I Planned A Drake Themed Galentine’s Dinner Party In 5 Days And It Was Everything

Having dinner with girlfriends is the best. But add cake and Drake songs – it’s simply the perfect theme I could think of for hosting my first Galentine’s Day dinner in Chicago.

I love a good party (see here, here, and basically all of my Instagram stories). And the reasons why I love them is because they help you bond with people. This Galentine’s Day dinner party was no exception.

First, I’m going to walk you through how I planned the Drake Themed party in five days- from the Drake on a Cake to the location.

Then, I’ll share with you what we did at the party.

How We Got to Drake on a Cake Galentine’s Theme:

The theme was Drake on a Cake. How did we get here? It all started with Chicago Restaurant Week and God’s Plan.

I was having a late lunch, which turned into early cocktails with a few fab Chicago lifestyle and food bloggers.  Drake had just released the song, God’s Plan, and we started talking about the lyrics which led our Instagram-obsessed selves to Drake on the Cake Instagram account.

 

Nicole Triebe from Windy City Dinner Fairy at Restaurant Week. Photo by: The Brazen Gourmand

 

During the lunch, I met the infamous Nicole Triebe, Founder of  Windy City Dinner Fairy, who I had followed on Instagram, but we’d never met in person. And, I’m going to tell you, meeting in person is so important. 

The day we met for Chicago Restaurant Week was also the day I started to promote my new relationship podcast, Ok Cool. We started talking about dating stories in Chicago and we were swapping our worst date stories.

Drake + Good Lobster Rolls + Bad Dates = BFFS

 

After a few laughs, some mussels, and some good cider, I had to interview Nicole about Windy City Dinner Fairy for my blog. So, we set up a date to make a Drake on a Cake and learn more about how she started baking and cooking.

The Drake on a Cake: Making the Cake:

About a week later, what was just girl talk, turned into baking the Drake on a Cake. I started my afternoon with Nicole from Windy City Dinner Fairy with a bottle of champagne. She already had the eggs and some ingredients on the table. Without a recipe, she swirled the batter and tossed in the ingredients to make a double chocolate Drake on a Cake.

 

Baking a Cake with Windy City Dinner Fairy.

 

Meet The Girlboss Behind Windy City Dinner Fairy:

While her cake smelled sweet, her story of becoming a girl boss was about a 15-year long road. See, Nicole always knew what she was good at, but it took time to develop her skills and her clientele. She was working a full-time job as a Paralegal when she started her creative, custom dessert catering company, Windy City Dinner Fairy. She was catering with a friend and made pastries for a coffee shop. And then on her own, Nicole was hired as a personal chef for three CrossFitters. It was when she made cupcakes for a wedding that she realized that this was what she wanted to do. She switched jobs to be an Assistant Underwriter at an insurance company and still kept making cakes and food on the side. Her business had expanded throughout the Chicagoland area. After working two jobs, which she didn’t like very much, she was ready to incorporate her side hustle on her 35th birthday – December 1, 2017.

 

The cakes were cooling, and it was time to pop the champagne. After hearing her story, we brainstormed the best Drake lyrics. Ultimately, we went with “You The F*ckin Best.” Windy City Dinner Fairy then made then made a “You The F*ckin Best”  playlist as she finished icing the cake, and I finished the champagne. I knew that those weren’t just empty words on a cake – she really is the f*ckin best for quitting her job and making her side hustle her business.

 

We Chose the Drake lyrics “You The F*ckin Best” for The Galentine’s Day Cake. 

 

P.S. if you need a visual of what it was like to bake with Nicole, you can watch her in action with Glossed and Found, an online video magazine making a hydrangea cupcake bouquet for Valentine’s Day.

The Galentine’s Day Invites:

One Party Can Lead To Another if you just believe. Chicago influencers from Chicagogrammers came to the Drake on a Cake Galentine’s Day Party. 

I think the only thing to do with a cake is to have a party. So, I went to the monthly Chicagogrammer’s happy hour with 30 other Instagrammers on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Some of them had seen my Instagram stories and asked me what Drake on a Cake was.  After Chicago bloggers and influencers Alyssa Erickson from Doughscuit, Allie Barke from Alliesfashionalley, and Katie Cahnmann from Appetite_4_Adventure were interested – I decided it was for a party.

A handful of people were going to the Chicago Pizza Party like Allie Bahcall from Bahcallmemaybe, who works for Yelp and the other half had no plans –  so we choose Saturday night.

I literally met new people that night like Ratanya Bowens and said, “Hi, I’m Amanda, what are you doing Saturday night?” With the blizzard coming on Friday, I knew the more invites the merrier.

So, I had a cake. I had people. Now, I just needed a time and a place. Three days till the party.

The Place to Host a Dinner Party:

Dinner parties are my favorite thing. I realized that I’m still an aspiring cook and so I appreciate the many wonderful chefs in Chicago who introduce me to new foods and flavors.

 

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We had the Galentine’s Party at Urbanbelly in Wicker Park. We had a big table to the side with a green wall in the backdrop for the semi-private dinner party.

 

I went out the next day to a handful of restaurants in Wicker Park and talked to the managers about hosting the dinner party. All three of them were great spots – Bru Chicago, Piece Brewery and Pizza, and Urbanbelly. 

 

I knew I wanted a semi-private event space where I could set up some type of decor. I ultimately chose Urbanbelly because they had this beautiful green backdrop and a nice table space with a corner area for us to drop our coats and purses and do what girls do best – relax and talk. Plus, the manager, Elizabeth was so nice.

The Decor:

If ever there was a time for a Target Run – it’s for a party. Target has really cute decor for $1 or $3. I picked up some cards, balloons, some pens and stickers, and a few photobooth props.

 

Appetite 4 Adventure and AlliesFashionAlley were some of the Chicago bloggers at the Drake dinner party. 

 

Plus I got some champagne gum as a palate gum. It made a great conversation piece.

The Night of The Drake on a Cake Dinner Party:

Let me just say, I loved everything about this party. Urbanbelly in Wicker Park had the table reserved for us with water and chopsticks already on the table.

We all decided on which Ramen and dumplings to order – don’t forget the dumplings. They are small, but flavorful. I got the beef and cheddar and the chicken curry. They were so good! And then I ordered togarashi fries for the table. Which were perfect in between good, spicy bites of my chicken ramen.

Last night was messy, funny, and as real as a Drake song makes me feel. My dreams came true – I threw a Drake themed dinner party for Galentines Day. We made Valentine’s Day cards from Drake lyrics and had a Drake on a Cake. I went to a few restaurants to host the party and @urbanbellychicago was wonderful and made us feel special. After ramen, some dumplings and piña coladas, the manager brought us amazing ice cream shots and pb&j ice cream – soft serve with crunchy peanut butter and huckleberry jelly that even @seriouseats recognized as some of the best ice cream in Chicago. The food was amazing! And I had never been there before. Getting a card written from Drake lyrics made us all laugh and most of all I had amazing company. Cheers to week of love and laughter 🥂

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I had never been to Urbanbelly before – but everything was good and everyone loved it. I learned that the master chef is renowned Chicago chef, Bill Kim, who has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand and the StarChefs Rising Stars Award.

One of the best parts of Urbanbelly is their cocktails and desserts. Seriously these can be extras and often overlooked when having a big bowl of ramen. But, we had to try. They have house-made signature cocktails including a new pina colada inspired cocktail. I went for the cider.

Making Valentine’s Day Cards From Drake Lyrics:

After we shared dating stories and caught up on life. I had everyone put their name in Valentine’s Day bag. We all wrote out Valentine’s Day cards to each other using Drake lyrics. I think this was one of my favorite parts of the night!

 

We pulled names from the Valentine’s Day bag to write personalized notes using Drake lyrics. 

 

The best Valentine’s Day card made via Drake Lyrics was:

Katie,

Tonight was your night. Go get you some lobsters and shrimp.

You smart and you know it. I get it. I get it. You outdo those pimps.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Love,

Sam

I mean Drake lyrics written as a card had us all laughing.

The next part was dessert. The manager surprised us and brought us some of Urbanbelly’s dessert to try and it was seriously amazing. If you only have room for one dessert – order the shake shot. I was confused when they put a mason jar filled with soft serve and shot glasses on the table – but taking a shot of ice cream is now one of my favorite shots. UrbanBelly’s shake shot has vanilla soft serve, Vietnamese iced coffee & chocolate crisp on top.

 

After Ramen, we took cake shots – which are just as amazing as they sound. 

 

I’ve never tasted peanut butter and jelly in ice cream form – but it was better than the sandwich. They take crunchy peanut butter and mix it with berry compote into the vanilla soft serve. Then, we also sampled the soy caramel soft serve.

Finally, it was time for the cake behind the party – Drake on a Cake. Urbanbelly cut the double chocolate cake and served us. The homemade frosting was so good!

Happy Galentine’s Day:

Our bellies were full and my heart was filled with joy. I’ve always wanted to throw something ridiculous like a Different rake on a Cake party. Celebrities have been my muse for several parties. For my 25th birthday, I threw a 1989 Taylor Swift party and we shut down the bar to make a music video to Shake it Off.

 

We finally got to eat the Drake on a Cake. 

 

So, that’s how you throw a party in five days. Hope you have a great Galentine’s Day and thank you for reading Windy City Cosmo! Remember, you’re the f*ckin best.

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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Why Rihanna’s “Work” is Working for Tidal

I’m all for trying something new. That seasonal latte. A morning dance party. Sure.

I wasn’t excited to try Tidal. I was reluctant.

Tidal, a new player in offline and online music streaming, was simply a wave in the ocean, but it didn’t make a splash. We’ve felt the promotion. I saw the turquoise blue profile pic change on your Instagram.

This article title alone proves it – “I’m Still Waiting for Jay-Z and ‘Nem to Prove I Need Tidal.” – but  Veronica Wells, Culture Editor of MadameNoire, the leading lifestyle website for black women, goes on to say,

“And while I would love for Jay Z, a Black businessman to be the one to change the game and bring power back to the people who create the music and culture we love, he seems to keep missing opportunities to do just that.”

For those who like Spotify, it felt like with Tidal – Nicki Minaj and Rihanna were for once trying to make something cool that they just couldn’t—that’s until now.

P.S. Tidal is setup exactly like Spotify.

This week I heard a new beat and even when I was recording a Snapchat of the music, I couldn’t stop swaying my hips.

“Rihanna?” I asked my friend at a dinner party.

My friend told me he just downloaded the new track from Tidal, which was offering the one-month free trial version.

Get Ready For “Work”:

The song was “Work”. It was Rihanna. She was back. She wasn’t asking for a rude boy. She wasn’t giving me “Four, Five Seconds.” Rihanna was giving me “something that you’ve never seen,” to quote from the song “Work.”

“You see me…”

It’s got an islander tempo, a sick vibe, and a sultry, repeated plea.

“Da-na-na-na,” she calls with the beat.

She makes me sway, and I had to listen to it.

I was desperate for something new. Something original. And Rihanna is always good at recreating herself with each album. Anti was no exception. She’s not demanding, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

She’s just playfully talking about something we all have to do, “Work, Work, Work.”

“I hope that this gets to you,” she sings in the song. And yes, Rihanna it got to me.

Rihanna's 8th Album Artwork Reveal

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 07: Singer Rihanna at Rihanna’s 8th album artwork reveal for “ANTI” at MAMA Gallery on October 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for WESTBURY ROAD ENTERTAINMENT LLC)

Drake Adds Comfort:

The song “Work” features Drake. I was pretty excited to hear that Drake and Rihanna were collaborating since it will probably be awhile since we hear a Nicki Minaj and Drake song again.

Drake broke up the islander vibe and added an r&b element to “Work”. He was the man that meets you at the end of a long day with some comfort, maybe a hug. It wasn’t sick like his usual beats. It was his softer side.

But, Rihanna met him at the end of the song and picked up “Work” for a faster beat at the end, and then shifted into a sudden drift off as the music faded quickly after.

How about a round of applause for Drake and Ri-Ri.

“Work” vs. Anti:

Since 1999, I haven’t taken the time to listen to an entire album. That was until Taylor Swift came out and started to change the way I viewed music. She made her album “1989” something I had to have. And, so I bought the cd and created my 25th birthday party around “1989” including a music video in a Chicago bar to the song, “Shake it Off”.

With Taylor Swift, I could still hear her music everywhere. But, it was good as a whole collection. With Rihanna, she hid her music. She hid it behind Tidal. And when I heard her song “Work,” I wanted it on repeat.

So did other people.

When I took the plunge and downloaded Tidal for the trial offer, I listened to “Work,” but then decided to finish the entire album on my commute home.

It’s at the Billboard Chart No. 27 according to The New York Times, “Rihanna’s lowest opening chart position.”

And in the words of HotNewHipHop.com’s, “Review: Rihanna’s ‘Anti:'”

“People began growing impatient around two years ago, and after a sting of singles (“FourFiveSeconds,” “American Oxygen” and “BBHMM”) that pulled her sound every which way, we now get an album that not only omits all of them, but also does away with just about every expectation we have of Rihanna.”

It is “less radio friendly.”

But, what Rihanna does in this album is she whines. She calls. You can hear her dragging out her words and turning them into ballads for attention.

At the same time, it’s classy. It’s cultured. I feel like I am in a ballroom with her song “Higher.” She starts off the song with “This whiskey got me feeling pretty/So pardon if I’m impolite.”

Anti offers nothing that I would want to put on repeat (although I have), except for her main single “Work”. Rihanna has always been artsy, bold and daring, but this time, she shed her pop top hits for varied beats that sound like they are part of a western, i.e. “Desperado,” or good lyrics overrun with desperate longing to be loved in the song, “Love on The Brain,” which includes the lyrics ” You love when I fall apart (fall apart)/ So you can put me together/ And throw me against the wall.”

The album, Anti has received mixed reviews. Some look at it as a flop when looking at the numbers. Vibe called it “gold…if you’re willing to give it a try”.

Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music:

Dear Rihanna, you did it. You got me to download Tidal. I don’t know if I’ll stay. But being exclusive with your music definitely changed how I thought about music.

Are the music streaming services going to turn into record labels where only certain musicians will sign with selective music streaming services? So far, Taylor Swift has Apple Music and Rihanna is a partner in Tidal. Of course, now everything is available on iTunes.

Will you go green or go blue? It’s the question in Michigan and now it’s the question in the music world of free vs. paid music.

 

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