East Side Mommas Anniversary Party!

  • April 25, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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East Side Mommas Anniversary Party
Thursday, April 25
4:30-7 p.m.

Hi Mommas! 

On April 12, 2012 I started East Side Mommas when I was 7 months pregnant. I didn't have a single friend with kiddos to connect with nearby – I was big, about to pop and freaking out a little over here on the East Side! So with the support of my man telling me “what’s the worst that could happen, start that group already!” I created this meetup. And here we all are a year later, 230 members and counting and I couldn't be more surprised at the outcome or more proud of our awesome group.  I figured a celebration was the natural thing to do – and thank ya Jesus that Jennifer is so gracious, enthusiastic and I feel a big presence in this group – she agreed to help me host this potluck shin-dig and at her casa, no less!  

This is gonna be a potluck style party, so please bring a main dish, side, or dessert. Whatever your favorite thing to eat and share is! We are hoping to have at least 4 main dishes; I will provide Lasagna. Please write what you will be bringing so that we can loosely organize a nice, even spread of food. Also, it’s a BYOB or whatever drink you fancy. If there’s anyone out there that makes their own home brew, well first of all that’s awesome and it would be cool to see what ya got!  

We’ll be making a ton of stencils with a new "East Side Mommas” logo, so please bring your own shirt, tank top, onesie, toddler tee, canvas bag or whatever you wish to spend 2 minutes painting in a crafty corner. This should be a good time all around and we can’t wait to celebrate with you, your awesome kiddos and partners!  

See y’all soon, 
Emmylou and Jennifer

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  • Jennifer P.

    It was so fabulous to see all of you wonderful ladies, adorable kids, and brave partners! We missed you Emmy and hope to see you soon. We are so grateful to you for starting this group and getting us all together! If anyone is interested in any of the photos of their kids, send me a message and I'd be happy to share them. There's a lot more from the last year on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonoob/sets/72157633060328311/

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Irene

      Jennifer you were and are amazing! Preparing a party at your house, hosting the party, photographing the party, i assume cleaning up the party and STILL getting the most amazing photos up online a day later. You rock!

      2 · April 27, 2013

    • Jessica Carley B.

      Thanks for hosting Jennifer! It was great to meet you and all who could make it this time!

      April 28, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    I was already on cloud 9 this morning from the fun evening, and then Laura came by with flowers and a gift certificate for a massage! Y'all are so sweet :-) Thanks so much!

    4 · April 26, 2013

  • mary j.

    Thank you Jennifer for hosting! I hope you have some yummy leftovers in exchange for the mess!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Emily H.

    What a wild and crazy (and amazing) meet up!!! Thanks to Jennifer for letting us destroy your house!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So great meeting everyone! Wonderful gathering and we look forward to more meetups soon!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • dustin

    Joining in last minute! I'll stop by a grocery store and grab some fresh fruit to bring.

    April 25, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    OK everyone, we've run into some problems cutting the fabulous logo Emmy designed, so may not be able to have those ready for tomorrow. We do however have tons of fabric paint and vinyl, so post your kids names for realz! I'm about halfway done with the ones I know already!

    2 · April 24, 2013

    • Jessica Carley B.

      This is such a creative idea! If there's time for one for Luca, that'd be great. If not, no worries!

      April 25, 2013

    • Amy

      Ugh, nevermind. Rowan just got sent home sick from daycare. Guess we'll have to miss today:(

      April 25, 2013

  • Valerie V.

    So excited to get to know other families on the East Side. I'm new to the group. I'm hoping my husband can make it, too. Thanks for hosting! We'll bring some apple juice for the kids and either beer or wine for the adults.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • E-J

    I just joined but would love to come!

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • Sukyi

      Hey E-J! Glad you joined. Everyone's going to love Atticus :)

      April 24, 2013

    • Jennifer P.

      It will be great to meet y'all!

      April 24, 2013

  • Rebecca A.

    I just picked a bunch of lettuce and spinach from my parent's garden so I'll bring a big salad and wine!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're going to bring some wine since it sounds like food is plenty covered!

    April 24, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    Bring any balloons you have lying around! At our holiday party the kids ran themselves ragged chasing my daughter's leftover birthday balloons and it was some seriously cheap entertainment :-) Any plain old balloons (not necessarily helium) are welcome!

    April 24, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    I'm cutting stencils like a madwoman, and think I'll have vinyl left over. If I do, I might go a bit crazy and cut everybody's kids names too. If you're interested, post your little one's name in a comment below this and I'll see if I can get it done before Thursday afternoon.

    April 24, 2013

    • Joann D.

      You are so crazy girl! But if you do have time Sofia & Parker :) Thanks mama!

      April 24, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    And FYI for the potluck I've got plates, napkins, cups, and silverware. I don't see a lot of beverages in the comments below, so if you're still wondering what to bring I think some sparkling water, juice, and wine would be welcome! And coolers with ice!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    not sure what I will bring yet. thanks for doing this!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined the group, so I hope I'm not crashing the party! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. I'll bring a kale salad.

    1 · April 19, 2013

    • Sukyi

      We like new people!

      1 · April 23, 2013

  • Nayeli

    It's my second event and im very excited!! I would like to being some homemade cornbread muffins ;-)

    April 23, 2013

  • V

    I'm going to try to make it, but I'll be coming straight from work, so I'm not sure what food I can bring. I don't have access to a fridge at work, so I might just bring napkins, plates, etc.

    April 22, 2013

  • Anna S.

    I'm not sure what I'll bring and I'm going to use my pregnant status as my excuse... Whatever sounds really tasty on that particular day!

    April 19, 2013

  • diana

    hoping my husband can make it

    April 19, 2013

  • Angel

    This sounds like fun! It will be my first time meeting everyone! My husband, daughter and I hope to stop in for a bit. We'll bring some chicken & cheese quesadillas and maybe a salad.

    April 16, 2013

  • Courtney R.

    I will make it after work. I am brand new so I hope it is alright that I am coming! I will bring some homemade strawberry sorbet! I will be bringing my son Brayden!

    April 14, 2013

  • tatiana

    I was really looking forward to attending this, but just looked at my calendar and realized that have a rehearsal dinner for a wedding same evening. )=

    April 12, 2013

  • Katelyn

    I want to go but the little one got sick last night !!! so bummed, I haven't gone out in sooo long!!!

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'll do our best to make it - with two kiddos now, our afternoons can be a bit crazy. I think the best I can manage for food will be cookies (hopefully), but I'll likely compensate by bringing some drinks to share... anyone up for Kirs?

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Sarah K.

    I've only been able to make one meetup but hope to become a regular now that Harvey is napping on a schedule (it's a miracle!). We'll bring a curried chickpea salad.

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will come after work.

    April 9, 2013

  • jennie

    Love the stencil idea! Jennifer you are so gracious!!

    3 · April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'll bring a baked item....probably muffins or healthy (-ish?) cupcakes!

    April 8, 2013

  • Sukyi

    I'll bring baklava!

    April 8, 2013

  • Katelyn

    I really want to start meeting up again! I'm going to try to come and bring some blackberry cobbler & ice cream.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Irene

    Something Savory. probably Deviled Eggs, or Spanokopita, or lamb meatballs with yogurt. need to go shopping first. Hope to get Bob to come too.

    April 8, 2013

  • Emmylou J.

    There are so many of you I haven't gotten the chance to meet and I look forward to having this chance.... I can't wait!

    April 8, 2013

  • Laura M.

    I'll work on Ian to see if we can bring a keg of homebrew. He's planning to brew this Saturday and it's possible it might be ready in time. U think enough folks would dig a hoppy pale ale or should I try to convince him to brew something milder?

    2 · April 8, 2013

    • Emmylou J.

      Whatever is easiest or y'all are up for! I'm good either way :-)

      April 8, 2013

  • Joann D.

    Oh are husbands welcome or it just for us ladies :) ?

    1 · April 8, 2013

    • Laura M.

      Ian will probably join around 5:30 after work.

      April 8, 2013

    • Emmylou J.

      The whole Family!!!

      April 8, 2013

  • Sarah L.

    This group literally saved my sanity in those early baby days! I think I might bring the black bean/mango salad I brought to the Easter party...and probably a bottle of vino :)

    2 · April 8, 2013

  • Emily Boyd W.

    Jack and I are in and can't wait to celebrate with you. We'll bring a greek quinoa salad. Thanks Miss Jennifer for hosting.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    Definitely partners are welcome Joann!

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Joann D.

    I'll bring a broccolli crunch salad! yum & my kiddos too!

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • yeni

    will bring Spanish torta (potato quiche)

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Laura M.

    great idea!

    April 8, 2013

  • Emily H.

    soooooo fun! I am going to do EVERYTHING I can to get out of work and make it for the party!

    2 · April 8, 2013

  • Jennifer P.

    Can't wait to celebrate! The Mommas have made the last year of parenting infinitely more fun than it would have been without you lovely ladies!

    3 · April 8, 2013

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