Where there’s a dessert table, there’s me.
Nobody loves throwing parties and having company over more than I do. Hospitality is my charism. I realize some of this stresses people out, but it is life-giving to me. My love is found in the details. All my work to make it beautiful was my gift to Will and I so loved doing it. Mr. Whitaker was a huge part in making it happen. He’s such a keeper.
While I put great time and effort into choosing what food to serve, I put an equal amount of emphasis on making this a true “Confirmation” celebration with the decorations. I wanted our friends and family to visually see Will’s formational growth and to be reminded of his earlier sacraments.
Here, we showcased his baptismal candle, along with the most precious first communion bowl, and then left a place for people to place their cards.
The backdrop for the table was really special, at least to the mama in the house. I gathered photos from his altar serving days, sacraments (baptism and first communion), Godparents and other special saint projects to clip to the fabric garland I made. I absolutely adore the way it turned out. And, yes, I’m keeping that garland for future parties!
Now, let’s talk sugar and punch, shall we?
I *try* to balance out the sugar with some healthy options. One is definitely healthy, the other is, um, a good effort.
This punch was killer. We had one cup left.
Can’t forget the details, either. Costco has reasonably priced – and gorgeous! – flowers. I arranged the three vases, two of which were on tables where guests ate, and one on the dessert table. Pro tip: Buy your flowers three days before the event, arrange and then refrigerate. Set them out the evening before your event and allow to come to room temperature. By then, the blooms are opening and you have stunning centerpieces!
My only regret here is I forgot to take photos of our dining spaces with those beauties. People started arriving, I set down my camera and never picked it back up! Sign of a good party. Guess we’ll have to do it five more times 🙂 The tables were covered in red tablecloths, red roses, our wedding china and silverware and plenty of booze. It’s how we sacrament.
Can we have a moment of silence for this cake?
Olga outdid herself. I sent her a smattering of photos, a pantone color I loved and she did the rest. Y’all, she is amazing. And it was filled with strawberries inside. YES! It’s adorned with his given name and his saint name, Padre Pio.
The cookies were equally spectacular. So much love to Kendra for making them a reality.
And this awesome farm table? A gift, a GIFT, from our next door neighbors who run this fabulous business. Not too proud to admit I cried. Get used to seeing it y’all, because I have some serious party ideas for that beauty. It was such a fabulous piece to use for Will’s big day. Molli and Louis, THANK YOU!!
I promise we served more than sugar. Scott cooked chicken and beef fajitas, strawberry margaritas, Texas Caviar and guacamole and we had *plenty* of Texas beer on hand. Again, no photos of all that awesome. We were too busy having fun. We made all the food ahead of time. Scott slightly undercooked the meat and we popped it into the oven at 250 while we were at Mass so when we arrived home, everything was ready. I was even smart enough to ice down the beer while we were gone. Priorities. There’s nothing worse than a house full of hungry and thirsty people!
We cleaned it all up, hugged the last guest goodbye, put everyone in bed and I stayed up until 2am, clocking a solid four hours of sleep, getting ready for the next adventure, Clare’s 10-year-old trip. Never dull around here. That 411 is coming soon. My energy drink these days is love. Ha!
Happy Confirmation day, Will. I’ll remember that joy for the rest of my life!