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BEAwesome 2011 Recap: Part 2

Part 2 of FYA's escapades at BEA 2011, including the slumber party to end all slumber parties!

BEAwesome 2011 Recap: Part 2

I know, I know. It's been a week since I posted Part One of our BEA recap, and you were probably thinking, "I bet Posh got too distracted by the hot weather in Texas that makes it absolutely necessary to sit by the pool and sip champ cans all day." I can neither confirm nor deny your accusation, but I will say that Neutrogena's new 100 SPF spray sunscreen works like a CHARM.

So before all of our precious BEA memories fade into a warm, alcohol-soaked haze, I'm back to finish up the recap of our adventures in New York. It's like, way better than a Baby-sitter's Club Super Special, you guys!

On Thursday, we decided that the city was far too enticing for us to spend all day cooped up in the Javits center, so we didn't go there AT ALL. I felt like we were playing hooky from school! Except New York City is a way better place to be a delinquent than the mall food court.

We headed to the Upper West Side to get snacks at H&H Bagel and Zabar's, which is one of my fave places in NYC because 1) it's full of tasty business 2) it's featured in You've Got Mail aka the greatest film ever made. Meghan and I kept making jokes about the cash only line which were HILARIOUS (to no one else). Then we took our purchases and had a super adorable picnic in Central Park!

It was great to spend some quality time with the youngest member of FYA, Mr. T! The little dude may look precious, but he is totes fierce with a plastic knife!

BACK OFF, WOMAN! Don't be trying to steal my long luscious lashes or I will CUT YOU.

After a leisurely stroll through the park, we subwayed down to our cocktail panel in Soho to tackle the v. important business of hanging out with the sassylicious Bennett Madison...

... And Anna Jarzab, our fabulous contact at Penguin!

We engaged in a lively discussion about James Frey's YA sweatshop, mermaids as the new vampires and feuding authors. You won't find that kind of invigorating intellectual discourse at Javits, because you won't find cheaply priced drinks at Javits.

Even worse, you won't find alcoholic drinks of any kind at the Scholastic This Is Teen Party, which was like, a serious buzz kill. Literally.

In spite of the dearth of adult bevvies, we still had a blast at the party, because we got to meet Libba Bray for the first time (SWIMFAN ALERT) and talk to Meg Cabot again! And she remembered us you guys!! Well, she really remembered ordering all of the desserts on the menu with us, and I can't blame her for that, because those desserts were totally delicious.

After some mingling, we headed down to the Scholastic Store to hear Maggie Stiefvater, Libba and Meg convo about their books and their writing processes. Meg kept cracking everyone up, of course, because SHE IS THE GREATEST.

And just when I thought this shindig couldn't get any better, we discovered book cover displays with holes you can stick your head into! THIS IS MY FAVORITE TYPE OF PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!!!!!

I also made Jenny ride Clifford the Dog, because I enjoy making people pose awkwardly.

Next we met up with Natalie Standiford, who took us to a restaurant called Bread for dinner because she knows that any place named after a carb is a place we will love. We drank wine, gorged on pasta and traded bad break-up stories. In other words, we had the best dinner ever!

The only thing better than hanging out with a badass lady is hanging out with TWO badass ladies, a universal truth we discovered when we joined up with A.S. King!

I already admired Amy for her writing, but in person she's dynamite! Wise-cracking, Jameson-drinking dynamite. We had an absolute blast (PUNNED!) together, and it was one of those nights that you never want to end. And also, you never want to wake up from, because hangovers suck.

Friday was Book Blogger Convention time!!! We were lucky enough to be on a panel this year, so we had to take a two hour power lunch to prepare ourselves. Because that's how professionals roll. We walked to Landsdown Road, the pub Jenny and I hung out at last year, and enjoyed some stimulating mental refreshment with our pal Erika, who actually gets PAID to blog (CRAZY I KNOW).

Thankfully, Landsdowne Road still serves their insanely unhealthy mac & cheese, so my body had all of the fuel it needed to fall into a food coma function at maximum capacity during the panel.

The purpose of the panel was to talk about blogging for a niche market, and I think we managed to say a few helpful things, mostly thanks to our secret weapon.

With that business out of the way, we were free to head over to Brooklyn for the event we'd all been waiting for: slumber party at Leila and Katie's!!!!!

These hostesses with the mostesses had planned the ultimate girlie extravaganza. There were fancy cocktails, tasty treats and a wonderful guest list of gals to enjoy it with! Check out these chocolate-covered cookie dough balls YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT:

And here's what they look like when you take a bite out of them.

Unfortunately, my camera isn't advanced enough to capture the stars of ecstasy that blur your vision after enjoying said bite.

Look how cozy and charming it was!

Like any good slumber party, there was lots of giggling about boys, and things got heated when we started talking about what Jordan Catalano and Brian Krakow would be like now, 15 years later, and who we would be most likely to date now. Rebecca, who never watched the show, seemed like an objective judge, so we found pictures of Jared Leto (sans crazy hair/make-up) and Devon Gummersall and showed them to her.

She obviously wasn't objective enough, though, because SHE TOTALLY CHOSE BRIAN KRAKOW. Which is TOTALLY THE WRONG CHOICE.

I captured the fallout from her controversial decision on camera.

Fortunately, our friendship were strong enough to withstand such an intense conflict, and we moved on to Katie's bedroom for a YouTube party.

Is that the cover of a new Judy Blume book or WHAT?

It was a ridiculously fun, girlie night, and we can't thank Katie and Leila enough for throwing such a fabulous party. I think it should definitely be an annual BEA tradition, just like Bottomless Mimosa Brunch:

And then... WE ALL HAD TO GO HOME. And I'm still bitter about it, because IT WAS SUCH A FUN WEEK AND WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE OVER?

I guess I'll have to console myself with dreams of BEA 2012. And this champ can. By the pool.

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).