I can’t believe it.
Another year has come and gone! This year, I added 66 candles to my birthday cake, and I wasn’t sad about it at all. I’m another year older, but y’all, I’ve got say that I’ve never felt better before in my life. I’m taking better care of myself, and I’m paying attention to the things that mean the most to me, like my friends and the ones I love.
Usually, I use my birthdays as a moment to pause and reflect. I think about the previous year, and what I’ve done and where I’m going. And trust, me I always count my blessings. I thank God for every thing and every person he has blessed me with, and I don’t take any of it for granted. I always say that any day the good Lord lets me wake up on the right side of the dirt, it’s a good day. And I mean it.
This year, though, I have to admit, was a little more special than most. For anyone that knows me, they know that I love a good celebration, and birthdays aren’t any different. I just love any excuse to gather my family and closest friends and laugh, cut up, and all-in-all, just have a good ol’ time!
My sweet Brandon Branch, my faithful design director and right-hand man, threw me the party of a lifetime this year. He went all out and planned a beautiful Mardi Gras soiree. Y’all, it completely took my breath away! I got such a kick out of seeing all of my friends and family dressed up in purple, gold and green get-ups. They were all decked out in festive beads and masquerade masks – it was priceless!
Take a look at some of the fun we had!
My wonderful friends at Back in the Day Bakery, Cheryl and Griff, baked me a fabulous cake! Brandon also ordered two King cakes from Paul’s Pastry Shop. My beautiful friend, Susan Mason, pictured at the far left, planned an exquisite Mardi Gras menu! We had parmesan cheese rounds, crawfish pies, shrimp corn dogs, red beans and rice, grits and grillades, and of course, a chicken, sausage and shrimp gumbo! We also had these adorable macaroons from my new favorite sweet shop, Maison de Macarons. Y’all, it was all so finger-lickin’ good.
It was definitely a night to remember! I had a house full of love that night, that’s for sure. When guests entered my house, they were greeted with beads, masks, and even Hurricanes from Pat O’Brien!
My absolute, most favorite memory of the evening had to be the sky lanterns. My guests and I lit and flew 66 lanterns into the night sky. We all formed a parade in the house and marched out to the dock where we lit them. It was so beautiful to see them turn into precious stars as they floated away. I was immediately reminded of how loved I am. They were like 66 little blessings to me.
I think my dear friends, Cheryl and Griff, of Back in the Day Bakery, were the best dressed of the evening. What do y’all think?
My darlin’ niece, and her handsome husband, Brian, were in attendance. I was so delighted that they brought their little bundle of joy, Sullivan!
Photography by Christine Hall Photography.
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