This is the post you’ve all been waiting for! ShePosts has been gathering info about the plethora of private parties planned for people attending the BlogHer ’11 conference August 5-6 in San Diego. Many of these parties are already wait-list status, meaning they’ve “sold out” of tickets. This round-up is meant to show you just how influential bloggers are – NOT to show you how unpopular you are if you weren’t invited. Trust me – the BlogHer parties open to all will be just as awesome. How do I know? I don’t. It’s a gut feeling.
If your party is not featured below, by all means leave the info in the comments. I’ve broadcast my call for info over the last few days through the traditional means (Facebook, Twitter, whining) and if yours doesn’t show up it’s because you didn’t answer or even see the RT. (Sounds like it’s time to follow me on Twitter, yes? Click here. And you can start sending in your tips and info regularly and often! While we’re on the subject, you should subscribe to ShePosts, too, so you don’t miss any of our awesome stuff. Just enter your email address on the right over there.)
Dance Party (Collective Bias/ Cheap Sally)
Alas, Social Luxe Lounge will not be held this year, but I’m thinking Dance Party, produced by Collective Bias in conjunction with major sponsor Cheap Sally, an online coupon site, will try valiantly to take its place. Dance Party will be held on Friday August 5 in the evening at Stingaree, San Diego’s fanciest nightclub, according to Brent Robinson, VP of Strategy for CB. “I would never get into this club” on a regular night, says Robinson, in a testament to just how fancy it is. CB is working with the party planners of Party BluPrints to create an experience where 350 guests can hang out and spend quality time together while also interacting with brand reps from companies like Sears, Big Fuel, Lifetime, Whirlpool, Samsonite, Vix Shoes, and more. The party will take place on the rooftop, where the brands will set up “experiences” in the cabanas, and the swag bag will be “interesting” and something that you’ll want to carry on your person, not just dump on your hotel room bed and throw away.
The various brands will be paying for the privilege of hobnobbing with the influential bloggers, and there is a a possibility for the party to turn a profit. However, Robinson says the main focus of the event is business development and to celebrate with the Social Fabric community “to thank them for their work because we wouldn’t be anything without the bloggers.” As such, there is a social media engagement initiative in place for promotion of the event that begins today. They’ve enlisted a team of ambassadors to promote the party, the brands, and the people, led by campaign manager Tonya Staab. “The Cheap Sally Dance Party is about uniting bloggers and celebrating what we do,” Staab told me via DM. “It’s about letting our hair down for a few hours, dancing, enjoying each others’ company, and eating great food. Of course there will be a few treats in store, too.”
Dance Party is by invitation only – invites are going out today to the members of Social Fabric, CB’s blogger network, but there will be a +1 allowed, so you might want to cozy up to a Social Fabric buddy of yours to get that status!
Swanky After Hours Party (MomsFashionFile.com: SavvySassyMoms, MomTrends, SassyMomChicago and Plum District)
If last year’s event was any indication of what will occur in ’11, the Swanky After Hours party will be the one you will save for last on Saturday, August 6th. (I’m thinking BATHTUB photos. You?) The three mom bloggers who organized this fete have teamed up with sponsors Ciao Bella Gelato, Trop 50, and Johnson & Johnson, with Plum District as the Title Sponsor, to create a stylish party at the Hard Rock Hotel Elevation Suite starring 12 lucky winners who will be completely made over and presented to the party guests with a flourish. The party will benefit Dressed For Success, the charity that gifts career clothing to women who are trying to get a foothold in a good job but can’t afford the threads. Guests will be asked to bring donations of interview-worthy used clothing in great condition. (Hmm, time to go through the closets and make room for all those maxi dresses you’re buying just for the conference.) Invites will be open on July 11th. Update to the image above – the party hours are 7 – 11pm.
I’m With the Brand (Clever Girls Collective/Ubisoft)
The Clever Girls Collective will be gathering its multitudes of clevers together with the brands they have engaged at a rock star party on Thursday night, August 4, to herald in the BlogHer conference weekend. Sponsors are Ubisoft, PopCap, Wine Sisterhood, Podotree, Foodily, and Juice in the City, among others. This party “sold out” on Eventbrite in about 30 seconds (that’s just my guess) so you probably had to RSVP instantly upon receiving the email invitation. The event is designed to make all 500 attendees feel like VIP’s, so CGC and sponsors will roll out the red carpet, and they’re working on a lip-synch music video starring the collective’s members. This party will be chock full of benefits for attendees, including a $159 per night rate for partygoers at the same hotel as the party: Hotel Solamar in San Diego.
Two single moms are building on their experience from last year: one of them didn’t get invited to any private parties at BlogHer ’10 so she crafted one of her own on the spot and it was a big hit. This year they’re doing it up big. The Kiss our Sass party for single moms (and other single not-moms – the key is that you must be SINGLE) is sponsored by Match.com which is a match made in heaven. (Pun totally intended.) The party will be on Thursday, August 4th at the Hard Rock Hotel’s rooftop pool, but as the invitation says, “Mely and Jamie know how to work a pole, but not a defibrillator. So please, no swimming.” Invite is waitlist only by now.
Sweets By the Bay (Big Toy Book and KidsVuz)
This big event hosted by Big Toy Book and KidsVuz is happening from 4-8pm on Thursday, August 4th – another preview swaggy party before BlogHer event starts! There will be rooms full of mom and kid-friendly products on display and up for grabs at the Hard Rock Hotel that evening. They’ve timed people’s attendance to spread it out, conceivably in hopes of keeping the swag-hungry crowds thinned out. Spots are already full, but organizers say on the event site that they will try to accommodate as many people from the waitlist as possible.
Exclusive Private Events
This writer has heard that Sony, GM, and Nintendo are all throwing private dinners for invited guests. MomsLA.com is planning a party. San Diego Momfia might be planning a party (or several). Individual bloggers are partnering with sponsors to produce smaller, more intimate dinners at local restaurants. So, why not you?
BlogHer-Sanctioned Events: BlogHer and the BlogHer Publishing Network are planning all sorts of sponsored mini-events in and around the conference. The big parties, the little parties, the P&G pre-conference conference within a conference. I’m not going to expand on those here because y’all probably know about them already. But for a good list to watch, see Amy Bellgardt’s list over at MomSpark. Girl’s in the know.