Not too many people actually know the story behind my youngest daughter’s name. The story begins when I was a little girl. Growing up with a common name, like Ashley, was really quite exhausting as a kid. I was constantly getting mixed up with other children, and never felt truly unique in my name. Having felt this way, I vowed to find names that were special and significant when I named my own children.
My daughter’s name is Bayla. Her name was chosen for her Italian heritage on her father’s side. We adapted it from the name Bella, which means beautiful in Italian. We didn’t want people calling her Bella, a la Twilight. Instead we wanted it to be pronounced Bay- la; like the Italians do.
Bayla never tires of hearing the story behind her name. She is really proud of her Italian heritage, and loves sharing that story over and over. With her birthday coming up, we thought it would be a great way to surprise her with an Italian dinner party full of family, love, life, and of course bruschetta.
To shop for our party, we headed over to Sam’s club to grab a few things. I wanted to make sure we had some of her favorites at the party. Bay really loves bruschetta and focaccia bread as well.
When we were done, we had tons of goodies for the party. We grabbed an amazing Daily Chef Bruschetta to serve the family, plus penne pasta with Alfredo sauce, and the most amazing focaccia bread. We even had panna cotta for dessert. It was absolutely fabulous.
My eldest daughter was really excited about the party, and wanted to be “chef” for the day. She loves to cook. Her Italian grandmother would be very proud! It touched my heart that she wanted to help make her little sister’s day special, and that she put so much love into the meal that she prepared all by herself!
Life is about family, love, and good food. It’s about spending time together and celebrating each other. Any occassion big or small, make sure you celebrate it with the ones you love. I know our family is stronger because we do.
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