On Saturday, me and Ashton from Ashton Jade hosted the amazing Blogger Halloween Party (#bloggerhalloweenparty on Twitter). After months of constant planning, stressing out, venue dropouts and a few tears I can honestly say we pulled off the best event ever.
The event was held at the beautiful Rose Villa Tavern in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, a few days before Halloween. Given the theme, we decided it would be amazing if we could get everyone to dress up and oh. my. god. everyone looked absolutely stunning.
A few of my favourites included Natalie as Wednesday Adams, Chantel’s stunning makeup and the sheer amount of glitter on Nisha’s face.
I didn’t really get very dressed up as I knew I’d be running around like a headless chicken beforehand, however, I did wear the cutest Halloween themed dress (that I had to keep pulling down) off eBay for £6, with my new (sexy as) thigh high boots from New Look.
Most of you reading this will probably be aware of what happened at my last event, the #BloggerTikiParty. Despite the hard work and effort, I put in, a few bloggers managed to spoil the whole experience for me. I’m not going to go into detail but if you’d like to know what happened you can read the linked post above.
The reason I bring that up is because the bloggers at the Blogger Halloween Party were SO LOVELY. The day went without any problems and I can honestly say I spent the day with the nicest group of bloggers ever, so thank you so much to anyone who attended and made me feel at ease.
This was going to be my last event but all the Blogger Halloween Party guys have all made me want to start planning another with Ashton immediately.
On the day we had three brands attend The Perfume Studio, Dr Botanicals and Goodyfull. Although it’s fewer brands than I normally have at my events I think it worked really well as people had so much to do in between mingling with bloggers and brands. I will be posting a little more on each of the brands that attending later this month – so won’t go into too much now – I will, however, say that they were amazing and the response from bloggers was absolutely incredible.
Another thing I picked up from the #BloggerTikiParty was a few negative comments about people sticking to their cliques – which to an extent is out of my control.
Ashton, however, is a superstar and suggested that we plan lots of different activities on the day for people to get involved in and to help get them mingling.
We had a design a pumpkin competition with prizes from MIA Felce, pull a scary face competition with prizes from Lumity Life, a guess how many sweets in the jar competition, a scavenger hunt, a bingo/checklist and the chance to win a hair colour from Colour Freedom.
I really think the Blogger Halloween Party competitions helped people to mingle and get to know more people, especially the checklist as the tasks included follow somebody new on Twitter and take a selfie with a new friend. I kind of wish I was playing too, as some of the things were actually quite fun 😉
As well as the competitions people could take part in we also had a HUGE raffle with prizes from Marco Polo, Punky Pins, Nuva Water, West Midlands Safari Park, Little Bit Lavish, Lumity Life, Paul Mitchell, UBU Beauty, Wordery, Abrahams Chronicles, Mr Lee’s Noodles, Hygge Tea, Beyond Organic Skincare and so many more. Ashton’s friends Mum even donated a bottle of wine and some Celebrations – how cute.
I actually won a couple of prizes but typically they were all things I already had been sent at some point, so I redrew or gave my prizes to someone who wanted them. I did have my eye on the UBU Beauty beauty brushes or the Lemur feed for four at West Midlands Safari Park, though…
Over all, we raised an amazing £222.47 for Mind (sorry the 47p was me giving my extra change as I wanted to get rid of it!) and I couldn’t be happier. I think across all my events with Ashton and Adele I have now raised around £500-600 for charity.
After the raffle we gave out the prizes for the Pumpkin Competition, the Colour Freedom Competition, Best Dressed, Best Makeup and the Best use of Social Media. There were so many people to choose from that we ended up picking runners up for a lot of the competitions, the choices were just too hard! Congrats to all the winners – everyone did so well I wanted to give you all prizes!
At the end of the event we gave everyone a huge tote bag from Jewellery Box, filled with goodies from a range of different brands including Juicy Fuel, The Berry Co, Lighter Life, Munchy Seeds, Nutripot, Baru, Tints of Nature, Sebamed (Catalyst PR), Marco Polo, WhiteWash, Conscious Water, Hygge Tea, Wordery, L’Oréal (World Duty Free), Superdrug, Virtue Drinks, Twisted Halo, UBU Beauty, Lypsyl, Chapstick, Swisse, Papier Poudre, Goodyfull and Alpro.
Also, if you’d like to win a spare goody bag from the event both me and Ashton have giveaways running on our Twitter here and here.
I was trying to keep this blog post short – oops.
Finally, I want to thank quite a few people for their help either before or during the Blogger Halloween Party.
First of all, thank you to my sister and newbie blogger Hayleigh Marie for helping me pack goody bags the night before, driving me to Birmingham on the day and for helping set-up and pack away on the day. I definitely would not have been able to host the event without you, unless it was being held in my living room!
Thank you to Sophie from Essential Twenty, Alex from Champagne and Lemonade and Katie from Cats on Carousels for helping set up beforehand. I know we were running a little bit late so to have all you guys on board and helping out really made a difference. Also, thank you to Katie for being the best bouncer ever, I was so worried about it being an open venue that anyone would just walk in!
Thank you to Jamie from Tanned Beauty Addict for making some delicious treats for us all to enjoy. I ended up taking around five or six of the leftovers home and they were so good. I know they went down a treat with everyone else too, so thank you so much.
Also, thank you so much to everyone who attended the Blogger Halloween Party. I always think to myself in the run up to the event that I’m just going to be sat on my own in a room filled with 40 odd goody bags drinking bottles of prosecco because nobody turns up, so thank you for coming, let alone making it one of the best events I’ve been to.
Okay, I’ll shut up now.