I remember when I started to plan my Blogger’s Brunch.. it felt like a lifetime away! Saturday 20th January 2018 came around so quickly… that it almost felt like I needed more time!
I had been planning my Bloggers Brunch for a while, but of course, being an inexperienced party planner, you never know how these things will unfold! I contacted the girls a few months in advance, in order for them to save the date – I then decided, due to the girls I had invited, I would look into sponsors for the event. This way, we could all promote companies and give the companies good exposure whilst doing what we love (stuffing our faces and taking photographs!) and the girls could all go home with goodie bags!
I held my brunch at the Clerkenwell Grind in London and it was honestly, the perfect venue for my brunch. The room was perfect and really “Instagramable” which was obviously perfect for us bloggers! The size of the room was perfect and it was set up beautifully! I would just like to say a huge thank you to the Clerkenwell Grind for hosting my event!
Obviously, the sponsors took a while to piece together and I had a nightmare with the goodie bags (I’m still not entirely sure who’s fault that is haha!) but in my head, everything was figured out!
The week before, I had a few drop outs (which was obviously pretty upsetting, knowing the efforts I had put in to make this a success…) but then to my amazement, I had messages asking if I had any spaces for other girls to attend (but unfortunately we couldn’t accommodate everyone but of course, I wish I could have!). With things like events/parties (basically any event where you are stressing yourself out and running around trying to arrange everything whilst working Monday-Friday, attending events, going for dinner, etc…), it’s pretty difficult – you just need to find the right balance.. but anyway, what I was saying was, it really opens your eyes to find your true friends, the ones who offer to help, ask to arrive early to help set up, etc. I’ve had the sweetest messages from the girls since… and I couldn’t be more grateful. I definitely invited the best girls possible!!!
I didn’t go to bed until 3am on Saturday morning, after rushing around picking things up for the event, fake tanning (you know the drill haha), drying my hair UPSIDE DOWN, etc – so I was so worried I wouldn’t wake up… but to my surprise, I was like a child on Christmas morning. I had butterflies but was full of excitement – praying the day would run smoothly and go to plan!
I was extremely grateful that my mum helped me as much as she did, she helped me sort all of the final bits (I don’t know what I would do without that woman.. seriously – I’m BLESSED!). My sister, Amelie and my boyfriend, Georgie helped me to sort the goodie bags and make them look presentable and my dad was so kind to buy the first round of drinks (which certainly wasn’t cheap)! Literally the only thing that went wrong was my logo stickers for my goodie bags didn’t arrive until the MONDAY AFTER (even though they had next day delivery..and were sent on WEDNESDAY?!) but we were not going to stress about that, so we styled it out with some cute butterfly table place cards instead (mums idea!). I was so grateful for my family and my boyfriend to attend the event with me, they all came to support me and I cannot count the amount of times I have heard them say that they are proud of me for pulling off the event and for my efforts and the brunch I hosted – so sweet! I am the luckiest girl in the world!
It was amusing though, the amount of times I was told “Oh Robyn, you and your family are like the blonde Kardashians” was just hilarious… I mean, we would be fun to watch on our own reality show hahaha!!! Amelie would definitely steal the limelight though!!!
My outfit for my Bloggers Brunch was inspired by Bey Andall – she is my FAVOURITE. Her outfits are always on point, she always looks amazing and she is the sweetest person EVER – which are just more reasons to be inspired by her! I saw her post an Instagram picture of this gorgeous black and white jacket, so obviously, I went on the hunt! I discovered this jacket was from The Fashion Bible, so of course, I bought one myself! The top I wore underneath was £4.50 (bargain) from Boohoo and my leather look trousers were just £10 from Topshop – they were a last minute thing (the day before) as I was just going to style it with jeans but my mum was out shopping and found the perfect pair, she also found my boot heels on the same day, in the same place, these were £39 and also from Topshop!
I am currently in the middle of putting a vlog together of the day but my laptop just isn’t being a kind soul so I genuinely have no idea when this will be up on our YouTube at the moment, so I apologise in advance… but it’s something to look forward to… right?! *Here’s to hoping, it will be up shortly after this blog post.. although, I currently have NO idea!*
I had the most AMAZING photographer attend my event, she snapped away all day and captured the most amazing images! Her name is Jennifer Louise and you can follow her here: Jennifer Louise Lifestyle Photographer on Facebook and/or Jennifer Louise Photo on Instagram. I will upload some photos below for you to cast an eye over – I was so lucky to find Jennifer – she is such a lovely lady and the pictures looked incredible which of course, I was over the moon with! Thank you so much Jennifer!
I was lucky enough to have my event sponsored by Events by LaylaRai. I have never seen more amazing balloons in my life – this is the third time I had used Events by LaylaRai and once again, I was completely over the moon with the balloons. The balloons get prettier every time, I swear! They fit the theme so well and looked beautiful (and I received many compliments on them!!!). Seriously though, if you need balloons just visit their page: Events by LaylaRai on Facebook and/or Events by LaylaRai on Instagram. I feel so grateful that Events by LaylaRai wanted to be a part of my special day! Thank you Events by LaylaRai!
I also had the prettiest frame which had the words “Brunch Time” written on. Again, I’ll post some action shots of the frame in use. OhSnap Essex were another sponsor for my event and they have the most gorgeous frames to fit all of your special occasions. Again, you can visit the OhSnap Essex pages here: OhSnap Essex on Facebook or Oh Snap Essex on Instagram! My frame fit perfectly with the pink, girly theme and looked amazing! Thank you OhSnap Essex!
I also had the most amazing sponsors who helped me to make up my goodie bags. The sponsors being (the links for their websites/social media accounts are provided next to the sponsors names): Festival Faces Group – Website and Instagram, Skinnypop – Website and Instagram, Lewis Yates – Website and Instagram, Match your Vibe – Website & Instagram, Kocostar – Website & Instagram, Ardell Lashes – Website & Instagram and Cru Kafe – Website & Instagram! If you subscribe to my YouTube you can find out what was inside the bags as soon as the vlog is up – of course, if you subscribe, you will receive an email notification to let you know when it’s live!! The sponsors were all very kind and completely spoilt all of my Blogging girls. I am so grateful for their support! Thank you all SO much!
And, of course, a huge thank you to all of the girls who attended the event! It wouldn’t have been a success without you girls – I hope you all had as much fun as I did!
Photographs of the day (photographs all by: Jennifer Louise Photography)
I had the best day and I am so glad the day ran smoothly. I received the most amazing messages from other Bloggers, PR companies and brands explaining how inspired they were by my event and how lovely it was for me to host something like this off my own back! Obviously, the lovely positive feedback made it 10x more rewarding because other people noticed how much effort I had put into the brunch! I had so many messages asking to be invited if I ever hosted another brunch too… and I cannot count the amount of times I was told it was so lovely to see a bit of “Girl Power” and the fact I am all about “Girl Power” in general – it was just so rewarding and lovely for other people to go out of their way to message me!
Anyway, it’s been great chatting to you but I must get on with editing my video now (as long as my laptop wants to work with me hehe!)
Lots of love
Robynne Louise x