Guide to Rocking a White Party with YP Birmingham

..I was having one of those “It could go either way kinda nights”, but somehow the night ended up great. I feel it’s only right to tell you how it all happened…

Guide to Rocking a White Party

Event Details:
{What} Young Professionals of Birmingham hosts a white party every year benefitting a charity of their choice

(When} Saturday, August 16, 2014

{Where} Regions Field Sky Lounge (over looking the entire field)

{Sponsors} Sonic, Avondale Brewery, Jim Bean

{Diversity Level} 2 out of 5

{Fun Scale} 5 out of 5

1. Don’t just go with a white top and white pants.

I had planned to just keep it simple with a crop top and white pants. Then, right before I left home I thought, ” I might as well wear something no one else will think of wearing.” So, I quickly threw on this high color white dress that was giving me complete Jackie O. I added a statement necklace, some clunky white heels, and headed out the door. And what do you know…  I ended up winning one of the 5 awards for best dressed from Pure Barre. (I just want thank God and my mom and my friend Carmen and Pure Barre and YP Birmingham. I couldn’t have done it without you guys, tear, tear)

The bag had  about $500 worth of gift cards and prizes. My only regret is that I didn’t take a good picture of my outfit. Here’s what was in my prize bag:

Remember, being different pays off. Plus, you don’t want to be that girl whose boyfriend  (or guy who has girlfriend he) has to convince her of why she looks better in that dress than the other girl wearing it. #reallyhappened

Thanks again to Pure Barre, Soca Clothing, Urban Cookhouse (check out my instagram to see pics of the food b/c I already used it) South Boutique,Velina Jewelry, Octane Coffee, Rose Golde, Jinsei SushiAvo and Dram, and The Pantry

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 2. Wear the right undergarments

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Always wear black undergarments when wearing white. Make sure there are no panty lines, bra lines, crumbled boxers, etc. #everyoneknowsthat

But, did you know that the fit of the bra matters too!  I had a little bra snafu before entering the party. I forgot to change it when I switched my wardrobe. I reached over to hug my friend Carmen and pop! She then covered me as I crouched in the gutter behind a security vehicle while trying to put it back on. Thank God I wore shorts under my dress (another good undergarment choice)!  Needless to say, I spent a lot of the night wiggling and pulling to keep everything situated. #allyoucandoislaugh

3.Take camera phone pictures

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It’s kind of ironic, but before I started blogging I actually hated being seen in public taking too many pictures. However, I’m so grateful for all of the pics I have from friends, because they chronicle my life.  That night I accidentally left the battery on the charger for my DSLR at, so I had to leave my camera in the car. I’m actually grateful, because carrying my camera around would have stopped me from enjoying myself as much as I did. So, most of the pics in the post were taken on a camera phone. Forgive me this once.

4. Dance your pants off! (not literally, this event is full of  young professionals after all)

I Be that girl or that guy. Don’t be a spectator. Loosen up and have some fun. When I first came to the dance floor ,there were maybe 5 people on it.

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There were actually 8 people on it

 I put in a request and then circulated through the room telling people that I wanted to see them on the dance floor when it came on. For real, I did this.  You don’t have to dutty whine (link to a tutorial if you are interested) all night, but don’t just stand on the wall.  #TurnUp

To the guys (men, fellas, dudes, bros, etc): feel out the crowd. If the ladies are actually looking like they want to dance with you, that probably means they want to dance with you. Be respectful, but don’t be shy.  See How to Talk to Women Without Being A Creep.

5. Don’t let anyone know you just came for the free food and bottomless beer

I didn’t even know there was going to be free beer. #wheretheydothatat #onlyBirmingham  #Hello

I don’t really drink beer, but since it was free I tasted two of their beers and they actually had pretty good, unique flavors.  Although I didn’t really drink much of it, I want to thank Avondale Brewery for helping  everyone do #3 much better.

6. Don’t get mad if you get hit in head, or bumped into, or have a drink spilled on you.

Just charge it to the game. There were a lot things being thrown during this event from beach balls to…sonic hamburgers? Around 11:45 they brought out a cooler of  cheese burgers. Yup, a cheese burger definitely hit me in the head, but I was so hungry that picked it up and ate it. It was the best 12:30 am snack ever! Would have been delicious with my free cherry limeade tokens.

7. Have a designated driver.

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Shout out to Carmen for giving me a ride!!! Whoop Whoop!

8. Forget about race, class, s.e.s (socioeconomic status)

I’m a college educated, black women with natural hair who code switches, wears wooden Nefertiti earrings, likes camping, and watches CNN. Guess what? For a moment it seemed like nobody cared. With all of the racial tension (be informed)  going on right now, it was nice to feel like a human being. We’re all just people who want to have a good time. At least, that’s how it felt to me. I’m not saying that we were in there singing Kumbayah, but I didn’t feel like the DJ cut off the music when I walked in the room. For anyone who felt different, you have to be the change you want to see. If you’re being stand offish, don’t expect people to go out of their way to make the environment feel inclusive.  Leave the negative energy at home. Let’s bring some lovin’ here today. #MarvinGaye

 

**I will note that I gave this event a diversity score of 2 out of 5, for obvious reasons. However, I think the environment was welcoming and could be more diverse next year with better advertising.

I had a blast at this event. It was honestly some of the most fun I’ve had yet.  If you missed it, don’t worry. I hear they also have a black party coming up this fall. Be on the look out for updates.

Happy Rocking Birmingham!

♥ A City Girl

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