.  They brought plate after plate after plate of yummy appetizers, pastas, and dessert.  It was so much fun hanging out with the bloggers and learning that one of the Wilton Staff Members (VP Marketing) was related to some of my parents’ friends – who they just happened to play Bridge with.  What a small world, huh?

Emilie, Me, Tanya, and Jennifer

Emilie and I talking about our sites and Wilton products!

Moms attending the Wilton Mom ReTreat!  Left to right – Emilie (Baby Loving Mama), Lori (A Cowboy’s Wife), Tanya (Mommy Goggles), Caryn (Rockin Mama), Christine (From Dates to Diapers), Me, and Jennifer (J Leigh Designz)

We were all pretty tired by the end of the day but were excited to dig into the new Wilton Cake Decorating Curriculum and “get our bake on” as Emilie mentioned earlier!  A huge thanks goes out to Wilton and their staff for putting on such a fantastic and well scheduled event!

This is a sponsored partnership. Wilton provided accomodations and products to bloggers
attending the Wilton Mom ReTreat.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

13 Responses to “Wilton ReTreat in Chicago – Day 1”

  1. maureen says:

    My husband and I went to the Wilton tent sale last year and as luck would have it we are going again today. we found some great items and can’t wait to see what we might find now.
    glad you had a good time.

  2. Michelle says:

    How fun! I bet it was fantastic hanging with the girls and learning about all the wonderful Wilton products!

  3. Shawna OBrien says:

    I’m so glad that you had such a blast at the Wilton Retreat. Looks like they took real good care of all of you. So, I expect your a cake decorating pro now, Right! Love the pics of all of you together!

  4. Lauralee Hensley says:

    How cool. The stretch Limo looked so comfy, and the changing star lights in the ceiling of it, awesome!
    I really like the cookie bouquet with the cookie vase. What a inspiring idea. Wouldn’t it be great to have cookie bouquets at a baby shower with cookies shaped like baby buggies, baby botthles, etc.,
    and then maybe two sides of a cookie vase shaped like large baby buggies too, and two of the sides saying something like Diaper Days are here again. Just an idea.

  5. Brittany says:

    Looks y’all had soooo much fun!!!!

  6. Summer says:

    I would love to learn how to decorate a cake too 🙂 You all look like you had so much fun!! I love to bake cakes, brownies and anything sweet in our house. My husbands doing P90X so I promised him I would cut back on baking for awhile but when it’s over I will be baking up a storm in my house!!

  7. I love your limo video! I miss Wilton AND Mario! LOL

  8. Andrea Paetkau says:

    Love the surprises that were waiting for you when you arrived! How wonderful! Sounds like so much fun!

  9. Dana says:

    That sounded like so much fun. I really like Wilton products. Thanks for posting pictures ..that edible cookie bouqet is too cute.

  10. Dana says:

    I left a comment on Wilton retreat in Chicago day 1.

  11. It was so much fun! I hope we all get to do it again next year! I think I managed to escape your video’s for the most part!

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  13. Sounds like you had a blast! And how neat to met up with other bloggers!
    That is so funny that you ate the bouquet leaves and then found out that most of the other ladies did the same thing! Lol!

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