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“Month of Me” post #10: Splatter Paint Party at 4 Cats Art Studio!

Photo Credit: Andrea Tomkins

The Invite:

I’m turning 40 in October, but I sure didn’t get here alone … each of you gorgeous women has played a special part in my life and as a little thank-you, I hope you can join me for a fun get-together!

We’ll be literally be partying like it’s 1984 😉 since we’ll be acting like big kids as we do a SPLATTER PAINT PARTY!  

Details: You need to wear old clothes AND shoes! There is a refreshment room so if anyone is up for bring potluck snacks, go for it. Absolutely no gifts, please. 

See you there my friends … 
The Invitees:
In attendance at the party were women who have all played a special role in my life — from our daycare provider who has kissed countless boo-boos, my first boss (turned forever friend) in the field of marketing, my bloggy-mentor and good friend, and my current marketing colleague who puts up with me daily …. to my “baby” sister, my friend turned sister-in-law, my mom, my nine-year-old daughter Stella, and my faithful friends who in addition to sharing laughs over the years have propped me up and helped me get through some of my toughest times as a mother and woman.

Getting the Party Started:
As I shared in an earlier post, the 4 Cats Arts Studio parties were initially designed for kids’ parties.
But on Friday night, once the last of the scheduled children’s parties was complete and cleaned up, my gang of gals descended upon the place.
Located in an area of Ottawa (1107 Wellington Street) that I’d hadn’t been in for while, I loved the vibe of Hintonburg. To me, it felt like this neighbourhood was really coming together, with lots of groovy little boutiques on either side of the 4 Cats Arts Studio. Also, for future reference, if you’d like to do a party at 4 Cats, a gorgeous new restaurant called Burnt Butter has just opened right across the street from the studio — perfect for a pre-party dinner!
Before the party started, Emaly, our host and Hintonburg studio owner, passed around a sign-up sheet for those who might want to receive the 4 Cats Hintonburg Newsletter. At the top of the list, I am referred to as “the birthday child.” I’m okay with that.

And, The Party!
I think these photos speak for themselves.

Photo Credit: Andrea Tomkins

Photo Credit: Andrea Tomkins

Photo Credit: Andrea Tomkins

Photo Credit: Andrea Tomkins

The Thank-You:
Thank you to the girlfriends who made it out, and love to the ones who couldn’t. Thank you to my fun twitter friends who followed along and cheered us on. And big, huge thank-you to Emaly Green, owner of the 4 Cats Arts Studio for inviting and hosting this party.
Because, oh, my, did we have fun!

Photo Credit: Andrea Tomkins


  1. it was the best idea ever. so much fun! thank you jules, what a way to celebrate 40 years!

  2. Mary Lynn Kitaura says:

    Looks fantastic. Happy birthday, Julie!

  3. Capitalmom says:

    Looks like a good time!

  4. andrea from the fishbowl says:

    It was a great party! Thank you Julie! xox

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