If anyone has had the honor of knowing the fabulous Edna Douglas Colton, born September 19, 1921, they know that she’s known for her love of fun, family and dancing, and that’s just what her family celebrated on her 100th birthday party! Her four children and their spouses – Ann and Newt Reynolds, Dee and Ernie Eustis, Lynn and Lars Pedersen and Susan and Ed Colton – hosted the party at Ed and Susan’s and they went all out!
Tables were decorated throughout the house for the 43 guests, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They served Edna’s favorites: filet, creamed spinach, potato supreme and crabmeat salad. Laura Arrowood Catering created the shrimp and avocado hors d’oeuvres. Of course Edna’s favorite cocktail, bourbon mist, was served while her family cheered her on!
Edna is known for her sparkling aqua blue green eyes, so choosing the color scheme for the decorations was easy. Balloons of aqua, silver and blue with a large silver “100” greeted guests as they arrived, and the balloon bouquet was created by Balloon Float NOLA. There was an aqua iced birthday cake created by Maurice Bakery. Aqua napkins by Elle Paperie featured the names that she’s known by, including NaNa, Mother and Edna. Johnny Parker played her favorite songs on the banjo, “Ain’t She Sweet” and “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” among others. Ed Colton started the dancing, and everyone had a chance to dance with Edna. Can you believe that she danced all night long? Of course Edna was the last to leave her own party! Her family also provided the birthday girl with a video featuring all aspects of her amazing life, including photos of Edna when she was young and photos of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
Actually there was another 100th birthday cake created by Maurice for Edna’s next birthday celebration at her favorite Orleans Club about a month later. The Orleans Club is celebrating their 95th birthday and Edna her 100th, so friends and members sang “Happy Birthday” to Edna, The Grand Dame, and to the fabled club at the same time.
Happy Birthday Edna from all of us at St. Charles Avenue!