I was recently invited to a party called "Worlds Collide" by Dan’s brother’s wife who is friends with Donna who is Claire’s sister-in-law who is one of six organizers for this event. It’s important to stay with me here to understand how this works.
Six friends got together eight years ago and decided to throw a party for all their friends to bring all their friends. They appropriately called it "Worlds Collide."
They have one standing rule to keep it somewhat under control, you can NOT add guests to the event evite. If you are not on the evite guest list, you can be verbally invited by a friend who is connected to an organizer. In my case it looked like this:
Once you give a little donation at the door (to help pay for the space, food and music) you are quickly drawn into a crowd of people who are around your age, talkative, fun and interested in meeting you and finding out how you are connected in the whole friends network.
This years event was held at Cafe Asia in Arlington, Virginia in this huge, two story, contemporary space (larger than the actual restaurant) to the side of the restaurant with a private entrance, full bar, massive projected tv screen, DJ with plenty of floor space to mingle and dance.
Imagine being in a room filled with hundreds people of who are all connected in one way or another. It’s an inviting experience, like a warm call versus a cold call. I wrote about a similar experience with meetup.com. Being part of an event helps people relax and connect more easily. We let our guards down a bit when we share some similarities whether it’s a love for wine or common friends.
There were so many interesting people! Young, old, married, single, from the metro area, and from other states (people fly in for this event!). I met a bunch of new people and reconnected with an old acquaintance who knew someone who knew an organizer. We started talking about SingleTease then we started talking about how she was recently single and looking…I thought of a single, male friend and have since introduced them.
There was an even mix of men and women. Yes! I’m always surprised when I see a large group of men, it just doesn’t happen that often in this area. Again, I should have of called my single girl friends. I’ll have to remember for next year’s event!
Why don’t more people mingle their friends? You could expand your friends network tenfold and meet some really interesting, like-minded people. It’s a simple idea with alot of potential.
Throw an organized party with six of your friends and have them invite their friends and see what unfolds… or collides.