Skip to main content

Saving the city of Memphis one cocktail at a time

When I was fresh out of college I lived with my dad and thus ALL of my income was disposable / paying off credit cards. Looking back and seeing how much my household expenses and student loans cost I'm pretty mad at myself. During this time I spent a lot of money socializing - A LOT. At least a lot of my social events were for a good cause, ie fundraiser events. I'm all about charity but a 23 year old with a salary in the 30s really has no business attending $50 to $100 ticket events on a weekly basis. Oh but I did and my dad used to say I was "saving the city of Memphis one cocktail at a time" in reference to the fact that most of these fundraisers were essentially cocktail parties. 

As I've gotten a little older and a little more fiscally responsible I still enjoy these events but I am much more selective about the ones I will attend. I've also come to appreciate how an unrestricted gift of $50 does more for an organization than a $100 event ticket and learned to see the value in my time. Bill Gates may outrank me on wealth but we each only have 24hrs everyday - that's pretty cool. But cocktail fundraisers are indeed fun and do help generate awareness of a cause, they're never going away and I'm never going to not enjoy dressing up and having an open bar. An annual event in Memphis that has always caught my attention has been Literatini. This year I finally had the calendar availability and was set to buy tickets when I lost the job. So, I'm again all about charity but I'm also all about never ever needing it myself so sometimes that means keeping all my limited funds for my own expenses. Honestly, this mindset makes me sad, nervous and sick. Not being able to be charitable gives me such anxiety. But then the Yelp community manager was giving away tickets, and I won! Yay, I could still go and emotionally support and help make the event a fun success. 

Literatini supports Literacy MidSouth. In Memphis, 120,000 adults cannot read at a 6th grade level. Wow. I love to read and obviously I love the written word so this statistic makes me incredibly sad. The event to raise awareness and funds for this issue is held at The Booksellers, a local bookstore. The store shut down for the evening and featured 10 martini stations. Our tickets (which would have been $50 each or $75 per couple) included admission, food and two drink tickets. 

The 10 competing martinis were stationed around the store and guests were invited to sample each one. We then voted for our favorites by getting full size cocktails with our drink tickets. My favorite drink of the night was called bubble bath by Automatic Slims. Check out the adorable presentation: 



After sampling all the drinks we headed to the Bistro area for food and desserts. I know, I know these events are for charity but it really ticks me off when an event costs more than a meal out but doesn't offer enough food to be a meal, luckily this was not the case here. 

The event started at 7pm and at 8:30pm they had a mix off with 4 bartenders participating and 3 rounds of elimination. Alchemy was the winner of the night and managed to make some good stuff out of some pretty gross ingredients - dill pickles, eww! 

The mix off: 


While we watched we sipped our yummy cocktails: 


I also had the chance to get a personal poem made. Yes, I realize this is very hipster but it was in the spirit of the event: 


If I had been given more drink tickets I probably would have used them but overall I feel 4 cocktails, food for 2 and entertainment would have been well worth $75 in the name of a good cause. We had a great time and plan to purchase tickets next year, because I should totally be employed again by then. 

Thanks to Literacy Mid-south for a great event, Yelp for the tickets, the Booksellers for a fun venue and all the participants for lots of marvelous martinis. 




Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Sensible Portions

I'm Sometimes you have to recognize your strengths and when it's time to outsource . For me a healthy lifestyle is not a strength. I love the idea of eating small healthy meals and working out everyday but then I get hangry and eat anything in sight. Or I have a busy weekend and don't have time to meal prep, and then I'm screwed for the week and one bad week turns into a bad month, and a bad year and a decade of gaining weight. So, when a sorority sister posted a meal plan she had found success with I was very interested. Shaun and I tried a similar program last year but it was very expensive ($170 for one person for 5 days) That's a great investment if you need to lose 10 or 20 lbs but when you have a lot to lose you need a long term plan that is viable from a time, nutrition and financial aspect. 
Long term it's still pricey but I was very impressed with the value and results of sensible portions and decided to give it a try. Like most meal plans the plan is …

20 Rules for Modern Feminine Style

One of the things I love about the digital age is the ability to connect with others! I recently got a great idea from a youtuber I follow to make a list of 20 "rules" that define my lifestyle and I really loved this idea and thought not only would this be a good exercise for myself but a good topic to share with y'all. So, obviously you do you and wear whatever you want but these are my guidelines for my modern feminine without breaking the bank aesthetic.
1. Focus on pieces with wear ability beyond one season, don't get sucked into too many trends. For example, gingham will always be wearable for summer, plaid for fall, sweaters for winter and floral for spring - but get pieces with classic cuts so you can wear them year after year. For example, a gingham shirt dress is classic, a gingham top with bell sleeves will look dated the second that shape is out. 2. Don't be afraid to spend a little more for quality timeless pieces - a cashmere sweater, a great blac…

Lauren James Warehouse Sale Haul

Hello Friends! I know many of y'all kept up with my Lauren James warehouse sale journey over the weekend and if you're anything like me you like following along even if you couldn't make it yourself. When Lauren James announced the warehouse sale I was super excited but not sure I could make it work - it was short notice, a five hour drive and I'd already spent my June spending money. Luckily I have a good hubby who recognizes that sometimes you just need something fun in your life and was ok not only making the trip but with me borrowing from ourselves against my July spending money. Since this is the last warehouse sale Lauren James plans on holding I really didn't want the opportunity to slip by.
Warehouse sales can serve many purposes for a business - as a way to move excess inventory, create buzz and excitement for the brand, reward the most loyal brand fans by giving them access to great deal (which also puts more product into the hands of those most excite…

Wedding Guest PSA

Over the weekend my husband and I packed up all of the wedding gifts we received and moved them into storage in preparation of our anticipated move later this year and it was a wonderful reminder of all the love and support we received during our wedding. Because I personally enjoyed hearing from recent brides in wedding chats prior to our wedding I am still in a wedding chat and from time to time will comment when something similar to something we experienced pops up in my newsfeed. One thing that I see a common frustration with is guest lists and as a recent bride I  have a few thoughts on this. Since it's almost time for the 2017 wedding season to begin which means invites for spring weddings have already gone out I figure now is a good time for a little PSA when it comes to wedding invites. Our wedding invite Not only from my own wedding but from my numerous conversations with fellow brides I can say with certainty that the guest list is one of the biggest considerations a c…

Lane Bryant Best Fitting Denim

Ask 100 women what is the most versatile items in their closet and I bet 98% will say a pair of jeans. As I mentioned in my 2019 wardrobe goals getting another pair of jeans is on my closet to do this year since right now I only have one pair. And wouldn't you know it but the folks at Lane Bryant must have read my mind since they're offering the Best Fitting Denim event this upcoming weekend and they have asked me to be their special guest so not only I could find my own perfect fitting jeans but help y'all do the same. Lane Bryant offers a good variety of jeans not only in shape but in color, wash and fun details. Before showing the perfect pair for me here's a look at just a few of the options. It was really nice to be able to play around with the wash, length and fit so see what I liked about each.


Although I LOVE the fun ruffle and ribbon embellishments I felt like a traditional pair of jeans matches my lifestyle. I tried on the straight leg and boot cut three ti…