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Maria Rodriguez. New Orleans in 2018 pre-bid party at Loscon, November 2011

Photos start here.

We served:
Jambalaya
Red Beans & Rice
Muffalatta dip with saltines. Next time make a half batch.

Soft drinks included a lot of fruit flavors. The only colas were in the diet section. If you wanted caffeine and sugar, you could have a Sunkist Orange, or try one of the other parties.

(Sunkist Orange, Cactus Cooler, Cherry Crush, Seven-Up, Welch's Strawberry, Squirt, Welch's Grape, Diet Pepsi, Diet Coke, Diet Coke Zero, Diet Mountain Dew.)

Snowballs. We had six flavors of syrup, we didn't go through much of any of them. (We could fill the “ketchup bottles” at home and not bring the gallon jugs to the hotel at all.) Next time only need one can of sweetened condensed milk.

We had a reasonably well-stocked bar as far as spirits go, anyway. We served slushy drinks. Margaritas were incredibly popular! Next year, split the snow in half for the bar and snowball station elsewhere. For transport, use the jumbo cooler to get the dry ice and keep the snow frozen and cooler closed on the drive back from Gardena.
New Orleans in 2018 party decorations.
Decorations included purple and gold lengths of fabric. Next year get green, too.

Things to add to New Orleans party at Loscon 2012:

Devilled eggs. Color them? Maybe black sprinkles for the Saints (Black & gold)?

King cake. Bake our own.

Small prepared muffalatta sandwiches.

Research sno-ball machines and recipes.

Things to consider:
Beignets
Some kind of po' boy sandiwch
shrimp & cocktail sauce in bowl over ice
New Orleans Barbecue, which is different from Kansas City
Bananas Foster
Red Velvet mini-cupcakes, bite-size, with white frosting

I would personally like to get some Abita Beer.

New Orleans in 2018 party signs.[livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and Maria enjoyed coloring the party signs. In addition to having full-color party signs, can we have ones that are even more suited for coloring?

Need menu signs for what's available. Make individual signs for everything we hope to serve.

Need high-resolution art images. Can we get a good, clear, square-on shot of a street sign that we can then manipulate ourselves?

[livejournal.com profile] missmea needs a spare bartender, and an assistant throughout the night. It was a long time to be on her feet. Stool for bartender!

Notes for pre-bid materials.

Lots of people asked "who's running the proto-bid." The flyer answered that question, a whole new group of people. Lots of enthusiasm for the project.

One fan copy-edited the flyers, catching a handful of typos. Another costumer still remembers the problem with the Masquerade's dressing rooms not being cleaned before the fans were to use them. And I was cautioned not to use the word "Nolacon" when talking about the proto-bid as it would be premature to use the Worldcon name.

In general there was a lot of good wishes for the New Orleans group.
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Packed the cars. The Costume Repair Station kit and four cases of chibi water are in [livejournal.com profile] missmea's car, [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn has a half-full vehicle, and of course Licorice is full to the rafters.

We have two completely different parties to host Friday and Saturday. We're representing the proto-bids for New Orleans in 2018 and Kansas City in 2016. The food will be completely different, and you can tell which party you're at by whether you're looking at red beans and ice, or something on a stick. The decorations will change over, although both of them basically boil down to hanging up fabric on the walls.

The music should help set the stage, as the Saturday night party is a blast back to the 20s in our Speakeasy party, while the New Orleans party will have music from a wider span of time.

And the drinks -- frozen margaritas and other drinks like that, basically we have pitchers of stuff to pour over crushed ice (snow) on New Orleans night, then on Saturday night it's cocktails in teacups.

We're also trying to differentiate the non-alcoholic sodas -- so Friday is mostly a large range of fruit-flavor thing, then Saturday we just have classic sodas like Coca-Cola, root beer, ginger ale and cream soda.

We're also taking advantage of the fact that we have a two-room suite, and routing people through the "1728" end on the second night and using "1726" as an exit.

I'm hoping we end up being the hopping happening place both nights. We'll see. I'll try to take lots of pictures.

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