Party in the City Where the Heat is On

by Joy Donovan on April 25, 2010

So the invitation was a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e.

I have always been one who pays attention to invitations…the party starts then, don’t you think? So when the Southlake Women’s Club’s  invitation came for the club’s “Welcome to South Beach” party, I knew it was going to be fun. All white and turquoise with a miniature sand dollar fastened to the beach-like band…somebody was putting some effort into this one. Give the credit invitation designer Deb Brown of Designing Type.

The party served as a kick-off for the club’s annual fundraiser, Art in the Square (, and as a thank-you for the festival’s many sponsors. So as artists were selling their wares outside, the ladies of the club took a couple of hours to celebrate.

At the Hilton Southlake Town Square, the decorations, of course, matched with white chair covers banded in that turquoise. (Did I mention I’m over black and white as decorations for every party?) The food too kept up the Miami-vibe–everything from Cuban sandwiches to crab claws and shrimp.

Discovered a new band that night, too. On the Way played music worthy of vacation-style fun, without resorting to one single Village People cover. Check it out at

The party was filled with lots of the Southlake Women’s Club members and their husbands, including party chairwoman Ute Busse, former event chair Carmen Evans and current president Lisa Quin. There were others, too, such as Carolyn Sims of Keller, Rebecca Barksdale of Arlington and Karen and Mark Hood of Grapevine.

And from there the ladies left to work their shifts. Lucky them…the sun beamed down on the three-day festival. Sunglasses and sun block needed…almost like South Beach

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