I don't know what your 13th birthday party was like, but I can honestly say I've never seen a cuter bash than the one thrown by the parents of birthday girls Catherine Estoppinal, Kristen Guidry, Caroline Joseph and twins Kellie and Kristen Seaux. The entrance to Townhouse was filled with a cascade of balloons up the stairs in colors of gold, vanilla, chocolate and aqua, along with a perfectly color coordinated table of honor ' a framed pic of each girl and sign-in book for her guests. I think all of Cathedral Carmel's seventh grade class (along with a host of friends from other schools) got to see the quintet turn 13. Those in attendance included Don Oliver, Alex Stringer, Jacqueline Mills, Kate Eddie, Dominique Giosa and Emily Lerille; Mathew Flores was the perfect gentleman as he greeted each of the birthday girls with a long stem rose. Everyone danced the night away to DJ Murphree, and the cream-colored cake was not only delicious but beautiful, with a flowing aqua bow and chocolate accents featuring each girl's name. It was a night all of these teens will remember ' and the parents will have a hard time topping when these adorable girls turn into young ladies for their Sweet 16 birthdays.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems children are getting so creative with their social outings lately, and you never know when you might have an opportunity to stumble upon one of their parties. On a recent Sunday, I grabbed my ebonite bowling ball and matching ebonite bowling shoes (everything has to match) and headed to Lafayette Lanes to knock down some pins. Much to my delight, the Krewe Des Jeunes Amis was in the midst of its fall social when I arrived. This Mardi Gras krewe of young friends, including their parents, socialized for hours. Fun was had by everyone ' perhaps even more so by the parents. The krewe's motto is providing the opportunity for making new friends while renewing old friendships, and anyone in this krewe is sure to make new friends with 42 families and 64 children among its members. After four slices of pizza and a huge piece of cake, it was time for me to retire home. But I'm anxiously awaiting the krewe's 11th annual ball, "Dance to the Music," at the Grand Ballroom of Lafayette's Hotel Acadiana. There I'll dance the night away with my new, albeit younger, friends.
Party On! - PG
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.