Monday, September 1, 2014

Flecks of Gold = Great Wealth

This is a wonderful story about a young merchant who was caught up in the Gold Rush in the 1850's. He was discouraged when he didn't find large nuggets of gold as he panned and searched.  He overlooked the small flecks of gold that didn't seem worth his time.  He envied a nearby old prospector and his full pouch of gold.  Imagine the young man's surprise when the prospector showed him that his bag was full of small flecks, not nuggets.  He said, "The patient accumulation of these little flecks has brought me great wealth."

I love this analogy and  I agree that by small and simple things great blessings are brought to pass.

Elder M. Russell Ballard shares:
"The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. Like the small flecks of gold that accumulate over time into a large treasure, our small and simple acts of kindness and service will accumulate into a life filled with love for Heavenly Father, devotion to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a sense of peace and joy."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wedding Reception - Coral & Gray Color Theme

Our family friend, Eryn, was married last weekend.  We've known Eryn since she was in elementary school and consider her (and her whole family) to be "Framily" - friends who are like family.

The reception was just beautiful so I thought I'd share pictures.  They had a wedding coordinator do all the decorations for the reception and she also worked with the caterer so Eryn's family could just relax and not worry about any planning, prep or clean up. I highly recommend that if you can afford it.  Her wedding coordinator and caterer were both fairly reasonably priced as well, especially if you consider the cost of all the time involved with planning a wedding.

Here are pictures of the entry area.  I didn't get a picture of the whole entry area, just some close-ups.  The lighting was dimmed and they had a DVD playing of the couple.  The movie had photos of the bride and groom as children, teens, and also when they were dating and engaged. People loved seeing that as they walked in.

At the bottom right corner of the picture below, you can see a "Project Life" book that the couple used instead of a traditional sign-in book.  Each guest wrote on a small card that would later be placed in the album mixed in with pictures.  What a great idea.  There was a small white metal cart-style table on the side for people to write their message on the cards and a cute box to put the notes in.  The display below was on a dresser that they brought to the site.

Love the cool chalkboard sign.  They used a chalk marker to write on there.  Also notice the cool metal card holder to house all the wedding cards that people brought in.  My job was to be in charge of the gifts and the sign-in notes.  It was really fun to greet people.  (Note: Never leave the gift area unattended because strangers have been known to run in and grab gifts/cards at receptions.) They also had two beautiful quilts displayed that were given to Eryn by grandparents.

Loved the popcorn bar that they had. This was also a big hit with the younger crowd. They also brought out 5 or 6 tin shakers with different seasonings after I took these pictures.

Here's a "big picture" of the whole scene.  I loved how they had the lights hanging from a pole in the middle and going out to poles on the edges of the area.  It really made it feel cozy and it was nice not to have to decorate the church walls since the focus was taken away from that area.

Next to the lights, they had twine hanging as well with doilies folded over and glued together.  Love it!

The tables were all decorated differently but coordinated overall with the theme.  Some of the tables were normal size and some were smaller.

The drink table was in the middle of the room.  The main pole for the hanging lights went up from the pole which was a good way to handle the pole without looking awkward.  They served water and punch (2 containers of each).

 The backdrop for the receiving line was simple but tasteful.  Note the darling bride Eryn in the picture (love that girl!).  She made her own bouquet.  I'll try to see if I can get an upclose picture of it.

Here are other decoration from around the room, mainly from the food area.  The food wasn't out when I took the pictures before the reception though.  They served foods that the couple liked - waffles and crepes with toppings.  The food was a hit although the caterer said it was hard to keep the waffles crisp.  The crepes were much easier to handle.

Love the tissue paper pom poms.  The darker ones were made from old sewing patterns that they found at a thrift shop. The bride made the heart garland of yarn.

Cake table was totally darling with another chalk sign.  They had a cake and mini cupcakes.


When I get the contact information, I will post the details about the wedding coordinator in case anyone in Mesa, Arizona area would like to hire her or the caterer.  It was a wonderful night.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Baptism Party Decorations

My sweet nephew was baptized today and his parents hosted a luncheon afterwards.  My sister-in-law has such a cute style and decorated to the max.

While this party was to celebrate a baptism, most of her ideas could be used for other occasions.  I'm thinking birthday parties, mission farewells, showers, Teacher Appreciation, and so on.

I have to say that all the children loved the "Sweet Treats" section the most.  Well, I did see a lot of adults sneaking candy too.

 I like how she used shredded paper to add height and use less candy in the containers.

Of course her table settings were darling too.  She used colored duct tape to wrap around the water bottles.

Check out this incredible cake.  She had a friend do the fondant decorating.  Only bad part is that the cake was so cute that we weren't allowed to eat it (seriously)!

They served a delicious lunch and used these little chalkboards to write which foods were being served.  My mom-in-law is an artist so she did the writing.  They served pulled pork sandwiches, beans, watermelon, veggies, potato salad, pasta salad, chips, etc.  Something for everyone.

 Feel free to copy any of these cute ideas. I think I'll invite her to do my next party...