|My sweet girl in church|
|The back of my girlie's dress AND the new kitchen wall color! ;)|
|My eldest daughter with her dress & veil|
After church we invited the family back to our house for a luncheon. All of the New Yorkers' were over before church and Grammy & Gramby helped me pull together baked pasta with mozzarella, meatballs & sauce in the crockpot, Italian sausage with peppers & onions, and a tossed salad. Everything was ready by the time we got back to the house - just had to heat up the pasta and the rolls! While we were waiting, I put out cheese, crackers & grapes for people to munch on. It was a nice, simple meal that I didn't have to prepare while everyone was there! For dessert, I ordered a delicious ice cream cake from Ava Marie Handmade Chocolates & Ice Cream. We found a Party City store nearby and went out the other night to pick up plates & napkins in a pretty pink (our girlie's signature color!) pattern with a cross on them. Note to self for the future -- I had seen these online prior to driving to the store, and they were on sale on the website -- not so in the actual store! If I had thought about it sooner, I could have placed an order and had the stuff shipped to me UPS Ground and saved myself some money! Good to know for next time!
If you've spent any time reading this blog, you know that I LOVE to decorate -- the house in general, for holidays, special events, you name it! This wasn't the 4th of July, so I kept it toned down a bit... Aside from the paper goods, the only "decoration" that I bought was a bunch of pink tulips from the grocery store -- pink because it is my girlie's favorite color and tulips because they are such a sign of Spring! After that, I just used my own favorite decorating tip -- I "shopped my house!" I am always telling my friends to do this -- go through your house and see what you already own that you can use to decorate in a new way!
|I drew a cross on my little chalkboard, put out a little pink milk glass vase (pink - thinking of whose special day this was!), a white vase that reminded me of a First Communion, and a little angel that used to be my grandmother's.|
|This is actually something I made a couple of years ago, intending it to be an Easter decoration, but I like it so much that now I leave it in my front entry year round! So easy to make -- 2 twigs tied together with a little bit of twine.|