On February 10th, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter of the 50 Shades trilogy – just in time for Valentine’s Day! This year I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day as a single woman, but that doesn’t mean that I plan on celebrating alone. Let’s get real for a minute, shall we? It’s been almost two years since my ex husband and I split up, but I’ve never been less alone in my life. I think that you never realize how amazing your girlfriends really are until you’re without a man and find yourself constantly surrounded by love and light from your the incredible women in your life – like my great friend, Bri, whom I’ve spent so much time with the last year!
What better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day -whatever you want to call it – than to invite over a few close girlfriends for a masquerade party inspired by the newest film!
Throwing the party was simple. Of course it wouldn’t be a masquerade party without cute masks for the guest. A few balloons and ribbons are necessary but the best part of my party was the goodie bags.
They were complete with T-shirts, lip balm, vanity bags and, of course, the 50 Shades Darker book so guests can catch up on their reading before the movie is released!
Oh, and that wine? Bri and I drank the entire bottle that night, and it was DELICIOUS.
I haven’t read 50 Shades Darker yet, so I was happy to have a copy for myself…I think I really need to be prepared for what I am walking into when I go see it in theaters this weekend!
Tip: When hosting a party, set up a selfie station so guests can show off their mask! Simply hang a sparkly backdrop and let them Snap, Tweet and Instagram the night away!
Angeline even got in on the fun – don’t worry, she’s 19 and is old enough to go see the movie.
If you want a little extra fun with your Fifty Shades Darker Party, try this super easy Strawberry Bellini recipe – when I say “super easy,” I really mean SUPER EASY! You just need a bottle of Champagne, Prosecco or Cava, and pureed strawberries! I made these drinks because what’s sexier than Champagne and strawberries? They are both aphrodisiacs!
I used about 4 strawberries per glass, puree them in a blender or food processor, then add to your glasses and top with Prosecco!
As a refresher, in 50 Shades Darker, as a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. While the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together. Dun…Dun..Dun! No spoilers if you have read the 3rd book!
Returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.
You can catch the movie in theaters February 10th and get #FiftyShadesDarker tickets on Fandango now: http://unvrs.al/FSDTix
FIFTY SHADES DARKER – In Theaters February 10, 2017