New to the town of Bradford and looking to meet people? Single or taken, The Village Inn hosted its second Mix & Mingle event on Saturday night. The cold weather didn’t stop guests from coming out and having a great time.
The success of the first event back in September went so well that organizers DJ Jackie Kozak and social media entrepreneur, Natasha Leskiw decied to host another.
Originally started as a singles night, Kozak and Leskiw decided to change it up and created an event that would cater to couples as well.
“We actually had quite a few couples. Husbands and wives came in and had a blast. They felt like they were on a first date,” said Kozak, which sparked interest in a new angle for the mix and mingle event.
There was great support from the LGBTQ community as well and guests coming from as far as Brampton, Barrie.
Not only is the Mix & Mingle a great opportunity to meet others and make new friends, it's an opportunity for couples and their single friends to have fun together.
“All of my friends are single, so it’s a fun experience because we all get to have the same fun together,” said Leskiw, who is in a committed relationship.
Event goers were given a raffle ticket and encouraged to make name tags with interesting conversation starters to help break the ice.
The purpose of the name tags was not to specify the single or taken guests, but to initiate conversation. Some tags read “mostly friendly” or “I don’t know?” which intrigued people to ask questions and get to know each other better.
What makes an adult social night fun and successful? Lots of games, icebreakers and prizes. Local business owner, Brian Hayden of Experience Toys and Games, sponsored hte event and supplies the games and prizes, including Twister and a giant version of Jenga. Smaller board games, icebreaker questions and tasks were put on tables which lead to interesting conversations with lots of laughs.