On May 2nd Margaret hosted a beautiful party to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of her business, Margaret Donaldson Interiors, a.k.a. MDI. In her speech she shared that she decided to opened her own business just a few days before she was due to give birth to Robert , her first son. With one adventure after another she grew her business into what it is today – a busy, beloved and respected design firm.  

The soiree was held at Margaret and Rob’s historic harbor-front Mount Pleasant home. Guests included MDI friends, family, past and present clients, and colleagues including subcontractors, vendors, architects, builders, and real estate agents. Party goers rode golf cart shuttles to her home where they picked up magnetic name badges from an elegant flower-filled table.

Guests were then greeted by MDI’s official mascot, Abby the Golden Retriever. Abby wore a smart blue gingham bow and did a smashing job of welcoming friends. Once guests had been attended to, she tried her best to befriend the serving staff despite the “Do Not Feed Abby” sign in the yard.

For attendees, the first stop was bubbly or cocktails by Randy Kasten and his crew. Light blue cocktail napkins listed different fun facts about MDI. Savory hors d’oeuvres by caterer Karen Phillips were passed, and Goat. Sheep. Cow. provided charcuterie.

After everyone arrived, the MDI team gathered on the porch for Margaret’s speech. She spoke about her beginnings, how much she has enjoyed being part of her clients’ lives, and how much she appreciates her hard-working team and circle of colleagues, subcontractors, and vendors.

“There really are no words to express the heartfelt gratitude I have for all of you who have been part of this journey. I love what I do and I couldn’t do it without you all,” she said.   

Guests also enjoyed fried seafood with Southern sides from Ravenel Fresh Seafood #2. As everyone chatted with old friends and introduced themselves to new ones, they enjoyed music by contemporary violinist, Seth G. A “Through the Years” photo wall displayed photos of Margaret’s interior design projects from every year of her business

It was a perfect Lowcountry evening. As the sun set on the harbor the celebration continued. As guests left they received a sweet treat – a pair of cookies that were quite recognizable.

Take a peek at our video for highlights of the evening.