Glamour, Great Gatsby and Poker with Ladbrokes!

Hey guys Sorry it’s been a little quiet on here recently, I’m struggling with my chronic illness at the moment and haven’t had much spare energy to keep blog posts as regular as I’d like! On Saturday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to a really fun Leeds bloggers event at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel – Hold Em 4 Charity, hosted by Ladbrokes Poker.  The idea of the night was that a load of local bloggers got together to learn and play Texas Hold’em poker, with the winner getting to choose a charity to donate £500 to!  The theme was Great Gatsby and these guys knew how to bring the glamour!  All the bloggers looked beautiful in their long gowns, sequins and suits.

Photo Credit (right): Search Labs

We were in a room backing onto the lovely Sky Bar on floor 13 of the Doubletree, in Leeds city centre.  It was all set up with poker tables, Great Gatsby signs and lots of atmospheric red lighting!  We were greeted with champagne and got chance to have a bit of a chat, before being led to our tables.  There were around 8 of us per table, with our own croupier.  He gave us a brief overview of how the game works and then it was straight in with our chips (we weren’t playing for real money, thank god!)

Photo Credit: Search Labs

Hold Em 4 Charity Leeds

Photo Credit: Search Labs

I have to say, I wasn’t a natural…!! Haha.  I felt like I should have maybe read up on how it works before the event, as I had quite a few questions and wasn’t totally sure what I was doing.  Luckily the girl next to me knew how to play, so she answered all my questions.  Although I lost my chips pretty quickly, I really enjoyed the experience and the chance to get to know other local bloggers.  There were so many people there whose blogs I read and Twitter accounts I follow – it was really fun putting faces to all the names!

Photo Credit: Search Labs (L & R)

In the break between the two halves, the most amazing magician came round and performed tricks to small groups of us.  He was so good!  I wrote my name on a card, and it somehow managed to be in a sealed envelope, inside his zipped wallet… within about 10 seconds!  He also turned a drawing of a lolly into an actual lollipop for Bryony and turned a stack of cards into a clear, perspex block on another girl’s palm.  We were all watching really closely and still have no idea how he did it!  If you’re looking for a talented magician for anything, you can find him here.

I spent a lot of the evening talking to the lovely Tina from Tea is for Tina, whose blog you can find here.  Definitely pop along and have a read, as she’s an absolute sweetheart!  Also a huge well done to the winner of the tournament, Bryony from Breakfast at Bryonys – she had never played before and managed to smash it (that’s her below, with all her chips)!

Hold Em 4 Charity Leeds Tea is for Tina Katie Cupcake Life With ME Hold Em 4 Charity Leeds

Finally, a massive thank you to Ladbrokes Poker for such a fun evening, and the fab Jennie at Life Styled by Jennie for all her efforts in organising the event.  And for the awesome surprise goodie bag below, I felt very spoiled!  You can see a video for the event here! Hold Em 4 Charity Leeds

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0 thoughts on “Glamour, Great Gatsby and Poker with Ladbrokes!

    • Katie Cupcake - Life with ME says:

      Hi! Congratulations on starting your blog 😊 I have a friend who food-blogs in Manchester, you should check her out! Her blog is The Baking Explorer.

      Umm I only really started getting invited to stuff after around 8/9 months of blogging. I heard about a few events on twitter (eg search #Manchesterbloggers) but otherwise, I tend to get approached by email. Make sure your contact email is easy to find on your blog 😊 xx

      • forkwardthinkingfoodinista says:

        Hi, aw thank you Katie! Your blog is fab btw and extremely jel that you got to go to that fab event!! 🙂 I will have a look! Always good to connect with fellow Manchester bloggers too! Wow fab tips! I appreciate you sharing those with me 🙂 My email is on the about page…I think it is clear enough?! Btw do feel free to drop me an email and stay in touch lovely 🙂 xx

        • Katie Cupcake - Life with ME says:

          I’m sure they will! It’s hard but at the beginning you have to be patient and just concentrate on writing good quality content. Once the word gets out there you’ll have plenty of people reading and approaching you! I can already tell your photos are going to be great! x

          • forkwardthinkingfoodinista says:

            Hey Katie, thanks for the advice! It has been fab! Great stuff, well lets watch this space! My email is on the site so do feel free to contact me. I tried your friend, but for some reason it would not let me post on her page! Always good to link in with local bloggers. Building a strong network will be key! Btw glad you like the piccys! Love your blog name too! Cute, catchy and a good brand name xx

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