Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kickback with the Primary Pack Las Vegas Meet Up

A few weeks ago before the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference, a few of us girls from the Primary Pack decided that it would be fun to host a meet up on the Friday after the conference ended.  What better way to end an inspiring few days with some drinks, a little blogger talk, and some dancing to our favorite 80s songs.  When we announced it, we had no idea it would be as big as it was.  We were so lucky to meet over 300 of our favorite teacher authors all in one place!
This meet up wasn't possible without our generous sponsors A Plus Images and Go Noodle.  They generously donated gift bags filled with swag!

Before the big event, we had attendees head on over to our SECRET PAGE to enter the giveaways. 
We had some of the girls from the Pack passing out swag bags at one entrance while the others were hosting our little photo booth prop area.  Bloggers took a photo with our Primary Pack poster, complete with silly crayon hats and posted them to Instgram with the the #primarypackkickback (tons of photos)  for a chance to win prizes from Remind and A Plus Images.  How fun is that?!?!


I was seriously blown away after about 30 minutes when the entire venue was full of teacher authors. It's crazy to create something out of nothing!

Amy did her best to MC the night, but it made it tough without a mic.  Thanks Amy for being such a trooper! The venue wasn't being as cooperative as we had hoped.  So many friends won great prizes!

Once the giveaways wrapped up, everyone mingled with old and new friends.  This teacher blogger community is pretty amazing that way.  I always say these meet ups and such are kinda like online dating.  You've been talking to these people for all of this time, you've seen all of their photos and feel like you know their little life story.  Then all of a sudden you meet them IN REAL's kinda crazy!

Another HUGE thank you to Melissa Dailey for taking such amazing photos.  She sells amazing photos in her TpT store so check her out!
Here's a few of the business cards of the people who attended.  It was so great to see everyone, but when the conference's key note speaker and third millionaire, Rachel Lynette, walks in, that's pretty cool!  Some of my other favorite new friends I met were Mary from Teaching with a Mountain View, Blair Turner, Ari from The Science Penguin, Vera from the Tutu Teacher, The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher, Courtney from Ramona Recommends, Catherine from Brown Bag Teacher, Molly from Lessons with Laughter, Stacy from Simpsons Superstars, Mrs. Russell's Room, and Maria from Kinder Craze.

One of my most favorite parts of the night was when we all let loose and dance to some good 80s music.  I'm telling you, teachers know how to have FUN!  I loved dancing with Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies, she is absolutely hilarious!

Thank you again to all of your sponsors, all of the girls from The Primary Pack who made this event happen, and all of you who joined us.  If you couldn't join us, I hope you made it to our home giveaways we had just for you!
Please leave us a comment and let us know your favorite part of the meet up.  Weren't there, tell us what teacher author  you'd love to meet!


  1. Such an AWESOME night!! Thank you SO much for putting together such a wonderful event :)
    The Techie Teacher

  2. Very cool! I'm not in any of the pictures, but my business card is! Yeah! Loved meeting everyone in Vegas!

  3. It was such a great event you girls put together!!! Thanks so much for hosting - I had a great time! :)

  4. Hubby & I had such a great time! I can honestly say...I don't think he has ever had his picture taken with a crayon on his head! SO FUN!!!!! Thanks again! Wendy 1stgradefireworks

  5. Kristen, you did a fabulous job putting it all together! Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I look forward to helping host next year's!

  6. I see my business card! :) Good times!!


  7. It was a fun time even without the benefit of a mic! Ooh, I see my business card! The photos remind me of what a great time I had -- thanks to everyone for organizing this meet up!

  8. It was so fun to see everyone and meet some amazing new friends. I think I'm in the dark of one of those photos. LOL I did see my business card.
    First Grade by the Sea

  9. I spy me and the roomies!! :) Such a fun night. Thank you for hosting. The cookie was YUMMY!

  10. Thanks for posting this Kristen! You did a great job organizing everything and staying cool under pressure. I would LOVE to work with you again. xoxo, Amy

  11. Went here for a great all-you-can-eat buffet and they held nothing back. The food, service and mostly the staff at New York venues were truly amazing. I was starving and am one of those voracious "sampling" type eaters who has to try everything in a buffet, and I couldn't make it!