Well what can I say? If you missed #GirlsNightOut, then you missed an amazing event. This is the 3rd #GNO that MsIndependent has hosted, starting with our first event that launched in April 2016. We first gave you a sneak peek into the event with the previous blog post The Unicorns are Coming, where you were introduced to our sponsors, vendors, participating bloggers, and more. This is the first themed #GNO I've ever hosted, and since the event is all about social media, of course we had to jump on the unicorn trend ( before the Starbucks Frapp). As you can tell by the photos below, and our feature in Houston Press, it was the best decision ever. Here is a recap of our magical evening.
Verts Meditterean Grill was our food sponsor for the event, but just 72 hours before the big day they were only committed to providing pita chips and hummus. Of course this had me freaking out, stressed, and in a mad dash to find enough food for an estimated 130 people that wouldn't take away from our committed donation to Meals on Wheels. Berryhill Baja Grill came to our rescue by offering us chips and salsa, and A Stronger U Fitness agreed to become a sponsor ( 24 hours before the event) and those funds went toward purchasing Greek wraps from Target, and Mediterranean bites from Fadi's Mediterranean Grill.
Icon Bartenders and Waitstaff joined us for the last #GNO event, and did such an exceptional job that we had to have them back . The hit drink of the night including cotton candy and gin.
Local bloggers designed our flatlay displays featuring sponsored items. Guests were given the opportunity to win giveaway items by snapping a pic of their flatlays.
Bloggers from left to right: Shasie - Live Life in Style @livelifeinstyle, Brandy - Authentically B @authentically.b, Karinn - Feed the Curves @feedthecurves and Ashley - New Mom In a New Era @newmominanewera.
Every #GNO has something unexpected, and this year was no different. Jenaan, an amazing talented belly dance artist and performer thrilled the crowd with her hips that don't lie, but apparently can balance a sword. A real sword! After about a half hour performance, a few ladies in the crowd joined in to shake up their week and let loose.
Ladies were treated to chair massages from Who Wouldn't Want a Massage, and eyebrow waxing from Waxing the City. An even better treat was the unicorn themed outfits that some of our guests wore. I wanted to created a fun and relaxed environment that made women feel like they could let their hair down and just have fun. I'd say the pink wigs and unicorn headbands says mission accomplished!
I love seeing all the fun Instagram shares and stories after an event like this. Here are just a few pics from event goers.
Photo By: @thebarbieazteca
Photo by: @travelingkaylj
Photo By : pr_kristyna
Laura Stridiron has been with me throughout the majority of the planning process posting, researching, sending emails, and managing day of activities. She deserves a medal, but I hope she'll take a sincere thank you.
Stephanie Paige assisted with day of event, decor, making an ice run, and pretty much any random thing that came up. She is a sweet hear, a constant support, and someone that I am happy to have as a friend.
Jordan Robinson us a local chef and baker, and apparently a God-sent. This is the genius behind those unicorn cakepops, but she also stayed to help set up the dessert and food table. I am so grateful for all her help, talent, and creativity.