Ooh La La! Paris Art Party

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Oui, oui and finally, here are some of the fun snapshots of the setting from our Paris Art Party.

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To set the stage, we created a Parisian candy bar with apothecary jars, hat boxes, rhinestone tiaras, Eiffel Tower centerpieces and other assorted goodies.

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 We transformed our multi-purpose garden cart into a mini flower stand for the beverage station. Pink lemonades for the little girls and Ooh La La Wine for the ladies.

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The torrential rain and winds the day before made our cafe’ backdrop a little saggy but it served the purpose of setting the stage!

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Eiffel tower centerpieces, party cups and fancy fold pink napkins made the tables look really festive and sweet.

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 Gorgeous ruffly confections – pretty custom cupcakes and more ruffles on the cake for cutting – from Cake by Heather. 

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This pale pink glass cake stand is my very favorite display option for a beautiful cake.

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They say, “Happy girls are the prettiest girls!” How could you not be happy in cute Parisian berets and pink Eiffel Tower headbands?

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The littlest guests loved the fun tutus, jaunty scarves and Parisian berets. The birthday girl loved her custom party sash too!

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 Party Styling: GirlfriendGalas, Photography: Alyssa Campbell Photography, Cakes: Cake by Heather.

Outlander Love – The Latest Gossip!

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We have a confession – and a new OBSESSION! We’ve fallen face-first into the Outlander Book Series – all 8 whopping 1000 page books! Thank goodness for the Kindle or we’d practically have carpal tunnel from holding the hefty tomes! Although maybe it would’ve been a good arm workout – hmmmm! We know that we’re very TARDY to this particular party since the first book was published in 1991. We’d heard about it for AGES, but never made the leap. When we saw the show was coming to Starz, we decided we’d better get to it. We adored the gorgeous Starz mini-series, “The White Queen” based on the Phillipa Gregory books which we totally devoured one right after the other. The book IS always better than the movie but there’s nothing like watching your favorite characters come to life onscreen. And Jamie and Claire – SIGH!!!! The books are incredible and totally addicting and we have absolutely jumped on the bandwagon! Like so many others, we have become all about Outlander! When we saw this fabulous article in Vanity Fair about tomorrow night’s episode, “The Wedding” calling it “some of the year’s sexiest television,” we got positively GIDDY with excitement! We’ve enjoyed the first […]

New Girlfriend Getaway Car

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 Now this calls for a ROAD TRIP! This week, I took my cute little sensible car in for an oil change.  I left the dealership with a Mini Cooper. OOPS! I know many of you are mothers, maybe even {gasp} grandmothers with more concerns about car seats, cup holders and storage than an itty bitty European sports car allows. I get it. I respect it.  But I happen to be a different part of the equation.  While my sister and bestie, Janna, deals with tumbling, tennis lessons and field trips, it’s just little ole me in my household.  My niece is big enough for shotgun now, so I’ve ditched the booster seat that once resided permanently in the back seat.  I can officially move to awesome, cool, favorite aunt mode! There is NOTHING sensible about this unexpected purchase other than it makes this single, childless 30-something feel like a wild and crazy gal! Will I regret it? As I organized a trunk the size of a postage stamp, I wondered that myself.  But you know what I was organizing?  – an emergency kit I hope I never need, shopping totes I usually forget to take into the grocery and a […]

Super Summer Reads – by Kristine the Librarian

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Hey girlfriends! Hope that your summer is going GREAT! We’re gearing up for a Girlfriend Getaway next week and pondering what books to pack in our beach bag! We sent a quick note to our girlfriend, Kristine the Librarian. Yes, she’s really a librarian! So cool, right!?! We’ve known her since middle school and still turn to her when we need a good read! She graciously offered to share some of her faves for the summer! Read on! Have you already planned your summer vacation? I have. My vacations are either jam-packed with activities and sight-seeing or spent sitting in a porch swing looking out over mountains or relaxing by the pool. The latter always involves a….BOOK! When I am ready to relax, I relax fully. I take this time to clear my mind by reading something entertaining; nothing too heavy, something sweet, probably silly, even funny. Sit back, yes relax, and check out this summer reading list – there is something for everyone… I love chick lit. I know it can be fluffy, but, my blood pressure goes down, my lips curl UP, and I sleep through the night (or afternoon). Marian Keyes is a champion of chick lit; her books […]

Happy Mother’s Day from the Girlfriends!

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 To all of the fabulous moms out there, we hope that today is filled with the many wonderful gifts of family and friends.  xoxo,  Janna & Joli  

To Our Favorite Peeps Today!

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Hope that you all had a happy Easter Sunday! Wishing all of our favorite peeps much happiness today and every day!

Girlfriend Galas featured in HGTV Magazine

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We were thrilled to have our hot pink melamine cake stand appear in this month’s HGTV Magazine! Rumor has it, we may be in upcoming issue as well. We’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, here is the feature! Have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers, Janna

Mardi Gras & Masquerade Party Ideas

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We love everything about Mardi Gras and are so excited to share some fun ideas for Mardi Gras and Masquerade parties. This is a great theme that can be used throughout the year – not just on Fat Tuesday! As you prepare, think bright, bold colors and rich textures! Mardi Gras colors are traditionally gold, deep purple and bright green. I add touches of hot pink and fuchsia too! I love to use velour or velvet fabric swatches, sequined table runners, feather boas and beads. Add some inexpensive masks, feathers and props and you have decadent and rock star cool party decor!  If you are unfamiliar with Creole or Cajun cuisine, the menu might seem intimidating but is actually very easy. Almost any grocery store will have the necessities! Zatarain’s makes boxed side dishes that you can whip up in 30 minutes or so. My fave is red beans & rice but they have jambalaya and gumbo mixes also. Add onions, peppers and andouille sausage and it makes a great meal.  A seafood gumbo (stew) is another simple one pot option! If you want an authentic Southern vegetable dish, greens are easy to cook too. You can usually find bagged collards or turnips in the salad section. […]

Happy Heart Day!

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My love affair with black and white stripes continues! The crisp contrast just speaks to me! I also had lots of black and white (referee stripe) bags, tags and treats left over from the Super Bowl Party (I know, I know, I haven’t posted pictures yet, but I hope to get them up before NEXT YEAR’S big game!) It made sense to continue the theme this Valentine’s Day. I had SEVERAL projects that I completed just in the nick of time – TONIGHT! So I wanted to share in case you’re scrambling at the last minute for some easy ideas. You know, I’m all about EASY! I got assigned the fun task of putting together the teacher & staff Valentine goodies for the elementary school. Here is my little display that I will set up in the teacher’s lounge tomorrow morning. The black and white bags are filled with black and white candies – salt water taffy, licorice mints and spearmint life savers (love that smell). I love that the black and white makes it seem a bit more sophisticated. Next up  – the munchkin’s teacher and family gifts! They get the good stuff – ban.do baby! This line of […]