This year the summer Lolita day is on June 5th, and to commemorate it, there will be a picnic in Central Park.
In Shimotsuma Monogatari, Momoko dreamt of living a Rococo lifestyle, strolling in country fields, having servants waiting hand and foot, and doing nothing but sewing, tea, strolling and socializing all day.
For many, if not most or all of us, we shared the dream of a relaxing life away from our hectic or boring lives, away from whatever oppression or expectations that pressured us. If not, then there's no denial that Momoko's desire is only an example of the "life" that is our Lolita style.
This picnic is not only for old friends, but for new girls, with discussion to get to know each other, a variety of activities to enjoy, and of course food to share.
Since this will be a pretty laid-back gathering, I encourage everyone to go light with their clothing. With earth, greenery, and animals everywhere, the last thing you need are stains. Lolita Day has always been a nice, sunny, and hot day, so keep that in mind as well.
There are several special activities being planned for this gathering:
1. SWAP MEET - Do you have an item that's been just hanging in your closet for months? A headbow that you lost love for, a pair of knee-highs you haven't touched? Whether you want to trade, sell, buy, just bring your unwanted lolita items and hopefully you'll go home with something better!
2. Apples to Apples - This lulzy game is pretty self-explanatory... for those who haven't played this card game, you'll definitely enjoy it.
3. Boat-riding @ The Lake - At some point we will go boat riding. Boats are $12 the first hour, for 4 people max. Or, if you wish to be more classy about it, there is also the option of a gondola tour ride ($30 for every half-hour; 6 people max can ride on the gondola, so with 6 people that would still be $12 an hour). Break out the parasol, bring your slave-- I mean boyfriend along and enjoy the scenery :D
4. Stroll through the Conservatory Gardens - Once we pack up the picnic area, it'll be time to break out the parasols, for the good ol' relaxing stroll through the Conservatory Gardens.
There are other plans as well, (e.x. Icebreaker games for newbies and regulars alike, possibly scrapbooking) but are not confirmed. Once I make any updates to the activities, I will let everyone know A.S.A.P.
Pets, buddies and boyfriends are welcome, though it is important to RSVP for food arrangements.
Right now I'm looking for people who would like to or are willing to make/bring food and drinks for the picnic. If you can make something or contribute, say something! My main concern is actual food; sandwiches, salads, and the like. Making sweets is nice, but too much of it will make you sick, and isn't really filling. If you are willing to make food for approximately a max of 20 people, let me know! (I'm not gonna make you make food for -EVERYONE-!)
While some can make really good treats, not everyone is an excellent cook; so depending on the circumstances, if you would like to bring supplies (e.x. ingredients to make sandwiches), or give money to support those who will actually be making food, let me know as well~ that would be a great help.
Date: June 5th 2010
Meeting place: TBA, approx. 1PM
Dress Code?: [Optional] Something nice and light and comfortable. Every Lolita day for the past 3 years has been very hot and sunny, so the last thing that anyone would want is for you to sweat the mess out of your clothes, or grass stains. Comfortable shoes are a must since we'll be in the park (unless you simply enjoy abusing your feet, you sick freak).
-I advise everyone to bring a blanket to sit on. If you bring like a bedsheet-type of blanket, I suggest buying a shower curtain or a plastic table cover so you don't mess it up too much :3
-Rain plans are being conjured up as we speak. Since we won't know the weather until a week before, I advise holding off from purchasing any ingredients until the week of the meet.
Right now I'm just looking for RSVPs, and people who will make and bring food. So let me know, thanks! More details will come in the next post.
Hope to see you there~ ♪