Cosplay events separate from conventions can be really fun. Sometimes I have a better time at those! Many events are held throughout the year in between conventions—whether cosplay gatherings, photoshoots or themed gatherings.
Back on July 25th, some friends and I got together for a Hetalia-themed BBQ/potluck. My friend Anela and I came up with the dumb idea and it ended up being a success! (Though more people would have been able to come had it not been on the same weekend as Comic Con.) It originally started as a small photoshoot but once we saw that a lot of people were interested, we just turned it into a full blown BBQ. Part of the reason we wanted to do this was because it was summertime and we wanted to do something fun/nerdy and partly it was because Anela was going to Europe for three weeks. This was a good way for her to see a good chunk of friends before she left.
So, friends were asked to pick a country of their choice. Once they picked something, we told them to bring food/drinks and wear an apron that would also correspond to the country. We had TONS OF FOOD. And a lot of drinks. 8D; (I shouldn’t have asked so many people to bring drinks. derp.)
Both of us didn’t think we’d get many people to join us but at one point we were up to 20 people. xD; Some had to drop for various reasons but we still had a sizable group. Our friend Ryan (Prussia in the collage) offered up his house since we had outgrown our original gathering space. So, that was awesome! And it made planning a bit easier.
This makes me want to do more themed-gatherings. So fun! xDD
AND I UH…THINK GERMANY’S APRON WINS. THIS WASN’T A COMPETITION OR ANYTHING. IT JUST…WINS.
(All photos in the collage are from Jason@i360.com, Caitlin/datkate, FER, Anela/anelasama and my camera.)