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A Dinner and the Prom

This weekend was THE PROM.  Last year my daughter went with a group of 15 friends in a limo, and although it was fun, she wanted to go with a smaller group this year – her boyfriend and some of her closest friends.  Most groups get all dressed up and go out to dinner at a restaurant before the dance.  When she named the restaurant they wanted to go to this year, I wasn’t real thrilled with the idea of them traveling 40 minutes on the interstate on a night when 4 high schools in the area were also having their prom.  So I offered for us to make them a dinner here.  The group liked the idea, and my daughter requested that it be “fancy.” (I am not usually fancy in anything I do, but I said that we would do our best.)

Their evening began with pictures being taken in our yard before dinner.  (I will try not to bore you with too many of the dressed up kid pics.)

  daughter and date

the group

 silly girls

Now that I have shown you the kids, we will move on to the dinner.  I debated on where to serve this “fancy” meal.  I really didn’t want to have it in the dining area because it adjoins the kitchen, and our running around in there between courses would not be good.  I thought about using our deck area because it is strung with lights but was afraid of the weather and insects.  So I ended up deciding on the back porch.  It has a table and chairs, a serving table, a sofa and swing and chairs, and it has speakers run from the stereo so they could have music out there too… seemed like the best idea for the dinner.

Here is the menu for the evening.  Unfortunately, it did not get hung on the wall.  (I always seem to have more ideas than I have time for.  Does that happen to you too?)

I tried to take pictures of the food as we got it ready to serve, but let me tell you.  It is difficult to tell a bunch of teenagers, “Wait, don’t eat yet so I can take a picture for the blog.”  That just doesn’t go over too well.

Here is the serving table set up with the first course of appetizers. (That is sparkling grape juice, not wine chilling in the bucket.)

Here is the second course of salads.

Now do you see this?

This is RAIN.  Why is it that everytime I have a party it has to rain??

And we are supposed to be in a drought?

I had given each of them a beach towel to cover their beautiful clothing while they ate.  They were almost finished with the salad course.  Thunder clapped.  A big gust of wind came up and blew out the candles and sent melted wax across the table, AND it began to blow rain all in on the porch.  The girls started screaming, and those beach towel wrapped kids grabbed their plates, silver, glasses, and even their place cards(!) and hightailed it into the dining room as fast as they could move.  I was laughing so hard my ribs hurt!

So the steaks and potatoes were served, and the meal was finished with lots of laughter in the dining room. (I brought out more candles, and they shucked the beach towels.)

And this was dessert…

My mother made the chocolate dipped strawberries, and my mother-in-law made the cheesecake. I’ve got to say an extra big thank you to my mom for coming to my rescue the last couple of hours before all the people arrived to take pictures.  I would have never gotten everything done on my list if she hadn’t been there to help me! So thanks Mom.

The kids were hilarious and very appreciative of the dinner.  It was an exciting Saturday and our last prom.  I will miss all the laughter.



 Until next time…

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stephanie leonhardt - April 24, 2014 - 2:01 pm

I’m doing this next weekend!

phyllis - May 12, 2012 - 10:51 pm

More comments for Kelly!!
I’m SO glad I came back and saw this post!!
What a meal!
Your daughter is so sweet and cute and pretty.

HOW did you write so perfectly on that chalkboard?!
And you are so pretty and young!!
Yay! More comments! THEY had a great meal. My husband and I had hotdogs! 🙂 Chalkboard writing is just one of those things I do…I think it is like “drawing”. Thanks for the compliments for my daughter and me. I am FAR from young. And thank you sooooooo much for featuring me on your blog!!!

Kelly - April 28, 2012 - 9:23 am

What a sweet idea, and the kids were sure to have a better time in your beautiful home that in a restaurant. Love the fun and laughter they had because of the rain, sounds like a wonderful evening!
They did have a fun time, and you are right. The rain did add to the hilarity of the evening! It was probably more relaxing too than going out to a restaurant. Thank you for reading and leaving your sweet comment, Kelly!

Kathy - April 24, 2012 - 9:47 pm

The post that I’ve been waiting for! I thought of your dinner when it started to storm on Saturday! But alas- it still looked fabulous. LOVE the menu board (and your daughter’s dress!)
Hey Kathy! We’ve been missing you at work. Thank you for dropping in to read about the prom AND for your sweet comments. Glad you liked my daughter’s dress. It took this procrastinator here over 2 hours Saturday morning to alter it and make that darn sash! But it all turned out well.
Hope we see you soon.

tessa - April 24, 2012 - 9:13 pm

waaaaaaaay better than any fancy restaurant!! what a wonderful idea! i wish my mum had done that for prom! the menu sounds delish, your handwriting kills me, and the guests looked like they had a marvelous time. you are a wonderful host!! i thought the rain made everything that much more cozy!!
xo, tessa

ps. your daughter looked beautiful!!
Tessa, I don’t know if it was better than a fancy restaurant, but it was certainly less expensive for them than a fancy restaurant. They did have a great time, and we didn’t have to worry about them driving on the interstate in the rain. Yes, I agree, the rain did make it more cozy.:) And thank you for your kind compliment for my daughter.

Paulette Tompkins - April 24, 2012 - 8:51 am

Unbelievable as usual like everything you do!
What a nice thing to say! Thanks for reading and commenting Paulette. I just wanted the kids to have a nice, memorable evening for their last high school prom.

sixteen fourteen - April 23, 2012 - 7:13 am

You did an absolutely amazing job! LOVE the menu board and the place cards. And of course, your daughter looks beautiful on her big night. 🙂
Bless you for your sweet comments Aimee. We were “running around like chickens with our heads cut off” for the last hour. (I don’t really think chickens do that. ) 🙂

Kayleigh - April 22, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Beautiful pictures – everyone looks amazing and the food looks delicious. I especially loved the menu board…I absolutely love your handwriting!
Thanks Kayleigh! I thought they all looked great too. I understand the tux rental place lines were awful! Menu board was done in a hurry, but I am glad you like the writing. It was hard to fit it all on there!

Eye-candy Entryways

A couple of days ago I shared photos of my entryway.  Now I want to share some inspirational pictures of other entries with you.  With the massive use of Pinterest, finding new eye candy that everyone hasn’t seen a zillion times can be difficult.  You have probably seen most of these (and probably pinned many of them!) but that will just reaffirm that we have great taste!  Hope you enjoy.I adore the work of Melanie Davis.  This was a feature post on the Red Clay Soul blog.  I am sure it is the plank walls, the beautiful wood floors, the transferware, the trim on the baseboards, oh and the light from the window and door that appeal to me.  Enough said (but I am not a big fan of antlers…sorry.) Another one from Melanie Davis.   The simplicity of the space, the plank walls (again), and the transom steal my heart.  This whole house featured in Garden and Gun would make me very happy to live in. This one of Jamie McPherson’s entryway from a Southern Living piece is a little more formal  and a little warmer.  That door and transom combination is gorgeous.

I like this entryway by Nancy Warren for an article in Atlanta Homes Magazine  because of the mix of items in the display on the wall – especially the bird prints.  Click on the link, and you should take a look at the entire house.  It’s pretty neat.

This home in Cashiers, NC is rustic and beautifully done by Phoebe Howard.  A staircase with windows is something I have always wanted (but sadly, never had.)

If you have an enormous entry space, let Amelia Handegan decorate it for you like she did for this house in Charleston, South Carolina (featured in Southern Accents.)  The collection of old pieces she chose for this hallway is wonderful.

Getting back to reality now…let’s look at some that are a little more casual (and more livable for me.)  Wouldn’t you like to have that green bench from this entryway done by Urban Grace and featured in Southern Living? (Oh, and I am just now noticing there are more planks on the walls here too….goodness.)

Linda Banks does “New England nautical” so wonderfully.  This little entry looks very inviting and makes me want to go back to Maine.

This foyer was my all time favorite one when I was decorating our home with nautical accents.  It is from one of the early Coastal Living Idea Houses..this one in Habersham, S.C.  I just loved seeing those windows on the stair landing as you came in the door.  It is available as a Southern Living house plan if you care to build it!

And last, but not least, I must include my favorite that has been on soooooo many Pinterest boards and  a million blogs…Sarah Richardson’s country house “come in the door” space.  Like everyone else, I covet those red doors.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of these entryways today.  Do you have a favorite among them, or do you have a favorite elsewhere that you could share with me?

I would love to take a peek!

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phyllis - May 12, 2012 - 10:54 pm

I love the enormous one and also that one with red closet doors, hats and that old chest in between.
I gotta quit dreaming though…not ever moving or building again!
What us dreamers could do though is stay in places like this, I guess when traveling some day all rich and stuff 😉
Aren’t those red doors wonderful, Phyllis? I am so tempted to do that since I loooooove red so much. (I did go crazy and paint the ones in our playroom green.) Paint is cheap…you can do that without moving or breaking the bank. Go for it!

sixteen fourteen - April 22, 2012 - 7:34 am

LOVE these images! I just posted yesterday on the exact same topic (but you obviously did a much better job!) That green bench is to die for…I think I just reconsidered my plan. 🙂
Aimee your post is great! I loved the picture from the lettered cottage. Isn’t that green bench wonderful?? It would look beautiful in your entryway too – especially with a photo gallery above it.

tessa - April 21, 2012 - 5:12 pm

love them all. though, i too am not a big antler lover. i thought it was b/c i wasn’t southern but now i know that has nothing to do with it! 🙂 i love the warmth of the sara r. entrance. every year when spring rolls around and the temps start to warm up I start to wonder if my home and all it warm hues are better suited for fall + winter. i suppose they probably are, but i’m just not a cool color girl. I love green and blue but I need a lot of berry, wheat and brown mixed in. seeing those red closet doors just reaffirms how much i love those colors. all year round. have a great weekend, kelly!
xo, tessa
Sarah Richardson is the one designer out there I would turn to to decorate a house, Tessa. And that redecorate-with-lighter-colors usually hits me too in February and March. Many years ago, I would give in to that desire (and paint and make new curtains, etc.) Then around June and July (when all the 4th of July stuff hit the stores), I would want all the red back again. Thankfully I have learned to ignore that impulse and just put some yellow in a few places in accents to brighten things up after winter (a much easier and less expensive option!) The only way I can see me doing the blue and green thing is if I had a beach house. Unfortunately that isn’t going to happen any time soon!

Pam Wilson - April 20, 2012 - 10:25 pm

These are beautiful. I must admit though, the antlers are super cool. (As long as they are small like that.) I love the natural elements like the enormous turtle shell, too. You’ve given me some great ideas. My entryway has great potential…I just haven’t done much with it. I feel a summer project coming!
Glad I could get you inspired on a summer project, Pam! You are much better with the “natural elements” than I am, and you are soooo creative I know your beautiful entryway will turn out great.

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