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Hosting in hot pink!

December 30, 2016
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Entertaining With Bev: Hosting in Hot Pink
Celebrating Blayne Laborde’s bridesmaids’ luncheon at Galatoire’s
Bev Church

When Peggy Laborde told all of us – her best friends – that her daughter Blayne was engaged, we all went into “high gear” on parties that we wanted to have for her! There were parties here and in Houston, but five of us really wanted to host her bridesmaids’ luncheon. The first question we had for Blayne was where and when and, of course, she had her heart set on lunch at Galatoire’s downstairs on Friday, March 18 – one of the busiest days for the restaurant.
Everyone knows that you must have people in line by 6:30 in the morning in order to secure tables that seat 30 people on Friday. We also had to be able to decorate the table in 15 minutes because you can’t get in early, so the answer was to delegate jobs to each of us to complete our tasks. Barbara was in charge of cupcakes from Sucré and hot-pink M&Ms from Blue Frog Chocolates. Karen and Mimi hand-stenciled 30 linen napkins for her to use for her first dinner party. Mimi and I were in charge of decorating the mosquito netting; I used all of my centerpieces and added hats, shoes and flowers to tie into Blayne’s love of shopping and beautiful things. We ordered ahead and Galatoire’s created Blayne’s Bubble, a champagne cocktail, in her honor. Of course, we had John Parker serenade everyone as they came in, and we had a second-line all around the restaurant. We definitely surprised Blayne and all of her friends and family, and we started the wedding weekend in grand style!

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Yearly Yule

December 1, 2016
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Carter Fayard has been celebrating a magical Christmas party with friends and family for many years, and his mom, Frances, has gone all out every single year.

In 2016, Lisa Smith with Petals-n-Parties met with Carter and Frances and started the planning by finding out what Carter thought would be fun. Because about 80 children and 160 adults are invited, there has to be nonstop entertainment from the time you walk in the door until everyone leaves.

The outside was decorated with Santa Claus surrounded by presents, the front door featured toy soldiers standing guard and a choir sang to greet everyone. It also held a circus tent set up for crafts, where the children made snow globes and decorated gingerbread houses.

Inside, Santa listened to what every girl and boy wanted for Christmas, while Alice Fielding took pictures of everyone. Dinner was served in the dining room buffet-style, with lots of yummy kid food served as well. There was a hot chocolate station and a s’mores station. Lisa made cake balls, cookies and petit fours, and popcorn was served.

Games included electronic basketball, a snowball launcher they could aim at wrapped packages, inflatable putt-putt and more. Each child could have their face painted and received a special balloon to take home. What better way to celebrate the coming of the holiday than to get to go to Carter Fayard’s Magical Christmas Party!

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