Real Housewives of Atlanta Style
If you’re like most Slice girls, you’ve been counting the days until the return of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. New York may have its uptown divas, and the O.C. its golden tanned trophy wives but you’ve seen nothing until you’ve met the over-achieving ball-busters of Atlanta. Wealthy, beautiful and in demand on everybody’s social calendar, these women know how to party. To celebrate the return of Sheree, Lisa, DeShawn, Kim and NeeNee some good ol’ southern hospitality is in order.
Let’s throw a party these Georgia peaches would approve of!
Velvet Rope Time
Girlfriends, it’s time to make like the Real Housewives and put a shout out to your clique – THE party of the season is on the cards. Dare to pass up this occasion and fear being the subject of the most unflattering gossip! Add only the people you deem worthy and the most Housewives-esque to your exclusive guest list. With a cheeky nod to this reality series abd the bitching bonanza it’s famous for, send out your party invites as gossipy emails. Paper invites are so 2003 and bad for the environment – aren’t all Real Housewives charitable and forward thinking when it comes to parties, not to mention our planet? No? Well, if the only green they care about is related to counting Benjamins, I’m not surprised!
Your party’s venue ideally should be the best looking and roomiest home amidst your clique. Only the best for your girls, right? With all the southern charm you can muster, sweet talk your friend with the coolest abode into turning their home into party central. In exchange for hosting this peachy bash, pledge to take care of all the prep so your designated hostess isn’t imposed upon. Southern ladies may be ultra competitive but they also know when to roll up their designer sleeves and help a girlfriend out especially when everyone benefits from the result.
With your location in the bag, it’s time to consider all the visual bells and whistles that shout out PARTY. On this occasion, you and your Prada wallet are in luck. Save your pennies and don’t worry about excessive festive decorations – you, party gals ARE the decorations! No need for tacky party store banners and coordinated embellishments, you and your girlfriends serve as the evening’s beautification. Make like the Atlanta housewives and vie to be the centre of attention. All eyes (and tomorrow’s gossip) will be on you – speaking of which…
Channel the Housewives
Southern belles know how to dress. Sweet and all Gone with the Wind demure? Couldn’t be farther from the truth! To party with the Atlanta in-crowd it’s hip and happening all the way. Leave behind your flats, comfy jeans and tees, and pull on that strapless gown and sky-high heels. Like your Real Housewives party idols, you must be on trend and look well-put together even if your outfit is not sit down-friendly. Tonight’s mantra: Fashion before comfort. Your aim is to out-chic everyone else in the room in true Housewives style. Do not be afraid to upstage your girlfriends. They’ll be doing the same!
Songs of the South
Atlanta is an eclectic hot bed for groove-worthy musical talent. Cat Power, TLC, Outcast, Gladys Knight, Ludacris, the Black Crowes, the B52s all hail from the Peach State’s capital. With such a stellar line up of musical gems, your bash will be buzzing with an on-theme soundtrack featuring ear candy for all musical appetites.
Southern Comfort – Food
For a true taste of the south, your Real Housewives of Atlanta bash must feature delicious edible delights. Time to leave your diets at the door, ladies! The backbone of Georgia cuisine – fried chicken and barbecue! Toss in biscuits, grits, plenty of fresh local produce and peach pie (a State fave!) to your menu, and you’ll have celebrity chef and Atlanta native, Paula Deen clamouring for an invite. Wash it all down with a famous Georgia Mint Julep. Designated drivers can imbibe an ice cold Coca Cola, a beverage with a long, illustrious Atlanta history.
Once the last slice of peach pie is devoured and the Mint Julep bar has run dry, it’s time to call this party a smashing success! Make sure that every attendee disappears into the night with a luscious goodie bag chock full of treats from your favourite cosmetics counter. What better way to keep yourself in their gossip good books than to offer up a souvenir that makes friends and enemies all look good.
Written By: Jackie Middleton
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The Real Housewives of Atlanta return to Slice for Season 3 Saturday, January 22, @ 8pm ET. Miss an episode? Be sure to catch it in the slice.ca video centre!