Several of my friends are getting ready to take their son or daughter off to college for the first time. Senior year is a time of so many "lasts". The last game, the last recital, and last family spring break, the last week, the last dinner... I experienced this with my own daughter, and I was a wreck--I was flooded with so many memories and emotions! When I walked away from her in that dorm room, I just couldn't hold in the tears. Good thing my husband was there to drive us home. The year turned into a year of "firsts"--sorority rush, the first college tailgate and football game, the first formal dance... This summer she (finally) turned 21 and talked us into taking her and some of her friends to Las Vegas to celebrate. How did we go from Chuckee Cheese to Vegas?? Before we left, we had our family celebration, and I decided on a black and white color scheme. After bringing out the dishes, I thought the design needed a bit of color, and went with a lime green tablecloth.
The wine glasses are Mikasa Park Lane, and the glasses are rimmed in silver (I've had them for many years, and can't remember where I purchased them) I used three black vases down the center of the table, calla lilies in the center with some ornamental grass from the backyard, and the other two vases with just greens.
I used two black tapers in crystal candle holders on either side of the center vase, and two more that are shorter on the outside of the other vases. The glass votive holders were purchased at Pier 1. I used three black metal votive holders, and added crystal strands and table gems, to add sparkle.
We enjoyed our family dinner, and the kids had a ball in Vegas. I've often thought of how wonderful it would be to go back to the sweet baby days, but I know I never would, because I would miss the beautiful young woman I see before me today!
|My little friend watches all the preparations from his favorite spot.|
|The ladder adds a bit of class, don't ya think??|