The palms were swaying in the warm beach breeze during the sunset, and then moonlight was suddenly shining down, and we had an AMAZING November evening at our “Party at the Palms” Moms’ Night Out at the Hotel Palms! Presented by Hover Girl Properties, our guests mingled in the private courtyard and beer and wine lounge, relaxed in the outdoor seating areas and snuck a peek into the newly renovated, airy and oh-so-beachy chic guest rooms. Confession: We felt like we were in a private beach bungalow and were ready to stay all night!
The live music by fellow mom and songbird Mere Woodward set the tone for a beautiful evening with friends. Mezza Restaurant and Bar offered delicious bites including farro/quinoa salad, smoked fish dip with crudites and lamb meatballs. If you haven’t been to Mezza, we highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant for a date night, family night or even happy hour with your girlfriends! Alleycakes Bakery provided the sweetest (and cutest) display of desserts — we couldn’t choose just one, and thankfully, we didn’t have to! From cake pops to candy-bar brownies, these bites were just the icing on the cake for the night, and we were lucky to have Ali herself and her business partner Rachel join us to spend time with guests on this special night.
Attendees were also treated to the Cortello Braid Bar with unique styles perfect for a fun night out and offered must-have product swag bags to take home. Carrie Wilson Makeup dazzled us with mini-personal consultations, makeup tips and her Carrie Wilson Makeup Collection from her new makeup studio in Riverside. By appointment only, she provides makeup lessons, small makeup parties, special occasion makeup, bridal trial makeup and has her product collection available for sale. She still continues to do house calls, home parties and special events but is so excited to extend her brand and have a place to call home. Located at 1662 Stockton St. in Jacksonville.
Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery , North Florida’s premier plastic surgery center, staff joined us as well to provide great info on plastic surgery services as well as their skin care specialists who offer aesthetician services, skincare consultations and makeup recommendations.
Sip & Scrap wowed us with their easy tutorial for DIY bath bombs in scents of green tea lemon and mandarin, also treating guests with a take-home DIY bath bomb kit for some post-party relaxing. Sip & Scrap offers events each month that feature a local artist as the instructor, food and beverages from a local restaurant and a great time with friends. Private parties are also available, with options for moms’ night in, bachelorettes, bridal showers, kids’ birthdays and more!
And what Moms’ Night Out isn’t complete without a little retail therapy? We were treated to the best in apparel and accessories from the mobile Belle of the Boulevard truck and Rethreaded pop-up shop, as well as a sweet introduction to peach® with on-the-spot bra fittings in the privacy of one of the Hotel Palms guest rooms — and did we mention they have the coziest lounge apparel, too? And we of course oohed and ahhed over the baubles and bags at Stella & Dot and dazzled with Infinity Headbands.
We also were happy to chat with fellow mom and attorney, Jennifer Singh with Legacy Law Planning Group, who provided invaluable information about her Child Protection Plan and Estate Planning Services. This was the perfect atmosphere to chat casually about how easy the process is and get more information.
Guests also got to stop in to the Hotel Palms Swag Suite to grab their swag bags as a special thanks for attending — these were full of amazing goodies by our swag sponsors and several lucky guests also went home with fabulous door prize giveaways brought to you by these sponsors: Jaffi’s, KYDS, Southern Grounds, Sailors Siren, Neat, Intuition Ale Works, Dang Foods, May Designs, Tsamma Juice, Bonjour Wax, Lara Casey, Green Label Roasters, JaxBrewBus, Bella Lina Bath, Bresh, Bottle and Bottega, Mox Shoes, Bark Thins, Natti Bar, The Lotion Company, Smart n Comfy and more! Our Swag Suite also had a delicious charcuterie board for one last nibble, compliments of Southern Grounds.
Special thanks to Deanna at Pink Pelican Photography for capturing the incredible photos and fun from the evening! If we haven’t said it enough already, the Hotel Palms is a beautiful place to stay and we hope you make plans soon. Got holiday guests? Book them a room or enjoy a little staycation in the New Year. Now through February 28, 2017, you can enter the promo code “JAXMOMS” when booking a reservation online and receive 10% off your room.
And thanks again to Hover Girl Properties for presenting this evening. If you missed this MNO, don’t worry — we are planning events for 2017 and will have some exciting event announcements soon!