Girls' Night In - Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Girls’ Night In – Founders’ Day Edition

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz
Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

This post is inspired by the upcoming 109th Founders’ Day of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, which is the oldest historically black sorority, founded by a group of visionary women on January 15, 1908 at Howard University. With sisterhood and all things magical in mind, I wanted to provide something aimed at bringing women together. Of course, food was involved. This is my eighth year as a proud member of AKA and it has been such a gratifying experience of sisterhood and service. Most of the mentors throughout my personal and professional life are Alpha women and, of course, I feel like it’s the greatest sorority on Earth!

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Most recently, the world was introduced to three of our brilliant sisters in the movie Hidden Figures, which is an absolute must see,  by the way! These women are American heroes and I’m so thankful that their hand in making history is finally being shared. My sorors, specifically my line sisters and chapter members, have become some of my closest friends (and huge cheerleaders for Dash of Jazz). We’re scattered all over the country and, at times, the globe but always make time to support each other and celebrate both the big and little things together. We typically gather in some fashion every January to celebrate the founding of our sorority and this year is no different. Since gathering for a good time is not unique to my organization or even to sororities period, I thought I’d share some recipes and inspiration for your next girls’ night in. For this post, I partnered with my soror, Alana Frailey, who blogs about everything home decor over at Stash of Panache, to create the perfect girls’ night in! Alana is also based in Houston and launched her blog in 2016. She opened up her expertly-styled home and set the perfect stage for a party and I dreamed up an easy and yummy mini menu. Below are all the recipes and links to tools I used as well as what I wore. See Alana’s post for all the details on the decor and party accessories. In each post you’ll also find suggestions on how to change out things like colors or ingredients to suit your personal theme.

Girls' Night in Founders' Day | Dash of Jazz

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz

Sparkling Strawberry Mint Limeade

This fun beverage was inspired by our sorority colors. I wanted to create something that’s effervescent, bright, and not too sweet. This limeade hits all those points and is pretty in pink and gorgeous in green, to boot. 🙂 It’s made sparkling by seltzer water and good for all ages. You can easily tone down or amplify each glass by adjusting the syrup to water ratio. Flavor-wise, just imagine a virgin mojito meets fresh berries and bubbles. This mocktail wet our whistles for the main dish coming up next.

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Sparkling Strawberry Mint Limeade
A sparkling, refreshing twist on a summertime favorite.
Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Girls' Night In Founders' Day Edition | Dash of Jazz
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  1. Add strawberries, about three mint leaves, lime juice, zest, and sugar to a blender and blend until liquified. This is the syrup for your limeade.
  2. Muddle about three more mint leaves in pitcher then add syrup and mix very well.
  3. Finish filing pitcher with seltzer water and add additional lime slices, mint leaves, and sliced strawberries if desired. Serve over ice.
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Easy Pasta Bake

I briefly shared the recipe for this easy pasta bake in my meal prepping 101 post last Fall and am revisiting it for this event because it is not only foolproof but also a one pan dish so both preparation and cleanup are easy breezy. That also makes it portable so you can prep everything in the pan then take it over to your host’s house for baking or reheating (like I did). There is major emphasis on easy in this dish. Simply layer the ingredients in the pan, bake, and serve. Oh yeah, it’s also absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS! My homemade meat sauce, fresh basil, spinach, fresh mozz, and rigatoni pasta meld together for yummy, cheesy perfection. The spice from the sauce and sweetness from the basil really elevate this comfort meal.

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Easy Pasta Bake
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Alternate layers of pasta, sauce, cheese, and spinach in a baking dish.
  2. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  3. Top with pieces of torn basil just before serving.
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Strawberry Cake Donuts

To finish things off on a sweet note, I whipped up these strawberry cake donuts, which were inspired by the pumpkin donuts I shared last October. These are lightly sweet with fresh strawberries and a hint of almond flavor. They’re baked and very easy to make using my trusty donut pan plus no frosting or glaze is needed! These donuts are perfect for winding down or to send home with your guests that can’t stay all night (what?!) as they’re portable and not at all messy. It also doesn’t hurt that these are a bit pink but feel free to play around with the recipe to fit in with your theme and tastes. You could swap out the strawberries for blueberries or shoot for red velvet flavors instead, if you are looking to incorporate colors from another organization. These would also be great with a little lemon zest!

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Strawberry Cake Donuts
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add chopped strawberries and about 1 tablespoon of sugar to a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sea salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, mix together remaining ingredients.
  3. Add strawberries to bowl of dry ingredients and mix until coated. Then add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add batter to a piping bag or zip top bag with corner cut off. Pipe into donut pan cavities and bake for about 20 minutes. Tops of donuts will not brown.
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I hope you find some inspiration for your next girls’ night in, whether it is with sorority sisters or not. Let me know if you have any questions below and be sure to check out all the stylish home tips Alana shares on her blog. She has some serious decor inspo that I will definitely be referring to while decorating my new home. I’d love to know what, if any, organizations my readers represent so let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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55 Comments

  1. […] Jazzmine managed the food for our event and I provided the decor. […]

  2. twoboysonepup

    What a beautiful home and how delicious does everything look?! I also want to see the movie! Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Happy Early Founders’Day! I’m a Zeta and my best friend is a AKA. the sisterhood bond is truly magical. Looks like you all had fun. Can’t wait to try the limade recipe.

    1. Jazz

      Thanks for stopping by, Marsha!

  4. Angie

    Great post. Loving the recipes and will definitely have to try them all 💟

    1. Jazz

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. jmanuel

    This looked really fun! Love all the recipes!

    1. Jazz

      Thanks for reading!

  6. Ashli

    Love this!!!

  7. Brittany Kibbe

    I need to try these recipes

  8. Veronica Williams

    Love everything about this!

    1. Jazz

      Thanks for reading, Veronica!

  9. robin masshole mommy

    It sounds like you had a fantastic night in! That limeade sure does sound tasty!

  10. Love the Girls Night In and the Founders Day theme for your sorority! The connection of the colors of the foods with your sorority colors is so smart. And, everything looks yummy!

  11. It looks like y’all had a blast! And those recipes sound so yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  12. All the eats and drinks look so good! I want to try making the strawberry limeade!

  13. What a beautiful and chic party with a bunch of lovely women!

  14. Those cake donuts are just calling my name! I will definitely try the recipe, and I have to get one of those cute donut pans!

  15. What a beautiful group of women! I’ve really been wanting to see Hidden Figures! And I love your sense of sisterhood, that’s so amazing that you still make the time to come together every year!

    1. Jazz

      Thanks so much, Brittany!

  16. I’m looking forward to seeing Hidden Figures. Your pictures are stunning. It looks like y’all had a fabulous gathering. I need to try the Sparkling Strawberry Mint Limeade. It sounds so refreshing.

  17. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    This looks like it was such a wonderful event. The food looks incredible and you beautiful ladies look like you had so much fun.

  18. Debra

    A alcoholic drink? That looks wonderful. I don’t drink so it is fun to see a drink that I can actually have! What a fun night!

  19. lovelysilvia

    This party looks so fun! Omg this is so sweet I would love to do something like this with my sorority sisters! It’s been so long since we’ve all gotten together. Great recipes!

  20. Yum that limeaid looks delicious!!! I normally just drink water so that would be nice to switch it up when people come over during the summer or for a party since I don’t drink!

  21. What beautiful pictures. I love the recap looks like you ladies had a fun and classy time!

  22. That looked like a good time for all, and the food looked delicious. Glad to see you were able to get your friends together for this.

  23. Those strawberry limeades look so refreshing. Love spending time with my girls.

  24. It looks like you guys had an amazing time! What a great event! The drinks look perfect!

  25. Looks like a great time! Everything looks awesome, and the limeaids look delicious! Yum. I bet it was a lot of fun.

  26. What beautiful photos. It look like you all had a great time. xx

  27. I love seeing strong beautiful women celebrate each other. I think I pinned every recipe on here. It all looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jazz

      Aww, thanks for stopping by!

  28. That limeade looks amazing! I saw the preview for Hidden Figures in the theater last week and I cannot wait to see it.

  29. That wreath is adorable and the pasta bake recipe sounds delicious and perfect for a girl’s night!

  30. All the food and decor look amazing! Also, I want that Whitney picture, lol. I really need to see Hidden Figures too, thanks for the reminder.

    1. Jazz

      The Whitney picture is EVERYTHING!

  31. What a great party! That punch looks amazing <3

  32. That sparkling strawberry mint limeade sounds so incredible. It looks like you had a beautiful event.

  33. I love a girls night in! Also, the pasta bake looks amazing – I’m definitely going to try the recipe 🙂

  34. reesann723

    What a fabulous day with friends! Everything looked delicious! Days like this I love so much more than going out!

  35. almostindianwife

    Oh I’m so jealous! I would love to have a fun girl’s night like this! I’m definitely going to do more of this over the year. I need it!

  36. What a delicious collection of recipes for a brunch. That sparkling strawberry mint lemonade sounds divine. I’m hoping to read the Hidden Figures and then hit the movies with some of my girlfriends!

  37. Megan mccoig

    Ooh looks like you had a great time. I love a good girls night in with drinks and food. Must save the strawberry limeade and pasta bake for my next one!

  38. ginamarie314

    This post is beautiful! I felt like I was there! And I still have not seen Hidden Figures yet with this winter weather it has been difficult wanting to get out the house but I know it is an amazing move. Can’t wait to try that limeade.

    1. Jazz

      Thanks so much for reading, Gina! Hidden Figures was amazing and I hope you get to see it soon!

  39. This is pretty amazing. I didn’t understand Founder’s day until it came around and my friends explained its significance. PS: That limeade got me inspired. I’m about to make a pitcher.

    1. Jazz

      I hope you love it. Thanks for reading!

  40. All these recipes look delicious! I really want to make your mint strawberry limeade, looks fizzy and delicious!

  41. These are such great party ideas!! Love how those donuts look like! I always looking for great cocktail recipes and I think that Sparkling Strawberry Mint Limeade might easily become my new favorite party drink!

  42. rosepetalsinthesea

    How amazing! It has been awhile since I have had a Girls Night In (or GNO), but I could use one. Thanks for sharing these recipes! – HilLesha

  43. I’m such a fan of nights in, and making it really fun by being a great host with excellent food and drink. This is definitely my kind of evening 😉 xx Adaleta Avdic

  44. Strawberry mint limeade sounds amazing. What a fun sorority and that it is lifelong friendships is so great.

  45. Looks like a great day and those recipes look amazing definitely going to copy them down to use one of these days. Thanks for sharing.

  46. […] I know, you’ve probably noticed that I have shared this dish a couple of times before (see here and here). But that’s because it’s just that good! I thought it would be perfect for a […]

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