I am writing this blog post as I am flying back from London where I had just hosted our first European Sugar Party. The event, which also served as our European Launch party, could not have been more successful. All the major newspapers in Britain – The Sun, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, and The UK Huffington Post – covered our event in one form or another. Later this week, Channel 4 and BBC One will be broadcasting a story about Seeking Arrangement and our party as well. And while I am happy to head home, I am also leaving with sadness because in the past few days, I have met so many wonderful people in London and at the party whom I now consider my dear friends, a part of my team or the Sugar family.
When I set out to organize our first Sugar party in the United Kingdom, one thing I did not want was to repeat the same mistakes I had made with our New York parties. In New York, the party organizer we had been working with was more interested in maximizing his profits and in promoting his own event company than in creating an event that is best suited for the Sugar Bowl. For this reason, I decided I would need a better event partner and also to play an active role in planning our London event.
I was very fortunate to have met Nikki Howarth, a SA Sugar Baby member who reached out to me and told me she would help me plan the party through her newly formed company — Eloquent Events. Nikki has been wonderful! She is a proud Sugar Baby –beautiful, funny, hardworking, enterprising, selfless and most of all – extremely loyal to the SA family. In addition to having planned the most amazing party I have ever hosted, Nikki courageously took a big step by telling the world why she is a Sugar Baby, and dealing with the negative criticisms head on. And in her own words, “There is nothing wrong with wanting to be treated like a Princess”.
Unlike the party in New York, the London party was a lot more fun and interactive. As some of you may have already heard from the feedback on the blog — there was a fire-breather outside the hotel, a magician who was superbly entertaining, a tarot card reader who gave quite a few Sugar Babies a view into their future, and a comedian who tried hard but was not successful in creating any laughter. Many of the Sugar Babies were complaining that there were too many women compared to men, even though many were happy just to meet other Sugar Babies and know they are not alone. But they are right, there was about 4 or 5 girls for every Sugar Daddy. The truth is many of the Sugar Daddies were standing alone scattered throughout, and just like any social setting, if you really wanted to meet a guy, you should just walk up an introduce yourself! Sugar Babies aren’t suppose to be shy… remember?
While I was busy during the entire event dealing with the media, and making sure the cameras and video crew weren’t filming at places they were not allowed to (e.g., media were confined to a room at the party, but some did venture out and we had the security almost kick the German TV crew out because they did not follow our rules), I did have a chance to meet many amazing Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies. Many SA bloggers showed up and I had the opportunity to meet EnglishRose, AsianSB, Karla, Summers, Arcadia SB, and many others.
Next Up: Los Angeles Sugar Party
Over the next few weeks, once I have had a chance to catch up on things, it will be time to start planning our first Los Angeles Sugar Party which will most likely be held in July or August. And yes, I do intend to stay extremely involved in the planning process.
For those who attended the London Sugar Party:
How was the London Party?
Do you have any positive or constructive feedback?
What do you think of a Los Angeles sugar get-together?
Will you attend? Why or why not?
PS: Helen Croydon, an SA Sugar Baby who wrote the book “Sugar Daddy Diaries” was also at the party, and wrote an article that is published in the UK Telegraph newspaper today asking “Why should I be ashamed of sugar daddy dating?“. I hope all in the sugar family will read her article, and post your comment in support of the sugar bowl!