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Win The 2013 Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat Teen Choice Awards Gift Bag

Tue, August 13, 2013 12:59am EDT by Russ Weakland 2 Comments
Teen Choice Awards 2013
Courtesy of Backstage Creations

The 2013 Teen Choice Awards had it all, especially an amazing gifting experience from the leaders in celebrity gifting suites, and now its your turn to get your hands on all the awesome gifts that all the celebs went home with!

Backstage Creations, specialists in award show gifts and custom backstage Celebrity Retreats has done it again! They have now produced the gift suite at Teen Choice 2013 at the Gibson Amphitheatre. The stars got their hands on some excellent gifts and the suite also served as a Giving Suite as celebrities were engaged to have donations made on their behalf to various causes, including City of Hope, Pencils of Promise, LoveIsRespect and Office Depot Foundation. And now you can win a gifting experience for yourself!

The gift items selected for the Celebrity Retreat that you will get your hands on include:

Here is some fun stuff the celebs did while at the Celebrity Retreat and what you will get your hands on!

At the 1D+ OD LIVE LOVE MOVE: Together Against Bullying mock classroom, Glee Co-stars Darren Criss and Lauren Potter were having a fun time as if they were pretending to be back at McKinley High. Darren grabbed a 1D+OD binder and hugged it as if were a young teenage girl. He pledged his support for anti-bullying and then headed to the stage to start the show. Lauren received 1D + OD products and continued through the suite.

International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) – Actor Ben Platt who stared in ‘Pitch Perfect’, which was awarded the Teen Choice Award for Best Movie, pledged his support of this campaign and learning more about the connection between music and depression in which he responded “Great” and signed a Hope card with a personal message..

Marchon – Star of the ‘Vampire Diaries’ and a red-carpet trend-setter Kat Graham dressed in a skin tight black leather skirt, got a custom fitting for a new pair of sunglasses and called the selection “amazing”.

Mary Kay At Play– Actress Melissa Peterman from ABC Family’s new hit show Baby Daddy is already a fan of the cosmetic line saying, “I use Mary Kay skin care every night.” She received some new products to add to her make-up bag including; At Play Baked Eye Trio, At Play Eye Crayon, At Play Jelly Lip Gloss and At Play Lip Crayon.

MCFADINLucy Hale, Co-host of Teen Choice 2013 stopped by during her rehearsal break but the short time she had didn’t take away form her excitement for many of the brands and products. As she made her way to the McFadin display she excitedly said, “These are awesome. I want to take like 20 of them home with me.”

Nerf RebelleNiall Horan of One Direction on the Nerf Rebelle. “I love Nerf, these are awesome.” He even to tested his archery skills by shooting a stuffed Wonka Nerd off of his security guards head. Before he left he grabbed a few extra darts to battle with his band mates.

North Shore Goodies– Actor Keegan Allen, star of Pretty Little Liars is definitely not lying about his feeling for the original coconut peanut butter, he proclaimed this “The best peanut butter ever… “Amazing.”

Rider Sandals– Singer, Actor, Producer and all together good guy, LL Cool J stopped by the Celebrity Retreat to support his wife Simone and her jewelry line, but along the way discovered the amazing Rider Sandal. He said, “I’m going to rock these at my next show. And they will be perfect when we go to Brazil for the world cup.”

Scotch Expressions TapeAlex Newell looked glam and red carpet ready arriving in black stappy heels. The Glee star picked out a variety of purple Scotch Expressions Tapes to decorate his backpack being donated to charity and especially loved the black high heel Scotch Shoe Desktop Tape Dispenser.

Simone I. Smith Jewelry – The beautiful, fun and colorful shimmery shaped lollipop and candy necklaces are a favorite among Hollywood’s A-list stars. Actress Katie Cassidy, who was voted on the best dressed in form fitting pink dress, “I want it all. I love layering the candy with the lollipop.” She was so thrilled with her necklace selections that she wore them right out the door.

Wonka– It was definitely a consensus that everyone loves a sweet treat. But no one is a bigger fan than Singer/Actor Cody Simpson, “This is the booth I’ve been waiting to visit. I love nerds”

808 CANZ – Disney star Peyton List selected one of the 808 Canz portable speaker by saying, “I needed on of these for my iPod.”

Swiss Watch International– -The guys in Emblem3 selected the red line Men’s RPM Chronograph black watch and member before the start of the show and Drew Chadwick liked his so much he wore his right away and to the red-carpet.

Ouya– Actor Adam Divine, from the hit movie ‘Pitch Perfect’ when he saw the Ouya gaming console, “I didn’t think video games could get much better. I love Sonic.”

Celebrities also received a gift bag filled with the following:


Happy Seeds

Invitation Consultants

Jacquie Jordan Inc. Publishing / TVGuestpert.com

Logitech – Logitech Eye Candy Color Collection.

Madpax – 3D inspired backpacks and accessories for kids of all ages. Rock that inner creature!

Mojo Backpacks – Mojo adds edge into all of its fashion forward creations.

Pack ‘N Pride

Paramount Home Media Distribution – In director Jon M. Chu’s heart-pounding thrill ride, global hit.

The G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

So Cool Kids – glycerin soaps.

This year’s Retreat was not just a Gift Suite but also a Giving Suite. Stars were invited to give as well as receive with several charitable causes:

City of Hope – Celebrities were invited to experience and receive a sample of the Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker bow. A donation of Hasbro toys and games valued at $10,000 will be made to City of Hope Hospital.

International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) – Celebrities were asked to share how they #ShineYourLight of HOPE for depression.– Mary Kay asked celebs to “kiss for a cause.” For every signature and kiss print or doodle that a celebrity provides, Mary Kay will donate $1,000 to in their name.

Mary Kay will double a celebrities’ donation to if they also tweet a picture or message to their fan base about their participation using the hashtag #MKkiss.

Tia Mowry spoke on the Mary Kay donation saying, “OMG I love that charity!” While One Direction signed the ‘Kiss for a Cause’ card and all commented that it was “Awesome!”

Office Depot Foundation-By visiting 1D + OD’s booth, celebrities will be supporting the 1D + OD LIVE LOVE MOVE Together Against Bullying message to “Be Nice.” The booth looked like a mock classroom, where each celebrity was invited to sit and either write one line in an effort to create positive lyrics or an inspirational words.

They all were be gifted 1D + OD products to promote anti-bullying education in schools. The classroom will help raise awareness and ultimately contribute to the $1 million donation from The Office Depot Foundation. Brandon T Jackson, starring in Percy Jackson has a personal connection to this initiative saying, “I was a little guy growing up, so I was bullied. My 5 brothers had to defend me.”

Pencils of Promise – Celebrities were invited to autograph and personalize a backpack with Scotch Expressions Tapes, which will be donated to Pencils of Promise along with a $10,000 monetary donation that allows 100 students to go back to school with scholarships.

The Décor:

This year’s suite is being designed by HGTV Design Star Josh Johnson. At the 2013 Teen Choice Awards Retreat, Josh provides an excitingly enjoyable and stylishly youthful backdrop for celebrity guests to socialize and hang out at the show while they lounge within his custom designed vignette. Johnson, based both in West Hollywood and Nashville, is no stranger to catering to a celebrity clientele, having designed for backstage Retreats at the 2013 BET Awards, 2012 Writer’s Guild Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Country Music Awards Week, NAACP Image Awards (2011, 2012), Tony Awards, plus 2011 American Country Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. His design philosophy of “Livable Luxe” is the pairing of affordable elegance with functional practicality. His lovable personality earned “Sparkle Josh” the title of Fan Favorite during his first run on HGTV’s Design Star’s second season, and he also starred in the Design Star “All Stars” series in July, 2012. Forever striving to fuse design with entertainment, Josh continues to make special appearances on the HGTV network and star on design series television.


Created in 2000 by Karen Wood; formerly a talent coordinator on over 50 award shows, to give major corporations as well as up-and-coming designers the exclusive opportunity to personally introduce their products and services to celebrities. BACKSTAGE CREATIONS originated the gifting Retreat concept and has created Celebrity Retreats at various industry honors including the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BET Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

BACKSTAGE CREATIONS puts an emphasis on charitable donation at each of our Retreats giving our celebrity attendees the opportunity to both give and receive through unique partnerships at our events. Backstage Creations Retreats and gift bags have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, E!, TV Guide and our clients appear in OK Magazine,, Us Weekly,, Just Jared and many other print and online publications.

So HollywoodLifers, Are you ready to win this amazing gift bag! Its easy, make sure you tweet, “I want to win the 2013 Teen Choice Giftbag! @mrsandwich96 @hollywoodlife.” And we will select a winner on August 26! How awesome is that!

Russ Weakland