Sunday, June 23, 2013

Private Parties and Fireworks Cruises at Blogher

I'm going to let you in on a little secret... My preparation for the Blogher conference coming up next month (it's in Chicago July 24th - 27th) has brought out some middle school-esque insecurities in me.  See, apparently, there is this whole other world of private parties outside the conference itself.  These parties are mostly hosted by brands/ pr agencies and require an official invitation.  People say that getting an invite has less to do with your stats and more to do with your social media presence; but, let's be honest, it takes me right back to my days of running for (and losing) the distinguished (ha!) office of Senior Class President.

When I really stop to think about it - and remind myself why I blog and why I'm going to this conference in the first place (which is, to learn from some great bloggers and stretch myself to get out of my comfort zone) - the parties really don't matter...

But, I'mnotgoingtolie, I was pretty darn excited when I saw an invite from Madame Deals to her Seadogs Fireworks Cruise in my inbox a few weeks ago... :)

Here's a little info about the company that is sponsoring the party:
Are you ready for an entertaining cruise experience along Chicago’s scenic lakefront? Come out to Navy Pier and let Seadog show you the city April-October, weather permitting.
Seadog offers four exciting ways to see and experience Chicago from the water:
Lakefront Speedboat Tour
This 30-minute cruise along the shoreline offers a descriptive tour of Chicago’s famous skyline, while playing your favorite music.
Extreme Thrill Ride
This cruise is perfect for the dare-devil in you! This 30-minute ride features splash down stops, 180-degree turns, slalom runs and more.
River and Lake Architectural Tour
Enjoy historic views of Chicago’s famous landmarks and neighborhoods during this 75-minute cruise on both Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
Lakefront Fireworks Cruise
Enjoy front-row seats to the spectacular fireworks display aboard our Lakefront Fireworks Cruise! Cruise along Lake Michigan with an exciting speedboat ride paired with an informative tour of the Chicago skyline, then end the evening with a dazzling fireworks show and top-40 hits playing in the background! The open aired vessel allows for panoramic views, providing a perfect view. The Seadog Fireworks Cruise is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, running from Memorial Day – Labor Day.
Seadog is great for both individuals and groups. We offer customizable group events for up to 450 people.
Seadog also features specific holiday cruises, such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Halloween.
Not only can you enjoy a Seadog Cruise, but your dog can as well! Dogs ride for free, space permitting.
For more information, please visit or call 888-636-7737.
Now, the big questions remain...

What should I wear?  And, how can I get Addy through the airport and onto that boat?!? ;)

P.S. I wasn't compensated for this post, but I do get to go to the party on Wednesday night with all the cool kids!


  1. You are not alone with the middle school insecurities. I've been practicing talking to new people in preparation for this conference. I tend to get overly nervous and then stutter and stumble over my words. Looking forward to pretending to be cool - and meeting you! :)

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