GBK 2018 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS GIFTING LOUNGE
What better place to throw an event in honor of the Teen Choice Awards than at teen favorite hang-out Dave & Buster’s?! Of course, GBK is the gifting lounge that came up with that inspired idea. They always choose the most creative, different venues for their events, and this one was just perfect for all concerned, especially the kids. (And me!)
Roz, my contributing writer on this one, said, “GBK always puts on a high-energy experience, but when you couple that with the Hollywood & Highland location of Dave and Buster’s, it feels like you just entered a fast-action video game, and are winning all the points!”
They provided the food, as well, with a buffet of several of their famous finger foods. At one point, Roz nudged me and said, “That guy must love ribs,” so I looked over, and one teen had a plateful of about twenty ribs, and nothing else! That made us laugh. But I don’t blame him—those ribs were de-lish!!! I was glad that GBK was thoughtful enough to also include a cheese and crackers platter and a crudite one, for the grown-ups and vegetarians. Roz was very grateful for it!
I could have just eaten those tasty tidbits all day long, but, since this was a gifting lounge, let’s get to the highlights of all the gifts!
Ike’s Place–Speaking of food, since the lounge site was providing it this time, Ike’s didn’t bring their absolute delicious sandwiches, that I practically live on in private life! But they generously gave out their colorful tee-shirts, and everyone was happy to meet Ike in person. www.ilikeikesplace.com
Razor—The gifts for this company are far from “for teens only!” I told my krump-dancing bae about their brand-new motorized Turbo Jetts, which fit right over ordinary sneakers to give them super-powers, in hopes that he’ll incorporate them into some of his already-amazing dance moves, and they’ll become the hit of the krump world. (So, remember, when you see it on TV that it was my idea!) They were also gifting their multi-sport helmets, which Roz got creative about, too. She said, “I recently learned that every Southern Californian should have a sturdy helmet on hand, in case of a big earthquake.” And if you’re Turbo Jetting during it—double purpose!!! www.razor.com
Ezequiels Healing Tools—These gifts were very popular because who doesn’t need some healing these days?! The mini pyramids are designed to bring us positive energy, and Roz says their “beautiful natural stones” also make them “dazzling to look at.” Each one is created to manifest different reactions within each of us, such as courage and empowerment. Roz told me, “I think the purple one already made me feel great, right on-site!” www.ezequielshealingtools.com
Heads or Tails Pup—This mother/daughter duo left high-powered careers to bring us adorable pet clothing, collars, and accessories that are made from recycled materials, and, as Roz stated, “are so cute” and “trendy, for modern pet owners.” We both love that their dog necklaces are made from beautiful natural stones, some of which, Roz noted, have special healing qualities. The best part to me is that they have another company, Two Hearts, which makes corresponding bracelets for people! So you and your precious pup can subtly match, without looking like the fanatics in a “match your pet” competition! www.headsortailspup.com
Oh Boy—This lovely sponsor was gifting adorable shirts and beautiful hand-painted kids’ shorts, and some tops for adults, as well, to bring awareness to their cause—supporting the JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They have a personal connection with that charity because their young son has the disease. Along with whichever item of apparel each guest chose, they received a card with the warnings signs of Type I Diabetes, which is really helpful. www.ohboycrew.com
My Intent—I’ve had one of these simple-but-important pendants for years now, and never take it off! So I was thrilled for Roz to receive one. Each guest choose the one word that’s most important to have manifested in his or her life, and they engrave it onto the circle for you. And this time, they even had a choice of colors and chains! I’ve seen most people request words such as “Fame,” “Fortune,” “Wealth,” “Stardom,” and others along those shallow lines. (But hey, whatever works for them!) This might surprise some of you, but I chose “Health” all those years ago, and I’m sticking with it! Roz came-up with “More Love” as her “way of supporting hope.” (Okay, that’s two words, so maybe next time, she should use “Math” as what she needs most in her life!) She said it’s her way to “spread good thoughts.” www.myintent.org
PhatMojo—The kid guests were all gaga over these Bendy and the Ink Machine bendy toys! But, just in case that particular cartoon was not their cup of tea, some Duck Tales characters were also on hand to amuse the gang. (And animation-loving moi, as well!) www.phatmojo.com
3D Cheeze—This specialty photo booth was putting each guest’s image on his or her choice of a luggage tag or magnet. And they were holograms, to boot! Roz was flying to New York in a matter of hours, so she was thrilled to receive the former because, as she said, “This insures that no one will touch my luggage by mistake ever again!” www.3dcheeze.com
Beauty Kitchen—I’ve long known of this brand of beauty products, but since Roz was new to it, I’ll let her give you the skinny on this crop. She says that it’s “great smelling, all-natural skin care, which is perfect for vegans and content-conscious consumers. The Pumpkin Enzyme Peel Mask smells delicious, just like pumpkin pie, so you have to remind yourself not to eat it. And the cupcake-shaped bath bombs are so adorable–what a fun way to bathe!” www.beautykitchen.com
Dave and Buster’s–They were not only the location of the gifting lounge, and the food provider, but the very first sponsor table on-site. (Or last, depending on which direction the guests went upon entering the private lounge room.) Each kid got to spin a colorful wheel, and win a stuffed animal, game, or candy. What fun! www.daveandbusters.com