With all of the hype surrounding unicorns in Houston this month, from the frothy pink and baby blue Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino to El Bolillo's sweet pastel-colored Unicorn Concha, it was the perfect opportunity for MsIndependent, a private company that started as a Meetup.com group, to gather women to celebrate their uniqueness with food, flair and giveaways.
MsIndependent founder Erin Creeks serendipitously announced a unicorn-themed Girls' Night Out (GNO) event on National Unicorn Day, April 9. GNOs typically occur monthly and focus on a central theme. For the Unicorn event, included in the $35 fee, event-goers received two drink tickets for cocktails or wine, food, desserts, valet, swag bag and virtual offers. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket went directly toward Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, addressing senior hunger and isolation in our city.
This past Thursday, on May 4, more than 130 ladies met at luxury residential high-rise 2929 Weslayan to show off their inner "unicorn." The Sky Lounge, the upscale apartment complex's common area, was transformed into a beautiful space with pink balloons and lovely decorated tables.
Mediterranean light bites were provided by Verts, and an assortment of cake pops, macaroons, cupcakes and sugar cookies were donated by Legally Sweet Treats & Confections, Bonjour Brigadeiro, Wink by Erica, Crumble & Co. and @HangryinHouston.
Since 2010, MsIndependent has hosted more than 325 events designed specifically for women of all ages to come together in search of what Creeks calls the Four F's: Food, Fitness, Fun and Freedom. With nine years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and pilates teacher, Creeks curates these occasions to connect strong, independent women and provide networking opportunities.
Past events have included a restaurant crawl in CityCentre, indoor skydiving, yoga classes, career workshops, pop-up dinners and brunches.
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Seven vendors were set up at the Unicorn event to provide information about their products and services. The ladies were treated to a free massage, a mini horoscope reading, food styling tips, a belly dance performance and a swag bag of goodies to take away with them.