Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dixie Diva Birthday Bash

There are 9 of us in my Dixie Diva friendship group. We decided it was difficult to remember every one's birthday's each time, so we came up with a fun plan.
Now once a year we meet together for dinner and have one BIG Dixie Diva Birthday Bash.
There are some fun rules for this bash.
1.) Bring your own present (wrapped of course). Buy something you love, something that says Happy Birthday To Me. At first we set a $25 dollar limit.
** But last year that rule went out the window when several of the ladies gave themselves new sewing machines. Verny even bought herself a new car.
2.) Bring a funny birthday card to share with the group. We pass the cards around and laugh and laugh. Then take your own birthday card home.
We met at Haven, a wonderful restaurant here in St. George.
The food was double yum.

The chef even offered to make us their specialty dessert to share: Sugar fried donuts with pastry cream and berry compote.
Then it was time to open presents.
Melissa gave herself an Omnigrid bag full of quilting supplies.

Pat showed us the new quilt she is making for a grandson.
Wait a minute Pat! This is your birthday remember? Sometimes we get to that age where we experience more pleasure in giving than receiving.

Although she did show us her latest Bow Tucks Bag (by Quilts Illustrated) made with Texture Magic.
Margaret was the first one to apply Texture Magic to this pattern and now they are being made this way by the dozens.

Ricci just got back from IQF/ Chicago, where she worked the show for Superior Threads. While shopping the vendor booths she purchased this beautiful wool rug (made somewhere in South America?).

I tried to get a close up of the ring Ricci also purchased for her birthday, but the lighting was so dim in the restaurant my pictures didn't turn out. Needless to say she went WAY over $25.
Then there is Bev, who just bought a new lot for her birthday, where she will be building a new home.
We all agreed, Bev's purchase trumps them all.

Meanwhile I opened my meager mixing bowls and kicked them underneath the table.

We tease each other and laugh together a lot. More than the presents or the food, there is the friendships we hold dear to our hearts.
Happy Birthday Divas!


Rae Ann said...

I love the idea of having all of your B-days at one bash. It was wonderful to see all of their presents to themselves and oh... did I LOL when you said you kicked yours under the table. I loved your bowls!!! A fun friendship day for sure!

Micki said...

I love the texture magic bags!

Micki said...

I forgot to ask you...Patti Thompson on the Texture Magic video makes some lovely flower blocks...Is there a pattern for those flower blocks, as I would love to do a lap quilt with them to practice using the Texture Magic before I attempt the dress quilt. Can you tell me where I can get the pattern for that flower block?

Carol said...

What wonderful fun! You all have the best group!

Lori Holt said...

Hi Nedra...what a great idea!
My favorite gift was the mixing bowls:)
I'm glad you had a fun time with friends.

Material Mary said...

This party is certainly a scream. The ladies are too funny!

Abby and Stephanie said...

Love the Birthday Bash idea. These Divas are very good to themselves!

Nanette Merrill said...

Oh my gosh how fun. I can't believe how fun it all looked. The food (oh my that donut dessert!) and the fun women and presents. Love it all. You've got the best gals.