Thanks to Sugar Factory for hosting us for this amazing event!
I don’t go into Seattle very often for events. It’s a 3 hour round trip from home if the traffic goes my way, and I’m not always into making that jaunt for an event that will last less time than my drive there.
But occasionally, something lands in my inbox that’s hard to ignore….and this past Wednesday was one of those events.
(To be perfectly honest, I saw “appearance by Mariah Carey” and my teenage fangirl self RSVP’d immediately without knowing what the venue was. So my intrepid friend Ashli and I had no idea what to expect.)
When we walked into the Sugar Factory at the Shops at Bravern in Bellevue, WA that late summer evening, we basically stepped into a Christmas wonderland. Beautiful wreaths and swags everywhere, a stunning white-flocked Christmas tree and SANTA was there.
Obviously I live under a rock, as I seem to be the only person who DIDN’T know that the Sugar Factory was a restaurant. I just assumed that we would be hanging out in a giant candy store (and was completely satisfied with this idea).
I was only slightly wrong.
An extremely polite hostess led us down the black-and-white subway-tiled floor to a booth in the corner. The walls are all paneled with dark wood and red accents and hung with beautiful black and white photographs; the banquettes upholstered with black vinyl.
And rubber ducks are EVERYWHERE, as they’re the logo for the company.
There’s a huge mirrored one in the candy shop at the entrance, scattered throughout the restaurant on the short walls between the booths, and they make appearances on glassware and napkins and the menus.
Speaking of menus, try not to be intimidated by the massive book they hand you when you visit the Sugar Factory. It’s spiral bound, laminated and at least a half inch thick.
Luckily, our waitress Madeline was pretty savvy and when we told her to “surprise us”, she hit the nail on the head. She brought us huge drinks in goblets of candy and dry ice and color, and we made friends with the wait staff, so we had a constant stream of appetizers.
Sliders with “Sugar Factory Special Sauce” and the bruschetta were good, the Chicken Satay was OK (a little on the chewy side) but the Macaroni and Cheese Pops…oh man.
They were crunchy and cheesy and thank you (no thank you, I ate 3 of them) to DJ the waiter for passing them by our table every time they came out of the kitchen.
The restaurant filled up with so many beautiful people, it was astounding. My friend Sharon from Parenting Geekly was there, along with a few people I recognized from television and a guy I follow on Instagram.
Everyone was dressed to impress – even Sir Mix a Lot was there!
Oh…and since it was Christmas-themed, Santa was there too!
I was pretty excited.
So other than the grand opening of the Sugar Factory (which was a pretty huge event in and of itself), Mariah Carey also happened to be launching her Christmas collection, with over 100 items.
That adorable white feather boa tree in the first photo in this post is in her Christmas line available at the Sugar Factory, along with some adorable cupcake and donut ornaments (that I TOTALLY MISSED, but Ashli bought!), custom Mariah Carey cookies, caramel corn and so much more.
We were so engrossed in our enormous smoking drinks and the adorable tree dressed up for the occasion, that we nearly missed the entrance of Mariah Carey.
Now, I don’t really hang out in the same space as celebrities. We have a couple of local ones here in Bellingham and they’re pretty low key and nobody flips out when any of them happen to be in the area.
Mariah Carey entered the room and she’s like the sun. Nearly every face turned towards her, and they should because she’s lovely.
I managed to catch just a few shots of her as she sat in the booth with her adorable children and her sweet boyfriend, and then we had to head home.
But what a night! Sugar and celebrities and rubber duckies and so many fun things.
Thank you to the Sugar Factory for having us and to Ashli for being my +1!