Last Saturday marked the day of the very first FAB WMN tea party ever, which was held in my home and listed many fabulous women based in London. It was the real life manifestation of the Fab WMN project running on my blog (in the cyberspace), which offers a platform for creative, inspirational women from all over the world and celebrates being a woman, being fabulous regardless age, size or any other social/ conventional limitations. By creating this event the FAB WMN project has been taken to another level, where women could interact, encourage and motivate each other in real space and real time.
The idea came to me in May, and to be honest up until the first reactions of my crowed I wasn’t even sure whether it was a good one, whether there was interest at all. There were several dates for the event, however with all the moving, holidays and then design week it just did not happen. Life has just showed me again, that everything has its own time.
September was superbusy anyway, and the week of the party just evolved into this nonstop thinking, managing, supervising, cooking, preparing, freaking out – and the list just goes on.
The guest list offered a great variety of women with different talents, niches and stories. We had a Paralympic two times golden swimmer, a cancer researcher, designers, bloggers, managers, every-day life heroines, so really each of them is special and fabulous simply just being herself.
Came 4 pm the ladies started to arrive alongside with the event’s photographer, Carol. Each guest got a #fabWMN pin to wear, and then a little goody bag upon departure. The first hour or so was really just a “warm-up”, everyone was getting to know the others. Then I had a little speech and handed out some cards for everyone to suggest a book to read, a film to watch and a song to listen to. We collected the cards into a bowl and later on I drew three prizes – two vouchers to Paperchase and a gorgeous hand crocheted head band made by one of the fab guests, Andika.
After this excitement we had a book swap, where I had previously gathered some books (the ladies brought some as well) so the guests could browse them and take home what they liked. The rest remaining I took to the local charity shop.
This was pretty much the “set” program for the event, after this we just went on eating, drinking and having fun – the last group of guests left around 11 pm, everyone seemed to have a great and inspirational time, and since the par-tea they keep asking me when the next one will be held.
Well, I’m not going to reveal all, let’s just say there WILL be a next one with more creativity, inspiration and fabulous women!