Two weeks before the fourth of July I turned to my lovely husband and asked him "Do you think you're ready to have a party?" "Sure." was his simple but oh so very common response. My mind immediately started reeling...what time of day is best for us AND BG to entertain, how much food should we provide vs ask others to bring, can I really handle throwing our first party in less than two weeks time most of which would be sans the hubster (specifically the last 48 hours leading up to the party!)??? After deliberating back and forth and back and forth we decided to just go for it. No less than five minutes after we pulled the trigger I was emailing the amazing Elizabeth* at Sunshine Ink to see if she could not only create an invitation for us but complete it within 24 hours so I could have it developed and mailed to our lovely guests. Well she truly rose to the occasion! (We loved the work she did for our annual pumpkin carving party so it was no surprise that our first fourth invitation was be just as darling.) The thick white lines are just my way of erasing our details...not very subtle but purposeful! How darling is this though??
We had a fantastic time...a wonderful group of friends...and of course delicious food! Unfortunately I only used my phone to take pictures of the spread and party goers...poo poo on me for that. I was so nervous about the house looking nice and how BG would respond to all of these people in his house. All of my worries were for naught...no one cared if every last surface of our home was dirt free...especially when so many of the sweet children left a trail of muffin crumbs throughout the house from the moment they entered - and I wouldn't have it any other way!!! BG was the wild card though and boy did he shock me. I barely saw him for the three plus hours of the party...he was passed from stranger to stranger without much of a peep...I guess it didn't hurt that some people were feeding him watermelon and blueberry muffin (ahem. Debi.)
Long story short? \I cleaned, grocery shopped and stressed for days leading up to the big event. Our guests started arriving and we ALL enjoyed ourselves. Entertaining with a baby in tow was not nearly as overwhelming as I'd expected...in fact we're planning to do it again soon!
After the party BG took a nap and we put our feet up after a quick clean sweep of the first floor. Once the baby woke up I convinced the mister that we should snap some 4th photos for posterities sake. So glad we took the time to do this...as tired as we were I'm so happy to have them!
(BG's flag outfit is a handmade creation from my mom...I saw a design online and sent it to her wondering if she could create something similar. A few weeks later it was on my doorstep! So nice to have such a talented mom...if only I could sew like her!)
*Elizabeth is truly a dream to work with. I've had the pleasure of using her creative services for three separate occasions each of which were ideal! She is not only unique in creation but extremely particular and professional. I can't recommend her enough!