Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Southern Birthday Celebration

One thing I have to say about my sis in law, Lanier, she is a great entertainer. When she throws a party, she goes all out!  On Saturday she was hosting a 70th birthday bash for her long time friend, Carolyn.  I was so happy to be included.

Marvin snapped this picture of me and Lanier, all dressed and heading out the door to the party. Lanier held the party at the University Club in Memphis.

We were in the library and it was a cozy gathering of a dozen ladies. Lanier's friend, Kathy, brought Sweet Williams from her garden and Lanier made several pretty Centerpieces using her birch envelopes. She purchased these unique vases years ago for the rehearsal dinner for one of her four sons and Lanier said it was a great investment as she uses them all the time.

The invitation to the party was displayed on a side table along with more Sweet Williams.

Lanier and Carolyn met in Dallas when they both lived there. Their children were about the same ages and they bonded as they raised their family.  Carolyn recently moved to Memphis and she loves it there. Lanier is glad to have her dear friend close by.

A Capote Birthday Cake from Muddy's Bakery. A Capote cake is chocolate cake with white frosting. Muddy's cakes and cupcakes all have unique names. The Capote refers to the Black and White Ball Truman Capote held years ago in NYC.

Lanier opened the party with a prayer and we were seated around a cozy table. We were served a tapas style lunch. Small servings of pimento cheese fritters, crab cakes, potato soup, shrimp cocktail and chicken strips were among the samplings.  After eating, Carolyn read cards that we each had brought to her. She had mailed out large pink and green index cards to each guest. Carolyn asked that we each write down a memory on one card and a favorite Bible verse or Blessing on the other.  It was such a blessing to hear words of honor heaped on this special lady.

One of the guests made this cute envelope so that Carolyn could store her special cards in it and then she could take them out and read them when she is feeling down!!

Carolyn received many nice and unique gifts at her party. We ended with cake and pictures.

It was a lovely tribute to a true Southern Belle, raised in New Orleans and now a Memphis gal!


Anonymous said...

Everything is so pretty and the food sounds delicious. Looks like so much fun.

Sandy said...

Definitely a Southern party and loved the index card idea. All of the ladies are so pretty.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday to this beautiful lady. I would love to have a birthday party for one of my of these days! Hugs, Diane

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Robin in Virginia said...

What a celebration of Carolyn that Lanier put together! Thank you for sharing with us, Arlene.

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Dianna said...

What a lovely birthday tribute to a sweet lady. Carolyn will have many happy memories because of your sister-in-law's giving heart!

Mrs.T said...

What a lovely party, Arlene! I love the idea of the index cards containing Scripture, memories, and blessings. The fabric envelope to contain them is a wonderful idea also.

And the food sounds scrumptious!

Linda said...

What a perfect Southern celebration for a Southern Belle! So elegant and thoughtful! Your Lanier is a gifted hostess! You, by the way, looked especially beautiful!

Mari said...

She really does throw a nice party! I love those birch envelope vases. I've never seen anything like them before. And the card idea with the envelope to hold them is wonderful!