focus Birthday pop-up in the sun


What better way to celebrate focus magazine’s second birthday than with a mouthwatering lunch on a beautiful winter’s day in Kulim Park, Otumoetai. The sun is shining, the magnificent Mount Maunganui provides the backdrop and several people are enjoying a brisk walk or playing Petanque beside the water.

At lunch time the tranquility of the park is interrupted by the extravagant arrival of Cloe Leigh and Fran Cooper. Endless pillows spill out of the car and flowers, cutlery, plates and glasses are carefully carried to the perfect spot under the palms for a delectable focus pop-up picnic. Cloe and Fran begin transforming the setting into a sophisticated outdoor luncheon area while passersby look on.

Cloe’s Creationz was created back in January, when Cloe was camping in Coromandel with her family. Whilst having fun at the beach, she needed somewhere to put her drink so she could join her kids in a game of Frisbee, but there was nothing suitable around. Cloe noticed another family using crates as food and drink holders and thought it was a great idea. She began to visualise a picnic of her dreams – with comfy cushions for seating and, of course, lots of flowers and delish food.

Less than a year later, Cloe’s pop-up settings have proved so popular she’s booked out two months ahead! Whether it’s a work lunch, birthday party or a Hens’ night, Cloe has everything you need to enjoy some quality time with work colleagues, friends or loved ones – without having to do the dishes afterwards!

Although Cloe can host up to 24 people at her tables, today she has designed anelegant, intimate (early) birthday lunch for 11 guests of focus magazine.

Fran Cooper from The Whipped Baker at the Historic Village puts the final touches toher gorgeous grazing platters that include a fabulous variety of traditional, vegan and gluten-free options. Fran had been up since 3.00am preparing freshly baked bread, dips and pates for the function.

Even though they have appeared in or contributed to the magazine, most of the invited ladies had never met each other in real life. After quick introductions, from Dee Collins, Kseniia Spodyneiko (focus magazine), Sharon Orlowski (ASB Bank), Heather Jones (Armourguard), Karen Hind (VOYA), Bex Tereu (Life and Insights), Paula Lines (The Law Shop), Miranda Clark (Heart and Sole/ACC Business Consultant) and Millie Freeman (Write Edit Proof), everyone’s chatting like best friends before the first kombucha bottles even crack open. No one wants to leave and ‘a quick lunch’ turns into an ongoing party. We certainly don’t mind!

Karen Hind (VOYA) and Sharon Orlowski (ASB Bank)

This was the first focus and Cloe’s Creationz collaboration, but definitely won’t be the last! Come along to the Focus On Women Expo, 27-28 October as Cloewill have a stand there plus a photo booth.