Last Friday I hosted my second crafting event, Galentines! The night went hand in hand with a surprise goodbye party for my friend, Sarah. She was supposed to leave this morning for Mississippi (see details here), but the snow postponed her trip. I'm extremely thankful for an extra 72 hours with this girl...even in a winter wonderland! Galentine's was a night full of DIYs, friends, drinks, and learning experiences. I'm excited to share photos and details from an evening with the ladies!
Each guest had their place set with gold dipped flatware, colorful napkins, a personal box of stickers, and all the tools needed to make their take-home craft. The menu consisted of a DIY shirley temple bar (full with beers/sangria/lemon water for those without a sweet tooth), lots of appetizers, a full pasta station, and an ice cream bar. The biggest lesson I learned is that I will not be doing a full meal at every event. Nope! Apps and snacks all the way. By the time we were ready to dig into the meal the pasta was cold, the sauces were no longer warm, the garlic bread was no longer heated to perfection, and we all were sooooo not hungry enough to eat a full plate of pasta. So I'll be leaving the full 3 course meal event to Friendsgiving alone! Additionally, I crafted adorable gem cocktail stirrers, painted gold lips on wine glasses (using this tutorial from sugar & cloth), put together skewer arrows for donut holes, and made a fantastic gluten free cake. (click thru for more)
Our night focused on making marbled ring dishes using this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. It was a great craft to do together! It was simple enough to talk everyone through and flexible enough with timing to do in stages Each one of the dishes were unique, and they were all adorable. Total win/win in my book.
Amidst the Valentine's Day decor there were some stabs taken at Sarah's trip - all in good taste of course! The cake so kindly read "GTFO" and there was a list filled with 10 things we loved about Sarah on the wall! We kept sneaking her gifts during the night (one of my favorites being a pail of lollipops that read 'you suck for leaving us') and held back tears for her upcoming journey. Can you tell I'm a bit of a mess?
I have to say that besides the cold pasta, stressful set-up, and watery eyes this event was a huge success! I love spending time with my good friends doing fun things. Can you believe all of us in the photos above have been friends since junior high-school? I cannot believe junior high was so long ago. Oh. My. God. We're getting oooooold. I'm so thankful to have friends from school though - I know it's something honestly special. Thank you all for sharing Galentine's with me! xoxoxox Courtney