My anxiety almost got the better of me last weekend. It still will sneak up when I’m forced into certain public environments – shopping malls being one of them. But with a gala on the horizon, I sucked it up and headed out to find a purple sequin dress at Nordstrom Rack at Legacy Village on President’s Day. And after a few text messages to my favorite ladies and with a pair of heels that I already had, jewelry borrowed from my mom, my trusty hair straightener and my sturdy redhead by my side, we were ready for PlayhouseSquare’s Jump Back Ball.
We met up with our friend Jen for a pre-gala adult beverage at Cowell + Hubbard, and then met up with the rest of our VIP-ing crew to head straight for the State Theatre stage. There, the beverages were flowing care of Buckeye Vodka…
…and the food was served care of Driftwood Restaurant Group. I was incredibly excited to find hearty gluten-free options including shepard’s pie, white asparagus, chicken satay and what I believe was a chopped salad similar to what is on (or at least used to be) on the Hodge’s menu. If it weren’t for the heavy flowing cocktails, I probably would have snuck back around for more. The dessert table towards the end of the evening made up for it though. Dark chocolate covered cheesecake pops are now my new favorite things in the world.
When not eating and drinking, we enjoyed all the event had to offer. We shared what we wanted to do before the next Jump Back Ball:
Mine says “teach more yoga!” Yes, my husband is trying to get FAR FAR away from me.
We danced. A LOT. Two sequin dresses together makes for one sparkling sight to see.
We sang along. A LOT. My Muppet like facial expressions strike again.
We enjoyed a wonderful evening with my favorite people. A LOT.
It really doesn’t get any better than that.
PlayhouseSquare Partners is a wonderful way to get active in your community, especially if you have a love of the arts – and for really good parties, ha! Major credit goes out to my ladies Kimberly for co-chairing this year’s event, and Amanda and Jen for being great volunteers for the Partners’ organization. Them, plus many others, spent countless hours pulling together this benefit that raises more than $125,000 for PlayhouseSquare each year. It’s not just one of the hottest parties – it’s helping the non-profit achieve its mission – something I will always support. Learn more about the group at http://www.playhousesquare.org/Partners.
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Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSquare to serve as an official blogger for the 2014 Jump Back Ball event and to help promote the event and related happenings. In exchange for sharing information and purchasing one event ticket, I will receive one complimentary ticket to the February 22, 2014 event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.