The 2023 schedule is a work in progress. Subject to change.
2023 Schedule (tentative)
Friday Afternoon & Evening
Join us for pre-PUDDLE fun!
Mid Morning · Trip to Gigi’s Dolls
Informal carpool to Gigi’s Dolls, an amazing brick-and-mortar doll shop! One group will be leaving about 9:30 am from the lobby. If you are interested, ask around (perhaps even before you arrive for PUDDLE) to try and find someone with a spot in their car. The shop is also one of our sponsors.
1:30-5:30 pm · Informal Meet & Greet
Bring a doll to the hotel lobby to show you’re a part of PUDDLE, start a conversation with other incoming guests, do some informal buy-sell-trade.
Starting at 2:00 pm, you can also sign in for registration and receive your name badge, door prize, and gift bag — attendees who sign in on Friday will get in faster on Saturday morning by showing their badges at the side door. (Vendors: you are welcome to participate in personal buy/sell/trade for secondhand items but please do not sell your vendor stock on Friday, except for dolls. Dolls can be sold Friday night. This is in fairness to the Saturday vendors, as some do not arrive until Saturday morning.)
Registration sign-in will halt temporarily while we are at dinner.
5:30 pm · Group Dinner at Mitsuwa Marketplace
Meet in the hotel foyer at 5:15 or so to carpool to Mitsuwa, or meet up at the marketplace food court – take a doll and watch for others carrying them. If you don’t have a car, ask around to find someone with an open seat or who’d like to Uber with you!
7:30 -11:00 pm · Pajama Party and Informal BST
Get comfy, find some new friends, and maybe even pick up some new-to-you items. Bring your items to sell and trade.
Until around 8:00 pm, you can also sign in for registration and receive your name badge, door prize, and gift bag — attendees who sign in on Friday will get in faster on Saturday morning by showing their badges at the side door. (Vendors: you are welcome to participate in personal buy/sell/trade for secondhand items but please do not sell your vendor stock on Friday, except for dolls. Dolls can be sold Friday night. This is in fairness to the Saturday vendors, as some do not arrive until Saturday morning.)
Registration Sign-In from 9-10
Open from 10:15 am-5:30 pm: Vendors
Open from 10:15 am-3:00 pm: Treasure Tickets Table
Some vendors may close during lunch break from 12-1.
8:00 am · Vendor and Room Setup Begins
9:00 am · Sign-in, Setup, and Socializing
Sign in and pick up your name badge, door prize and gift bag, then claim a spot at a round guest table, display your dolls, complete the icebreaker, and meet new people.
If you already signed in on Friday, show your badge at the side door for fast entry.
10:00 am · Opening words
Welcome by Jane Easterly, announcements.
10:15 am · Vendors officially open
Vendor booths are officially open for business. Most people prefer to spend the morning shopping, but there will also be a puzzle table, and you can browse the dolls on display at the guest tables.
12:00 noon · Lunch Break!
We recommend you don’t go far; perhaps grab some fast food across the street. Local food options are listed on our Location page. If you ordered and paid for the catered lunch when you registered, it will be available at this time in the Grove Room.
1:00 pm · Dress Like Your Doll Costume Parade
Whether in jeans and a t-shirt or a full cosplay, each participant (and each doll) gets a turn in the spotlight. Pick up an entry slip at the Information Table and be ready to parade across the stage at noon. A judge will choose winners to receive prizes. Any kind of doll (Blythe, BJD, Smart Doll, etc.) is welcome in this event.
1:20ish · Dress Like Your Doll Winners announced, followed by a group photo
Dress Like Your Doll contest winners will be announced. After photos of all the contestants and the winners are taken, we’ll take a quick group photo of everyone at PUDDLE who wants to participate.
1:30 pm · Custom Contest Setup in Elk Room
Entry forms will be available starting at 9am. Bring your entries to the Elk Room at 1:30 pm for set up. All entries will be automatically entered in the Best in Theme category, but you will be able to enter in just that category as well.
2:00pm · Custom Doll Contest Entries Close
All contest entries must be on display before judging. Doors will close and judging will begin after the final entries have been placed. Once doors close for judging, they will not re-open until fan voting begins around 2:45, so make sure your entry gets in there on time! Entry forms and more information will be available at the Information Table.
2:30 pm · Cake!
Enjoy a piece of cake after lunch.
2:30-3:15 pm · Workshop
Free workshop in the Grove Room: Pullip Modification with Taylor Armstrong.
2:45 pm-3:45 pm · Fan Favorite Voting
Everyone can vote for their favorite contest entries. The top Fan Favorite in each category will win a prize. Your voting slip is in your gift bag; turn in voting slips at the Information Table.
3:00 pm · Treasure Tables Close
Treasure ticket bags will close at 3:00 pm sharp to draw winners for all regular treasure items and prepare for prize distribution. Treasure tickets will be available throughout the day at the Treasure Ticket Table, except for noon to 1:30 pm.
4:00 pm · Treasure and Contest Winners Announced, Final Announcements
Treasure item winners will be announced, then live drawings will be done to choose the winners of the Special Treasure items. Contest winners will also be announced.
Immediately after the final announcements, contest winners are invited in to the Elk Room to receive their prizes. Everyone else is invited to view and photograph the winners.
5:00 pm · All Vendors Close, last chance socializing and clean-up
Vendor booths close. (Some booths may close earlier.) Get your new friends’ contact info to stay in touch, then help us clean up the room.
5:30 pm · Official close of PUDDLE
The event is officially over, but that doesn’t mean you have to go home just yet!
6:30ish · Group dinner out somewhere? Or in the lobby?
We will eat in the hotel restaurant if it is open.
8:30ish-? · Pajama Party & BST
Relax and chat in the hotel lobby. This is a great time to conduct any last-minute trades or purchases. Vendors are welcome to offer for sale any items that didn’t sell during the day.