"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive." ~ Anais Nin
One of my favorite events of this spring was a casual gathering we hosted for Mary Ashley's dance class. The girls attend many different schools, so for months I had intended to plan a mixer after their Friday class.
Precious party goods from Meri Meri, like the sweet garland pictured above, set the tone for our relaxing evening. Dessert Plates, Party Cups, Napkinsand Cupcake Decorations from the same line fit our theme perfectly.
When a Friday evening opened up -- such a rare opportunity in spring -- we issued a quick invitation for a girls night after class. Pizza and a movie seemed like the perfect way to unwind after a hectic week. I had promised to keep the soiree simple, so although I admit briefly considering making our own, Emma and I picked up pizzas while Mary Ashley was in class. Watching An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight with the ballerinas was a real treat, as they couldn't resist an occasional pirouette. Above you see our living room, ready for our relaxing evening.
Tiered servers laden with store-bought cupcakes and candy drew the attention of all the dancers. Several saved the picks to take home.
This get-together brought the sweetest blessings of friendship! I wondered if we might need to do a game or activity to break the ice, but the girls chatted so easily with one another that they required no help from me. Early on, Mary Ashley slipped away from the group to tell me, "Mommy, most of these girls like to sew!" Her delighted smile -- and the joy all the girls shared -- was definitely worth the effort to bring everyone together.
The group had a wonderful time together, and several mothers thanked us sincerely, adding that this was just what their daughters needed. Leading into the spring production, I think the girls looked forward to practices and performances even more, knowing they would be sharing the stage with friends. And we couldn't ask for a sweeter group than the girls of Briarwood Ballet!
"In my friend, I find a second self." ~ Isabel Norton