First Thursday: Party Time in Del Ray

  • September 03, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Along Mt. Vernon Avenue

First Thursday September: Party Time in Del Ray

The Del Ray Business Association invites everyone to CELEBRATE for September’s First Thursday – with the theme of “Party Time in Del Ray” we look forward to partying the night away on September 3rd from 6pm to dark! Members of the Del Ray Wedding Vendors will be on hand for those engaged folks looking to use local wedding vendors for their big day. Lots of other activities are planned along the entire Mt. Vernon Avenue with the party theme in mind – catering samples, celebratory music, bubbly tasting and more!

Special thanks to Pork Barrel BBQ, Signature Credit Union, Fireflies, Salon Bisoux and Cheesetique for being the sponsors of the September First Thursday. Please also stop by the Del Ray Farmers Market and say thanks to Katie Wannen of The Plannery and Meghan LaPrairie of Meghan LaPrairie Photography for chairing this First Thursday. Katie and Meghan also founded the Del Ray Wedding Vendors website ( - the first 50 people to visit their tables will get a DRWV goodie bag, featuring coupons and giveaways from DRWV members, such as Salon Bisoux, Truly Life, The Plannery, and more!

Below is a list of some of the great activities going on at First Thursday on September 3rd. Enjoy - and let’s celebrate in Del Ray!

“Party Time in Del Ray” Activities:

Farmers’ Market Parking Lot – Mt. Vernon and Oxford
The Plannery – Come meet your local wedding and event planner and coordinator. Confetti and party-hat giveaways!
Meghan LaPrairie (formerly Shot in the Dark Photography) – Visit her DIY photo booth.

Sediment Press – view samples of their wedding and party invitations

Featured Non-Profit, Children’s Hospital Palliative Care – This First Thursday, we will be hosting a fund raising event for the Children’s National Health System PANDA Palliative Care Team, the premiere provider of pediatric palliative care in the metropolitan Washington area.  For a few dollars, your child (or you!) can create a unique piece of art that will be combined to create a single artwork and hung on the walls of Children’s Hospital.

By making a donation, you will help advance children's health and wellbeing by supporting the PANDA Palliative Care Team, Your donation will help Children’s National provide access to the same level of world-class care pediatric palliative care for every child - even if their family can't afford to pay.
Every donation supports our patients with life limiting illnesses and their families by providing:

  • Financial assistance for funeral expenses
  • Educational books for siblings and parents experiencing grief over the loss of their child 
  • Integrative therapies, such as aromatherapy, acupressure, acupuncture, and massage therapy for pain and symptom management
  • End of life educational opportunities for staff to learn how to optimally care for patients and families during this especially difficult time.

Irish Breakfast Band – enjoy the musical stylings of the Irish Breakfast Band

Cheesetique – 2411 Mount Vernon Ave
Sample some bubbly for your next celebration! Join Brennan Downey for a prosecco tasting - and enjoy some Jazz outdoors from Kevin Pace.

Market2Market – 116 E Del Ray Ave
Market2Market will be handing out tasty samples from their catering menu! Be sure to grab a bite so you know what to order for your next party. Apocalypse Brewing will also be hosting a free beer sampling at Market2Market from 6-8pm.

Pork Barrel BBQ – 2312 Mount Vernon Ave
Pork Barrel BBQ’s catering coordinator will be available to discuss all your catering needs – and there may be a few tasty samples as well!  Volunteer Alexandria will also be in front of Pork Barrel

Purple Goose – 2005 Mount Vernon Ave
Come Lounge @Home and create a party in your own home. Maureen of @Home Real Estate and Signature Credit Union have partnered with Herman Chu of Senzu Juicery who will provide some “mock-tails,” as well as Brian Story of AXA Advisors who will have some DIY sugar scrub kits. Lounge music, food and balloons will be available as well!

Del Ray Variety Parking Lot – 203 E Custis Ave
Join the ladies from the hit blog, DIY Del Ray – they’ll have mini cupcakes, a party look-book with craft and other party-planning inspirations from their blog, as well as an invitation and thank you card making station. Also, Del Ray Variety will be raffling off a $50 gift card to their store!

Studio Body Logic – 2417 Mount Vernon Avenue
It may be Hurricane Season, but regardless of the weather Studio Body Logic will join the "Party Time in Del Ray" on First Thursday. Join them for another SBL unique offering - this time Hurricane style! They'll get you moving quickly and with intensity during a 45 minute Barre Body class followed by Hurricane cocktails, fresh juices, and healthy nibbles.

Don't forget to stop by and spin their 'Wheel of Fitness' to win Pilates and Barre Body classes, and for those engaged enter to win a special Bridal Package!
Class at 7:15pm - Class cost $10 - Walk-Ins Welcome!

Ukelele Club – Bean Creative Lot, 2213 Mount Vernon Ave
Enjoy some festive music from the Ukelele Club!

Ease Yoga Café – Just ASK Publications parking lot, 1900 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Ease Yoga pop-up Hawaiian Luau Yoga Party!  Free class in the parking lot, coconut water in coconuts for $3, paper skirts and Hawaiian music!

Bon Vivant – 2016 Mount Vernon Ave
Join Del Ray Psychological & Wellness Associates – they’ll have a trivia style game that aims to provide pointers on how to plan a great event with ease (ie how to manage internal and external stressors), as well as tips on how to promote positive energetic flow at your event to make it memorable for all! They will also be offering discounts on upcoming workshops.

Bellies & Babies - 1913 Mount Vernon Ave
Celebrate Bellies & Babies' 5th anniversary on the Avenue with a family-friendly live DJ, games and treats!

Other Activities:

Yoga in Daily Life will be in front of their building offering a half-priced special for their upcoming Fall Session: 6 classes for $44 for those who register and pay during the First Thursday event

United Bank will be handing out balloons and goodies

Stomping Ground will be open for dinner and serving Sloppy Joe’s!

Greenstreet Gardens will be having a sale and open late – so be sure to drop by

Tops of Old Town – 2400 Mount Vernon Ave
City of Alexandria’s Local Motion with transportation materials and pedestrian initiatives for the City’s residents.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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