About last nights “CaffeineDating” event

I had the pleasure of hosting a speed dating event on Friday night with 22 of Chicago’s finest singles over 40. What makes this event unique is the fact it truly was “speed” dating… we were all hopped up on caffeine instead of liquor!

No offense to liquor, I do enjoy a glass of wine with dinner  or shot of tequilla on the weekend, but sometimes it’s nice to change the scenery. Argo Tea partnered with us and allowed us to use the private space upstairs from the Tea Cafe on 1 North Dearborn. This room had a pretty amazing view (okay, not amazing…we were only one story up…but it was a nice view with huge floor to ceiling windows!) and had the smell of teas and coffee tickling our noses.

Disaster #1… What room?

Upon my arrival I searched for the manager with whom I booked the room and scheduled catering with. He was no where in sight and my private room was full of students. I also was getting nervous because I was not seeing my catered foods and drinks…. uh ohh.

I’m thinking, “Did I book the wrong day? Did they forget my event? When is everyone going to show up? Why is the room so hot?”

I grabbed the barista from the cafe and asked her when my room would be set up and she looked at me blankly and said,”What event?”

“Ha! You’re kidding right? What room! Funny! Who set you up to this?” was my response.

She then explained that the manager who I’ve been working with all month was actually not with the company as of this morning…. WHAT!?

BUT, Argo Tea was super awesome and lickety split got my room set up and offered the daters complimentary food and great beverages from the cafe. It worked out well for us… just started out as an event planners worst nightmare!

Disaster #1 fixed.

Disaster #2… Too many men…

Speed Dating is a difficult event to keep the ratio of men to women even. No matter how hard I try something always happens. This particular event was booked even 11 men, 11 women. Then the day of THREE women called to cancel due to work or family issues. Three?! Come on, cut me a break here! I can’t have too many men, especially three men too many!

So, I post some quick ads on Facebook and twitter and get three great gals to fill the spot (I had a waiting list for the event, so filling the spots wasn’t a problem).  Great, back to even. Easy….or so I thought!

One male paid and didn’t show up, and another female showed up at the door with confirmation but I hadn’t had her name on my email list. (Website bug… fixed). So, I started out with too many men, now I have two women to many. Which I think actually worked out fine as we had 10 men and 12 women. The women had two rounds of “No date” which gave them time to freshen up in the washroom, text their best friend (hopefully telling them to come to a Mingle Around event!) or refill their beverage.

disaster #2…. fixed, but reversed!

Disaster # 3…. Is it hot in here?

I’m a nervous gal. Mingle Around is my baby and I’ve got my name all over it. If it fails, I fail. Hence, I get nervous before events because I want everyone to have a good time and positively speak to other single friends about Mingle (hopefully a 5 star Yelp! review too). So when I was sweating upstairs dealing with “disasters” I thought it was just me. It wasn’t. It turns out I was fine, the room was just hot. Like really hot. We’ll have that fixed for the next upcoming “CaffeineDating” event, I think the new manager just didn’t have the key yet for the heat control. So if you were at the event and sweating due to nerves, no one would know!

Disaster #3 not fixed, but could have worked in your advantage!

That’s it for the disasters.

The event actually ROCKED. About an 90 minutes of “mingling” and a 90% mutual match rate for our singles. The speed dating had a great crowd of attractive singles over 40 who really were personable and fun. Most of the speed daters hadn’t actually been to a speed dating event before, so it was a new concept for a lot. I sure hope they had a great time. I’ve received a few thank you emails the day after, I’ve attached a photo of one. The thank you emails are my absolute favorite thing about this job…. it’s wonderful doing something that people love!

Upcoming CaffeineDating Event- For singles in their 20’s and 30’s. Friday November 26

Other upcoming events http://minglearound.com/Chicago-Singles-Events-2011

Thank you letter

Thank you letter

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Comments

  • nova0311  On November 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    It was great, Jill! You handled the disasters with skill.

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