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Charlotte Watts celebrates her third birthday with cousin John-Ford on March 19 at Columbia Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Fondren Watts
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Black Tie & Tales 03.23.17

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From unicorn-themed birthday parties to television star sightings, here's what you missed on the social scene last week.

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A magical birthday celebration

Charlotte Watts celebrated her third birthday on March 19 at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key. Photo courtesy of Fondren Watts
Charlotte Watts celebrated her third birthday on March 19 at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key. Photo courtesy of Fondren Watts

Birthday dreams came true March 19 when Charlotte Watts, daughter of Blush Bridal Sarasota owner Fondren Watts and Danny Watts, got a unicorn-themed party for her third birthday. Charlotte celebrated with her family at Columbia Restaurant followed by a fun day in the sun at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key. Fondren ordered a custom cake from Gigi's Cupcakes for the party. She based the design on images she found on Pinterest. “Charlotte is the epitome of a girly girl,” says Fondren. “So for the final touch, we ordered her a custom pink sparkle tutu and birthday shirt with the number "three" spelled out in gold on the front, from Etsy.”

Asolo Rep's Crystal Society now shines even brighter

Larry and Debbie Haspel were announced as two of the four new members of the  Asolo Repertory Theatre's Crystal Society on March 17 at the opening night dinner for "Little Foxes." Photo by Cliff Roles
Larry and Debbie Haspel were announced as new members (along with Herman and Sharon Frankel) of the Asolo Repertory Theatre's Crystal Society on March 17 at the opening night dinner for "Little Foxes." Photo by Cliff Roles

Two couples have joined the Asolo Repertory Theatre's Crystal Society: Larry and Debbie Haspel and Herman and Sharon Frankel. All are long-time supporters of the theater. Larry  Haspel is president of the Asolo Rep Board of Directors. The Crystal Society recognizes donors who give $1 million or more to the company. Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards made the announcement at the March 17 dinner preceding the opening of Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes” at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

Tidbits

Pat and Lesly Sajak attended Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark on March 17 at Ed Smith Stadium. Photo by Niki Kottmann
Pat and Lesly Sajak attended Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark on March 17 at Ed Smith Stadium. Photo by Niki Kottmann

Baby blissSarah and David Horvath welcomed their baby girl, Phoebe Marie Horvath, into the world at 6:43 a.m. on March 19. Sarah informed her Instagram followers that their “hearts are full!” … Late-night bites … Guests at Ringling College’s An Evening at the Avant-Garde got a sweet surprise upon leaving the event on March 18: Moon Pies. To infinity and beyond! … A year of loveErin and Worth Graham celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary March 19. The couple enjoyed a saved portion of their wedding cake and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to get in the nuptial spirit ... Star-studded occasion

Orioles infielder Chris Davis was surprised with a birthday cake March 17 at Ed Smith Stadium. Photo by Niki Kottmann
Orioles infielder Chris Davis was surprised with a birthday cake March 17 at Ed Smith Stadium. Photo by Niki Kottmann

Guests at Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark on March 17 included many familiar names, including Grammy award-winning songwriter Liz Rose, Orioles infielder Chris Davis (who celebrated his birthday with a surprise cake at the event) and “Wheel of Fortune” star Pat Sajak.

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