From time to time I get these emails from solicitors asking me to publicize their product on my blog and most of the time I reply with a polite decline but a few weeks ago I got one that made me pause. She clearly had read my blog based on the content of her email to me and she linked to a blogger that I read/had briefly met at BlogHer which totally helped legitimize her offer. If someone asked you to potentially be a Brand Enthusiast for Nintendo would you think someone was pulling your leg? Because I did. And I’m usually really gullible!
Justine, Ms. Brand About Town herself, and I met at a local coffee shop when she jetted in to meet hopeful Seattle-based Brand Enthusiasts. Before you go thinking this title was handed to us, please note that there was an interview process (which really felt more like chatting with a girlfriend over tea because Justine is incredibly likable and down to earth with this adorable accent) and some hoops to jump through- like writing a bio, submitting a photo along with an array of statistical data regarding my blog traffic. Luckily, I passed (They liked me! They really really liked me!) which meant I could now add “Brand Enthusiast” to the growing list of titles I have (amongst the greats like Bossy McBossypants, Ms. Congeniality and Minty Nipples).
So what does all this “brand enthusiast” business mean then? Well, basically I invited 35 of my girlfriends to a party where we all sat around playing Nintendo DSi’s, nibbling on tasty food, and sipping champagne poured by hot men (hello Cesar! hello Israel!) and all I had to do was invite my chicas, show up in my party dress and be the hostess with the mostest.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?! I am like the luckiest woman ever.
My two worlds collided that night with work friends and internet friends co-mingling in one big swankily decorated loft. I took the opportunity to invite some of my favorite local bloggers who, by the way, are just as awesome in person with nice hair and cute shoes and make me laugh. They know my real name now though are under strict instruction about the rules of the Circle of Trust. (Rule #1: The trust shall not be broken.)
The two most asked questions of the invitees? 1) What if I don’t play video games? and 2) What should I wear? Oh ladies! You are the exact demographic they are looking for. That’s why they call the party a “Girlfriend’s Guide to Gaming.” Besides, the last time I played a hand-held game was Tetris on my Game Boy back in 1995. And P.S. I am wearing a dress but you can wear whatever is comfortable. Though keep in mind you will likely be ON THE INTERNET.
I think everyone had a great time based on the amount of texts/emails/posts I’ve read from guests. I know that I did. How often does one get to host a party in an urban loft for 35 of her girlfriends and not have to do ONE SINGLE THING? No set up. No clean up. Just be me and mingle. It’s this Event Manager’s secret dream!
Bonus? Every single guest got to take home a DSi of their very own. Incredible, right? I think that’s why Mona referred to me as her “White Oprah” which is a term I can now add to my aforementioned title list.
The party was, in a word, EPIC.
I’m thankful that Nintendo and Brand About Town selected me to join their elite crew and allowed me the opportunity to introduce my friends to the DSi. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go play Mario Kart.
I was not required to write this post as a Brand Enthusiast but I honestly had such a great experience that I just HAD to share it with you all.
Tomato and I did a special radio show Sunday evening. You can listen to it here or by searching “The Baub Show” on iTunes. And yes, that’s me singing the theme song at the beginning. Consider yourself forewarned.