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  1. Friday, August 2, 2013

    Friday Show and Tell: SocialLuxe Lounge!

    This week’s Show and Tell is all about the 2013 Clean & Fresh SocialLuxe Lounge for two reasons:

    1. It took over my life the last few weeks, so there is little else to share!
    2. The party was WONDERFUL and I want to show it off!

    First off, since I like to share music with you in these weekly posts, be sure to check out the SocialLuxe party playlist for this year. It’s pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.

    socialluxe party

    This is the fourth SocialLuxe Lounge party that Marie, Allison and I have thrown together. I have to say, we’re getting pretty good at this. Every year we say it’s the last one because it just about kills us, and ever year we do it again. And ever year when I look around the room and see what we’ve pulled together, I have to admit it is pretty awesome and it was {maybe} worth all the work!

    This year Cottonelle was our title sponsor and they were wonderful! You can read more about their awesomeness here.

    cottonelle space web

    Ubisoft was also a sponsor and provided gaming fun for the party! They were also wonderful to work with and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Just Dance Kids game this fall!


    ProFlowers once again provided the flowers for our party and the flowers were, once again, BEAUTIFUL. This year I had a host of volunteers there to help me assemble the bouquets and we had a great time!

    flower crewPictured: Rachel (Marie’s niece), Antoinette, me and Virginia

     ONE was also at the party to meet with party attendees. I love doing anything I can to support them, so I’m glad we could get them involved with the party! If you want even more music to listen to, be sure to check out ONE’s agit8 campaign. Cool stuff!

    one web

    As always, we had massage, henna, nails, hair and makeup for everyone at the party to partake of. I told the massage therapist that I was going to take her home in my pocket. For some reason she is still in Chicago.




    Sonnet James provided me with my dress for the party (see photo below!). It was super cute and I got tons of compliments. They funded a Kickstarter campaign that completed yesterday, so right now you can pre-order dresses. Check them out here!

    Our gift bags were filled to the brim with goodies. I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of those goodies with you over the coming weeks and months!

    jazz hands

    allison jane marie socialluxe

    And, as usual, the best part for me was working with Allison and Marie. The friendships I’ve forged with these two women organizing this party year after year are priceless.

    Yay, SocialLuxe! You were great and I’m glad you’re over! Time to enjoy the rest of summer! PHEW.

    Photography sources: Jane’s iPhone and CL Buchanan

  2. I {Heart} Cottonelle and My New Best Friend is British

    As you know, I co-hosted SocialLuxe Lounge last week in Chicago. When Cottonelle approached us wanting to be the title sponsor for this year’s event, we jumped at the chance! I’ve used Cottonelle forever and was happy to work with a brand that I already knew and loved!

    cottonelle space web

    cottonelle table web

    Cottonelle was a fabulous title sponsor. Their space at the party was ADORABLE. Cherry Healey is the brand ambassador for Cottonelle. Since she is British, they went with a British theme and it couldn’t have been more cute and fun! Everyone was ready to “talk bums” at the party!

    cherry healey and cottonelle | thisweekfordinner.comPictured: Allison, Me, Cherry, Marie

    Cherry was even more adorable than the cute signs and toilet paper flowers. We chatted for a while and it felt like we’d known each other for years. Whether she likes it or not, I am her new American BFF.

    bathroom sign web

    cherry sign web

    Cottonelle has launched a “Let’s talk about your bum” campaign to inform everyone about the Cottonelle Care Routine, which includes using both toilet paper and flushable wipes. This is a food blog, so we don’t need to go into much detail, but we can say this: following the Cottonelle Care Routine is just better! While we were stuffing the swag bags the day before the party, one of my good blogging friends Dawn was telling us she had never followed the “care routine” until Cottonelle sent her samples in the mail. As she tossed swag into the bags she exclaimed with delight, “I loved it!”

    let's talk about your bum | cottonelle |

    Side note: last time we bought wipes, Nate grabbed the Kirkland brand instead of Cottonelle. The Kirkland wipes are terrible. For real. I hate them. Cottonelle is WAY better and I will never cheat on them again!

    Big thanks to Cottonelle for being our title sponsor and making the party wonderful!

    Keep calm and wipe on! 😉

    This post was sponsored by Cottonelle but all opinions are most decidedly my own!