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The 5th Annual Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) Gift Boutique at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on Thursday, November 13, and Friday, November 14. Twenty percent of the proceeds benefit Menlo Park City Schools.

You can preview the vendors here. The community is invited to shop the boutique, and attend one of MPAEF’s signature events:

Thursday, November 13:

Sips, Sweets and Shopping (6:00 to 9:00 pm): Enjoy wine and sweet treats while you shop the boutique. $30 per person advance purchase; $40 per person at the door- Advance purchase recommended. Purchase tickets here.

An Evening with the Experts: Holiday Party Planning Class (6:30 to 7:30 pm): Palace Cafe and Catering will teach us how to prepare delicious appetizers and festive cocktails. Florist Amanda Thorne will show us how to create a gorgeous floral arrangement to adorn your holiday home. Tickets are $75 and include entrance into the MPAEF Boutique. Purchase tickets here.

Friday, November 14:

Complimentary Boutique Shopping (8:30 am to 2:30pm): All are welcome!

Boutique Brunch and Lunch: Choose from 8:30 am, 10:30 am, or 12:30am seatings at the Blue Garden Cafe. $50 per person. Space limited; advance purchase required. Purchase tickets here.

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