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How to Throw the Ultimate Galentine's Party

It's one of my favorite months out of the year! Everything is filled with sweet hearts and lots of love and lots of pink. I finally decided to host my first bracelet making workshop in my Tequesta, Fl Studio! This is something I have been wanting to do for years but let fear get in the way. I really don't like speaking in front of crowds even if it was only 10 ladies, I wasn't sure if teaching how to make beaded bracelets or gold chain necklaces would be more fun and how would I make it fun?! I decided to just go for it and cross off "Do something that scares you" off my 2020 goals and I am SO happy I did! 

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I love designing and marketing our jewelry line but I also love that my studio space allows me to have an extension of my brand where I can support other small businesses by having them in and host their own creative workshops! I've had Flower & Fringe in where Halle taught us how to design our own floral bouquet, Sweets by Milka who showed us the art of cookie decorating (they were delicious!) and Palms and Paper who trained us on calligraphy basics and we all made our own ornament around Christmas time. We really can benefit and impact so many others by supporting each other. 

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One of the top jewelry trends right now are these beaded name and word bracelets. I began offering a few words like, LOVE, XOXO and MAMA when I initially launched out Valentine's Collection. I got a HUGE amount of requests for custom names to be put on their bracelets. All the mama's want to wear their little one's names or someone really special to them on their wrist. I figured this would be the perfect thing to teach and all the girl's could customize their own bracelet to say whatever inspirational word or name they wanted. 

How to Display the Beads
I ordered some cute Heart Dishes and used some of my fave Anthropologie Bowls to hold the beads. Dalmatian Jasper, Rose Quartz, Amazonite, Jade, and cutie little letters filled the dishes. To avoid the beads running all over the place, I bought some inexpensive felt sheets from Michaels. The girls used these to lay out their beading patterns before adding them to the stretch cord. Also when using small beads, I highly recommend using a Big Eye Needle to add the beads to the cord. They go on so much easier! You can shop my Jewelry Making Essentials HERE.

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Sips, Snacks + Decor

I picked up some bubbly from Trader Joe's. I'm not a huge champagne drinker but a friend told me about their RSVP bubbly - it's under $10 a bottle and perfect for entertaining on a budget. I added pink "Yay" glitter stir sticks to these reusable wine glasses I grabbed on Amazon. I used to buy plastic wine glasses from the Dollar Store for events but these are great because I can wash them and stack them (they click in place) until my next event!

I adore our local bakery Alaina's Cafe + Bake Shoppe. She's a mama herself so I was happy to have her delicious cupcakes for the girls. She also has an amazing Breakfast and Lunch Menu - get the Spartan! 

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Who else is loving balloon backdrops right now? I reached out to local boss babe + balloon stylist Poppy Party Palm Beach to design a valentines-y backdrop for the workshop. I loved that all the girls instantly gravitated towards it for photos.

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Goodie Bags
These don't need to be expensive! I picked up these bags + tissue paper from the Dollar Store and all the goodies inside were kindly donated by local boss babes. Each gal who came to the workshop got their own Galentine's Goodie Bag with a $15 Gift Card to one of my favorite local spots for sushi - Hog Snappers, a beautiful handmade scrunchie by Inspired by M Designs and seriously yummy cookies with pink and red M&M's from The Palm Beach Baker!



After all of that, what's a party if there are no photos of it? My sweet friend Eve Greendale of Palm Beach Creative shot these photos of our Galentine's Beads + Bubbles event! 

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I had so much fun putting this event together and all the girls really enjoyed having an afternoon to themselves to get creative. They did such a great job I joked that I wanted to hire all of them.

Opening My Design Studio

I was recently on Instagram stories saying how I frequently get asked if locals can pick up their online orders. The answer was "no" for years as I didn't want to invite people into my home to pick up their jewelry. Literally the following week Off The Mat Clothing, a locally made apparel line made from recycled materials, asked to borrow some of my jewelry for a photo shoot and I of course said yes! I brought over some of my favorite necklaces and Off The Mat Clothing owner, Lori showed me around her studio in Tequesta, Fl. She mentioned she was thinking about subleasing the front of her studio out to a local maker and I said, "look no further".

Having a retail space was not something I was looking for. My hubby and I had been tossing up not only growth opportunities for my small biz but also finding a place to store all my materials and inventory. We have a small home (that I love!) and after having Olivia, my workspace was bumped out into our living room. That means stuff EVERYWHERE and not being able to separate home from work. Our sweet babe is 15 months (I know...how the heck did that happen?!) and loves reaching her little hands onto of my desk and pulling down chain, wire cutters, etc. so the timing could not be more perfect.  

Laying out my new design space was so much fun! The studio brings in a lot of natural light and I envisioned all the colors I love; white, gold and blush pink. If only I could've painted the walls in marble. Ha! 

The studio had a bamboo look so to give it more of an AG vibe, we cleaned up the windows and painted over a bamboo mural that took up an entire wall. There's nothing better than fresh white painted walls. 

I knew I wanted to have shelving units to display my jewels. I ordered these from Ikea because the shelves were adjustable and spray painted them gold. I'll be honest, I regretted that halfway through because the gold chips off so easily. If I did it all over again I would recommend going with something that is already gold. 

I spend a lot of time at HomeGoods these days and stumbled upon this adorable pink chair. You should've seen me pushing Olivia in the shopping cart with one hand and carrying this enormous chain in the other. It was worth the effort. I searched for an 8X10 blush area rug that could handle a bit of foot traffic and found this one. Amazon Prime is life these days as a Mom so I was excited to see it was available there! 

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I'm always snapping photos on our marble counter tops for social media posts, answering customer emails, reaching out to boutiques and dreaming of new pieces so I'm still not sure I'll be able to 100% separate work from home but I'm going to give it a shot!

I envisioned having my name/logo on this white wall in the studio and it really pulls everything together. ZCreate Design made this beauty for me along with some of the other acrylic signs you'll see in the studio.

If you live near the Jupiter, Fl or Tequesta, Fl area I would love for you to swing by the studio to see how it turned out and to shop our jewelry. I love online shopping but it's also nice to be able to try things on and see how they feel in person.

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We're also hosting a Grand Opening Party to celebrate Thursday, October 19 from 5:30PM - 8:30PM! Come celebrate with wine (mama needs wine!), lite bites, and lots of shopping! All AG Jewelry will be 20% Off and the first 10 guests to arrive will receive a swag bag with goodies including a piece from Alexandra Gioia Jewelry, Off The Mat Mermaid Tank, Local Flo Bandeau + Tank Top and Coffee Bean Sample Packs from my favorite coffee shop, Oceana Coffee! All locally made goodies just for you. Can't wait to see you!

Alexandra Gioia
150 US HWY 1, Suite 8
Tequesta, FL 33469

Here's the area rug I have in the studio. I went with the 8X10. It fits perfectly and holds up against foot traffic. Super easy to clean too!