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Happy Hour Pizza Oven Night Celebrating Friendship
This post is sponsored by Santa Margherita.
Bodysuit: Forever 21 / Skirt: New York & Company
It’s that time of year again, my longtime girlfriends, Club MED back at it – MED for Melissa, Emily and Diana. I met Melissa in college, and Emily during a summer internship at an LA station the year before our senior year in college. Post college we all lived in LA, and over the years it’s been a split of us being located anywhere between LA, SF, and Phoenix. Our yearly traditions of getaways together have taken us to Santa Barbara, Rocky Point, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and this weekend, Phoenix and Sedona. But no matter where we are, we don’t care where, it’s us, great conversation and incredible fun.
We kicked off our first night at Melissa’s backyard in her beautiful mid-century modern home in Phoenix (she lives 9 minutes away from me) and has epic views front and back of the Valley. Melissa’s husband fired up the oven and we made our own pizzas which were amazing, I ate an entire one by myself.
I brought the bubbly to celebrate, Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore, produced in limited quantities in Italy and, the grapes are all hand-harvested. And of course, to set the celebration so we don’t forget, initial mylar balloons!
A funny thing about these balloons, I had to go to two different stores across town to get all the letters. I bought them at Michael’s and they are 16″ long and instructions said to fill with air only. I went to the grocery store floral department to get them filled with helium because that’s just what I wanted and the balloon expert told me they wouldn’t float because they aren’t big enough and they need more air in order to be lifted.
Well, guess who came up with the idea of adding more balloons? Me! I knew I had to make this work and I think it looks even cuter! Feel free to steal the idea, because the balloons were only $1.99 each letter at Michael’s Arts and Crafts and each balloon was like $1 to blow up.
Club MED has a very long history with wine. We went to Santa Barbara for wine tasting over 10 years ago, and I drove everyone around from winery to winery. Years later when I did pageants, Melissa and Emily came to cheer me on in the audience and made me a poster board sign and accidentally spilled wine on the sign. We have a photo, it’s hilarious.
Santa Margherita’s Prosecco Superiore is made of Glera grapes grown in the hills of Valdobbiadene, a town synonymous with the finest Prosecco Superiore, and DOCG status – one of the highest and most distinctive classification possible. The bottle itself just says “hey, let’s celebrate because Club MED is back together, making friendship a priority!”
We have been through a lot together, and to say a lot is truly an understatement. Lots of life thrown at us, but we’ve been there for each other and I’ll never forget when I got dumped right before a wedding I RSVP’d to attend in Santa Barbara and I had hotel reservations and a plane ticket. The girls drove up from LA to stay with me last minute. My brother drove up to be my date, and that weekend they came to help heal my heart and they did.
They are treasures. Our talks are deep, our timeline goes far back and in times like these, friendships that last this long with traditions deserve to be celebrated. These gals are the reason I blog. Both of them encouraged me, they both work in PR and said I needed to be a blogger years ago, and so I just started to blog more and well, here we are. Cheers to encouraging friends.
Check out Santa Margherita on Facebook and Instagram. In addition to the amazing Prosecco Superiore, Santa Margherita also has Pinot Grigio and Sparkling Rosé and Chianti Classico Riserva, perfect for every occasion and also great for gift giving! Remember the initial mylar balloons!
Celebrate every milestone you cross and every chance you get – friendships are precious, our friends choose us back as much as we choose them. What a gift, make those memories and bring the bubbly!