Before I write another word, I first have to express a very heartfelt thank you for all of the kind words, wishes, support and prayers we received after sharing Nathan’s autism diagnoses. God never leaves us alone in our journey and it is beautiful to be reminded of that. Nathan is very blessed and loved, as are we. Thank you!
I had to put this in because its just so darn cute! Do you ever wish you could have just one more moment with your “baby”? I love my big kid but every now and again I just really miss that baby; soft hair, chubby hands, quiet rocking, sweet snuggles … sigh.
Tangent alert. Sorry,
I know I haven’t been writing as much lately but I’ve been reminded of something recently … summers are busy.
Yes, there is a season to everything and summer, with all three kids at home going in three different directions, just isn’t writing season.
It isn’t just the kids that are busy though, I have also gotten busier but in a really fantastic way and I am excited to tell you about it.
A few months back I was asked by the head of our church’s Women’s Ministry to take over the events team. We are blessed to have a large church and thriving women’s ministry with many activities and events. Needless to say, it is a pretty big job. But it is also an incredible opportunity to serve the women of our church and I must say that I was very humbled and honored when Jodi asked if I would consider it. Women’s ministry has always been where my heart is and has always been where I have served. With three young kids and our focus on their needs and special needs, I have had to serve on a smaller scale but as I said before, to all things there is a season. Nathan will be starting Kindergarten this year and my plate won’t be quite as full.
God’s timing is perfect. I love that about Him.
So, after consideration and prayer, I happily accepted the job and immediately jumped into the first event or series of events as it were – the Spiritual Growth Summer Speaking Series.
My role for this four week event is food and hospitality … hard to imagine, right? My goal each week is to match the hospitality table, food and design with the personality of each speaker as I know three of the four speakers personally. I know I was lead in this direction as it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the very distinct style and unique gifting of each of these women. To consider what each has brought into my life and to pray over each of them as I plan and prepare. What a blessing it has been for me. What a blessing each of these women is to me.
The first week, my friend Christina spoke on living outside of yourself, outside of your comfort zone, truly giving God every part of you. She was so inspirational and is currently spending two weeks in Africa living her words. She is a blogger and mama to six and has gone to Africa with our missions team to chronicle the team’s work and the experience. I encourage you to visit her at The Lang Gang Loves and read about the incredible things God is doing in Malawi and in the hearts of all who are blessed to serve there.
The second week, Christina’s mom Candace was our speaker. I have had the pleasure and privilege of sharing bible study with this amazing woman of God. She is truly a Titus 2 woman and I have been deeply blessed by her nurturing and teaching heart. Her beautiful message of forgiveness and the freedom that comes with it was one so many of us needed to hear.
Last night, my sweet, sweet friend Kristin spoke on knowing and sharing Jesus Christ. This is a gifted and anointed woman who delivers a powerful message. Wow! I am still thinking on her words this morning.
So, three weeks into the events and it only took me two weeks and two events to realize that it might be nice to bring my camera along and share a bit of my new adventure in event planning here on my blog. I wish I could share the first two evenings with you but better late than never, right? So I’ll start with Kristin and last night’s event.
Kristin loves all things vintage, eclectic, shabby chic. I love those things too and was very excited to pull out some of my antique service pieces and my grandmother’s linens and lace.
For the flowers, I filled jelly jars with Kristin’s favorite hydrangeas (sorry, I said hibiscus pre-edit), pink tipped white roses (which look very old-fashioned to me), small white mums, and sprays of little purple filler flowers. A larger bouquet of the roses complemented the smaller bouquets.
I love fresh flowers and I love mixed bouquets.
A person’s favorite flower truly says so much about them.
I decided to do “old-fashioned” treats and decided on a menu of Red Velvet and Coconut mini-cupcakes, my grandmother’s banana bread and pecan bars served alongside a refreshing platter of watermelon and blueberries and gorgeous bowls of juicy ripe strawberries.
The small seedless watermelons are great sliced in easy to hold wedges and present beautifully surrounding a mound of sweet fresh blueberries.
Lace. Lace. Lace. I love handmade lace and am so thankful to have the ivory tatted lace from my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. It is so beautiful atop a white table-cloth.
Or a black one.
You can’t go wrong with a simple bowl of fresh in-season strawberries. I knew there was a reason I couldn’t pass up that soup tureen with the missing lid on my last trip through my favorite antique store.
And now for the baked goods. I can’t eat them but I sure do love making them! I mentioned before that I wanted to serve old-fashioned treats so here’s what I came up with …
Barefoot Contessa’s Pecan Bars
I make these every Christmas and can’t begin to describe to you how incredibly delicious they are. If I were going to fall off the gluten-free/sugar-free wagon with reckless abandon, I would fall into this plate of Pecan Bars. The honey and orange zest and rich shortbread crust are what make them so special.
As you may have read before, I love Ina (the Barefoot Contessa) and use her recipes all the time. They always come out perfectly and are certain to be crowd pleasers. Here I made her Red Velvet and Coconut cupcakes in mini-version.
And I made a lot of them.
I also made my grandmother’s banana bread. It doesn’t get any more old-fashioned than that and you can’t go wrong with her recipes either!
I didn’t make it into the tea sandwiches this time as I had quite a bit of frosting and richness on the table already. The simple fingers of moist delicious banana bread were perfect just as they were.
And there you have it, a Very Vintage Event. It was a blessed and wonderful evening. I am looking forward to sharing more “events” with you but for now, I need to get going as we are having a big event at the Hacienda and I’ve got to get busy.
I told you that my boy turned nine a few weeks back, well his party is tomorrow and we’ll be gettin’ our “redneck” on with a Duck Dynasty bash. It’s gonna’ be a party, Jack!
Only in my world do we go from vintage elegance to Duck Dynasty in the same week!
Yummy and what fun
Thank you, it was a lot of fun!
Thank you so much, Andrea. Hydrangeas are so gorgeous!
Danielle, you did an amazing job the food looks delicious and everything is just beautiful. I love the flower arrangements.
Thank you Suzanne, it was such a pleasure to do. I spotted the flowers at Costco and was really happy with how they turned out – just goes to show what you can do with a mason jar and a Costco card. 🙂
Royal feast,delicious display.Soooo Tempting.jalal
Thank you so much Jalal. There were a lot of tempting treats on that table!
You are using your talents! 🙂 Beautiful.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. Erma Bombeck
Rebecca, that is one of my favorite quotes of all time – I have it written on a cross and hanging on a wall in my kitchen; it has kind of become my mantra. Erma Bombeck is one of my biggest influences in writing, humor and truth all in one package – thank you for quoting her and for always being so encouraging.
I am just blessed to read this post. Just a glorious moment when one of HIS children say YES…to his call. You did an incredible job…so gorgeous!
Thank you so much, your encouragement means a lot! I was just talking with my mom today about how you know when you are doing the right thing when it doesn’t feel like work and it blesses both you and others to do it. I am so looking forward to all that He has for me in my new role.
Oh my goodness. Wonderful. You have a true gift. 🙂
Thank you, that is so nice of you to say. It makes me very happy to do it!
You are gifted and you bless others so much! I was so blessed to get to taste and see it in person!! Thank you thank you for your willingness to give share and love!
Thank you my sweet friend. It was absolutely my pleasure, I’m glad you loved it. Thank you for your beautiful message!
It needs a true heart to take up a responsibility like this and you have it 🙂 I am overwhelmed with the mouthwatering pastries. Especially love the banana bread. Well done Dani!
Thanks Danny, it is a big responsibility but it hardly feels like work it is so much fun. And the banana bread – it is good stuff, my grandma knew what she was doing. 🙂
If it is from our grandma, it is probably the best! 🙂
It all looked so beautiful and inviting! I do the women’s events for our class at church and I know it does take time/work– but can be so rewarding. Hoping it all goes well ahead for you with your ladies there…
It is a lot of work but is so much fun and so rewarding. It is nice to be able to bless the women you care about so much!
Such a colorful table! Those mini cupcakes are adorable. Hydrangeas are one of my favorites flowers…I had them in my wedding 🙂
Thank you!! I love doing mini-cupcakes, they are easy, fun, go a long way and are always a hit! Hydrangeas are one of my favorites too – so beautiful.
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