Hosting your first EGL fashion meet

I’m lucky to live in a place that has a thriving j-fashion community, with tons of events happening all the time. Our community has everything from meets at boba shops and anime conventions to tea parties in Beverly Hills. However, I know that not everyone is so lucky. If you’re want to attend more events, different kinds of activities, or events on different days of the week, you can be the change you want to see and host those events. While it can be nerve wracking to host a meet, you won’t learn what works and what doesn’t until you try it yourself.

Confirm interest before you make any plans.

Put out “feelers” to see if there is demand for the date, event, or activity. While it’s totally fine to take yourself on a solo or friend date, it’s annoying to go to the trouble of hosting an event no one else attends! If it seems like there is little or no interest in your event, try offering different dates or times.

Attend some meets and learn the rules of your community.

In my community, anyone is welcome to host any kind of event, but that’s not true everywhere. Make sure you’re familiar with the rules of event hosting in your EGL community. If you’re not sure, speak to a moderator to clarify any questions that you have. They may even have some pointers for hosting!

Don’t try to do it alone!

If you’ve never hosted a meet before, it might surprise you how many different tasks you have to juggle! To make it easier and more fun, ask a friend or fellow community member to help. One of you can do the ground work of finding an event or location while the other can work on sending out invites and keeping track of your guest list. Alternatively, you can always offer to help another community member with an event they’re hosting. They’re likely to be likely to be grateful for your help!

Pick a low commitment, low upfront cost event.

While I am so grateful to the community members who host big tea parties, they’re expensive and complicated to organize. Don’t make the first meet you host something that will be a big headache! Opt instead for events that are low or no cost, and that allow everyone to pay separately. Having flexible meeting times or multiple chances to meet up with the group makes it easier for you, the organizer, to actually enjoy your meet and not try to chase down people who are late.

Decide what your duties as host will entail.

I have attend meets where the host makes reservations, decorates the space, and even puts together good bags. While this made for a memorable event, you don’t have to commit to all that. As a host, it’s up to you to decide what you will do at the event. Some ideas include helping people with directions or parking, reserving a space for your group, taking a group picture, or ordering a shared snack or dessert.

Have fun.

Honestly nothing makes me more sad than someone who seems like they’re not enjoying their own event! Don’t forget to actually enjoy yourself at your event.



  1. Lizzy says:

    These are some excellent tips! Especially appreciate the practical advice to start out slow and steady. And to enjoy your own event!! Essential!

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