Spill the Tea Event: how I hosted my first event at Teatulia Tea Bar in London with zero experience

I have always been a woman who believes in the power of community. Perhaps that’s why I value friendship so intensely— because surrounding myself with badass, high-quality people is empowering and fulfilling and, ultimately, feels like goodness incarnate.

It comes as no surprise then that I wanted to create an event that would bring women in creative industries together in a relaxed environment to mix and mingle.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Why did I create an event to begin with?

A few months ago, I had a surge of creativity hit, which is still coursing through me. I was listening to old podcast episodes I had recorded and never released and I asked myself why. I hadn’t been brave enough, maybe? Or it could be that I was too lazy? Maybe I didn’t feel excited by them? I don’t remember. But it reminded me of a list of creative pursuits I had written out. On that list, among other things, was the desire to get brave and conceptualize, create, and host an event.

I knew with a never-ending to-do list and traveling around Asia at the time, I was not in an ideal position to do this on my own. So, I called in a friend based in London with more experience. Sandy, who is one of the most genuine and generous human beings on the planet, instantly replied to my message with a “heck yes, let’s do it!” She’s incredibly hard-working and together we make a bit of a dream team, if I do say so myself.

Sandy and I, who met at a mediation event in London, cleaned up the concept I had in my mind. Together, we began to pitch venues. Once we landed the ideal location for a relaxed event, we began pitching brands. When we finally landed partnerships with brands we loved, we sent out save the dates, followed by invites. From then on, it was just a matter of the night arriving and us being prepared.

PREPPING FOR THE BIG NIGHT WITH SHEETS THAT INCLUDED INSTAGRAM HANDLES

PREPPING FOR THE BIG NIGHT WITH SHEETS THAT INCLUDED INSTAGRAM HANDLES

As a travel writer and a blogger, I’ve been to quite a few of these shindigs. Usually, my introverted-ness shines through and I forget my elevator pitch. I’ve only recently gotten good at talking about myself. Usually, the cards fall down around me and I never pimp myself out the way I know you should to snag up opportunities. It’s confusing, because I have the utmost confidence in my abilities and I’m, like, weirdly good with people despite heavily preferring to spend my time around the tight-knit group of people in my inner circle who are already familiar to me.

I have held onto beliefs that do not serve me in the past. I have previously shrunk down in an attempt to humbly hide away because I didn’t feel I was ready or “big” enough or had a personal brand that was developed enough to pull something off.

Yesterday night proved to me that shedding those beliefs over the last year and some change was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Because we are all more wildly capable than we give ourselves credit for. Not only did the event go off without a hitch, it was considered a success by all the brands involved. And it was considered a success by me.

SPILL THE TEA EVENT, LONDON, UK
SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK
SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK

guests

When vetting our guest list, Sandy and I wanted to make sure numbers didn’t matter. Some ladies had 40,000 followers, others had no Instagram account at all. It was more important to us that those who did come on the night arrived with enthusiasm and that no one felt excluded or intimidated.

We invited female badasses primarily from different creative fields. Fashion designers, authors, artists, bloggers, models, and makeup artists were all gathered at Teatulia Tea Bar. There were a few lawyers, a couple of accountants for fun brands, graphic designers, and brand buyers. I felt overwhelmed by the variety of interesting careers of the women in the room. It’s absolutely true that if you surround yourself with interesting people, you’ll never be bored.

Spill the Tea Event- Teatulia Tea Bar
SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK
SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK
SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK
Spill the Tea Event at Teatulia Tea Bar in London, UK

giveaways, goodie bags, + great women

Teatulia Tea Bar served guests complimentary welcome drinks from their extensive list of tea cocktails. They also provided a post box so that attendees could “spill the tea” to their family and friends on handwritten postcards. Teatulia offered to mail any of the postcards that were filled out and put in the box the next day!

There were also three fun giveaways featuring books {the tea bar promotes itself as a place for “tea, cocktails, and literature”}, and Paul Mitchell UK sponsored two other prizes: their new range of hair products in a hamper, and their top-quality hair wand.

At the end of the evening, guests were given swag bags with vouchers to London businesses, Candy Kittens gourmet sweets, Yardley London scent samples, and a bevy of Diptyque products from their new Minthé line.

Beyond the material offerings, however, was the opportunity to connect! I’ve made friends with remarkable women thanks to hosted events in London, and both Sandy and I wanted to provide that kind of experience. No ugly name-tags. No stuffy dress code. Just a place and time for people to meet.

SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK
SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK
SPILL THE TEA EVENT IN LONDON, UK
Spill the Tea Event in London, UK

sponsor shoutouts + success

Once again, I’d like to say “thank you” to the event’s sponsors who supported our vision with the use of their venue space, giveaway items, and swag bag gifts.

The night was a success thanks to Sandy Aziz, the sponsors, and the attendees who not only showed up, but engaged with one another. And it is thanks to this successful event that Sandy and I feel ready to take on an even larger venue and the everything an event there presents. That’s right.

We are hosting another event for all creatives with music and all the works at sketch London.


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HOW I HOSTED MY FIRT EVENT WITH ZERO EXPERIENCE
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