The party I had been waiting 40 years for finally happened this Tuesday. I simply could not have asked for a better day. It was late a September day with just the slightest hint of a cool breeze, but with warm sunlight everywhere and not a cloud in the sky! In case you have not read my blog in the last few weeks (or ever, which is more likely), I went with a 40-Love theme. Grab a coffee this is a long one. All photos, unless otherwise noted below the photo, are the work of Lemon Cherry Photography. You can find Lemon Cherry here. The owner, Sara, is delightful and I think her company is going to grow from here. If you are in St. Louis, you should definitely check her out!
I was gifted a bunch of dead balls and had so much fun crafting with them. So did my 11 year old who made this 40 for me. It adorned the gate to the tennis courts!
The day started with 22 tennis players and 4 pros who expertly led us in drills and games. Fortunately, I don't have to blot out eyes because most people are wearing sunglasses!
|This is NOT one of my professional photos, but I thought it was important to show the courtside DJ :)|
Lemonade, Tea and Assorted Nuts were served courtside as well as bottled water.
How cute are all of our rackets piled up???
We passed three appetizers: Roasted Shrimp in Pea Pod with a Soy-Mirin dipping sauce, Asparagus with boursin encased in phyllo, and a Petro on a Chinese Soup Spoon. Petros are my favorite treat from Knoxville, TN, where I went to college. They are just chili and cheese with fritos and toppings, but they were so elegant on the spoon and passed on a silver platter!
After that guests found their seats. I always like a place card because it helps guests feel at ease and it is one more chance for cute!
Aren't these napkin folds just the cutest?? YOU know I love a napkin fold!
I can't resist showing a close-up of this happy centerpiece.
Before lunch got started, I made a speech and was was presented with the sweetest book from my girlfriends. Each one submitted a recipe and special note for me. It was so, so kind, and I will treasure it for always! They also gave one BIG group gift to ensure my 40's sparkle. I adore these beautiful stacking rings!
Now back to the party.......This was a perfect meal for a ladies lunch on the cusp of Fall.
Here were the menu cards and food:
|This is NOT one of my professional photos. Our time ended before dessert, but I had to show you these sweet skillet pies!|
Finally, we sent each guest home with a tennis ball cookie that said, your friendship is my sweet spot!
If this day was any indication, my 40's are going to be great!
Whether you are having a milestone birthday, celebrating holidays (as I will be this week), or just because it is finally almost sweater weather--Celebrate Everything!