Give Away and Charity Girlfriend Party

Last night was my Girlfriend Charity Party.  We get together each year and celebrate our friendships and wear our cute themed pajamas.
Each girl brings a gift for exchange that benefits a Charity of their choice.  It is always so heartwarming to see the beautiful gifts and the stories shared about why they give to this charity.  

We play games, eat, drink and just have a lot of fun.

This year with my home being so small I had it at a venue.  It was a cute garden room.  Even though it was 7 degrees outside we felt warm inside surrounded by pretty garden items.

We all sat around the pond for this picture.  

I started this party over 20 years ago when my girls were still very young.  Now that they are both grown they bring their friends to this party too.  It is just a fun night to share our friendships.

As you can see next to me on the sofa is Diana (Nana Diana).  Diana brings her two daughters to the party.  

They are Mindy the 4th over from the right in the back row, my daughter Kimmie next to Mindy and then Tara Diana's other daughter on the other side of Kimmie.  My older daughter Jen is the one in the first row without slippers on 5th over on the right.
The room was so pretty.  I wish I had more pictures but I got so busy and everyone else was having fun and forgot to.  Take my word this garden room is gorgeous.

Now for the Give Away!

I gave each girl a "In A Pikle" bag.  These are life savers.
You can put this bag in your purse or glove compartment of your car or desk drawer at work or just wear it as a wristlet.

In case you are ever in a "pikle" and need something for an emergency you have it in this bag.

Each bag contains flashlight, sewing kit, bandages, Tylenol, bobbie pins, shout outs etc.  

Great for any emergency at your desk at work, while in your car or just out and about.  If you have one of these in your purse, glove compartment, or desk drawer at your office you will be prepared for just about anything.


I bought these for each of the girls when In A Pikle was doing their charity drive.  Proceeds went to charity.
Each girl also got a goodie bag with chocolates, this cup to go coffee cup and a Starbucks gift card.

If you would like to be in this giveaway all you have to do is sign up for my posts to come into your email.  Just leave me a message that you have done this.  Make sure you are going to the right side of my side bar to sign up for email not the contact above on my blog.   That is it easy peasy.

I want to give a big hug and shout out to Linda from Life and Linda Blog and My Fairy Blog Mother.  If you have noticed a big difference to my blog it is because Linda worked her magic to give me this updated and pretty look.
I have not changed my blog since I started it 9 years ago and it really needed a facelift.  If you need a new blog design I would highly recommend you contact Linda.  You can click on the Button on my side bar above or click here: My Fairy Blog Mother.  Linda is so talented and really designs beautiful blogs that reflect your blog and style.  Thank you Linda.

Have a great new week ahead.

36 comments

  1. Kris, you're always so generous and these parties look like such a great time. I love that Diana and her girls come to hang with you and yours...and what a fun place to have an event. A little bit of summer in the winter, now that's my kind of party!! And I love, love, love what Linda did for you. She is amazing and I commented to her this weekend on Facebook that the design perfectly showcases your gorgeous decor!! Enjoy!! 💙

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  2. Looks like your party was a huge success, Kris. How wonderful that Diana and her girls could be there with you!! The venue you chose is perfect! Love all the things you do for your guests! Have a lovely Sunday.
    Smooches.
    Debbie
    xo

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  3. Wow! Looks like great fun! I signed up for the email. Your posts are always so fun and informative. You and your husband have done a great job with your home. I can't wait to see what you will be up to next! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. So happy your party was a success and old man winter cooperates, Kris! Your blog looks great. I'm already a subscriber, and will always be. You're a good soul.

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  5. Looks like such a fun Party. You always find the best gifts. I love the idea of a pikle bag. Great photo of the group Kris. You girls always have fun and the best, it's for charity. love it! Thank you Kris for the shoutout. It was my pleasure giving your blog a makeover. Enjoy and happy blogging! Feel free to share at my link party today, Love Your Creativity. xo

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  6. Hi Kris, I am so glad that your party was a huge success in spite of the bad weather yesterday. It’s wonderful that you all get together and special that Diana and her girls come too. I LOVE the new blog look and I hope you enjoy it. Congrats to you and enjoy. Hugs, Julie

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  7. Yay glad it was a success! Your group has grown! That wristlet bag looks like a good one to have on hand. Linda always does a great job updating blogs!

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  8. Hi, Yay, I am so happy everyone made it safe.
    I like the new look. It is beautiful. I love the colors.

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  9. I always love reading about your fun party! Your blog looks wonderful, Linda did a great job!

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  10. Love the new look to the blog, Kris. Linda truly is THE Fairy Blog Mother. She is so helpful and always answers questions.

    Anyway- We had a BALL at your party (as always)..and thank you for including my daughters. They love coming there, too. However, wish I had combed my hair before Mr.JunkChic took pictures.

    And, for all you gals that don't know- her hubby, Terry, is the sweetest man. As my Mindy said, "Terry has such kind eyes"....perfect eyes for a kind, sweet soul. Also, Kris is even more beautiful in person because her personality is part of her 'looks' if that makes sense. She is a riot in real life...and we have lots of laughs together. Good thing we don't live closer for I fear we would be a wicked match.

    Love ya, Kris-Thanks again. I am going to go pamper myself with a bit of my gift exchange. xo xo xo xo

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  11. What a great party, Kris! When I saw the first photo I was like, "Wait, what part of Kris' house is that?" Then I read that you rented a venue. I thought you had another room you hadn't showed us yet, lol! And yes, I love your new blog look. I need to contact the Fairy Blog Mother, too.

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  12. You know I always look forward to reading about your pajama party. You and all the look very cute.

    The tops Diana made are cute. Love the new headed.

    Cindy

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  13. just amazing, Kris. you are one of the most generous gals I've ever known. I still keep my pink car emergency bag in my car and we've used it multiple times. Especially when we were working here at the new place doing renovations and back and forth multiple times a week. you've saved the day more than once! love seeing all those sweet faces of your girlfriends and that lovely venue. you're a blessing to so many people; and those of us you've met here on the blog. love ya, dear!!

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  14. KRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a gorgeous job Linda did on your blog! Kudos to her! I was pleasantly surprised to open up your page to see your signature blue and white here and to see that your party got off to a wonderful start! At first I was thinking, "That doesn't look like Kris's house!" Oh YOU are so generous to not only plan each gift and offering of food but to get an entirely different venue...bless your soul my friend. I'm sure it was a great night out!

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  15. Kris,
    What a great idea to have a party like this and how incredibly wonderful to have Diana and her daughters there too!! I am so jealous!! LOL!! Looks like everyone had a great time!!! And the venue looks fantastic!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for visiting!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  16. I hope I've done it right now. Otherwise you can tell me.
    Love Elzie

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  17. Leslie:
    I am aready a long-time subscriber. Thank you for doing the giveaway.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  18. Love this idea and have been subscribed to your blog for a long time...

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  19. Your blog looks great! Sometimes it's just time for a do-over to keep things fresh. Do you have three daughters? I don't recall a "Jen". I have been subscribed to your blog for a long time.
    Brenda

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  20. Love that bag with the emergency supplies. Leave it to a fellow nurse to be prepared! I totally agree that you are the kindest soul! You are a generous Angel and bring happiness to everyone! Always thinking of others! I am sure the nursing world misses you! Would love to hear about your career more someday as I am retiring soon!

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  21. I signed up to receive your emails! I hope I did it right!

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  22. I just signed up to receive your posts in my email and a giveaway was the first one I got. Go figure. Love it. Sandra

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  23. Well Kris, it looks as though you all had a great time together. What a wonderful thing to do - you put so much work into getting everything ready and then this year finding such a fantastic venue. Your daughters and your friends are very lucky indeed to get an invite to such a fantastic yearly event. What amazing and beautiful gifts for everyone. Hugs Gilly x

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  24. Love the picture of you Kris. Yes mam, you know I am already one of your FANS! Love the setting there. WOW! Girl, how sweet of you to give each lady a gift as well. I love the idea here. Your blog looks great! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  25. What a great party idea! How fun to get together with friends and support a worthy cause.

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  26. I love how you are still doing this and now your daughters bring their friends. What fun! I want to find a local charity to support with a portion of my art sales. I'm checking into some. I think it's so important!

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  27. You girls certainly did it up right and for a good cause even. I don't really belong to any groups that gets together like that and I think it is an evening that most women need. We forget after girl scouts, high school and sororities how important groups of women are in our lives. It is wonderful to bring your daughters in and make it something to share and hand down.

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  28. Congratulations on hosting such a great party! You are an inspiration!

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  29. Looks like girlfriend party 2020 was another huge success and loads of fun. What a beautiful venue! LOVE the new look of your blog, Kris.

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  30. Kris, your new look is marvelous. I really love it and all the girlfriends look so cute and happy. What a nice party..A great big success..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

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  31. I love that you do this and it sounds like so much fun. xo Laura

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  32. Your party looks like so much fun, and I love the new look of your blog!! I may have to pop on over and see what she can do for me....I think it's time for an update!

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  33. I'm new, and I just subscribed to your blog to receive emails! Looks like a great party!

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  34. You are so kind that you think of others. My Mom always said, "If you give to others, you will never be poor".

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  35. I'm glad your party went so well, Kris, you put a lot of work into it. What a fun way to spend time with the girlfriends and it always makes it more special when there is a charity involved.
    Amalia
    xo

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  36. Kris, what a great party theme! I've hosted a number of My Favorite Things Parties and this might be just the next great theme I was looking for. In the past, several people brought items that benefited and charity and so maybe we can expand on it now.

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