3 Key Elements To Planning A Perfect Blogger Meet-Up

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned here on the blog that I was looking forward to an upcoming blogger meet-up. Well, here it is! Last weekend, our Tri-State Blogger Network- as I call it- had a meet-up at LadurΓ©e in SoHo hosted by Monica of Jersey Girl, Texan Heart. The group has been to this venue before but I couldn’t attend that time, so I was really excited to check this place out! The service was average but the food was absolutely delish! 

So, what exactly does it take to plan THE perfect blogger meet-up?

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You know it’s a blogger meet-up when there’s too-pretty-to-eat desserts & lipstick stained glasses! Thank you Diane and Simone for lending your food and beverage for my photography!

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from left to right: Megan- The Fashionista Momma  //  Sharon- The Tiny Heart  //  Me
Diane- Style Context  //  Simone- Fashion Runs The World  //  Alexandra- Glory Boon

I’m certainly not an expert, but Monica from Jersey Girl, Texan Heart always plans our meet-ups to perfection! As a professional Event Planner and consistent meet-up attendee, I’ve picked up a thing or two along the way. 
So, here’s my 3 Key Elements For A Perfect Blogger Meet-Up!

1- Old & New Friends
When I attended our first meet-up, I was so nervous! We had all just met at Lucky FABB 2013 but this was all still very new territory for me. This group is very nice and welcoming, so it’s always a warm and friendly atmosphere. What makes it the most interesting as we do this more and more is catching up with old friends while meeting new friends! Monica never excludes anyone that may want to come, so every time I get to catch up or learn more about someone I already know and meet someone completely new. It keeps things interesting and exciting!
2- Venue & Food
While it isn’t the center of everything, anyone that plans events knows how important this can be. The service and food takes the backseat to the chit-chatting but if the service is poor or the food stinks, it can affect the entire mood of the event. Luckily, this has never happened to us! Monica always picks the best places, but it’s a challenge to get reservations in the city so it’s never an easy task. Also- and this goes for bloggers and regular events alike- you want to make sure you choose a venue with an appealing set-up and decor because it will be the backdrop of most of your photos!
3- Central Location
Since we’re a Tri-State Blogger group, we always meet in NYC! We’re so lucky that we have the luxury of a fabulous mid-point since the ladies from our group are from NJ, NY, and CT. This always makes it super convenient for everyone and it’s great to be able to take public transportation. You can sit back and relax… or Instagram your on-my-way shot!
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from left to right: Diane- Style Context  //  Monica- Jersey Girl, Texan Heart   
Me  //  Sara- Sincerely, Sara  //  Sharon- The Tiny Heart  
Simone- Fashion Runs The World  //  Alexandra- Glory Boon

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Behind The Scenes: Sharon- The Tiny Heart– posing while Sara- Sincerely, Sara– looks like a paparazzo, shooting photos for Sharon’s blog.

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And it’s not a meet-up without the fashion! I love living my life like a runway, so I take every opportunity I can to play dress-up and try out new looks. Of course, meeting with fellow fashion enthusiasts- aka bloggers- in the city is the ultimate opportunity for that! I went back and forth about what to wear and landed on this new number from F21, my signature bow belt, and my favorite Topshop sandals.
THE LOOK
F21 Drapey Longline Belted Vest, Nude  //  F21 Striped Chiffon Top  //  WHBM Mesh Bow Belt  //  Victoria Necklace by Urban Gem via Rocksbox (similar: Anthropologie Lavande Bib Necklace)  //    Julie Vos Crystal Drop Earrings c/o Julie Vos (no similar, Julie Vos Earring Collection)  //  Movado Bold Luxe Chronograph c/o Movado  //  Kate Spade Bow Tote (similar: Kate Spade julia street harmony tote)  //  Topshop Heartbeat Heeled Sandals
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Of course, I couldn’t leave without these gorgeously boxed french macarons! How pretty is their presentation?
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French macarons are one of my absolute favorite desserts! 

There really is an art to planning an event or meet-up! What are your favorite event planning tips? What’s most important to you when planning a meet-up?

Linking up with these fabulous ladies!

  • Kathrine Eldridge June 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Love the dress you are wearing and those macaroons looks delicious. πŸ™‚

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  • Layla Sprinkles June 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Awww this looks like a wonderful event – those macaroons look looooovely!! πŸ™‚

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

  • Emma Felin June 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Great tips! I've been looking to do something similar so I'll definitely look to this post for help.

    xo,

    Emma
    http://www.sassystreet.com/

  • Sierra&Faith Winks and Eyerolls June 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! How nice that you all were able to meet up. Loving your outfit to the event by the way πŸ™‚ Winks and Eyerolls

  • Jackie G June 29, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    It looks like you guys had so much fun and I loved seeing familiar faces in the post!

    I also think you nailed it with the perfect location. I mean, bloggers and macarons? Nothing is more perfect than that.

    Jackie
    Something About That

  • Amy's Fashion Blog June 29, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    you look fabulous. Blog meet up are also fun.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home

  • Ruya June 30, 2015 at 1:39 am

    So cool that we have similar posts today! Now I defiantly want to visit the Soho location! Looks like the blog meet up was a success πŸ™‚

    -Ruya
    Sweet, Short & Stylish

  • Kelly Madera June 30, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Macaroons? Sorry I missed it! Looks like a truly lovely event! I'm blogging about similar things! Check it out and let me know what you think: http://www.kellmenow.com

    XO K

  • Jen Avery June 30, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Great tips, looks like you had a wonderful time!

    Style by Avery

  • angelina June 30, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Everyone looks so fabulous, and Laduree is definitely the perfect venue! I wonder if the NY store is as good as Paris!

    Angelina Is

  • Life's a shoe June 30, 2015 at 5:39 am

    wow I LOVE la duree!!! I want some macarons now….

    lifeisashoe

  • Vanessa Ciliberto June 30, 2015 at 6:56 am

    great tips!

    TheVogueWord
    TheVogueWord

  • Elegance and Mommyhood June 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    What a great post full of fabulous photos and tips. I too love macaroons though I only tried them for the first time, last year. And of course it looks like Macaroons are fashion bloggers' favorite desserts. That raspberry dessert looks divine though. And you look so pretty in how you styled this loely striped dress. Love the layered long vest over it.

  • Straight A Style June 30, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Looks like so much fun! I love getting to connect with other bloggers. And macaroons?! Who can beat that?

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Elle Sees June 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    what a fun event! it's so fun meeting ppl you know from online!

  • Laura B June 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    This looks so fun! I wish there were meet ups near me! I would love to get to know other bloggers in person!

  • Doused In Pink June 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Looks like so much fun! And the macaroons are a bonus! Love your striped dress!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Lauren Johnson June 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I've been to the Laduree in Paris and you are so right, the desserts there are so incredibly good!

    Love your outfit!

    Lauren | DISCO DAYDREAM

  • x D x June 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    This looks like a perfect meet up, I love laduree! xx
    http://sweatshirtsanddresses.com/

  • Monica Siembieda June 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Aw I love this post! If you ever hear of any girls in the tristate area let me know so I can add them to our list. I love meeting with you lovely ladies and I'm so glad everyone has so much fun. I feel like our little group has turned into a little blogging family. Thank you for this awesome post Christie!

    http://www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

  • awhite June 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Blogger meet-ups are so much fun! Great tips, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Jessica June 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    loved the great tips!

    check out my blog + follow too?
    wildvagabondss.blogspot.com

    xo,
    Jess β™‘

  • Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} July 1, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Great post!! Our meet-ups are always so much fun!
    ~Sara

  • Mica T July 1, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Great tips! looks and sounds like a very fun event.

    Your striped dress is so nice belted and worn with the long vest too, a great outfit πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue

  • Wenni Donna December 1, 2015 at 7:32 am

    This party seems just blasting! I am glad to see these photographs. On my mom’s birthday I am also planning to do something like this. I have just made the list of the best party LA venues for this big day celebration!