Emily Giffin Girls Getaway

Spend time with your favorite author and friends

June 25, 2016 in Charleston

First Comes Love Emily Giffin

Grab your girlfriends and pack your bags for a special event with #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin. Inspired by her novels and her favorite things, the Emily Giffin Girls Getaway is an exclusive event where guests will receive an early copy of Emily’s highly anticipated new novel, FIRST COMES LOVE, and experience an afternoon of fun with Emily and other fans.

Enjoy cocktails, treats, and activities, and hear Emily talk about her life and writing and answer your questions. Set in the charming historic city of Charleston, SC, the Emily Giffin Girls Getaway is the perfect opportunity to spend time with your favorite author and friends.

Why we love Charleston, SC…

  • Southern Charm: Cobblestone streets weave between confection-colored mansions and some of the oldest gardens in the country.
  • Restaurant Scene: Today’s chefs use the best local ingredients to create classic dishes that celebrate the city’s authentic flavors.
  • Shopping: Downtown is home to dozens of specialty and designer shops, plus one of the oldest public, open-air markets in America.
  • Beach Destination: The Lowcountry is a botanical wonderland, featuring barrier islands with more than 90 miles of pristine coastline waiting to be explored.
  • Sightseeing: Fort Sumter National Monument sits in Charleston Harbor, a testament (along with the country’s first permanent theater, museum and golf course) to Charleston’s prominent place in U.S. history.

Event Details

What was Included

  • Signed early copy of FIRST COMES LOVE (a $28 value)
  • Conversation and Q&A with Emily Giffin and Look Linger Love's Chassity Evans
  • Meet-and-greet photo opportunity and book signing with Emily Giffin
  • Wine Tasting from Spain’s Rueda region
  • Craft activities, including a take-home memento of Charleston and flower arranging
  • Open bar, plus a Southern cocktail lesson with Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.
  • Sweet grass basket weaving demonstration (a Charleston tradition)
  • Lawn games
  • Southern bites and snacks, and a Charleston raw bar
  • Special Random House canvas tote bag filled with gifts and goodies from local Charleston businesses (valued at $200)

**We recommend ages 21+ for this event.

Date & Time

June 25, 2016
2:00pm to 6:00pm



Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401


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Additional Programming Details

Schedule for Saturday, June 25, 2016 

2:00pm Doors Open

2:30pm A Conversation with Emily Giffin, interviewed by Look Linger Love's Chassity Evans

3:30pm - 6:00pm Book Signing, Activities, Snacks & Refreshments

Your Gift Bag, a $200 value!



Menu: A Taste of Charleston

  • Charleston Raw Bar featuring Oysters on the Half Shell and Shrimp Shooters with Green Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits with Country Ham Rillette and Peach Chipotle Chutney
  • Mini Savory Tomato Pie Tarts with Pimento Cheese & Fresh Basil
  • Roasted Garlic & Lemon Southern Chicken Salad in Filo Cup
  • Mini Shot Glasses of Banana Pudding and Assorted Sweets
  • Housemade Lemonade and Sweet Tea


Wine Tasting from Spain's Rueda Region 

Just two hours northwest of Madrid lies the Rueda wine region in the picturesque Spanish countryside. This is the home of some of the most elegant and effortlessly-drinkable white wines. With just the right amount of fruit, a hint of spice and a refreshing finish, these whites pair well with spring salads, seafood and stories of sisterhood.


Other Activities

  • Southern Cocktail Lesson with mixologist Brooks Reitz 
  • Lawn Games
  • Craft activities, including a take-home memento of Charleston and flower arranging


About Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston, South Carolina is one of America’s most popular destinations, drawing visitors to its unparalleled beauty, charm, architecture, and thriving art culture. Picturesque and exquisitely preserved, downtown Charleston is a walking city, leaving you free to wander between public squares, gardens, boutique shops, and centuries-old mansions and historical landmarks. Foodies can feast anywhere from upscale dining restaurants to local farm stands, enjoying Southern comfort foods and flavors. Charleston resembles a nineteenth century painting come to life, with waterways and cobblestone streets waiting to be explored.

Visit the Fodor's Travel Guide to Charleston for essential travel ideas on how to spend a weekend in Charleston! 

Join Us!

Emily Giffin, dubbed a “modern day Jane Austen” (Vanity Fair) and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller” (New York Times),  has penned seven New York Times bestselling novels, all filled with endearingly flawed characters and emotional complexity. They have been translated into twenty-nine languages, with eleven million copies in print worldwide and the first, Something Borrowed, became a major motion picture starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and John Krasinski.


Chassity Evans is the author of the daily lifestyle blog Look Linger Love where she explores her passion for style in fashion, interiors, and entertaining. She’s worked with many brands including Jet Blue, J.Crew, Kate Spade, One Kings Lane, Nordstrom, and Shopbop. She has been featured in Real Simple magazine, Southern Living, Domino, and many others. Chassity lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and two children and considers herself to be a french fry connoisseur (travel insider tip – she says Macintosh has the best in Charleston).


Brooks Reitz is a master of reinvention. Originally an aspiring playwright, he gained a national following as the star bartender at Fig in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the first Southern mixologists to nix overly sweet drinks like appletinis in favor of classic craft cocktails, Reitz also began bottling his own tonic concentrate for a company he named Jack Rudy—and in the process, transformed himself into an artisanal entrepreneur.  He is the co-owner of Leon’s Oyster Shop and Little Jack’s Tavern in Charleston, SC, and has been featured in the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Garden & Gun, GQ, and more.