Goldfish speed dating
It’s just common courtesy, but it goes a long way to making everyone feel welcome.
While no one emailed me about food allergies, I still had fruit, gluten-free cookies and chocolate, in addition to the dozen (Dunkin’) doughnuts, two muffins and a cinnamon role, so that there were options for everyone.
As I planned this event, I relied heavily upon this librarian’s site.
I’ll be serving up huge helpings of coffee, tea, cookies, doughnuts*—and friendship!
(I think new places are great partners because they’re still trying to generate buzz around their new venture, and they want to develop relationships with the community.) I will definitely be giving them a ring for my next event!
For friend speed dating in particular, make sure it’s a place that’s relatively quiet and large enough to accommodate a big group.
In case of an odd number of people, I had a “craft station” where folks could either draw or write letters. I just filled in to make it an even number until the latecomers showed up.
(Note: If you do decide to fill in, make sure you rotate like everyone else!