The other thing that was wonderful is that the combination of "my friends" and "loreid's friends" (not completely discrete groups mind you) and some plus-ones and some Pembury regulars who know other party guests so showed up even though they weren't directly invited meant that there were lots of new but slightly connected people who are always the most interesting to get to know. This post is therefore a connecting people post rather than an actual party report. It was very gratifying to see lots of connections happening between people without me having to make any particular effort as host to encourage this. And I myself met lots of cool new people and got to know some acquaintances better.
I am going to attempt a name-check, though with about 30 people I'm bound to leave someone out. Plus there are a few whose LJ names I'm not quite sure of. Please comment with any names I've left out, and also if you would like to introduce yourself with an LJ identity to me or anyone else you met at the party and want to connect with via LJ. I am leaving this post unlocked because doing anything else would defeat the object; I can't add new people to my flist until I figure out who they are! I'll likely hide it after a few days, but please don't comment with anything indiscreet without the permission of people involved. Oh, and if anyone has taken photos, please do not comment with a link to the photos, but instead mention who is in them so we can figure out who is or isn't ok with photos of them being shared.
Huge disclaimer: this is not even slightly in order of priority, I'm just trying to make sure to include everybody.
People I've known forever:
People I'm getting to know having previously met them through friends or at other parties:
New exciting people:
Giant thank you to loreid for co-hosting and brining CAKE. And even more to timeplease for inviting us to congregate in his pub and serving us yummy food and alcohol and putting up the long distance guests in his flat and even making us tea in the morning. Proper report to follow, possibly in a locked post if people would prefer that.