Remember: The quirkyalone movement is a grassroots movement. Don’t ask when IQD is coming to your town—bring it there yourself.
While everyone else is commemorating (or moaning about) Valentine’s Day, you can turn Feb. 14 into a day to celebrate all forms of love, and to bring all your friends together (whether quirkyalone or quirkyalone/quirkytogether).
Hosting an IQD party is an opportunity to be creative and to meet kindred spirits in your community who identify with QA values. There’s no one right or wrong way, and people host parties big and small, public and private–at bowling alleys, bars, homes, cafes, libraries, and karaoke bars. It can be a dinner party or a blowout, a lecture or a quirkyslut sex toy party. All that matters is your desire to put a positive, noncommercial spin on February 14.
Check out our downloadable party pack with special quirkyalone nametags and posters.
Here are some tips and ideas of things to do at your party. This is a long list–it represents the whole world of possibilities for your IQD soiree.
*If possible, host an International Quirkyalone Day party in a public place: a bar, library, restaurant, or cafe; a big part of the fun is meeting the other people in your community who identify with this rapidly growing term‹and asking them how they found out about it.
*To publicize your party, put a posting on Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other event and social networking websites.
*Put up posters at cafes or in community centers.
*Send a simple press release with the time, date, and focus of your party to local media and the listings departments of local newspapers at least two weeks in advance.
*Set up a make-your-own-quirkyalone-card table. Provide tape, scissors, glue, glitter. Invite people to sit down and make a card for a friend, lover, family member, or themselves. Card-making makes February 14 creative again and gets people talking.
*Put up a sign for an Alone-Time Table. People will gravitate towards it and the alone-time table will become a social center.
*Play party games designed to encourage mingling. Here’s one: Place a sticker or a piece of tape with a famous quirkyalone or nonquirkyalone \written on it on partygoers’ backs. Ask people to go around asking strangers yes or no questions about who they are–ONLY yes or no questions–until they guess their identities. Games like these get people talking in a fun way, and create a light-hearted, fun environment.
*Hand out quirkyalone name tags that ask people to identify whether they are quirkyalone, quirkytogether, quirkyslut, or in support of quirkyalones. These also get conversation started. (Download name tags on quirkyalone.net.)
*Make a mix tape of quirkyalone music and play it at your party.
*At smaller, more intimate parties, ask everyone to bring magazines and construction paper. Everyone cuts out pictures of things that and makes a collage of the things they want to manifest in the coming year. Collages can be as big and as small as you want. Hang your poster where you will see it during the year.
*Decorate your parties with a bunch of daisies. Daisies, being natural and cheerful, are the official flower of the quirkyalone movement.
*Invite a singer-songwriter who embodies the quirkyalone spirit to perform.
*Invite a local speaker. In at the 2005 Eldridge, Iowa, IQD, they invited a local minister who spoke about her world travels to speak.
*Have a quirkycrafts party. That’s what they did just north of Seattle in 2005.
*Raffle! Everyone loves to win prizes! (Quirkyalone loot here.)
*Play the Quirky Connection game. Ask people to sign up to play the game when they come to the party, and then draw four names at random from a hat when you are ready to play. Three contestants should be asked a series of questions by a host like, “What is your ideal quirkyalone day?” or “What are you currently reading in the bathroom?” while a fourth contestant is hiding and kept away from the action. The fourth contestant comes back and answers the same questions. The audience votes by clapping for the best match. The catch: the connection can be a friend or love connection, making it more open and expansive than the typical love connection game. The prize: winners get each others’ email addresses.
Email us at info AT quirkyalone.net to let us know about your plans.