The offsite meet-up is being planned by the Washington Lolitas for 7pm Saturday. It looks like they are in the process of setting up this event as the date had to be changed so as not to conflict with another lolita event. Check it out: http://wa-lolis.livejournal.com/161007.html
The tea-party Holli and I will be hosting will take place in the convention center on Friday at 12:00-2:00pm. There have been a lot of questions so I thought I would post something to clarify the details we have so far. Sakura-Con does not allow food items to be distributed other than those they provide so unfortunately we are unable to cater the event. Instead there will be a cafe cart set up inside the tea-room or just outside where people can purchase snacks. You may bring your own items if you have special dietary needs but we are not allowed to provide food or bring items to share. As this limits our ability to have a traditional tea-party, this event will be focused more on coming together to celebrate the fashion and meet fellow lolitas. Bring links to your favorite online lolita resources, personal business cards, and any lolita-related tips that you think might be worth sharing!
Our event will include a variety of lolita-themed games, activities, prizes, and plenty of opportunity to chat with other lolitas. We are still in the process of planning some of the specific activities so if you have ideas that you would like to see at this event we would love to hear your thoughts! We have begun collecting lolita items and accessories made by DIY lolitas to give out as prizes and it looks like there will be some great items! If you would like to donate a prize we will happily include your personal website in a flyer that will go out to all lolitas at the event and if you attend we will give you an opportunity to speak about your donated item if you wish.
We have asked that people come in lolita/kodona style for first dibs on seats as the event space will only hold about 40 people. Obviously this is not ideal given how many lolitas are coming from Washington, Oregon and beyond so if you are interested it may be wise to arrive early.
Please feel free to use this as a place to add your thoughts, suggestions, and to post updates about other lolita events at Sakura-Con as you hear about them! I'm starting to get excited about this year!