Pajamas & Pancakes

By Laurel Donahoo | Photos by Tom Beck

When the time came for graduating seniors and longtime friends Sarah Avery Huffman and Dakota Jones to have parties commemorating their senior year, the duo, and future Ole Miss roommates, decided that memorializing their last year as high schoolers with a joint party would be their celebration style of choice.

The friends of Sarah Avery and Dakota’s mothers teamed up to plan and host the December 1st “Pajamas and Pancakes” senior party breakfast.

Since each honoree is on their school’s dance team and is involved in school sports, when it came time to create a guest list, the task was fairly easy. “The girls basically have the same friend group,” shares Laurie Huffman, mother of Sarah Avery, “and they both wanted to invite all of the senior dance team members who have become their good friends,” Laurie adds, “because of all the time they’ve spent together.”

Once the list was finalized, each invitee received a hand-delivered, cheerfully wrapped set of black and white polka dot pajamas along with her invitation to celebrate with Dakota and Sarah Avery over a pancake breakfast at the home of hostess Darla Draughn.

Upon entering the party donning their gifted pajamas, guests were greeted by the honorees in matching turquoise blue PJs, beautiful floral arrangements by Tulip Floral, the smell of pancakes and hot chocolate

in the air, and a long banquet table in a light-filled sun room with elegant place settings of mixed china, sterling silver and linen serviettes.

After visiting the hot chocolate bar and adding whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, peppermint sticks and candy toppings to their cups of cocoa, each girl then fixed a plate of miniature stacked pancakes, Primos cheese grits, and other favorites of Dakota and Sarah Avery’s and sat down at her place at the table to enjoy dining over stories and laughs.

As the meal began winding down, the party focus shifted over to a game of Dirty Santa, for which each guest brought a gift.

“All the girls seemed to love the hot chocolate bar and had a lot of fun playing Dirty Santa,” Laurie shares. “They especially loved the mini stacked pancakes,” she adds. “They thought all the food was delicious and so much fun, and they loved the setting and decor.”

The fun had at the party gave Dakota and Sarah Avery plenty of memories to share for the college years

ahead as their ever-growing friendship continues this fall in Oxford, Mississippi.

Hostess Liz Woodward says, “It was so much fun watching these sweet girls laugh together over breakfast and games. I look forward to watching them continue to grow into outstanding young women. The other hostesses and I could not have had more fun celebrating with this beautiful group of friends!”