Monday

A Backyard Birthday Tea Party And Some Thoughts

Throughout my blog break last year I still took tons of pictures!  Too many, in fact!  I thought I’d better start chronicling them now!  Blogging must be in my blood because everything we do as a family I recreate in my imagination as “blog posts”.  I see the picture layout in my head, and I give the imaginary post a title.  Do you bloggers think the same way…See it all in your head even before it’s an actual post? (This is where you nod and smile so I don’t feel like such a weirdo. Ha!)

Anyway, here are a few pictures from Beach Bunny’s backyard tea party.  I absolutely LOVE hosting parties.  My personal goal is for each guest to know that they are adored and loved.  That’s the gift that Jesus gives to me each and every day, and I just want to give that same gift away to each and every person that comes over…To know and feel Jesus’ love and acceptance will ruin you for anything else.  It’s THAT good! Beach Bunny and I play “tea party” in the backyard all the time, so when it came time for her party last year the theme was cinched!  She’s a big fan of cupcakes and, quite frankly, so is her mama! ; )

Beach Bunny shared her party with her beautiful little cousin, Sara.  They share the exact same birthday, just one year apart.  They are so opposite in looks, but share the exact same sweetness, love of dress up, and all-things-girly!  Oh, to grow up with cousins you adore!

We just invited family to the party, and everyone was so sweet to drop by on their lunch breaks to have sandwiches and tea with us.

It’s been SO FUN to just be able to grab flowers out of the yard and make simple arrangements for special occasions… or for no occasion at all.  I’m going to miss this when we move back home.  Sniff!

Jeremiah 31:3 comes to mind when I remember her tea party… "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”  That verse reminds me of my love for my daughter and also shows me how approachable God is.  That inspires me!  God’s love has been so powerful in my life and, as a result, I can’t help but to want to BE loving-kindness to those I serve- making myself a little lower so His name can be lifted higher- just like those helium balloons.

It’s funny how a little tea party gave me a fresh perspective.  What a gift- I needed that!

Today I’m also participating in Gifts of Thanks, all the ways that God gives.  Click link below to be inspired!

 

30 comments:

4 Blessings said...

Too sweet! It looks like it was a wonderful party for your beautiful girl.
Blessings,
Amy

Theresa said...

Wow, what an elegant tea party! Looks like the girls had a great time. The cupcakes look delish!

*Jess* said...

a beautiful way to celebrate a special day :)

Angela said...

Oh MY! This is so stinkin' cute! You did an amazing job! Happy birthday to your princess.

Kristi J said...

beautiful!!! kj

Jamie @ Six Bricks High said...

You celebrated the special day beautifully!

Stephanie M. Page said...

Yes, I think in blog all the time. =) These pictures are so beautiful! I love this post.

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Adorable! Looks like a perfect party to me!

The Krol Family said...

What a gorgeous party and stunning photos!!

Melanie said...

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Joanna said...

I am the EXACT same way when it comes to blogging. I always think "oh, I need to blog this!" It's not real unless it's documented in a blog! :) Beautiful pictures, as always. The tea party was so delightful! I am inspired for Myla's next birthday now. :)

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Lynn said...

What a beautiful party. I am sure the birthday girl felt very special.

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He & Me + 3 said...

Absolutely adorable. Your back yard is amazing & what a super fun theme. Send me some of those strawberries please :)

Bridget said...

What a wonderful party! You have a gorgeous back yard. I am a little jealous of those beautiful flowers.

Thanks so much for coming to my blog today!!

ksinift said...

Cute pictures! Looks like it was a fun party! And I get the "seeing blog posts in your head" thing. Often as things happen throughout my day, I think, "I could blog about that!" :)

Hannah said...

What a great party! Love seeing beautiful Bella again. I missed her sweet face :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the set up and tables with the chairs. They are awesome! So you aren't going to stay a country girl?? How can you give it up?

PS I don't see blog posts. I actually think them in my head but those are the ones I never post because they are usually more of my thoughts which I don't usually post. The rest of the time I just sit down and see what comes out :)

Darcy said...

so excited to see you back. . i had missed you! love the adventure your family is on! the backyard is fabulous in every way! the party is simply breath taking and so sweet! i want to lucia to have a special party like that but our backyard has a long way to go:)
the flowers are a-ma-zing!!
welcome back to blogworld. . we have all missed your loving heart and creative fun life!
mcmurrays

Raven said...

I love your pictures and I love Hawaii. That outdoor party with the balloons...perfect. Love your blog, love love love!

Erin said...

Ha! Don't worry, I am exactly the same way! I hardly ever write a post that isn't already completely planned out in my head. :)
And what a little princess you have there! She is so sweet!

Laurie said...

What a beautiful party! 3 years old already! My how time flies!

Michelle Riggs said...

I love the party pics! What fun. Our adult daughter and adopted daughter, Hannah share the same birthday. It is wonderful how it all fits together.

I hope you are your family have a wonderful Easter.

Fruitful Harvest said...

Beautiful tea party!
What a wonderful looking family!

Thanks for following my blog! :)

Peace and Love,
Georgiann

Angie said...

Beach Bunny is a precious doll baby! oh she is so pretty! my little one loves tea parties too...i hope they never grow out of that don't U???

melifaif said...

Such a gorgeous lil party for a gorgeous lil girl!!! I am so jealous...I want a tea party in that backyard!!!! **whining ensues**

G-Zell said...

Very elegant. Chloe wants a tea party. But I wasn't sure how to put it together. I love the table layout and the balloons. Very nice! You little is just as gorgeous. :)

ocean mommy said...

Oh it's stunning! I have to know where the tableclothes came from. LOVED your tablescapes!

Blessings,
stephanie

Kimberly {YeP, they are all mine} said...

Looks like my DREAM party!!! Gorgeous!

Chic Coastal Living said...

Beautiful birthday party! You're daughter is a lovely little girl! You are truly blessed! Just found your blog and I'm your new friend in blogger! God Bless you!

Annie said...

Absolutely delightful!!