The first ever Offbeat Empire reception was amazeballs (thanks to some amazing people…) #Site News#events October 12 2011 | Ariel arielmstallings Offbeat Empire Reception from Seattle videographer Tim O'Hara. A month ago, I wasn't sure this party was going to happen. Suddenly I was a month away from hosting a huge party for a big bunch of people (more than my wedding!) and I realized I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I am a publisher, not an event planner! This is not my gig! I had visions of the gorgeous space I'd booked completely empty, the only attendees being a half-smattering of my bored friends standing around out of pity, and my Empire staffers shuffling around uneasily. "Is there anything to eat?" someone would say, and I'd be all "OH SHIT. I forgot to finalize the catering with Shooby Doo." This was my special nightmare. I called the folks at Urban Light Studios, and told them I might have to cancel the event… but they wouldn't let me back out. "We know someone who can help," they told me. "You're going to love her." And thus, thanks to Kelli from Shindig Events, the Offbeat Empire party was not only saved — it was ROCKED THE FUCK OUT. Please oh please, come with me as I relive the evening via the amazing photos captured by Jonas Seaman… The purpose of this party was to celebrate a chunk of my staff being in town for Geek Girl Con, and so I really wanted to make sure I made the whole thing feel special for my staff. The ladies were shuttled from their hotel to Urban Light Studios in the Barbie Dream Hearse, and when they arrived at the studio they were immediately ushered down to one of the galleries where a team of white-hot amazing stylists from VAIN were waiting to do their hair. Seriously: all of us who work from home spend most of our time in ponytails and pajamas, so getting hairs did before the party was a BIG DEAL: Stephanie from Offbeat Mama in the background, Megan in the foreground. Who's got better curls? Braedon the stylist, or Megan? Some of you may remember me talking about VAIN before — it's been my go-to Salon since Clinton was in office, and I've done giveaways and events with them for years. It was a real treat, however, to hand them my most precious commodity: the heads of my staff! Stephanie, the after shot Megan, the after shot. OMG! This is my web developer Jennifer, aka J.M. Dodd, looking SO DANG GLAMOROUS! As for me, my up-do was as much architecture as hair style. Once all staff hairs were up-did, it was time to throw the doors open — according to RSVPs, we were over-capacity and I was a little freaked out to hear there was a line down the block to get in. But unlike my nightmare, all the appetizers from Shooby Doo Catering were ready and the cupcakes from The Chic Cupcake were out… Um, there was CAVIAR at our party. OMG WUT? Fancy! The Chic Cupcake made bride-, baby-, and home-themed cupcakes! All the special cards from our sponsors were displayed… Related Post Last night's reading Whew: My book tour is over. Really, I couldn't have hoped for a better "end of the road" event than LA. The reading was so... Read more The staff made sure Urban Light Studio's photo booth was all warmed up… And then it was time to throw open the doors and let the party officially begin! Ariel van Spronsen, my evil twin, working the door After an hour of mingling and eating and drinking and talking and laughing, everyone gathered in the main room while we raffled off sweet-ass goodies from Little Things Wedding Favors and Bubble Genius Soaps — culminating in the raffling off of an AMAZING top hat from Topsy Turvy Design. AND THEN! Shit, that's when the party got really insane, with a nerdy burlesque performance hosted by JoJo Stiletto, including some Firefly-themed numbers from Whedonesque Burlesque, and an over-the-top Bride of Frankenstein routine from local legend Hottie McNaughty. (Because really, does it get more offbeat than the Bride of Frankenstein!?) BUT WAIT! As if half-naked ladies weren't party enough, that's when we pulled out local Karaoke freakshow Baby Van Beezly for some over-the-top Empire karaoke. Baby Van Beezly in the muthaluvin' HOUSE Baby Van Beezly's karaoke is more than just standing there and singing — the whole shebang slipped into crazy dancing white-hot shit-show at that point. Me serenading my husband with Teenage Dream. And without a doubt, the star of this white-hot shit-show? Local photography legend Jenny Jimenez, who grabbed the mic and hit the floor — quite literally, in fact. She high-kicked. She spun. She did the splits and then crawled across the dance floor, all while singing FAME. And then she made me spank her. From there, it's all a blur. I should probably just let Jonas Seaman's the photos do the talking now. Seriously, these photos. YOU GUYS. These photos: Coco, former intern, rocking No Scrubs Megan singing a little Cee-Lo Green Thank GAWD local videographer Tim O'Hara was there to record the event — because seriously, this party was even worse than my wedding when it comes to "Having so much fun that I barely remember anything." Tim working his magic, with my geighbor Brett helping out. It's like one minute I was getting my hair did, the next minute, I was pouring drunk staff into a taxi… Cat and Stephanie, poured And then it was over. HOLY SHIT, THAT HAPPENED So, yeah. That party. That party was amazing — in fact, all told a bigger to-do than my own wedding. (More people, more vendors, more logistics.) I'm not even sure where to start on thanking people. Here's the short list of people who helped with the event: Event coordination: Kelli from Shindig Events for saving the day Venue: The whole gang from Urban Light Studios for giving us a home Food: Shubert from Shooby Doo Catering for making my hungry-guest nightmares disappear, and for having a bartender so sweet that half my staff adopted him, and The Chic Cupcake for rocking the goodies Flowers: Robot In Bloom for the centerpieces Favors: ZOMG Smells for making everyone smell like a Baby Unicorn Party, This Charming Candy for reinventing lollipops, Little Things Wedding Favors for so many things, but especially the fans we passed out when the party got too hot, and Bubble Genius making a dirty party a little cleaner Entertainment: Baby Van Beezly for the songs, and Sweet Shon (aka DJ No Sleeves) for not only playing the music, but also taking off his shirt when I asked him to — oh and of course Whedonesque Burlesque and Hottie McNaughty for the boobs! Hair: VAIN for getting my staff out of their usual uniform of greasy ponytails Hats & fascinators: Topsy Turvy Design Transportation: Barbie Dream Hearse for getting us there Security: My dear friends Ben and Arielv for working the door Videography: Tim O'Hara for exceeding all expectations with his videography (added bonus of best dimples in the room. Pro-tip for brides: you want someone this nice and nice-looking recording your wedding. TRUST.) Photography: Jonas Seaman for capturing it all with his amazing eye. Oh, and speaking of Jonas, if you want even MORE photos of this amazing night? Get thee to Jonas Seaman's blog! WHEW. Now I must go sleep a LOT in preparing for this upcoming weekend, when there will be ANOTHER meet-up — this time in NYC. Now, can we watch the video again? Offbeat Empire Reception from Seattle videographer Tim O'Hara on Vimeo. PS to the staffers who didn't make it to the party. NEXT TIME, BITCHES. Next time… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Author of the Offbeat Bride book, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. You can get to know her better on her Insta stories. PREVIOUS Butterflies, succulents, and an art museum wedding in San Diego NEXT Joanna & Julian's book-themed bilingual pub wedding Show/Hide comments [ 34 ] Yes!!! This party rocked my world!! I love you guys!! Reply Sounds amazing!!! I went to Vain for the 2 years I was in Seattle, Sarah was my to go stylist! I miss Vain now that I am in Vancouver. Reply WAY too much fun! I can say I really got to do what I LOVE working on this event. It was an absolute blast to scheme with Ariel & our vendors were the shiznit. The OBE staff are a bunch of super cool chicks & so fun to meet them IRL. All of this…wow…beyond my wildest Teenage Dream…. Reply Fierce!!! Ugh… I really wish I could have been there! Reply Lord Ariel I simply can not get over your hair! It is goddess fabulous! Reply THANK YOU! Honestly, that hair was an entity unto itself. When I realized how huge Braeden was going to go, I said out-loud "I'mma just let go, and let god." The hair was so enormous that it stayed with me for days. You can see it still poofing 48 hours later: http://offbeatempire.com/2011/10/geek-girl-con-panel-photos-totally-waiting-for-lolcat-captions Reply Those photos you linked to were fantastic! Reply YES! Next time! I wont be 3rd trimester pregnant and I can have a lil drinkie poo Reply SO MUCH FUN! Love the OB ladies. Reply Jenny, we will slap your ass ANY TIME. Reply Oh my goodness, that sounds like such a pimping good time! I would expect nothing less of you, Ariel… 😉 Reply Looks fun! Like, what ravers do when they grow up! 😀 Reply The party was over by 12:30 am… about the time I used to be getting ready to go out back in the day. 😉 Reply Seriously. Way to much fun! Reply Amazeballs is putting this lightly. First, props to Ariel for the vision/drive that this happened, and, bonus feat. to Brett, her neighbor, for making the highlight reels. Kyle and myself (see dudes as brides, recently) had a SUPER blast at this event and know that we're not gay enough to convince Megan to move from West Hollywood to Seattle, but dammit we tried! Such a great time had by all, and we look forward to more Offbeat loving soon! 😀 Are you sure? Reply HA!hahahahaha. Oh man, I am toootally convinced to move, believe me — it's that damn guy I married that's not so much ready to move. 😉 But seriously, it was SO awesome to hang out with y'all! Thanks for putting in my karaoke song. Reply Looks like you guys had a blast! I soooo would've wanted to go if I lived anywhere closer than, well, Sweden. XD Reply I would totally party it up with peeps like this in Sweden if I could get there. Some days I'd rather be there than here. Reply I will do everything in my power to not miss the next Empire gig! So very sad I couldn't make it out to party with everyone and be in on such a kickass event! Reply I totally wondered if you–among other names I would recognize from OB–were there and I didn't know it. Reply I had a *blast* performing, thank you so much for having me! Reply Oh Ariel! Now I know who you remind me of! Helena Bonham-Carter! Reply My gawd. I would give my non-existent left and or right nut(s) to have been there. Reply Dagnabbit!! We were totally going to go but our travel took hella long that evening so by the time we made it to the hotel the hubby and I were done for the day. 🙁 Next time we fly in earlier. (Like maybe for a whole day earlier, since Seattle is pretty darn awesome and we definitely want to go back!) Reply Oh my gawd, the same thing happened to me. We didn't egt into town until ten, 'cause hubby's a baby about mountain roads. I git strings pulled to be there and then couldn't be. I seriously cried! Reply as if i needed another reason to want to live on the wc. looks like a ridiculously awesome time! Reply Holy hell. I want to work for you, Ariel. Reply It's definitely not all up-dos and parties, lemme tell ya. Reply Anywhere we can find other photobooth pictures of readers and such? My friend & I did some while there but got to see zero of them. Reply We anticipate getting them next week! Stay tuned! Reply EEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I'm super excited. I blurily photo-bombed one of these. My friend, Amanda is more in focus, and we're both totally rockin' out. I can't wait to see some of the photos that the photographers were getting excited about having taken. We sorta fell in lust/infatuation with them somehow. It was easy to fall suchly for one another in general at this shindig. Reply Photobooth shots have been posted! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Offbeat-Empire/214028041981500?sk=photos Reply DEFINITELY loving all the details of this nite, i am only WISHING i had made it on friday!!!! ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Wow, so I managed to photobomb like 50% of all visible photos…that's just how great of a party it was!!!!!!!!!! And you somehow knew that I would appreciate Uranium soap in my goodie bag…must be wizards or something Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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