Thanks BSaphire for giving us a head's up about the patio, it was much appreciated. To avoid any sort of conflict we moved the tea to the courtyard near the Hilton and it worked out decently well. We did miss the tables, but the space gave us room to organize some crack pairings. Plus we avoided the trouble of having to butt heads with anybody.
I did feel that the Kuroshitsuji gathering was a bit of a fire hazard on the convention floor lobby, so perhaps we'll have to find somewhere else to hold our gathering.
All in all, great Fanime. I loved that the staff at the peace-bonding station always asked where I'd like the zip-tie to be. Mine were visible, but my roommates didn't mind having to stop and show their "concealed" (hidden at the base of guards) zip-ties when asked - they preferred not having them show during photos even though they were asked several times about peace-bonding.
A big thanks to the people who kept everything running smooth and, especially, to BSaphire herself.
My one complaint would be that sometimes I was approached by staff not wearing the headset or the shirt (or anything else distinguishing them from other con-goers) and was told to move or that I needed to get something peace-bonded (which was when I was on my way over). Being approached like this confused me more than anything else. I think I often gave them a blank stare and then hesitantly complied or just walked off.