I had a launch party for my book, The Girl’s Guide to Survival (buy a signed copy here
) at Patritti Wines
on Friday night! I know, I can hardly believe it either! It was a fabulous night and it seemed to go by in a minute. So many lovely friends and family turned up to help celebrate and the staff at Patritti Wines were marvelous. There are so many photos from the night, so warning – this post has a crazy number of pics! Grab yourself a drink and settle in….
Oh my, so much planning and pinning to Pinterest went into the decorating! There were so many things that didn’t end up happening but I love how it turned out. Outside, I went with simple, battery operated fairy lights from ebay and a blown up book cover, printed at Officeworks. The signs were just Kraft paper printed at home and stuck to blue scrapbook card. I kept it simple and used empty wine bottles and wooden pegs covered in washi tape to display them. Black plastic tablecloths covered the trestle and we jazzed it up with gold stickers (ebay) and some homemade bunting.
Some say brownies don’t go with champagne but I think they’re wrong! I made 10 batches of my brownie recipe
(which is also in the book) and asked Stef from Fun Cakes
to make me some edible toppers. The brownies went over so well, quite a few were wrapped in napkins and stowed in handbags! I made 125 and not a single one was left. I found the wooden cutting boards, cheese knives and napkins at my local cheapy shop. We made a special trip to Costco for the cheese, crackers, pretzels and fruit. Got to have lemon lime or cucumber mint water, right?
The Guest Book & Favours
My awesome guest book was a special order from Miss Megs Etsy shop
. I adore it and she was such a breeze to work with. I gave out painted wooden spoons as party favours and they were a hit! I’ll have a post on how we painted them up soon.
What I Wore
I really wanted to feel comfortable in my outfit. It had to be something that felt ‘me’. After hunting around, I found these adorable book print cotton/linen fabric panels on eBay and knew I was going to make a half circle skirt. The pattern is so busy, I couldn’t imagine wearing a skirt like that with anything but black, so I decided black bias at the hem would help to ground it. Once I had that sorted, I saw the black & white alphabet stretch on Girl Charlee and decided to incorporate it into a tank top. It’s nice that it’s a skirt and a top, it means I can wear them again. I sensibly wore flats to set up and then changed into heels just as people arrived.
The lovely staff at Patritti
were wonderful and I think Rachel was almost as nervous as I was! It was the perfect venue for a smaller gathering like this. I love their wines (the Brut bubbly is my perfect drop) and everyone else did too. In fact they opened their tills and sold a few dozen wines on the night. If you’re in Adelaide, you should check them out, they’re just a minute from Marion shops.
I was amazed that people came out just for my little book! A huge thank you for coming and showing your support.
There were some family & friends (Ma, Pa, Gran, Deb, Jen, Grub, Teresa & Dennis) who couldn’t make it due to difficult medical situations – I love you all & know you wanted to be there, I hope these pics make you feel as though you were. It was wonderful, surreal and made me feel like the whole book thing was a reality! I only wish I had more time to catch up with people because I spend most of my time signing books! Which was nerve wracking, like that horrible pressure to spell everything properly when you’re writing out a birthday card but worse. It was so strange to write out a message and scrawl my name. I don’t know when it will start feeling right, at the moment I feel like I’m committing an act of vandalism! If you’d like me to vandalize a book for you, I will!
Thank you all and I’m off to sleep for a week xxxx