Friday, June 13, 2014

Sunset Celebration Was Sensational

If you weren't in Menlo Park, CA at the Sunset Celebration on May 31st and June 1st you missed a wonderful event.   I love Sunset Magazine and was very excited to attend this fun filled event.  I watched the video on their web site from last year and was intrigued if it would be that fun.  It really was!  Now if you didn't go, wait till you see what you missed.  You will want to go next year!

The California Avocado Commission was there with the most scrumptious avocado mini cupcakes.  yes you heard me,  The cupcakes had avocado's in them.  Wish I had taken a photo but there were so many people in line and it was moving fast.  They had a berry one in the morning but the one I had was either lemon or lime.  Sooooo good and very moist.  You can get the recipe on their web site.

We had to park a few blocks away but there were shuttles that came around and picked you up every few minutes.  We didn't have to wait long.  Once we walked in the entrance we checked out the map we printed from the web site. The event was divided into two sections.  To our left was a lobby that lead to the main lawn and test kitchens.  On this side was the Cooking and Entertaining stage and the Garden and Outdoor Living stage.

Entrance to Sunset Celebration

This is the entrance to the Celebration!  Beautiful white tents beyond were everywhere and very inviting!

Main lawn

This was part of the main lawn area.  Lots of places to sit and relax with a beverage.  Booths with vendors all around.

Succulent Gardens booth

The Succulent Gardens booth was smack dab in the middle!  A little piece of heaven to my succulent lover eyes!

Living wall by SG

One side had this beautiful vertical succulent display!  Everyone was taking photos and really impressed!

Succulent Gardens

Now really impressive was the beautiful Dudleya covering the roof!

SG Booth

The Living Wall Panels were a big hit!

Succulent hat

I decorated this hat and wore it to the event.  It got a lot of attention.  So many people didn't think the plants were real!

Garden totems

These Garden Totems were really bright and colorful.  They were for sale and a couple were placed in the gardens surrounding the event.  These are by Leslie Codina, at this link.

Debra Lee Baldwin & Robin Stockwell

Before I knew it time had rolled around to hear my two favorite people talk about my favorite subject.  Succulents of course.  And who better than the Queen of succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin and King Robin Stockwell owner of Succulent Gardens.  I love this photo of them kidding around.

Debra Lee Baldwin

Debra got a lot of Oooh and Aaah's when she talked about this Aeonium tabulaforme.

Debra Lee Baldwin

After her presentation Debra got to meet and greet.  She had books on hand to sell and sign right on the spot.  To her left and on the right of the photo was Rebecca Sweet who gave a presentation on how to have a drought tolerant landscape.  There were so many wonderful speakers but we only had one day.  Next year maybe we can stay over and enjoy both days.

Cooking demonstration

On this side of the event there were lots of cooking demonstrations going on.  As you can see they had cameras set up so you could see close up what they were doing on the TV screens.  Very smart!

Pizza ovens

There were samples of goodies everywhere.  Here they were cooking up delightfull pizzas with all fresh ingredients.  So you could just come up and get a slice!  There were free samples of all kind of yummy food all over the event.

Main lawn comfort

If you were tired there were all kind of places like this where you could just sit and take it all in.

Basket booth

Here is one of the vendors I wish I would have taken a look at.  I hear the prices were great!

Weber's Burger's

Now next year we are definitely going to do this!  Weber was here and they had about 20 BBQ grills.  You signed up and paid a fee and got to make the most amazing burgers under guided instruction from a speaker.

Weber burger class

The speaker was in the middle and answered all your questions about grilling.  And look at all the yummy fixings!  So definitely going to do this next year!

Agave parrasana and Agave stricta

They had a cactus garden in this area.  Aren't these Agave stricta and Agave parrasanna lovely in the light!

Hidden beauty

This hidden corridor was nice and shady.  See the totem pole cactus to the left.

Looking down the center

So now we headed to the center of the event.  Here were rows of white covered tents.  Lots of food vendors and tents where you could get many different kind of wine and beer.  You could  buy an etched Sunset glass for $10.00.  It came with two drink tickets.  After that each fill up was $3.00.  Quite a deal.  And every kind of food you could think of.  At the end of the tents were food wagons.

Stan the man at the Sunset Celebration

Here is a pic of my sweetheart holding my new mono pod.  Wow that thing really came in handy.  Keeps my camera a lot steadier and helps with the tremor.

So now we are heading to the right side of the event.  Lots's and lots of vendors and wine demonstration building.  On this side was the beautiful demonstration garden called Small Space Big Dreams Garden.

Wall Pockets by Natural Accents

I really like these hand painted wall pockets by Natural Accents!

Pots Incorporated

I am really getting into Tillandsia and this vendor had so many.  He got this hanging pot from Flora Grubb but it is by Pot Incorporated.  The wall hooks for the Tillandsia are by Flora Grubb!

Big Dreams Gardens

This was in the SSBD garden and I just couldn't take enough photos of it!  So beautiful!  So here are a few!

See the turtle

Big Dreams Gardens

Big Dreams Gardens

Big Dreams Gardens

Wow were the only words coming out of my mouth!  LOL

Big Dreams Gardens

Beauty everywhere!  There was a pretty long line to get into the garden but it was well worth it.

Outdoor comfort

Looked comfortable.

Lovin this scene

Not sure about outside but inside this would be great.  But that is just me.

Patio design


Sunset Building

It seems like a good time was had by one and all!  Next year we are making it a foursome and definitely cooking up some burgers!  Hope to see you there!

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Rock rose said...

What a fun event. I am drooling over those lovely succulent wall planters. I take Sunset magazine even though it is not for my area of Texas. It's one of my favorites because it has interesting landscape ideas that are homeowner attainable.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

You would have loved this event! And those wall planters were even prettier in person!

debra Lee Baldwin said...

Terrific photos, Candy Bear! You captured the spirit of the the "magazine of Western living" and how Celebration Weekend illustrates it in three dimensions. I wish we could have had more time to hang out and enjoy it together. But, hey, you had a great road trip with Stan! Give him a hug for me.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

I will for sure Debra and thanks for the great comment.

Byunjae said...

Great pictures! Wish I could have gone--the displays and vendors all look amazing. The colorful totem-like sculptures are by Leslie Codina, at

Julie said...

Succulent are amazing with that camera and recording all the action!!!! What a perfect event, and just demonstrates how I am stuck in an alternate dimension!!!!! Florida instead of CA!!!!! i am so jealous!!!!!
love ya-

Mark and Gaz said...

Wish we were there too Candice, it looked fun!!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Wish you all could have been with me but at least I can show you photos! Thank you Byunjae for the information.

Pam/Digging said...

That would have been so fun to attend. I'm glad to have been able to get a virtual tour thanks to your post.