KC in 2016 wins award for "Best Party" at Detcon1. And I got a nifty glass mug as a trophy.
Our party Saturday night had posters on the wall with 1920s art by John Held and Erté, and the "Boss Tom" poster. We had cut flowers in glass vases and we had bartenders and bid committee in suits and dresses including Diane Lacey, Ruth Lichtwardt, Jeff Orth, Eric Orth, Tanya Holthouse, Damon Brooks, Jesi Pershing, and myself. We served a lot of food on sticks. We bartended and sodatended using glass pitchers and decanters, serving drinks in teacups and soft drinks in jelly jars. And we were the hit of the night. If we'd had the budget for it, we probably could have gone through twice as much food and drink.
We gave away about 511 party stickers. This is about a third of the convention's total attending members, we think; we haven't heard their final reg numbers. The party was in the con suite, and we were allowed to close the doors 6-ish to prep. Also Geri Sullivan, Larry Sanderson and the "Slan Shack" suite gave us a room to use for prep in the afternoon.
We had a great time. You should have been there!
Con chair Tammy Coxen stopped by around midnight and mixed up some classic martinis until she ran out of booze. Detcon1 con suite volunteer Jim Young hung out throughout the whole evening and was an amazing helper, keeping things tidy and running smoothly. And Liz Cano showed up at 1:00 am to host the Con Suite all night, which made the transition back to convention space seamless.
I've boxed up all of my party gear to go back home. The teacups Jeff sourced at the thrift shops are being donated back to another thrift store. We gave the six vases and the flowers to the Con Suite. And I'm going to go home and put my top hat and black-and-white shoes away. I never did get the hang of tying my bowties...