A few weeks ago Liz said she wanted to throw a garden party so I jumped in to help. We managed to pull off a spectacular garden party for 10 women in a matter of three days. It was a crazy whirlwind of creativity, but it came out beautifully and I’d happily do it again. Only next time, we need MORE FLOWERS, an assistant, a dedicated photographer and an extra few hours to get everything together. Totally serious!
Day one: Spur of the moment invites (a text message saying “hey we’re throwing a garden party!) went out.
Day two: we went shopping and came up with a game plan of how we were going to set everything up.
Day three: woke up early to prep everything.
On the day of the party we only needed to run out to get ice and more flowers the day of. Liz is the hostess with the mostess so she didn’t ask anyone to bring anything. We started prepping food, flowers and place settings at about 7am the day of the party. (Guests started arriving around noon.) As the start time grew closer, we stored what we could in the fridge and kept a lot of food hot in the oven. There’s always that mad rush right before guests arrive. I ran upstairs to quick throw on my dress and make up on and Liz being the wonder woman that she is, managed to create another 2 bouquets of flowers, clean the kitchen and whip up the salad by the time I got downstairs.
I started to take photos of the set up, but then my camera SD card ran out of room. Next time, I’ll make sure to hire a photographer so that I can focus on greeting guests as they arrive and not worry about capturing photos.
I wore this fit and flare lace maxi dress in the color ‘Rose Petal’ for the party. How appropriate is that color, right? It actually comes in seven different colors! It has a beautiful tiered skirt that runs extra long (I am 5’9″ for reference and I’m wearing about 3.5 inch heels in these photos.) However, the skirt traps heat in and I kept tripping on the skirt trying to run around in heels. Next time, I’ll wear either their midi version or sheath dress which is also available in a ton of colors!
I’ve actually worn another midi dress by this same brand in this post. A much sexier version that I’d reserve for a semi-formal occasion such as a wedding or fancy dinner party. Their dresses do fit a bit snug without any stretch so go up if you’re in between sizes!
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This past weekend I got to celebrate my birthday with a little Sunday funday at the Marina Del Rey Hotel. I woke up to see them setting up nautical decor by the pool for their Sunday Boat House Pool Party. The hotel went all out for this event. The DJ was blasting great music and I was singing Whitney Houston
in Tony’s ear at the top of my lungs. Their house cocktails are amazing by the way. I suggest two in particular, the Rosé All Day and the Senorita Cantarita are amazing.
This pool party is such a hidden gem in Marina Del Rey. The location is great, there’s always a cool ocean breeze, the view of the Marina is beautiful, and the food is delicious! I would rather come to this pool party than any other in Los Angeles. Also, it’s never overly crowded which makes getting a drink from the bar or finding an open chair that much better.
When I heard there was a boat house theme of course I had to grab my captain’s hat, some vintage sunnies, and a nautical neck tie. My swimsuit is a style that flattering on all body types and my wedges were also very comfortable and pool party appropriate (plus they’re on sale!!)
The hotel parties will be going on every Sunday now through September 3rd with different DJs every weekend. There are also going to be weekly themed events, poolside games, luaus, and tournaments!! The parties are open to the public (21+ for non- hotel guests, no cover charge just $4 parking!) Day beds and cabana rentals are available for bottle service and food/beverage minimums.
I’ll definitely be coming back a few times this summer. If you see me, say hello! Click HERE to find out more about the Sunday Boat House party.
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