19 things you need to know about Atlanta’s big gay Toy Party

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By now you know what’s up at Toy Party, gay Atlanta’s biggest holiday cocktail party with thousands of LGBT guests frolicking for funds like only we know how. Consider these hot tips and fun visuals your refresher course.

Most of you already know to behave yourselves and check your attitude at the door when you get to AmericasMart 3 downtown. If not, by all means revisit my Toy Party Dos and Don’ts. And if you want some holiday fashion advice or just want to get in the spirit, don’t miss ghosts of Toy Party past in our galleries full of vision-of-sugar-plum pics herehereherehere and here.

For the 11th year, Sunday’s event transforms even the cattiest of infighters into warm-hearted, holiday-spirited good boys and girls. The gay doo-gooders of For the Kid in All of Us pave the way to your best self at their event, so don your gay apparel and make plans to do up Toy Party with these reminders and inspirations.

Pile on. Bring a toy to get in.



And $5 (bring cash).


There was some scuttlebutt about Toy Party 2012 charging a $5 admission on top of the usual $20 toy donation to get in the door. That concept returns this year.

DJ Vicki Powell (and this year, DJ Sed too).



Silent Auction, now with mobile bidding.

The silent auction – chock full of tickets to attractions near and far, some incredible travel packages to tropical locations, restaurant certificates, wine baskets, pet supplies, fitness packages, and more – lets you bid like you Grindr. For the first time, pre-register for mobile bidding, and you don’t even have to step into the fray to snag that prize or gift.

Expect performance art.




And performance plus art.



Feed your VIP fantasies.


In addition to the $5 cover charge with your toy, the pay-to-play VIP Ultra Lounge returns this year as well. Anyone with $50 can get into the exclusive premium bar and gourmet food area to mingle with the bigwigs and big-money event sponsors and donors. Weigh your options and reserve a spot.


Dress up.



Or way up.



Dress down.



Or way down. Mmm. Reindeer games.



The kids need you.

Whether it was admission and format adjustments or fickle gays just couldn’t get their outfits together, last year was also the first time that the crowd and toy pile shrank. By 25 percent. But that’s a reason to go, not a reason to stay away, Mary. Toy Party still got a reported 3,200 guests and even more donations than that. Plus the kids need the presents and you need a cocktail.

And the kid in you needs it too.



You too, sisters.



Also you, Sisters.




Your reach is getting longer.

The list of Toy Party beneficiaries goes long. Some 21 organizations statewide will benefit from the toys, cash and other proceeds from the event.


So do it up.



All the way up.


Oops. You over-did it.

Oh girl, did you overfill? Car Service helps you escape with a shred of grace. Toy 2013 partners with Uber ($25 off, use UberToyParty), and Lyft ($15 discount, use KID404) to get you out of there safely. Download now and thank us later.


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