I'm sure most of you have heard about HouseParty.com. If you haven't, it's where you can apply to host parties that are sponsored by brands or companies where you get to try out a product & provide honest feedback. I remember that I applied to one or two & was never selected so I never applied again thinking I would never get picked. 🙁
Fast forward to April 18, 2012 – I get an e-mail at 2:37AM with the Subject Line: "Host a One Direction Up All Night House Party". I was awake at 3AM since that's the time my husband leaves to work so I literally ran to my computer & applied. I was confident for the most part….until it was announced on One Direction's Twitters & on their Facebook page. All the confidence I had deflated – I was more than sure I would never be selected to host with all of the girls applying to host. I would refresh their Hosting Page on House Party & see a new post about someone being excited to host every minute. I'm not joking. Even people in other countries were posting trying to get into the action. x_x
Why was I was freaking out over hosting a One Direction House Party you say? Well, I've mentioned it here before my sister, Karen, is a HUGE fan. We knew about the guys before they made it big here in the U.S. For those that don't know who One Direction is (taken from their Wiki page):
One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. They later signed in North America to Columbia Records.
In November 2011, One Direction released their debut album Up All Night, the record became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK of 2011. In 2012, it debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making One Direction the first UK band in history to debut at number one with their first album.
If you follow me on Twitter, you can remember I was helping my sister campaign to get them to our city when they had a Bring 1D to US contest. Our city didn't win – we tried reaching out to the radio stations here in Atlanta but nobody would listen to us. My sister even made a blog about it. Fast forward a couple of months, they announce One Direction's first ever US performance on Nickelodeon – after that, it was 1D mania & all of a sudden, they were everywhere!
Great group, great songs – they deserve all the success that they've been having. It was a long wait (or so it seemed) to know if we were selected to host the party. We were told that we would know by April 30, 2012 so luckily, I had my phone next to me & I get Push Notifications so I knew I had an e-mail at 3:30PM on April 30 with a Subject Line: One Direction Up All Night House Party – a few more steps. The e-mail said:
You’re in the running to host a One Direction Up All Night House Party
Thousands have applied to host a One Direction Up All Night House Party – but only a select few will make the cut. And you're just a few steps away!
To become a host and receive your exclusive Party Pack, you MUST be among the first to:
- Sign in
- Confirm your address: Take a minute to confirm the address listed is the correct address where you would be holding the party if selected to host
- Create invitations
- Invite at least 7 guests: Have those email addresses ready and use the House Party Invitation Tool to invite your first few guests via email
The clock is ticking. You have 30 minutes from when you sign in to create and send your invites. (If we've already reached our host capacity, you'll receive a message when you log in.)
I did what I had to do & quickly got a confirmation that I was one of the hosts!
We were more than happy & thankful to have been chosen!
On May 15, 2012 – we received our Party Pack in the mail!
We were given the One Direction Up All Night Live Tour DVD, stickers, tickets, and posters.
Here's a picture showing the back of the "tickets".
My sister said she would help me but all she helped me was with decorating on the day of the party & making a drawing of the guys. Other than that – I did everything on my own. You see these paper dolls of the guys? It took me 3 hours to cut & make them. Yes, 3 hours. I obviously suck at making paper dolls – it took me forever to make & even so, the dolls were all lopsided. The girls loved them though & were fighting over who could keep who.
I remembered my days of fan-girling over the Backstreet Boys & decided I would try & make stuff for the girls that I would have liked back in the day. lol. So I went out & got these cute tote bags at Walmart – only $0.88 each! I personalized each bag with a One Direction gift tag with the girls' name on them.
Each bag came with the poster, the sticker, & ticket that was given to me but I made framed photos of the guys, magnets (for their lockers when they go back to school), a VIP pass lanyard (I felt bad because some of the girls thought they were actual VIP passes :\ ) and since One Direction likes Jelly Babies, I decided to get Sour Patch Kids – it's not the same but we don't have Jelly Babies here in the U.S. so I thought it was similar enough. 😛
Each girl was given a card thanking them for coming to the party & reminding them to check in to the party!
I printed out & made One Direction trivia so we could hold a mini contest after we watched the DVD where one girl would win their Live Tour DVD (when it came out) and one girl would win a set of laminated cards of the boys.
We even had a interview area set up for the girls after the party was done.
We were going to do the guys' favorite food for the party food but were sure that that's what everyone else was going to do so we went a different route.
Each plate had a sign with a picture of each of the guys eating.
For Zayn, we had Zayn's Zebra Cakes. 🙂
For Harry, we had Harry's Honey Buns.
For Niall, we had Niall's Nutty Bars.
For Louis, we had Louis' Lays Chips.
And for Liam, we had Liam's Lemonade.
The main food was pizza though & the girls were able to pick their favorite snacks which also included Hasbro gummy bears & carrots with ranch dressing. The food was a hit because nothing was left over & I was refilling the plates whenever I could. -_-
We had ordered a One Direction cake BUT the local Walmart Bakery sucks. I ordered my cake & asked multiple times if they would be able to do it & asked if there would be any problems, to let me know ahead of time if they couldn't. WELL, I ordered the cake on Tuesday. The party was on Saturday. I was already stressing on Saturday since I was at an eye appointment that was taking forever so I was running late. The party was at 3PM on Saturday & I was told on Tuesday that the cake would be done at 12PM Saturday for pickup. Why did I get a phone call at 11AM ON THE DAY OF THE PARTY telling me that they COULD NOT do the cake? Yeah. Never again will I go there. I picked up the next best thing though – a chocolate cake & carrot cake cupcakes. If you guys are wondering about the carrot thing, Louis said he likes girls who eat carrots so it's an ongoing thing among the 1D fans.
Once we got everything decorated & ready, we got ready. You can't see but I was wearing my One Direction shirt too (it looks like the ones that my sister & nieces are wearing below).
My niece couldn't get her shirt on time so her mom quickly made this shirt for her. The logo looked exactly like the one we had on our shirts.
The back of her shirt:
The back of our shirts – my sister customized hers to say "Mrs. Styles" at the top.
The girls at the party:
Happy with their goody bags:
The guys even showed One Direction some love:
Our Welcome sign:
Karen's drawing of the guys:
After looking their bags over & chatting about the guys a bit – we were ready to watch the DVD!
The girls wouldn't stop talking about the DVD – there was a comment made for every single part of the DVD. They were more hyper after the DVD was done & wanted to replay their videos while they sang along to them & chatted some more. I tried my best to capture videos & pictures but everyone was all over the place. It was a fun party & being told thanks & that I was "awesome" for doing the party? 'Twas worth the migraine I was getting from lack of sleep the night before. -__-
Below is a picture of my sister, who is the one who I had to disqualify from the contest because she knew everything about the guys & to make it fun for the other girls, I told her I would get her something else & my two nieces who are also crazy over 1D.
I've NEVER edited a video before – I took out the parts where the girls were shouting out their Twitter handles for the boys to tweet them or to "call them maybe" lol so the video is not perfect but I tried. Hope you guys watch it!
I'd like to thank House Party for selecting me to host – it was so much fun to put together. We LOVED the DVD & even before I asked them, all the girls were saying they were "totes" getting the DVD when it came out. Which by the way, comes out on May 29, 2012!
Here's a clip from their Official YouTube page of the Live Tour DVD:
If you'd like to learn more about One Direction or where you can purchase their album or upcoming concert tickets, be sure to check out their website at http://www.onedirectionmusic.com!
Disclosure: I was selected as a Host for the One Direction Up All Night House Party via HouseParty.com. I was sent items for a special screening party. However, all statements are my own!