Thursday, April 23, 2015

Naples 2015: A Spring Break Affair

We spent a week in Naples with the family. I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed the sun, warmth, pool, and simply being outside with short sleeves on & no shoes. Plus time with cousins, aunts, uncles, Mimi & Papa were great highlights too. Adelaide and Aspen loved being able to play with Bishop, Collins, Cooper, & Boston. I enjoyed catching up with my sisters, mom, and dad. We took walks, swam, grilled out, and relaxed. Ryan even got to spend some time down south too!

Cheers to a wonderful week with family!

driving to "dinner" they would say

yummy ice cream

too much drinking for this little guy...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EATF: Spring Mixed Doubles Round Robin (2015)

Last Saturday evening we had a very successful EATF Spring Mixed Doubles Round Robin. We had 50 people participate which was amazing! Some great tennis, fun socializing, delicious food, and fabulous facility. All for a GREAT cause making it all the more fun!! 

I didn't take many pictures as I was out and about talking up our foundation to guests who were rotating out of the tennis round robin. Not one of our committee members is employed. I never thought to highlight this point because we all know that we are volunteers and we do this to better the sport that we love so much. But apparently it makes a HUGE difference to our guests as they love the fact that 100% of their money goes to our grantees!

I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of women and organization!

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Our Group A Winners!

The Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization created to bring public attention and financial support for worthy, grassroots tennis programs for adult and senior participation.

The Foundation’s mission is accomplished by:

  • Providing grant and seed monies to outstanding programs designed to increase participation in adult tennis within the USTA Eastern Section.
  • Increasing outreach to Community Tennis Associations, inner-city areas and lower income communities to make them aware that grants are available for adult, senior, and super senior tennis programs.
  • Promoting the health benefits of tennis to adults and seniors.
  • Providing grants to start up adult and senior wheelchair tennis programs and special population programs.
  • Awarding grants annually for senior and adult team assistance and community initiatives.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chanel No. 25: A Surprise Dinner Party

Our family has had a slew of "big" birthdays this year. And well I think that they all called for "big" celebrations. Surprises make them all the more fun too!

My baby sister, Taylor, turned 25 on April 6th. To throw a party for her would have entailed 500 people so we opted for an intimate dinner party for 30 people. One big table for the most important people in her life (minus a few who couldn't join us!). 

She has always loved Coco Chanel quotes and she is a bit of a fashion icon herself so I figured this was a perfect fitting theme. I found the cutest perfume bottle invitations on Etsy. Everyone loved them...even the Chanel rep in the mall! I gathered Coco quotes, printed and framed them to scatter throughout the table. The woman who did the invitation made glittery perfume bottle confetti that we sparkled around too...and a few strands of pearls made the table complete. Amanda made an adorable banner: Chanel No. 25 that we hung from the mantle.

We set up a perfume sample making table where guests could make their own perfume scent to take home. What is a party without a fun activity and gift to take home?! 

On the place settings, each guest had a special menu with the evening's dinner as well as an adorably boxed cupcake mix to take home too.

The cake was from Plehn's Bakery. Not only was it gorgeous but it was delicious too! I had a piece of vanilla and chocolate. Do not judge me. Pink champagne was served as guests arrived and toasted the birthday girl when she walked up the stairs to this glorious surprise.

Happy 25th Birthday Tay/Aunt Bees!