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Café events in honour of celebrating Korean pop idols are all the rage these days. I swear that every time I go to NU Sentral (especially on the weekend), almost all the cafes in the mall are packed with Kpop stans. What a great time to be a café owner, huh?

Anyway, when I looked into this phenomenon, I figured out that these gatherings of Kpop stans at these cafes are called ‘cup sleeve events’ because apparently when you purchase beverage at these cafes, you are entitled to get a special custom made cup sleeve, printed with awesome designs and the picture of the idol you’re celebrating.

Aside from that, there are countless of other freebies you can get when you attend such events. Things like photo cards, small banners and hand fans are everywhere. Kpop stans are really generous when it comes to distributing freebies to their fellow fans of the same boy band or girl group.

So, I have also looked into 3 major occasions that warrant these fans to organise a cup sleeve event for their favourite idols.

1. Birthday

The most common one. It’s just like a typical birthday party usually. On top of the cup sleeves and other freebies, there is also a custom designed cake. And every time I participate in a birthday event for a Kpop idol, the design of the cake is definitely the highlight of the event. Because these fans can get really creative with the cake designs and I’m always impressed with the effort they put into celebrating their favourite idol’s birthday.

2. Debut anniversary

Also common because each and every Korean pop group has a date that they treasure most because this date marks the beginning of their journey in the music industry. So, as this anniversary is important to the idols, it is also very important to the fans as well.

If birthday events are usually fun and celebrative, anniversary events are always celebrated with the sentiment of joy and pride, and sometimes, they can get a little bit touching. You can really see how proud these fans are as they celebrate their favourite artists’ beginnings and achievements.

3. Album release

Honestly, I’ve never attended one that celebrate an album release or launch. But I heard that there are fans who organise café events to celebrate their idols’ hard work in releasing their latest songs or videos. And sometimes, they are promoting their beloved group’s new song better than the group’s management company, which never fails to touch my heart on how dedicated these Kpop stans are.

So, as a conclusion, I would say that I foresee these café events to be even more popular as time goes by. The reason why? It’s all because of these dedicated fans who are looking to meet other people who are just like them and make friends in the process. Honestly, the solidarity amongst Kpop fans is always amazing.

In case you’re looking to make gathering events like these café events even more memorable and awesome, you can take it up a notch and use photo booth rental service. I mean, you get to immortalise the special moments with your old and new friends. Tired of distributing photo cards as freebies? Use that awesome creativity that you have as you design the cake to design cute custom made band t-shirts. An amazing way to promote the togetherness in Kpop community, indeed!