One muggy night at The Roost in London, we threw a party. As the sun set, we mingled with friends old and new, sipped cocktails, took turns posing in themed rooms and tried on our best disguises in the photo booth.
It went a little something like this.
Drinks were clanked, questions and answers flew back and forth at a rapid-fire pace and sparkly ears were worn.
Everything went off without a hitchâ€¦except for one smoke bomb mishap which shall not be mentioned ever again. *cough*choke*cough*
The night was full of of chit-chat, macaron munching, photo snapping and canapÃ© tastingâ€¦all while dancing to Rebbie Jackson and other long-lost 80s tunes. The three three hours went by much too fast.
Halfway through the event, we held an open Q&A. Nothing was off-limits â€” we discussed everything from blogging to personal relationships to our biggest learning experiences and I felt like the candor of us collectively sharing our triumphs and struggles across that room brought us all closer together.
Itâ€™s hard to have a bad night when youâ€™re in the midst of talented videographers, beautiful decor and old friends (hi, Loulou!)
Presents were exchanged (thanks, Grace!) and many drinks were hadâ€¦.they were so good that Iâ€™m guilty of trying two of each.
As the night went on, we made our way out to a picnic table on the back patio, chatting until the sun went down. I met so many inspiring, open, thoughtful, caring women in that short window of time.
As we said our goodbyes, I was reminded of the power of community. In our daily lives, weâ€™re busy with family, careers, chores and making our dreams a reality. Itâ€™s hard to hit the brakes and make time for other things. This night allowed us to put everything else on hold and bond with like-minded women.
Itâ€™s always a gamble to put on an event in a new format for the first timeâ€¦but I walked away feeling full. To the ladies who came out, thank you for being you and sharing your night with us.
Event: The Blogcademy Mixer.
Venue: The Roost.
Photographer: Lisa Jane Photography.
Videographers: Costa Sister Productions.
Photo Booth: Fishee Designs.
Music: Wedding Smashers.
Drinks: Pig’s Bladder and Petticoat and London Velvet.
Treats: Plumb and Rabbitts.
Tissue Balls: Peach Blossom.
Goodie Bags: Cheap Frills jewels, Crown and Glory ears, Abigail Warner cards, Vita Coco, Berlin Made prints and Arnis Purple canvas bags.