Overview: Please, relax and take a deep breath. If your experience is like those of 99% of other Cuddle Party guests, you'll have a great time and leave with a big smile on your face.
The "what's the story?" page lays out the timeline and structure for Cuddle Parties, and the FAQ page may fill in some of the blanks. This is the rest of the nuts and bolts stuff you'll want to know before your first Cuddle Party.
Location and parking: Most parties are held at the same apartment location in Anaheim, on Ball Rd, very close to Magnolia. The exact address and a back-up phone number will be provided when your reservation can be confirmed. Generally there is plenty of on-street parking available on Ball.
Arrival time: Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 6:45 PM, and the party will begin at 7:00. We will begin the Welcome Circle around 7:10, and it's critically important that you not be late, so please allow for traffic and parking. Unfortunately, anyone arriving after we begin the rules section of the Welcome Circle will not be admitted. This is the portion of the evening where we create an environment of safety and confidentiality, and that requires everyone be present. Sorry -- no exceptions.
Leaving early is ok: The party is scheduled to conclude around 10:30, but if you want or need to leave early, that is totally fine; we just ask that you let one of us know you're leaving so we won't worry! Many people like to stay for the closing circle which we'll start about 10:00, but that's certainly not required.
What to wear: PAJAMAS ! Think comfort and ease, rather than sexy and high-fashion. Drawstrings, rather than lace. T-shirts and sweat pants work great too. You can change after you arrive. (Note: There will be no nudity.)
What to bring: An open mind for sure, and a pillow or stuffed animal if you'd like. And maybe a favorite book or game to share with fellow cuddlers, if that’s your desire. (Please, no alcohol or drugs.)
Food: We will provide juice and light fare to nibble on, such as nuts and fruit. Feel free to bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverage or snack to share, if you'd like. We certainly welcome extra goodies!
Donation requested: Gladly accepted at the end of the evening to defray time, material and certification costs, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please pay no more than the value you feel you've received. Want a suggestion? Something between $10 and $50 would be nice. J This FAQ has more information.
Cancellations: If you need to cancel before the event, please send us an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 714-995-3941. This way we can allow someone on the wait-list to take your slot. And if you absolutely need to cancel the day of the party, please give us a call so we won't be waiting for you.
Waiver: You'll be asked to sign this waiver when you arrive.
AND PLEASE: Please don't be late. No one can be admitted once we reach the Cuddle-Rules section of the Welcome Circle. Sorry, no exceptions, as much as we would love to have you. It's important that everyone hear all the rules to create the safe space that makes Cuddle Parties so special.
Want to know more? Here is an article, originally entitled, “More Spoon For Your Buck: How to Make the Most of your Cuddle Party Experience.” It was written by Reid Mihalko, the founder of Cuddle Party.
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