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
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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
I'm down for a 50 Shades party! I loved the first movie, and I've already done no less than three parties like that for the first one.
Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)
That is the type of movie I only want to watch with my girls nights! No hubby or family!
This sounds like a fun party to have. Movie and drinks with your girls; how much fun. I heard that this movie is really good.
omg i would have love to be apart of this group. so jellie.
Wowza it looks like you had a great time partying with your girlfriends. I can't wait to see the movie. The first one was awesome!
My Teen Guide
Woah.. my group of friends are planning to watch this together! it looks like it is more fun to watch with friends~
I didn't get into the first book or remember watching the movie. I will have to watch it now so that I can watch the new movie when it comes out.
It sounds like you ladies had a blast.
Believe it or not, I have never read or watched any of the movies. However, this sounds like a fun way to spend time with girlfriends on Galentine's Day, nonetheless!
What a fun party for the girls! I am on the fence if I will see this one or not.
I would love to go to a girls night out (well, get together) like this... sounds like a lot of fun! I have yet to see the movies or read the books, but I want to : )
I love the cocktails you have created for this party! They look so refreshing, and what a fun way to get together with the gals! Hope you enjoy the new movie!
This party sounds awesome! What a way to gather friends together to enjoy a movie, book, and drinks. Love this idea!
looks like a lot of fun to do with the girls!! omyy! imso jealous! i hope i could join you guyys!
Bellinis, erotica, friends, good book AND movie? Can I get an invite to your next get together?!?!
Prosecco is kind of my favorite! I will have to find time to watch this movie - everyone is talking about it!
I'm loving the Galentines idea! I'm going to have to try that next year... and yay, wine!!!