Once upon a time there was a Dorkpork, and this Dorkpork wanted to fill her little corner of the internet with glitter, rainbow hair, watercolour prints, and a grand ol’ dose of support with a side of positivity. This one idea spiralled outta control, from a hashtag to a badge, a newsletter, a weekly chat, movie nights, patches, prints and everything in between. With 1000’s of members and still growing, our dear Dork decided it was time those virtual hugs became a reality and thus, the first ever Girl Gang meet was BORN.
And guess who got invited?
Jemma has spent months organising her first every meetup and let me tell you, she did a fantastic job! Held in Dive in Manchester, it might have been raining outside but that wasn’t dampening our spirits inside! Dive was a fantastic space, they even curtained off a bar just fo the event, how VIP are we?
Carrie, our very own star baker brought a huge selection of amazing cupcakes along for everyone, including gluten and vegan options - each one with its own Girl Gang logo topper! The cakes were delicious, it was such a treat!
Jemma had worked so hard putting this event together, getting amazing brands such as; Pinkster Gin, Patisserie Valerie, Paper Chic Co, House of Fraser, Utility and more involved, not only for our wonderful goodie bags but for raffle prizes too! Even though I had a fistful of tickets, I failed to win anything, this time around, but you can guarantee a huge cheer went up for each and every winner - the loudest when someone finally took home the Prosecco!
The afternoon went by in a blur. It was amazing to see some old and familiar faces and meet dozens of new ones! It’s not always easy to get around to seeing everyone you’ve been talking to online at these events, it can get so chaotic and overwhelming, I mean sure, a couple of gins help, but it can still be a pretty crazy situation!
Once the drinks and been drunk, the selfies taken, the raffle prizes given out, goodie bags galore and hugs a plenty, the event came to an end, by which time we had raised a whopping £350+ for Liverpool's Whitechapel, and managed to make Jemma cry just a little bit by having a quick whip round to help her finally get her phone fixed! It was the least we could all do to say thank you for everything she had done for us, not only on the day but for all the love and support she puts into the community on a daily basis!
Afterwards, a whole bunch of us went in search of V Revolution, a little vegan cafe we proceeded to take over, then onto Turtle Bay, where we caused chaos again by rearranging the tables, and grabbed a couple of cocktails before finally, and unwillingly, saying goodbye to each other!
I’m not going to lie, it was an amazing day, I’m so so happy Jemma invited me along, I know how many people wanted to come on the day and couldn’t, but know this, the event was such a success that I’m pretty sure Jemma is probably, already, most definitely, going to do another one in the future!
Until next time,