Every month, the Flash Bash team plans Pop Up Parties in Wilmington. We style a beautiful event space downtown, offer champagne and cupcakes, and lead attendees through a creative project. We make sure to leave lots of time for sipping champagne and chatting with their friends (or making new ones!) We call them parties, and not classes, because we really work to make each event feel super special. Don’t get us wrong - we love a good art class. Still, the project is secondary to the social connection and fun atmosphere we work to foster. We want people to be able to come alone and leave with a new girlfriend, or plans for a coffee date.
If you’ve ever attended a Pop Up Party, you know this story. We’re gonna tell it again anyways (Sorry!). Two years ago, Kelly & Kelci actually met at an art class. Kelly had just moved to Wilmington, and Kelci had moved to town a couple years before that. They sat down next to each other at a calligraphy class, and the rest is history! So needless to say, classes and events that encourage creativity and new friendships are kind of what we’re all about.
Last month, the Flash Bash team hosted our first ever Galentine’s Day workshop and market. When we started planning the event, we knew we wanted it to feel like a celebration of women, friendship, and life’s little pleasures. Since that’s pretty much our priority for every event we plan - we knew we really had to kick it into high gear. We pretty much asked ourselves, “What would Leslie Knope do?” And we did that.
When the night finally arrived, we were so excited to share a cozy and inclusive environment with 20+ of WIlmington’s coolest ladies. In addition to our project (marbled clay jewelry dishes - so freakin’ cute!) we invited several local girl bosses to set up booths. What better way to spend Galentine’s day than crafting, sipping, and treating yourself to a few new goodies, right? We even had a card making station set up for those that weren’t interested in shopping, or anyone who wanted to send a little love note to their bestie.
Arguably our favorite part of the night was when we started with an icebreaker. Instead of the usual questions though, we asked everyone what their favorite thing was about the friend they came with, or their BFF. GUYS. There were so many sweet and empowering moments from this little introduction alone. So many hugs and "I love you's" were shared - Kelly and Kelci may have teared up a little bit. (Don't judge us.) At the end of the icebreaker, we toasted to women and how freaking awesome we are. It was magical.
Scroll on for a little inspiration - you should totally throw a Galentine's party for your best gals next year.
After looking through these photos, we feel like every day should be Galentine’s Day. Girls can dream. Until then, we’ll keep planning our fun Pop Up Parties, and start storing away ideas for next year’s part-ay!
Happy (belated) Galentine’s Day to all you amazing babes out there!