The Plains Art Museum Gala

Ever notice how ‘What the hell’ is always the right answer?
-Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn, honey, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I will pretty much skip anything and everything I should be doing in favor of a great party.

So when a friend offered me tickets to The Plains Art Museum Gala, one of the biggest fundraisers in town, I was all in. My first calls were to Liz and Robyn. In addition to being two of the most fun people I know, are also on the short list of friends who could have come up with a semi-formal outfit and a matching hat (since the gala had a hat theme this year) on a few hours notice.
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Since I momentarily forgot which side my hat – which might, technically, be a fascinator, I’m not sure – was on in the first picture, here’s a close-up. Isn’t my ridiculous ’80s hair wonderfully distracting?
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If you’re interested in learning how we made/cobbled together our hats, just leave a comment in the comments section and your wish is my command.

So, I fully intended to be a serious fashion blogger at this event. I planned on taking artsy photos and getting witty little interviews with the artists in attendance РI had a notebook and pen in my evening bag and everything!  But, true to form, I was totally distracted by the other guests (hats are a great conversation starter) and the fantastic food and wine.
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Robyn and the candied bacon got along famously.

Then it was off to tour the art auction and the galleries.
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We ran into our beautiful and talented friend Megan…DSC04947
who was also wearing a lovely hat….
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…and met this guy, who insisted on taking a photo with us. Apparently, shoes were optional at this point.
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Oh, did I mention we made our local paper? I went to work on Monday and discovered a picture of the three of us against this pretty brick wall in the variety section and giggled as I drank my coffee.

Then the rest of the evening passed in a lovely rush of chatter and color as we danced to soul standards and ate way too many fantastic desserts.
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I love it when party photos get a little blurred like this because this is how parties look in my memory.

I went into this event not sure what to expect and was thrilled to find it was a great time. It had all the elements I think a great party requires: good music, a diverse guest list (with a few wild cards thrown in for good measure), lots of drinks, something to talk about and plenty of dark corners for intimate conversation.

What’s your secret ingredient for a great party?

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