I am thankful for all of the usual things – just like you, I suppose. God. Family. Friends. Health. Conveniences. But for this creative girl, the holiday season, with all of its beauty, makes me the most thankful for our creator God. He created all of the toys in nature that we use to make our tables beautiful, food taste good and homes smell amazing. And while I really love playing with these elements it makes me wonder how much more fun God must have had when he was coming up with these things: the strong trees, beautiful flowers, aromatic herbs, tasty roots. If we can put these things together and make beautiful centerpieces, vignettes and delicious meals how much more can God envision making with these same things. Then my minds travels to how much more amazing Heaven will be. I hope that one day, when I am in Heaven, I get to create with the Great Creator – or at least play in the same sandbox along side Him. The thought of it is beyond exciting.
Enjoy a peek at what we created with God’s toys this Thanksgiving.
I have this certain group of awesome ladies that let me hang out with them sometimes. They are really great for many reasons, but my favorite is that they make up all sorts of excuses to throw a party. Seriously, we will sit around together, dreaming up new reasons for a party. Our pinterest profiles are always at the ready on our phones and tablets for our next board. Only the best get to make the board first though, you have to be really quick with this group. Maybe you have a group of friends like this, and maybe you don’t. If you don’t, you can join ours, just give us a reason, just a little bits enough, to throw you your initiation party. We will make it simple, I promise.
The truth is we love to throw parties, make beautiful things, and make people happy. It’s our thing. We are more creative together than apart and that makes it so much more fun. At least for me. So I wanted to share with you our latest…The Sprinkle.
A week or so ago I talked about being intentional with my holidays and eliminating some of the stress they bring.
So for Thanksgiving I punted. We went to a friend’s home and celebrated with them. For nearly 20 years these friends of ours have feasted with family and friends that need a place to celebrate. It’s always large. It’s always fun. The traditions are deep. But the cast is always different. And the stories…oh the stories we have heard of the fun. Roll-throwing contests. Burnt casseroles. Movies. Piano playing. Singing. Relaxing.
There is no formal invitation that goes out. Just a “hey you are always welcome to join us” kind of thing. But this year we accepted. We were excited and honored at the idea.
And all I had to do was bring some green beans!
It was everything we had heard about and plenty more. The table was beautiful and yet practical. There were 19 people there sitting at one very long table that was pieced together from three tables. We used paper plates and napkins but real silverware – a lesson learned over the years I understand. I took notes.
The food was plentiful and fantastic. Each of us brought a special dish to share. We loaded our plates up the first time and went back for more as many times as our stomachs would allow. We laughed, we relaxed.
We shared what we were thankful for in an “anything goes” sort of way. Some were funny, some sweet. All were honest. Everyone participated including a few who couldn’t be there this year and phoned them in. As they were read we had to guess who’s it was.
While it was a total vacation for me it reminded me how very blessed we are to have such good, generous and loving friends. I know that day was a lot of work and preparation for them. I know because I have lived it. But this year, because of their generosity and goodness, I didn’t have to. I got to relax. For years through this tradition they have nourished many, many people. Their bodies, spirits and souls.
And I am very thankful for what they gave me this holiday season. Rest.
Well, the birthdays just keep coming! This one was really fun, and fairly easy.
Theme: Rainbow Art Party
We opted to have it in an art studio where an artist instructed the girls on painting a picture. Each participant painted their own so they came out unique but “the same”.
Invitations: I designed these and had them printed up and we mailed them out about two weeks ahead of time. They didn’t say “NUM.1” on them, obviously. Who names their kids such things?
Activities: We started with some food and chatting while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then we began the painting. The teacher instructed them on the background and while they waited for that to dry they took a break for dinner. After dinner and snacks, they finished their masterpieces.
Food: We had pizza delivered for our main course and with it we had rainbow fruit and veggie platters. As a treat I let the girls have some soda with straws and “clouds”. they came out so cute! Then while they returned to painting we had some rainbow candy to snack on.
Cake: Since I didn’t have time to make my own double decker rainbow dot cake, I made a run to the grocery. They said they usually needed 24 hours notice, but since I am a “special customer” they would make an exception. So sweet! But since I don’t know them, and because this is a big chain grocery, I’m sure that’s what they call all their customers. But it didn’t matter, I needed a cake and they were happy to help me out in a pinch.
Decorations: I made rainbow puffs and stuck them on sticks in jars. The food was as much decoration as anything. Then I added a pennant, personal poster and the glasses with straws and clouds topped it off.
The girls had a lot of fun, and it wasn’t too difficult for me either. Fall is busy 🙂
We are in the thick of birthday season at our house right now. So here’s our latest creation!
Theme: Messy Laser Tag Party for a 7-year-old boy
Invitations: I printed these myself at home on vellum paper. The vellum made them seem cooler somehow!
Decorations: I hardly did anything. Those boys didn’t care…
Activities: Now, this is where we went crazy! We started with Lazer Tag Capture the Flag, then we moved into silly string, water balloons and sponge balls and concluded with a laser maze. Fun, active and messy!
This picture was after the fact so some of the “lasers” had fallen down
Food: Pizza, fruit kabobs and ice cream cake that I bought at the store, so sue me!
Goodie Bag: Inside we put an airplane, foam air darts and, or course, some candy.
It was an active, messy, seriously fun boy party. All in all, it was a blast!
It is birthday season in our home and we are making all sorts of plans for different people’s parties. Big plans. Fancy plans. Fun plans. I will have pictures soon!
This year number 1 is trying to top her party from last year, which will be hard to do. Here are a few pictures from that event:
We made our own aprons that turned out soooo cute. They are just inexpensive aprons from a craft store that we sewed ruffles onto.
We decorated bakers hats and competed in our cupcake decorating contest.
The goodie bag was to take home a few of their cupcakes. I, of course, forgot to take pictures of that!
The night ended with a beautiful scene on the patio. Beautifully imperfect!