I had the opportunity to host a girls night in this weekend. What could be a better way to end the week than laughing with some favorite girlfriends while we help each other come up with fabulous nail designs?
It started with a fun shopping trip to Walgreens where I used my new Balance Rewards membership to pick out a bunch of fun new nail polish colors and products. I was doing the math in my head, and was pretty sure I had blown my budget. But because of the Rewards card savings, I actually came in under budget (until I went back for more the next day). You can get the whole shopping story on my Google+ page.
Of course, I can’t host a party–even a fun small get-together like this–with out some pretties. I was inspired by the color blocked nails to bring in two (or three-toned) decorations and food.
I bought these inexpensive white paper honeycomb puffs, and dipped the bottom half in dye. I let them dry and then hung them up from my chandelier over my dining room table, where we all gathered for manicures.
I also made this color-blocked floral arrangement, simply by grouping the flowers of a same color together. I made a grid out of thin tape on top of my container to help the flowers stay in their places. I used the dip-dyed napkins I made for Easter as a table runner.
I served two-toned chocolate dipped strawberries, two (or three) toned smoothies, nail polish marshmallows and other colorful candies. We made 3 flavors of smoothies, and then poured them in simultaneously or in sections to create interesting “color blocked” designs.
These fun marshmallow nail polish treats are made by dipping marshmallows in melted chocolate and adding a Tootsie roll on top for the lid. For best results, get a good quality melting chocolate and make sure it is thin before attempting to dip (I had some little helpers and difficult chocolate. Still cute, though! Right?)
And then we got crazy with our nails! Here are some of the fun looks we came up with.
Coral Reef Xtreme Wear nail polish, with Love Letter accent nail.
Polka Dots with accent heart, using Xtreme Wear Twisted pink and White On, with white nail art pen.
All kinds of colors, with white nail art pen (This is my 5-year-old, and when I first finished her nails they were so cute, but she just kept messing with them, and they ended up getting painted three times, I think. *sigh*)
Leopard print on my 12-year-old using InstaDry Quick Sand, Wedding Glitters, and black Nail Art Pen.
Black and white polkadots. White On with black paint pen.
Wedding Glitters with Bling it On Polish strip accent
I needed something that would last the whole week since I am headed to SNAP! Conference, so I opted to try the polish strips. They are supposed to last for up to 10 days. Keep your fingers crossed that mine will. I used Bling it On strips with Girl Flower on the accent nail. It looked like SNAP! colors to me.
We couldn’t leave out the toes.
We turned the Love Letter polish strip sideways, to put it on my friend’s toe. It looks classy with her french pedicure.
Marine Scene with white Nail Art Pen polka dots.
And no. I didn’t give myself a washi tape pedicure. But I did use washi tape to help me do a color-blocked pedicure.
You can find these fun products at your local Walgreens or online. Right now you can get Sally Hansen Extreme and Salon Effects 2/$5 w/ 1,000 points.
We had so much fun painting and talking into the night! This may become a regular event for us. What do you like to do when you get the girls together?
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