As anyone who's spent anytime around corsetmakers will know, there is one overwhelming tipple of choice for them... Gin! So at the last conference we decided to hold a little ice-breaking meet and greet for those arriving the night before, and asked people to bring a bottle of gin (or their drink of choice) and if it was local to their area so much the better!
We supplied some too, local to Oxford and I brought a Scottish one (did you know Scotland produces over 70% of the UK's gin?!) and of course mixers, soft drinks and some nibbles. And what great fun it was meeting everyone informally, handing out the welcome bags decorated with Marianne Faulkner's fab illustration.
We had gin from Australia, the Netherlands, South Africa and many, many more. There was a great deal of sampling going on. Enough that we had a round 2 replay after the conference for anyone still around that turned into a brilliant night of trying on corsets and literally ending under the table :D
Cups of tea were also available ;)