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Cup of Jo’s Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Last Thursday, we threw a Cup of Jo garden party in Brooklyn! We invited readers to the Clare V. store next to our Brooklyn office, and we LOVED meeting all the wonderful women — including designer Clare Vivier herself. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Right before the party, we had the inevitable panic that no one would come, but around 6 p.m., people started arriving!

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Clare V. store in Brooklyn

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Inside the store, people browsed the bags and tried on summer lipsticks from Ilia.

Cup of Jo's Garden Party with Poppy's Catering

In the garden, we had delicious food from Poppy’s Catering (including mini BLTs and flatbreads)…

Cup of Jo's Garden Party with Alit Wines

…and rosé and Champagne from Alit Wines.

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

We hung out and chatted — how cute are these bright red dresses?

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

The garden was filled with fairy lights and friendly faces, including…

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo editors Megan and Stella…

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

…and even a few gentlemen! :)

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

That little face! Those socks! The perpendicular feet! #BABYFEVER

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Lots of stripes and funny conversations.

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

People were making friends and exchanging numbers, too, which was so much fun to see.

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

Cup of Jo's Garden Party

It was such a treat to meet some great women in this community and get to chat and eat snacks and hang out. Thank you so much for everyone who came, and for Clare for co-hosting. If you’d like us to host a gathering in your city (maybe with manicures? fortune tellers? a braid bar?) please let us know where you live and we’ll try to make it happen! Thank you so much. xoxo

P.S. Making friends as an adult, and a trick for avoiding small talk.

(Photos by Tory Williams for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Laura says...

    Come to Winter Park or Orlando, FL please :)

  2. Awww what a joy! Please come to Orange County, CA! By the beach :)

  3. Tara says...

    Obsessed with that pink shirtdress — any idea where it’s from? :D

  4. Grace Ann says...

    Not sure if anyone has already inquired but there are hundreds of comments now… any chance of finding out where that cute gal in the second photo from the top bought her black mules? She is the one on the far right in jeans and a white T. I love them!

  5. Where is Megan and Stella’s dress/jumpsuit from? I think they’re both cute! Also a vote for Atlanta.

  6. Leah says...

    Chicago! I will host and set up lots of the logistics! I love CupofJo and would love to meet readers here!!

  7. Kerry says...

    Come to Canada! Calgary to be exact. We could all go for a hike in the Rockies! I’ve been reading you from Europe when I lived there as well. I’m sure you have fans all over, but Canadian fans are the best ?
    Kerry

  8. Jenna says...

    Minneapolis!

  9. audrey says...

    YES. SF Bay Area– SF proper, sure, but Oakland or Berkeley would be so cool!! This looks like it was a wonderful time!

  10. Sarah Lindsay says...

    St. Peteursburg, Florida! I think you all would love the vibes and beautiful Florida weather. It’s an old city with young inspiration blooming.

  11. Cat says...

    Come to Philly! My sister in law and I are always talking about the cool things you post and we’dlove to meet you : )

  12. Katie says...

    Aspen, Colorado!!!! ;)

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  15. Natalie says...

    Portland!! (OR)

  16. Lauren says...

    Los Angeles!!!

  17. Robin says...

    Come to Denver!! I’d help you get a great crowd; my girlfriends and I all adore you!

  18. B says...

    Come and host a fun party in Washington, DC :)

  19. Melanie says...

    Oh my I am so late to commenting but please please please bring your lovely garden party + female bonding awesomeness to the nerdy Cambridge/MIT crowd!!

  20. Andrea says...

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You have gotta to come south!

  21. Julia L. says...

    Boston! :) Also if there are any Boston CoJ ladies who would like to have own get together in the meanwhile, I’m going out on a limb to say give me a shout! Email: jlinds @ gmail.com :)

    • Alison says...

      I second Boston!!

    • Lauren says...

      third!

    • Katherine says...

      Yes Boston!!

  22. Gillian says...

    Minneapolis or St. Paul!! Please come visit us in Minnesota — and do it quick, while the weather is still nice!

  23. Justine says...

    I second Emily’s comment above and say Seattle, please! Especially now that it’s summer, it has incomparable beauty

  24. Alice says...

    D.C. please!!

  25. megan says...

    denver denver denver denver denver

  26. Somewhere in the SF Bay Area pretty please! Love how stylin everyone that showed up looks! (esp the fun earrings)

  27. Please come to Seattle! We promise it doesn’t rain all of the time :)

  28. Susan says...

    Washington DC needs cup of jo now more than ever!!!! Lol. But seriously come!!

    • Ashley says...

      So true! Please Cup of Jo, come here and give us something to be happy about.

    • Annie says...

      Yes come to D.C. with a braid bar and fortune teller and someone to help me learn how to be as stylish yet casual as all these ladies in the pics ! Am I the only one who has feels like all my casual clothes are too dingy/for workouts/10 year old yoga pants made just for Netflix… but then my nicer clothes are either for work or formal occasions (weddings, the like) ?

    • Beth says...

      So true! Come to DC!

  29. Kim says...

    How were you worried no one would come? I wanted to come and I’m all the way from Detroit :)

  30. Liesl says...

    Minneapolis/St Paul please! How fun.

  31. Tori says...

    Durham, NC!!

  32. Amanda says...

    San Francisco!!!

  33. Regina says...

    Philadelphia!!

  34. Hannah says...

    Nashville!!

  35. Katie says...

    Lexington, KY would love to have you! Horse country, bourbon, and bluegrass!

  36. Kerri says...

    yes, please come to san francisco! or better yet, oakland! :)

    • Jenn says...

      yesss! i’d love to see these ladies out here in the east bay! :]

    • Lauren says...

      Another vote for Oakland!!

  37. Bethany says...

    Come visit us in San Francisco!

  38. Ser says...

    A BRAID BAR???what a genius idea. I have butt length hair so cannot braid it myself , except the simplest. I would line up for hours to have amazing braids

  39. Cheryl says...

    Detroit!!

    Loved looking at these pics. Looked like so much fun.

    • valentina says...

      YES to Detroit!

  40. Emma says...

    I have an idea! A post where everyone simply comments the city and state they live in. Even if cupofjo can’t make it everywhere, I would love to get in contact with people who love this blog as much as I do! There’s got to be someone else in Clemson, SC who reads cupofjo. Right?!

    • Jessica says...

      I live in Greenville, SC! I’ve read Joanna’s blog since before Toby was born.

    • Katherine says...

      Yay for SC Cup of Jo readers!

  41. I love the vibe and I’m very jealous of those ladies who got to attend you party!

  42. Martha says...

    London, please!!!!

    • Anna says...

      Second vote for London!

    • Em says...

      Third vote for london!

  43. Callie Kurtz says...

    Oh my goodness, please!!!! Canberra, ACT, Australia. This is a city full of wonderful places and people with no real way to meet. The city is subdivided into four areas and it’s so hard to meet anyone. Not to mention that people are either FROM here, and settled in their friendships, or because it’s the capital of Australia the other group is part of a hugely transient population that moves quickly between Canberra Sydney and Melbourne. I’ve been here for seven years and fit in to neither catagory and just want some fun friends!! I think this is a wonderful excuse to make a trip down under, jo! And I have a particularly precious 4 year old that would love playing with your Anton! Wait till September and I’ll have a baby you can cuddle too :)

  44. Kelly says...

    Ahhhh, after 10 years in NYC I moved to Denver three years ago, and this post made me miss the city so much. Ain’t nothing like New York girls. It would be such a TREAT to have Clare Vivier and Joanna Goddard in Denver!

  45. Louise says...

    LAAAA!!!!!

    • Beth says...

      Seconding Los Angeles! Please please please!

  46. Angela says...

    Kansas City!

  47. Ashley says...

    Atlanta! It would be so fun! Xoxo

    • Katie says...

      Yes!! Come to Atlanta!

    • Bianca says...

      A third vote for Atlanta!!

    • Emily says...

      Sorry for the late comment- please come to Atlanta!

  48. Heather McClure says...

    San Diego!!!

    • Benita says...

      Yes, San Diego for sure!

  49. Heidi says...

    Dallas! I would make it out there in a heartbeat. :) I so wish I could have been visiting NYC when this garden party was going on, but I will cross my fingers that one day there will be a get-together in Dallas!

    • Erin says...

      I second that! Dallas!

    • Mariana says...

      I’m in Houston, I’d definitely make the drive to Dallas :)

    • i third, DALLAS!

    • I fourth Dallas!!

    • Kim says...

      Ooohhh, yes, Dallas! So many great places to do this and fab, interesting women. I’ve got a whole network of women who are trying to make a positive mark on our world while juggling life, kids and self-actualization while still caring about things like the yummiest cheese and a good eye cream.

  50. Courtney Norton says...

    Come to Phoenix! You can do it in the winter when NY is dreary & Phoenix is balmy! Maybe you could host with your friend Jenny Komenda?

    • Lidis says...

      YES, that would be great!!!! I just moved to AZ (due to my husband’s job) and I don’t know anyone yet!

  51. Katie says...

    DC DC DC pleeeaassseeeee

    • SFDC says...

      Yes, DC!!

  52. Alexis says...

    Santa Fe, New Mexico!

    Also, is that gorgeous blush handbag with the black handles from Clare V.? I can’t find it on the website. I would love to know where it’s from!