On Saturday, I went along to the Bournemouth Bloggers event, held at the Koh Lounge. I had been looking forward to having a night out and meeting local bloggers, most of them for the very first time.
It was also a special night for me as I had helped Freya, who runs Bournemouth Bloggers, with the goody bags for the event and so I guess I felt I had something invested in the evening.
Koh Lounge is such a lovely venue for an event – we were in their Hattingley room, which is secluded, but still felt a part of the bustling atmosphere of the venue on a Saturday night, with the bar nice and close.
The evening kicked off with some informal networking, before Freya made a little speech and introduced the guest speaker for the evening – the totally inspirational Tara Howard, who set up the brilliant Venus Awards, which started in Bournemouth but has since expanded further afield.
Unfortunately the only downside to having a venue popular on a Saturday night is that it’s incredibly loud and rather difficult to hear over the music. However, Tara managed to share some motivational words with us before answering our questions and staying to chat some more with us all.
Our lovely hosts, the Koh Lounge, provided us with some delicious Thai Tapas – I kept going back for more of the chicken skewers – so yummy! They were brilliant at providing vegetarian options, and the food went down really well (Ed was totally jealous when he found out I’d got to eat Thai food all night).
At the end of the night everybody left with a goody bag and I know I’m biased, but I was really happy with how they turned out. The theme was “homegrown” and the bags were full of lovely things from local companies based in Dorset.
There were a selection of teabags from Dorset Tea, a gorgeous little keychain from Create Gift Love, a beautiful print from Treasures of Dorset (designed by Maria Burns of Madge Design), a voucher for a vineyard tour and wine tasting at the brilliant Furleigh Estate, a lovely little heart shaped tea light made from organic beeswax by Gold & Black, delicious brownie bites from Dark Matters, a totally sparkly hair bow from Beauxoxo and one of Bomb Cosmetics awesome bath blasters!
I’m really glad I went along to the event at the weekend, and I’m looking forward to discussing future events for Bournemouth Bloggers with Freya.