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How to Sponsor a Great Party: CheeseburgHer 08

By Isabel Kallman

By now you may or may not have heard about the the rockin’ Second Annual CheeseburgHer Party at the BlogHer Conference last month.
Honestly, there’s not much I can add to all the great posts that have already been written (If I missed yours, please let me know and I will include it on the list below).
So, I figured I would give you a page out of the Alpha Mom playbook on how to throw a successfully-sponsored party, in 10 Easy Steps, of course.
1- When you learn that a small party thrown by professionals you admire will happen yet again, you muscle your way in offer to sponsor it. Pick-up the tab, but promise to keep the party true to its roots. And, keep that promise.


Picture from the First Annual CheeseburgHer Party, hosted by Yvonne, Lindsay and SJ.

2- Try to differentiate on the prior year’s party, just a touch.

We rented a suite, not a ballroom, ensuring that the original vibe remained intact. And so that you could wear paper bags on your head privately without losing your dignity.

3-Make sure there are enough party hats for everyone.

A sea of paper-bag heads





4- Delegate responsibilities.

5- Encourage party-goers to hang-out on your bed. Because that’s keepin’ it real.


6- Roll-up your sleeves and get involved.

7- Invite everyone to the party.





Nursing mothers and Photo-bombers


Pregnant women




Cute couples


Handsome dads

8- Have so much fun, ensuring you will get closed down by security.

9- Have a contingency plan.

We moved the party to the Hotel Lobby.

10- Distribute left-over McDonald’s cheeseburgers and fries to homeless people outside the hotel. Thanks SJ and Gwendomama!
Thank you, all you lovely CheeseburgHer attendees. I am sorry that the party ended so early. We thought we would have at least one hour to party.
Also, you were all very respectful of my room and after-party clean-up was seriously only a 5 minute affair, thanks to the generous help of friends.
To relive the memories over and over, please visit the following:
CheeseburgHer 08 Party Flickr Group
Recap by co-Host Lindsay of Suburban Turmoil
Hat Thursday by Whoorl
– CheeseburgHer Caption contest at Loralee’s Looney Tunes
Photo Credits in sequence: 1) Suburban Turmoil, 2) Petroville, 3) Greeblemonkey, 4) Plain Jane Mom, 5) Suburban Turmoil, 6) Greeblemonkey, 7) Joy Unexpected 8) Greeblemonkey, 9) Plain Jane Mom, 10) Suburban Turmoil, 11) Greeblemonkey, 12) Plain Jane Mom, 13) Suburban Turmoil, 14) Joy Unexpected, 15) Suburban Turmoil, 16) DutchBlitz, 17) A Girl and A Boy, 18) Suburban Turmoil, 19) Petroville

Published August 9, 2008. Last updated August 21, 2013.
Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • Jennifer James

    August 11, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Hey, now that’s my kind of party! Hope you’ll be sponsoring it again next year. I plan to finally make it to a Blogher conference. Fingers crossed for east coast!

  • Erika Jurney

    August 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    It was truly a fun party… for the 10 minutes I was there before security arrived!

  • Loralee

    August 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    My only regret was not getting there earlier before security came!!! I will totally remember this next year.
    It was a blast.

  • Angella

    August 11, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Best. Party. EVER!

  • Suburban Turmoil

    August 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    It was a total blast and you were a seriously fabulous hostess! Thanks again for everything!

  • Y

    August 14, 2008 at 12:54 am

    I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make it happen. You were such an incredible hostess. I will laugh every time I think about this night for the rest of my life!