Ashley Gruters spent her birthday at the Sarasota Polo Club on March 11.
| 6:00 a.m. March 21, 2018
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Polo, Pulitzer and Party
Ashley Gruters celebrated her 33rd birthday March 11 with her gal pals at the Sarasota Polo Club. The girls spent their Sunday afternoon tailgating while watching the Polo matches. The party was hosted by Ali Miller. To honor the theme of the celebration, guests were asked to wear Lilly Pulitzer. “The sun came out and it was the perfect birthday outing as we sipped on rosé catching up on life,” Gruters said of the day. Happy birthday Ashley!
Expecting a new Floridian
Doug and Erin Christy announced this week that they are expecting their first baby! Baby girl Christy is due September 2018. The Christys, both natives of Florida, say they are proud to be adding another Florida native to their family. Erin got creative with her instagram hashtags, using "#FreshfromFlorida and #OrangeBlossomSpecial." Congratulations Doug and Erin!
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