If you weren’t sporting leg warmers, headbands, neon, ruffles, bows or crimped, teased or backcombed hair you would have stood out like a sore thumb last weekend at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s Annual PJs party.
The theme of the girl’s getaway –> The very identifiable 80s.
Let me tell you something I learned.
There is big love for themed weekends, especially when they have to do with the 80s.
Ladies love the 80s. Like crazy.
I arrived at the fabulous Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and was welcomed to my room by a bottle of champagne, some yummy sweets and a goodie bag. Excited to get going, I quickly put on an 80s get up (this is code for my normal clothes — pretty much) and headed inside.
The 80s were everywhere. I had a pretty decent feeling the next few days were going to be a lot of fun.
And, Molly Ringwald, star of such 80s classics such as the Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink was in attendance to celebrate the 80s alongside nearly 400 women!
There were so many great components to this very well organized event, from the Friday night pyjamas reception to parting day Sunday where a ‘make your own Caesar’ bar went over well with these ladies of the 80s.
So let me explain via images what it was like to participate in this incredibly fun event.
Ladies arrived early afternoon on Friday and by 6 p.m. pyjama love was evident. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge nailed the 80s atmosphere. Upon arrival into what I would assume is most often used as a conference room, 80s tunes were blaring, appetizers and drinks were flowing and there was candy everywhere. (Please excuse the blurry iPhone photos.)
Oh, and there were firemen signing calendars. And posing in bed with the ladies. Young firemen. Let’s just say these guys sure held the attention of the ladies all night long.
After sampling the goodies, I tried the most 80s sounding concoction I could find called the Sweettart, made from yep, you guessed it, the popular chalky candy from 80s. It was mixed with pinnacle, bols blue, lime juice, soda and grenadine.
Anyhow, chit chat was at a high level for most of the night, as was high pitched laughter.
Without surprise, the most popular spot in the room was definitely on the dance floor. Cheers roared every time a new beloved song came on and everyone rocked out, singing at the top of their lungs to hits from Cyndi Lauper and the boss himself, to Milli Vanilli.
Up and at em early the next day, the ambitious types with gifted wardrobes could be spotted sporting spandex and belts. Oh so many belts, while taking in classes like aerobics and breakdancing.
Others opted for classes such as cooking with Julie Van Roosendaal, flower arranging, drink mixing and more. And, for those who just wanted to veg, a movie theatre playing an endless stream of 80s movie classics was available.
During the day, ladies also spend their time bidding on a fantastic silent auction full of retro toys such as pound puppies, Care Bears, Cabbage Patch Kids and more.
The Fairmont salon turned into a hairspray and pink eyeshadow hotspot as ladies had the opportunity to get dolled up professionally for a minimal cost.
I got my crimp on, sported a dress with frill and a bow and added a signature touch to my 80s outfit.
The popular girls of the 8os were totally there.
The highlight of the evening for many was the dinner and keynote address from Molly. I was very fortunate to sit near Molly for dinner and chit chat with her about children, her career and busy life. Though very private, the revered actress is kind and was quick to gush about how she and her husband have enjoyed Jasper, especially the wildlife.
Very excited women lined up for the chance to get a professional photo taken with the star in their prom dress. Here’s our shot!
The night ended with an amazing, full on karaoke session and dancing with hundreds of ladies vying for the microphone. See all we women need to have a good time – 80s music and a dance floor.
Then I saw a photo booth. I got a bit caught up.
Then this happened.
The Ceasar Bar on Sunday was the perfect send off for the departing women. So much bacon. And Caesars. What a weekend!
It was a sad moment as the buses rolled out and ladies made their way home. I will never forget the laughs, fun and new friendships I made during this ultimate girl’s weekend. I highly recommend attending this annual Fairmont event.
Have you ever been to a girl’s getaway?
*If you missed it, I wrote about details (and pricing) of this great getaway and other ones across Canada recently for Vacay.ca.