Following some positive reports, I decided to try out Cambridge Parties. I've been to parties before, but not this one, and was curious to discover more. A couple of my friends were keen to hear how I got on, so I might as well publish the report here.
£220 for just over 2 hours - I've never paid this much for a party before, but maybe you get what you pay for. This party had been fully booked for a couple of weeks, and I was on the reserve list. Two days before and I was told I was in. Four girls were promised, and no more than 8 guys.
I parked up about 10:30am (A note about parking - the organisers recommend using the station car park. It's very close by, but not very big, and was full when I arrived. Fortunately, I managed to spot somebody just leaving, but it would be wise to allow extra time to find alternative parking if you have to.) The promised text arrived on time with the address, and I made my way up to a serviced apartment - two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a lounge/kitchenette area. All very clean and tidy.
The line-up had been changing by the minute in the lead-up to the party - see the blog on their website, and had changed again by the time I got there. Girls there were the lovely Emma, raunchy Emily, sweet and innocent(!) Lily, and Kat, who as you will see, I never got to meet. Incredibly, 5 out of the 8 guys had cancelled, leaving just three guys and four girls. Sadly, and probably not unreasonably, Kat did not stay, leaving a 3:3 ratio. One of the guys left after his first pop, but then the host joined in, maintaining the original ratio.
Not much point in me going into detail - Lily has done her own report at http://blogs.adultwork.com/LilyLovett
which I can confirm is factually correct.
So would I recommend Cambridge Parties? Yes I would. It's always going to be difficult organising an event like this with exactly the right numbers of girls and guys. People are unreliable. As one of the previous posters said, it's like herding cats. I was very lucky at this party to enjoy such a good ratio, but I have noticed some critical comments when it's gone the other way. At least Cambridge Parties make the effort to restrict ratios - unlike some of the other parties who accept anyone on the basis that only 50% turn up.
So, a huge thankyou to the girls at the party, and an even bigger thankyou to the five guys who cancelled