Just before my recent move, there was another big move that affected my group of close girlfriends...our dear friend Sarah accepted an awesome job in San Francisco and had to leave New York in only a few short weeks! Of course, we had to give her a proper city send-off and even though my apartment was pretty much a major disaster thanks to my moving prep, I decided to host the bon voyage gathering on my patio for old time's sake.
One of my favorite parts about hosting a girls' night is that you can go a little crazier with the colors and decor, so I dug into my party bin and pulled out all things pink and animal print...hey, go big or go home, right? I also came up with an...interesting flavor combination for our signature Welcome Shots (in my defense, I was trying to use up all of my almost-empty bottles before the move...my apologies to the ladies who experienced some frat party flashbacks with 99 Bananas!).
I picked up these cocktail napkins on our girls' trip to Vegas last summer, so it was only appropriate to bust them out for this last hurrah.
And now for my favorite part...the signature cocktail! Is there anything more whimsical, sweet, and girly than cotton candy? I took a mixed tub of pink and blue cotton candy and created sugar clouds to top our champagne flutes. Simply pour some prosecco over them for the ultimate girls' night out cocktail!
While this gathering wasn't nearly as elaborate as my typical events, it was wonderful to have our group all together before scattering across the county (ok, only Sarah was going cross-country, but we had some outer borough travelers and even a few from - gasp - New Jersey!). The cotton candy created a pretty, photogenic effect that came together with limited time and effort, so we could focus on the more important things like food and girl talk!
After all, there's nothing better than being with friends who can make you laugh!
Cheers to Sarah, and all of my ladies...until we're reunited again!