Last weekend, I dressed up in Great Gatsby, 1920s attire and headed off to the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds. Nice, right? I was lucky enough to be invited to a charity poker tournament with Ladbrokes, in which the winner would get £500 to donate to a charity of their choice.
This was the first bloggers event I’d been to. I was excited to meet new people with something in common with me, but also nervous. As a newbie, I thought I’d be the only one who didn’t know anyone.
However, as soon as I arrived, I was met with friendliness and as there was a dress code, I didn’t feel out of place! Although everyone I came across was friendly, so I doubt I would have been anyway.
As I arrived, I met the lovely Katie from Katie Cupcake – Life With Me, and spent most of the night with her. Here we are, dressed in our Gatsby gear:
Amazingly, I already owned everything I wore. I love my quirky style when it comes to needing fancy dress! I never have to buy anything! I did attempt to get a more glitzy Gatsby dress delivered, but it came an hour after I’d left the house! Mine was a navy flapper-style dress anyway though.
On arrival, there was a champagne reception where we got to talk to the organisers. The room had 3 poker tables and was lit red with Gatsby decorations which created a great atmosphere. We were brought wine and canapes to the tables, and were well looked after.
During a break and throughout the night, there was a magician, Pete James, coming round and showing us some tricks. It was beyond amazing! The tricks we saw included Katie writing on a card, only for it to end up in an envelope in a wallet, a pack of cards turning into a clear block, my very definitely not magic ring somehow being taken off a piece of string and a drawing of a lollipop becoming real. I have no idea how it was all done (and I tried really hard!), but I like it that way. Incredible talent!
With regards to the actual poker, I was doing alright for a while, but then, as fast as I collected chips, I lost them! Amazingly, a beginner from our table went on to win the whole thing! Beginners luck, I reckon!
In all, it was a really good first meet and fantastic event. I got to chat to some fab people, had a great evening and even went home with a goodie bag!
The bag contained Bottega Gold Prosecco, a dice keyring, playing cards with #holdem4charity printed on them, and a beautiful (and very tasty!) cookie from Honeywell Bakes with the hashtag on too.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Jennie from Life Styled by Jennie for the invite!
It was a busy weekend, as I also had a meet on the Sunday! You can read about that here!