Rise To The Occasion

On Friday,
there was a small table
of really nice people
having a great time
over some awesome soufflés
at Dallas' beloved 

It was such a great time,
and- as admittedly awkward as those parties can be at the beginning-
turned out to be a FUN evening.

It's always so refreshing (and dare I say, "flattering?")
to meet people who read my blog.

The internet can be a tricky place
with false identities (ahem, Aspiring Kennedy?)
and tiny little profile pics...

You can never be too sure about who you're meeting out there.

So to show up and meet completely awesome/normal people
really floored me.

I can't believe that such cool people 
 take the time to read my blog.

I'm not even sure my own mom reads it.

Ok, I'm drifting...

All that to say,
I was on a high from getting to hang out 
with so many sweet ladies.

Thanks for coming out-
blogger meet-ups wouldn't be nearly as fun
if no one was there to actually meet up!

And now, 
some pictures
to prove that it actually happened.

the set-up.
fancy fizzy water
viola got some swag from the party. a sophie giraffe from helen! merci. :)
getting our instagrams on... #dallasbloggerbash
marshmallow soup  with floating "marshmallows" of mini goat cheese souffles!
crab souffle.
les femmes du blogging :)
bread pudding soufflé
table dancing.
me & my co-host, beth dotolo.
this strawberry souffle has been on my mind ever since the party. gorgeous!
last ladies standing. closing down the party!

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. Wow Lauren!!
    You had a great idea!!
    All the girls look lovely!
    Can you share their blog?
    Buon lunedì!!!

  2. Well done Lauren, looks like a fabulous evening!! Wish we could celebrate international blates soon x

  3. This looks like so much fun! Everyone looks very glam. That strawberry souffle looks MASSIVE haha!

    Beth // SansSouci

  4. Looks so fun! My in-laws live in Dallas-- I want to try this place on our next visit. Yum!


  5. That crab souffle looks fabulous. And you all do, too!

  6. Looks like so so much fun! If South Africa was a little bit closer to Dallas, I definitely would have been there ;)


  7. This meetup was so great, thanks so much for organizing Lauren! There are some pretty rad ladies in Dallas (if I do say so myself)!

  8. I tend to think nice, happy blogs attract the same type of reader - so it makes sense the meet-up was so fun. My almost 15 yr old daughter loves the pics of Viola on your blog. Table dancing - too cute!

  9. Looks like fun! And the food..OMG.. Wish I was there with you!

  10. This looks like so much fun and the food looks incredible! I've had the chance to meet up with some fellow bloggers in real life too, and it's funny because when you tell people who don't blog what you're doing they think it's kind of strange...but it's totally awesome! I think that there is just a similar personality trait that bloggers share that makes the really open people, and getting to meet in person just reaffirms that! xoxo

  11. looks like a blast! and that soufle?! i die.

  12. How cool that you got to meet some of your groupies...just jealous that this groupie couldn't come :( Dallas has the coolest restaurants! This place looks divine!

  13. This looks SO much fun! And so delicious. Souffle? YES PLEASE! xx

  14. Could you please come and organise one of these in Cape Town?! Looks fab x

  15. This looks like an amazing dinner! I will definitely put Rise on the top of my list when making a trip to Dallas!

  16. This place looks AMAZING!! We clearly need one in Houston. Or I need to visit Dallas more often!

  17. I love, love, love that there is a restaurant dedicated to souffles - seems like such fun! Glad you ladies had such a great time - and look at Viola, always the life of the party :)

  18. This was so fun! Thanks so much for organizing and it was so nice to meet you in real life!! This was my first blogger meet up ever and it did not disappoint--great food, great people, great time all around!!

  19. yum! sounds delicious! This might be a stupid question, but what does a souffle taste like? Never had one

  20. Looks like so much fun, thanks for sharing it with all of us who wish we could have been there!

  21. I don't have a blog, but I check yours daily. :) Love your blog (and your travels, too!) Rise is fantastic...I'm sad that I was out of town and missed the fun, especially since it was open to non-bloggers!

  22. Looks like such a blast! Those souffles are stunning and perfectly prepared.


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