We threw a party at the house last night! We were commemorating 25 years of marriage for some of our dearest friends, Bill & Michelle. Against all odds and in the face of extreme adversity, their union has lasted to the glory of God. You better believe that is worth celebrating!
We know so many couples that haven’t made it, so many broken people. What’s the difference? The Lord! He longs to redeem. We are going to honor His work in their lives, and many of our guest’s lives. If you are struggling and dealing with a hard relationship: I beg you to surrender it to Jesus. I have seen Him heal hurts and make gaping soul wounds whole. Find the joy that Christ offers and swim in His grace. Then have a party to celebrate and tell me about it!!
Let me tell you about the (EASY) decorations!One the little table Scott built, just under the medallion I painted, we covered with a strip of burlap, filled jars with candles, elevated a few on iron stands and added some flowers. SIMPLE. Beautiful.
We had plenty of light for everyone to see the renewed vows. After the ceremony, we cleared most of the chairs, added the pallet sofa and lit fire pits. So, of course, we had to have s’mores. There were SEVERAL grown adults who have NEVER had s’mores. WHAT? They’ve been inducted into the awesomeness that IS meltedy marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.
For dinner, several of our friends brought chili (including a delicious meatless chili), and taco soup in crock pots. To give a cohesive look to the table, we wrapped the pots with burlap and tied with gold ribbon. We added plates of crackers and chips, and bowls of cheese and sour cream. A delicious, warm meal for our guests Melissa, my co-hostess, and I scored FORTY linen napkin at a discount store, tied those with gold and white ribbon and piled them in a basket. The centerpiece was tulle, lights, and flowers in mason jars. To add a seasonal touch, we added gourds and mini pumpkins. SIMPLE. Beautiful!
We originally planned to host the entire event in the backyard. We wanted to have a huge, long table, and enjoy a sit-down meal. But the cold snap meant we had to be flexible. SO, we used disposable dishes and ate with bowls in our laps. Our sweet friends didn’t complain a bit.
Morrow (left) arranged the flowers for us, made Michelle’s bouquet, and Bill’s boutonnière. Erin (right) coordinated the *surprise* gift from us all: an overnight stay at the Westin in downtown Memphis and a cash gift offering. Here we are, the bosom sisters. Melissa (left) was my co-hostess with the hostess. She and I had SUCH a great time planning for this celebration. May God get all the glory for the continued work of redemption in our lives!