Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lovely in Lavender: Mary Ashley's Birthday Dinner

"A daughter is a gift of love." ~ Unknown

Can you believe that my sweet little Mary Ashley is 13? We celebrated this milestone birthday with a special weekend brimming with all of her favorite things. Two of her best friends from our former hometown came up for a couple of days, and the girls picked right up where they left off. That's the best type of friendship -- and a gift we are glad to nurture. The girls joined us on a Friday night for pizza and frozen yogurt. Saturday, we began with a show choir competition, followed by Starbucks, Chipotle, manicures and a movie. Quite a start to her teenage years!

We culminated the evening with a family dinner at our home. Mary Ashley's favorite color inspired our tablescape, with accents of dried lavender.

Each place setting included place mats and napkins from Pier1, plates from HomeGoods, and ribbon and tags from Michaels.

Simple arrangements lined the table. To make these, slip a pillar candle into a vase and wrap a rubber band around the vase. Tuck varying lengths of lavender stems under the rubber band. Wrap the vase several times with twine, knot the twine, and trim the ends. Remove the rubber band, and adjust stems as needed.

Posies of roses added softness.

For Mary Ashley's birthday menu, we enjoyed Rosemary Chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, fruit salad and croissants.

And the birthday girl's favorite cake! In fact, she loves chocolate so much, she would not let me add anything to the top for fear that some frosting might be lost in removing the decorations.

A Pier1 heart-shaped wreath tied to Mary Ashley's chair now hangs on the door of her room -- a sweet memento of turning 13 among the people who love her most.

"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart." ~Unknown


Michele said...

Oh, Melissa, what a lovely dinner party you made so special for this milestone birthday of your dear daughter's!

I wish her a year of discovery, peace, joy and laughter.

I reared two daughters on my own - my first husband died young from cancer - and let me warn you the teen years can be rough.

I am saying a little prayer for you and yours today.

Thanks for sharing such a lovely dinner party and tablescape - love all your ideas!

I posted a tea party I attended recently, and before that shared a couple really great photos of my only grand daughter. Hope you can stop by when you find a moment.

Enjoying my Easter special issue of Tea Time, and think of you fondly often when I do so, and often.

Cynthia said...

A lovely dinner and birthday celebration for your young lady! The lavender theme is really beautiful.

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