Hi Friends! I pray you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and are still reveling in God’s grace gift of His Son. I’m still chilling over here and enjoying a little rest before the new year happens!
Whitney at Come Home for Comfort posted a great recap of our Christmas complete with great photos of our time and all the food we shared. If you’re interested you can go here to see it all! She did a great job capturing the spirit of our time together!
I’ll be back next week with some of my own photos of Christmas, goals and new ideas to hopefully refresh 2019!
I love hosting showers! Babies and weddings are just fun events to celebrate! They are both gifts from God, and that alone makes them special! This past Saturday I had the blessing of having a wedding shower in my home for a sweet young woman who has been a part of my Adult Bible Fellowship this year. I had so much fun coming up with a menu and decorations to help her celebrate her upcoming fall wedding!
I thought I’d show you how I plan and work ahead of time to keep things from being too stressful the morning of the shower.
Decide on a color scheme – I used pink and deep maroon flowers, the colors of the bride’s wedding.
Begin to decorate the week before. Here are some things I had done before Friday~
Sketched on my chalkboards
Make/prep whatever food you can ahead of time. My do-ahead’s included:
Cooking the sausage for the sandwiches
Cutting strawberries for the scones
Putting all the dry ingredients for the scones in Ziploc bags, ready to mix
Get out all the dishes/platters you’ll need ahead of time. The night before set the tables, label platters and places where the food will be placed. I use sticky notes on the platters telling what food goes there. Then the day of the shower, if someone wants to help, they know where to put things. or if I’m working alone, that keeps me from getting frazzled!
Get the pitchers, utensils, plates and napkins ready.
The day of the shower, try to have the food ready for the oven, or finished, if possible 30-60 minutes before your guests arrive. Then you can have the kitchen clean and you’ll be ready to greet your friends as they come.
Also, accept help if others offer! A friend from church did the fruit and the punch. My daughter came an hour early and helped me finish plating food. Oh,and having a husband who is so wonderful to do dishes is a super-duper blessing!!!!
Working ahead is the best way to keep from being stressed. A relaxed hostess can make her guests feel welcome because she really will be glad they came!
I had the lovely joy recently of out of town guests who popped in unannounced! Dear, old friends strolled into our Wednesday night church service and surprised us! They had gotten a hotel nearby because they didn’t want to drop in on us as overnight guests, Continue reading “Best Breakfast/Brunch – Hash Brown Bake”→
Isn’t it amazing how fast vacation time flies by? I had an app on my phone that told me how many more days ’til vacation. Then, woosh! It’s done! It’s also easy to forget everything that happened. It’s for that reason that I try to journal each day I’m away. I try to log what we did and what the highlights of the day were. I write down any fun places we discovered, any new restaurants we enjoyed and also special things that we shared as a couple in our day together. Then when I get home I can read back over my writings and can relive our time away!