My favourite kind of party always ends with a casual bonfire, roasting marshmallows, singing by the fireside and listening to some good music. This time, however, I decided to start the party that way. As an end-of-the-year, school’s out celebration, my friends and I all spent the night camping out in my backyard. We set up the yard with lights, seating, tents and some great food. This is the kind of realizing, fun party that anyone can have in their own yard. As for the music, I would definitely recommend my June Playlist. Here are some of our little secrets and how-to’s to throw a classic bonfire party that no one will forget.
To set up the lights, we in fact used outdoor christmas lights and paper lanterns and attached them to a thick cord, all held up by four wooden posts. In addition, we took some empty bean cans (a giant three-bean salad was made specially for this part) and poked holes in them to place candles inside. To do so, we had to place water in the cans and freeze them so they wouldn’t break when we poked the holes. Then we wrapped wire in two of the top holes to hang them securely on the cord.
No bonfire is complete without s’mores, so of course we had to pull out the marshmallows. All you need are graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows. And be sure to grab a bunch of sticks in the backyard, preferably long, with one smaller end to attach the marshmallows. Roast the marshmallows in the fire, then take two half pieces of graham cracker, place some chocolate on one, and sandwich the gooey marshmallow. It works best when the marshmallow is burnt.
As for the drinks, we used mason jar glasses with handles and made an assortment of beverages, the headliners being strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas. Both are easy to make. You can find the strawberry daiquiri recipe here and the piña colada recipe here.
Ah prom, that one time in a teenagers life when everyone dresses up all fancy in gowns, gets their hair done and takes millions of pictures of themselves all dolled up. Unless of course you live on the Upper East Side and attend Constance Billard school for girls (Gossip Girl reference). My special day came right around the corner, and before I knew it I was celebrating the ending of my high school years. What a night! In all honesty, I didn’t have very high expectations for my prom night, which I think made my night even better. I spent the night with some of my closest friends, and we had the best time.
I received my dress from BHLDN, who didn’t disappoint. The stylists were extremely helpful and even sent me fabric and colour samples prior to the final purchase of my dress. My hair was another roller coaster. I was so hesitant to go with a braided crown and flowers, but I risked it and my hairdresser pulled it of. It quickly became my favourite part of the look. The shoes were from Topshop because, of course, I had to add a little bit of edge to my classic, bohemian look.
Summer has finally arrived, and what a better way to kick off this celebratory time than with a playlist! Specifically catered to the warm, sunny and cool atmosphere that this season brings, this playlist mixes various styles, from techno-pop beats that’ll get your groove on, to casual synths and great melodies perfect for summertime. Enjoy!
Last night, I had the privilege of seeing both Albert Hammond Jr. and Phoenix live at Metropolis in Montreal. What an amazing concert! Both bands wowed the crowd and had my friends and I dancing like crazy in front row!
The opening act was Albert hammond Jr., whom we saw at Jake Bugg. I had gotten these tickets for my friend Tiana as a birthday present, and we both knew it was because of Albert. He’s such a talented musician, and it’s all the better that he’s a Strokes member (one of our favourite bands)! This time, we were prepared for the band. We arrived with signs, and he noticed us immediately. We basically had conversations with Albert and the lead guitarist Mikey. We became known as the front row girls, and Albert even shouted out a song for us, saying ‘this one’s for the girls in dresses’ (We were all three wearing dresses).
We didn’t think the night could get any better, and then Phoenix came on. WHOA. I saw them perform last year at Osheaga, but it must’ve been the front row vibes we were getting, because this was a performance. They tore up the stage. Thomas, the lead singer, almost crowd surfed three times and actually crowd surfed once, he grabbed my hand twice, and he sat down on the ledge right in from of the stage (and us) and sang to us. Not even a foot away. It was amazing.
After the concert, we (obviously) went to the back and met the members of the bands! Unfortunately, Albert had left, but we still met Mikey and Jeremy, his drummer, as well as three of the members of Phoenix.
Jeremy, drummer for Albert Hammond Jr.Mikey, lead guitarist of Albert Hammond Jr.Christian Mazzalai, guitarist/bassist for PhoenixDeck d’Arcy, guitarist/keyboards for PhoenixThomas Mars, lead singer of Phoenix
This saturday my band The DayDreamers, performed at the Pointe-Claire village street festival, Spring Fest. It was a wonderful experience and we were extremely well received! To all you Montrealers out there, my band will be playing at the Duck Race in Valois Park on saturday June 14th around 2pm! Hope to see you all there!
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