On June 18th, The Next Family hosted it’s first annual beach party event on Santa Monica Beach, California, in honor of Family Equality Council’s International Family Equality Day. And we are happy to say that the event went fantastic!
Upon arrival, guests checked in with us at Loews Santa Monica Hotel. We had a great room filled with swag bags upon swag bags. These swag bags were kids-sized beach bags filled with beach buckets and toys and cool items from out sponsors some of which included a phone charger from our premiere partner, Babble, water from Detox Water, and a book called, The Family Next Door.
Party-goers then headed down to the beach where we had a large section set up with The Next Family beach blankets and a tent with the DJ. The families were given a lunch prepared by Whole Foods and most took a seat on one of our provided blankets to eat their meals and prepare for a fun beach day.
We were ecstatic to see family after family arrive. The DJ put on some fun beats and children began running around, dancing, or playing games like potato sack races. We were happy to see families connect on different levels whether it be through sharing stories about how they adopted and offering advice to others interested or witnessing the first meeting of “Diblings” — donor siblings.
The children also had a blast when Creative Arts sent out live entertainment full of pirates, fairies, and mermaids for a fun Neverland performance. It was an interactive show that the children were far too excited to participate in!
Like all great things, the party eventually ended. Families left with new friends, scheduled play dates, a beach blanket from The Next Family, and great memories.
We couldn’t have been more happy with how our first annual beach party event went and the amazing people we had a chance to meet. We can’t wait to meet more families like this with out future events. Check out the amazing video below that gives you a glimpse of the fun we had in the sun celebrating with some wonderful, diverse families: