I co-hosted a company holiday party.
I don’t own a company. And, technically, I don’t celebrate the holidays.
The irony of blogging is that we are seen in social media but in real life we are alone.
If you work from home in any capacity, you understand what I mean. Once you close the computer, there you are. There are no jokes over the water cooler. Your co-worker is either the toddler running around or that cup of coffee on your desk.
Find a tribe locally.
I am part of a local bloggers group called Boston Social Media. Our blog’s niches vary from green living and parenting to fashion and savings. We meet once a month for a real-life coffee break, to chat shop and shoot the breeze.
In one of our meet-ups Niri, from mommyniri.com suggested throwing a holiday party just for us. Since we don’t go to company parties, why not throw one ourselves?
I loved the idea so much I co-hosted it with her! In less than 2 weeks we managed to pull off this grand event.
If you blog, I encourage you to take your online connections, offline. There is no substitute (thankfully) for real life relationships.
I present to you: Boston Social Media Holiday Bash Dec. 1, 2012
Blogger events typically don’t include the whole family. We changed that real quick! Twenty local bloggers and their families were invited. This was one of the views from the event.
Three child height tables were set up with crafts.
This one was set up for cookie decorating. Every topping a kid and adult could want.
She’s headed straight for the sprinkles. That’s my girl.
The chef from Art Bar Cambridge, restaurant in the hotel, set up a station to make play dough with the kids.
Edible fruit arrangements on the kid’s tables.
The kids lunch. Fish sticks, sweet potato curly fries, mini hot dogs in a bun, broccoli and macaroni and cheese in wanton wrappers.
The grown-ups menu: cous cous with feta cheese and cranberries…
sweet potato tater tots, roast beef Panini, banana relish and this…
Seared scallops with watermelon radish. Yes, I went back for more.
Every good party must have a party favor. Thank you to the generous sponsors:
The party also helped to support: Toys for Tots, Aflac Pediatric Cancer Research and It Takes a Family (families affected by Hurricane Sandy).
No excuses. If you are a stay at home mom or a work from home mom reach out and make connections in real life. They still matter in this age of technology.
Craving more pics and stories from the party? Check out these posts from other bloggers who attended!
3 Garnets 2 Sapphires- 2012 Boston Social Media Holiday Party at the Royal Sonesta Hotel
Dollops of Diane- Boston Social Media Holiday Party
Groovy Green Livin’- Boston Social Media Bloggers Celebrate
Random Recycling- A Blogger’s Holiday at the Royal Sonesta Boston
It’s not like a cat- Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender- Swag From BSM Holiday party
Don’t Mind the Mess Year-Round Fun at The Royal Sonesta
Charlene Chronicles Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge,MA
The Shopping QueenThe Royal Sonesta Hotel Spoils Boston Bloggers
You can also see lots of pics and conversation on twitter at #BSMHoliday!