When A Man Loves A Woman (He Throws Her A Big Party With Lots of Chocolate)

In February 2007, I put together a spur of the moment Girls’ Night Out as a Valentine’s present for my wife. I called all her friends in the neighborhood, but there were only ten that were home or that were able to make it: my wife Fauneil, Jessica Stevenson, Jill Jacoby, Liz Ellis, JaNae Wright, Mindy Gledhill, Emily Craig, Melanie Howland, Jen Dalley, and Karen Taylor. Since then, this event has become an annual tradition (limited to ONLY those ten girls), and we are going on our 5th year of Girls’ Night Out (now called GNO, for short). I build up the event through out the year with mini-gifts and mailers. One of the girls moved up to Boise, Idaho, but still comes down every year for the event.

THE RULES

-No Kids

-No Men

-No Boredom

-No Food, Unless It’s Delicious

Each year has a different theme with its own logo, special events, and gifts.

2007

THEME:

$150 cash, and do what ever you want.

ACTIVITIES/FOOD:

Dinner at Macaroni Grill

Shakes at Red Robin

Hang out and talk

GIFT:

None the first year.

2008

GIRLS NIGHT OUT 2008

THEME:

Good Friends, Good Food and Pedicures

FOOD:

Dinner – BBQ Baby Back Ribs & Cole Slaw

Desert – Chocolate Fondue

ACTIVITIES:

Hired beauty salon to come in and give everyone pedicures

Hang out and talk

GIFT:

A bag of manicure/pedicure goodies.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT 2008 TOES PIC

GIRLS NIGHT OUT RIBS

GIRLS NIGHT OUT 2008 FONDUE

GIRLS NIGHT OUT CAKE

GIRLS NIGHT OUT GIRLS

 

2009

GIRLS NIGHT OUT 2009 LOGO

THEME:

Pretty in Pink: Woman Power

FOOD:

Dinner – Penne with Vodka Sauce

Desert – Chocolate Cake on Raspberry Sauce

ACTIVITIES:

Hired speaker to present on the topic “Woman Power”

Hang out and talk

GIFT:

T-shirts that said, “In case you are wondering, I’m Superwoman.”  You can see them in some of the photos.

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2010


THEME:

Heavy On Dessert. (I cooked a light dinner and oodles of desserts.)

FOOD:

Homemade Tomato, Cream of Broccoli, and Spicy Sausage Soups. Asian Salad.

Deserts –

Homemade Banana Cream Pie

Bananas Foster

Decadent Chocolate Cake

Sweet Tooth Fairy Cupcakes

My Wife’s Famous Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

To Die For Lemon Silk

Poached Pears

ACTIVITIES:

Hang out and talk.

Eat LOTS of made-from-scratch desserts.

Note: They made an exception and brought one of the girl’s new born baby.

GIFT:

A box of even more deserts. Cookies, brownies, etc.

 


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