Six weeks ago I wanted to attend a Christmas Party for Bloggers in London, but there wasn’t one – or at least I was unable to find one. Always wanting to host my own event one day, I thought why should I not have my own Christmas Party and invite fellow bloggers? I looked for a date, either the 29th of November or the 6th of December. Quickly, I decided myself for the 29th of November and found a venue. I posted it on Twitter, my blog as well as a few sites for bloggers and just a few hours later the first people had shown interest in the event. Over the next weeks I got in touch with companies and PR’s, and more bloggers signed up. I was sent lovely products for the goody bags and towards the end my bedroom was full of boxes. On Friday night, the night before the event, I started filling the goody bags with the products and I couldn’t wait for it to be Saturday. I only managed to sleep three hours, I was so excited and nervous. Will everybody like the event? Will they feel like they wasted their time? At 5am my alarm rang and it was time to get up, shower and finish preparing everything.
|Ready to go!
I arrived early at 21, the chosen venue, in Covent Garden, ready to set up everything and met Jennie, who works for the agency Search Laboratory. I worked with her in the past and she is such a wonderful person, it was so nice to meet her finally in person. She helped me setting everything up and soon Jake and Joe from FrameAgain arrived. I will tell you more about FrameAgain later.
|Pink chocolate shoes – too pretty to be eaten. Thank you Bonprix!
The first bloggers to arrive were Natalie and Sarah, both had helped me a lot with PR contacts and spreading the word about the event. It was lovely to meet them Shortly after all the other bloggers arrived and people started introducing themselves and talking about blogging, fashion and beauty products. It was so nice to finally meet the people in person I was in touch with over the last few days, weeks or even months and I was especially happy to meet Charlotte. She always leaves lovely comments on my posts and I looked forward to see her at the event. When I met her it felt like I had known her for ages. We actually had dinner together with Lix at Shack Shack after the event.
We also had the lovely guys from Frame Again join us. Jake and Joe launched the company in late 2013, giving everybody the opportunity to print their favourite (Instagram) picture and put it on display in a customised frame. Some of you might know, how hard I found it to find great quality and yet stylish squared picture frames for my favourite Las Vegas Instagram shots earlier this year. With Frame Again, this won’t happen again. It doesn’t matter if you want to print one picture or ten, you can design your own frame and have it delivered to you in 48 hours. Please check out their website www.frameagain.com and spread the word. Christmas is less than four weeks away and I am sure one of your friends is still looking for a great present that won’t break the bank. It would be lovely if you could all upload a picture of your frame on Twitter, mention @FrameAgain and the #bloggersxmaspartylondon. I love to see all of them!
Thanks to Jennie for bringing the Quiz Cupcakes and the chocolate heels from Bonprix UK. Bonprix is a great brand, it is German too and they offer great quality clothes and accessories at bon prix. Sally Meier came along, she is the owner of Comms8, a marketing, PR and advertising agency and her clients are in the luxury and travel sector. Thanks also to Louise Wood from John Lewis and her friend Kay Galbraith for attending the event. What amazing ladies they are!
Thanks to all the companies that send us some products for the goody bags.
Dream Dots for Spots
Last, but not least, a special thank you to Amy, PR of 21 Covent Garden who provided us with the great venue today. I am looking forward to hosting another event soon – maybe a summer party, what do you think?