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Diner En Blanc

Hello Honeybees,

The inaugural Diner En Blanc Memphis is termine` & this Honeybee is tired. I’ve always wanted to attend a Diner En Blanc event especially after seeing them in other cities. Thanks to Instagram I’ve watched Diner En Blanc in NY, NJ and Baltimore but there is nothing like having my own personal experience.

 

First things first. What exactly is Diner En Blanc? That’s a blog post in itself. Click on this link to read about the history of the event and it’s traditions, which includes keeping the location secret.

Unless I’m waaaay out of the loop Memphians didn’t share the secret location, although I KNOW people had to know. Great job 901! Being in this public space overlooking the mighty Mississippi was symbolic. Thank you Victoria Young for bringing Diner En Blanc to not only Memphis but to Tennessee. Every detail was simply beautiful.

Second. This event is not for procrastinators. There is A LOT of planning that goes into making DEB an enjoyable experience. My table mate was my blogger boo Desiree at Mocha Divas. Our process was to divide & conquer. We split the preparations so that no one would be overwhelmed. We purchased our table,chairs & food from the e-store so that we wouldn’t have to transport them. Next year I’ll probably still get the table & chairs from the e-store but I’ll bring my own food.

Third. You must wear white. I was lucky that I had several white dresses to choose from so that part was easy. Next year I’ll look for something more flowly, it was H-O-T but that’s Memphis in the summer. Here are few of my favorites from the night

 

 

My shoe game happened by accident. I love it when that happens. What do think?

Fourth. There are rules to this process:

Transportation- we meet our awesome table leader at our designated location & WALKED to our secret location. It wasn’t far but… walking….in Memphis…in August, but it was all part of the experience & I enjoyed the sea of white walking through downtown. The tourists were really curious & we stopped several times to explain our adventure.

The tables. The tables are lined up to look like one super long picnic table. Every table is covered with a white tablecloth. Creativity really came out in the centerpieces & table settings.

The beginning & the end. After everything is set up dinner starts with the waving of the napkins (while there’s still daylight) & it’s officially over with the lighting of the sparklers (when it’s dark).

 

The Honeybee is NOT an outdoors person AT ALL but I am so glad that I put that aside and attended Diner En Blanc. Life is about living and enjoying every experience and I must say I really enjoyed this one.

 

 

Beewisdom- I’m just enjoying my life at the moment

Women Helping Women

Hello Honeybees,

When I was looking to shift into the nonprofit field I knew that I wanted to do something to help women and or children. I was blessed enough to be able to do just that.  Not only does my work involve women and the planning of children but my life outside of work does too.  In the last four weeks I have been involved in causes that positively affect the women of Memphis & Shelby County.

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Dress For Success Memphis        The Little Black Dress Event

This was my first year attending The Little Black Dress Event but it was also one of my first duties as a board member. The event was held at the beautiful Memphis Botanic Garden. This is one of the signature fundraising events for Dress For Success Memphis.  We were graced by the beautiful voice of Ms. Wyndie Oh & dined on some awesomely delicious food.  The night was great until I was outbid on an auction item….got to move faster next time.

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Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis    Power of the Purse Auction

This was my third year attending the Power of the Purse Auction.  My first year I was a guest, the second year I was a volunteer. This year I was a member of the host committee. Held at The University Club this auction was every woman’s dream. Everything from purses, shoes, jewelry, wine, art, spa packages to sports packages and more. There was even a special visit from the Glamorous Life girl herself, Ms Shelia E.

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A Step Ahead Foundation            Fifth Anniversary Celebration & Holiday Bazaar

I have worked at A Step Ahead for 4 years and it has changed my life. To know that the work that you do every day is helping to make a difference in the lives of women, especially young women is pretty good. We celebrated for two days.  Friday night was our anniversary celebration. Being decked out in our cocktail attire we sampled some of the best food in the city, enjoyed our signature LARCtini cocktail, shopped with vendors and auctioned a painting by local artist Jimpsie Ayers. On Saturday we had our annual holiday bazaar. Food trucks, vendors, a bouncy house & face painting for the kids. Both events were held at Lindenwood Christian Church.

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ASAF Photo Credit: http://rogercotton.com/

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I encourage you to visit the website for each of these wonderful organizations.  They along with many others are doing some great work for women in Memphis.  Don’t sit on the sidelines, help to make a difference in the 901.

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Beewisdom- If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.  Booker T. Washington

Hello Honeybees,

I love new experiences and recently I attended my first, but not my last, Chick Who Mix, The Southern Comfort Edition.

Talk about fun!!

The location was perfect.  300 South Main Gallery.  I love the South Main district. I hope to make it home one day.

The weather was HOT, HOT, HOT but inside was cool.

300 South Main Gallery

300 South Main Gallery

 

300 South Main Gallery Wall

The decor was festive and inviting.

Chick Who Mix

Drink Menu

Drink Menu

The food was just enough that you could have a little something on your stomach.  Alcohol on an empty stomach is not a good thing for me.

Refreshment Table

Refreshment Table

Everything that we needed to mix our drinks was provided in such a creative presentation.  Our bartender was so sweet and patient with us.

Liquor & Juice

Liquor & Juice

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I only knew one person before I got there but that was not the case by the time I left. I discovered that the person sitting next to me also loved to thrift and she owns one of my favorite cupcake shops.

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We mixed, laughed and had a great time. 

I enjoyed all of my drinks. The thing that I liked most was that I could make my drink as strong or not as strong as I wanted.  Since I’m not a heavy drinker. I made my drink to my liking.  I finished all of my first drink but I had to slow down after that.

Three drinks minus one

Three drinks minus one

This was a great way for me to kick off my birthday week. 

I even won the grand prize. The best chocolate in Memphis and the Mid-South.

Phillips Ashley Chocolates

Phillips Ashley Chocolates

If you would like to know more about Chicks Who Mix or its lovely host Kisha Bishop-Lanfair please visit www.Sisforsweet.com or S is for sweet on Facebook.

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 Beewisdom- “Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned