We held our launch party in Hell Yeah, one of my favourite shops in Glasgow - it's in Shawlands in the south side of Glasgow (near HOYFC HQ) and sells a great range of stuff from indie designers and makers. Nikki, Team HOYFC and Zoe, who owns Hell Yeah, put in a lot of work in the few weeks before the party making decorations, invites and props, packaging stock, sending lots of emails, sorting out displays, taking and editing photos and about a million other tasks.
We got up very early as both Nikki and HOYFC launched our Charm Jewellery Collections online at 7am! I got a text from one of my friends telling me I'd accidentally listed one of my necklaces as costing £0 (thanks Jen!) which resulted in some mild panic, but I managed to fix it before we had to leave the house.
I can't get anything done on an empty stomach, so before we did anything else we popped to Cafe Strange Brew across the road for some breakfast and a minimum of three cups of tea. Can you spot our poster in Hell Yeah's window?
We hid in the basement whilst the shop was still open and blew up 85 balloons for our balloon arch and I think we managed to only burst 3 of them, an achievement for us balloon arch novices. It wasn't very clear from the packaging how big the balloon arch was going to be - it turns out it is enormous.
Once the shop was closed, we hung it to the ceiling using some fishing line and a precarious ladder and took this picture of us all looking very pleased with ourselves (and rightly so).
We were still frantically setting up with minutes to go. Who would have thought all those tiny things would take so long to arrange?
The pinatas that we decorated this wall with are from Pinyatay. They made them to look like our charms - aren't they wonderful? They have little flaps so you can fill them, but they are far too pretty to smash!
Nikki and I were super excited that so many people came along to chat, browse our new things and eat and drink with us. It was so lovely to meet you all! Apologies to all the tall people that got stuck to the low-flying balloon arch.
These incredible vegan biscuits are from Twisted Empire Bakes and the delicious brownies and blondies are from Cake Bar. We made these tiny colourful flags by printing and cutting out Nikki's designs then using our trusty glue gun to stick them to cocktail sticks. I love how colourful they look!
This colourful juice from Paisley Drinks Company made a tasty alternative to Prosecco and the cute raspberry flavoured sweets were a hit, especially with our younger visitors!
Everyone who made it to checkout got the chance to get some money off their purchase with this cute gum ball machine style lucky dip. There were vouchers inside for 10%, 20% and even 30% off. We had free stickers too!
MJ, of Team HOYFC, spent ages cutting out these temporary tattoos featuring some of our charm designs for our Tattoo Station. They worked better than I thought they were going to and they looked really bright. So much so that at the end of the party we got ourselves a sleeve.
Once everyone left we still had to clean up all the mess we made so it was late by the time we got back to our house to eat a huge quantity of pizza. It was a great day and I can't wait to do it again soon but I was so exhausted on Sunday. Nikki and I had so much fun that we've already started organising a new and exciting event closer to Christmas... Put Saturday 7th of December in your diaries!
It's thank you time!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came along to our party and everyone who had a look at or bought something from our online Charm Jewellery Launch! Also, massive thank you to Nikki for being an excellent co-host, Claire, Kayleigh and MJ of Team HOYFC for helping with literally everything, Zoe for letting us take over Hell Yeah for the day, Keith and Michael for their transportation and balloon blowing up skills, Paisley Drinks Company, Twisted Empire Bakes and Cake Bar for the food and drinks, Kate of Pinyatay for the pinatas, Hailley for setting up and managing the Hydration Station. You are all amazing! The balloon arch is still going and has been donated to a 2 year old's birthday party.