Cactus Makes Perfect Party with Joann Stores


Hello everybody. I am sorry I’ve been late to post my recap of my recent travels to Salt Lake City and the 2015 Alt Summit but myself and Baby Ninja have been so so sick. I mean this flu has hit our home hard and I didn’t even see it coming. Luckily yesterday I was on the mend and while we are staying low this weekend I am doing met best to get caught up with organizing all the Alt fun to share with you.


While I will share an overall conference recap (next week for sure!) I thought I would start the fun by sharing a fun project I have been working on since last year… the “Cactus Makes Perfect” Alt Summit mini party.

All photos were taken by my talented conference roommate Meg Tsang Photography unless otherwise noted. If you are ever in Alabama and in need or a highly talented wedding and event photographer, give Meg a call. A newlywed herself, she is just such a joy to be around. Funny, silly and welcoming Meg is a teacher to all. Thanks Meg!


Back in October, I was chosen as party designer alongside my co-hostesses Kim of Design Life Kids and Andrea of Legal Miss Sunshine to plan and produce one of the Friday night conference parties. It was Andrea’s winning idea of a quirky, cactus networking party that caught the eye of the judges and provided each of us a free ticket to the conference in exchange for producing the party bash.

Cleveland’s own Joann Stores was sponsoring the event and the crafter in me was giddy with excitement to see how this theme would come to life. While I am not necessarily DIY blogger this Cleveland designer can hold her own especially when it comes to pulling off a good party. Let the crafting party begin!

Being that the three of us party hosts were from all over…west coast, midwest and east coast, we would “meet” on Monday nights via Skype and plan our attack. Who would do what part, how we would go about creating various party elements and various other tangents. Over the course of a few months we managed to get it all done, designed, made and shipped across the country just in the nick of time.

Alt Winter 2015 Brooke Denniswww.justinhackworth.comCactus_3(top two photos taken by Justin Hackworth)

As the conference is about connecting and collaborating; our party focused on “turning cactI into cactUS!”  We hung painted oil drip pans, made little gold magnets and encouraged attendees to put their cards up and take cards of other attendees they wanted to meet or collaborate with. It was a great ice breaker, conversation starter and overall a wonderful area to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs.



Andrea and I designed cactus-centric temporary tattoos for the party goers to put on or take home. If you’d like to know how she has a great tutorial on her blog, check it out!


We offered guests prizes including the adorable cactus neon sign, cactus pillow and wooden cactus children’s balancing toy from as well a few other Etsy artist finds. To view all the entries visit Instagram hashtag #cactusmakesperfect!

(above photo taken by Justin Hackworth)

I designed and sewed various cactus pillows to use as photo props. They were a bit hit! Cactus looking on one side and funky mod pattern on the flip side – the black and white pattern fabric was from the Nate Berkus collection found at Joann’s.

Alt Winter 2015 Brooke Dennis(above photo taken by Justin Hackworth)


Overall the party was a complete success. Seems like everyone enjoyed themselves, made a few new connections and took home lots of prickly fun from our bash. Thanks to Alt Summit for the great opportunity and to Joann Stores for sponsoring the exciting evening. Wonder what party we will dream up next?