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The Confirmation *Par-tay*

Where there’s a dessert table, there’s me.

True story.

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?

My. Lands.

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!

Vendor Credits
Cake: Polkadots
Cookies: Sweet Spot Cookie Shoppe
Flowers: Costco
Farm Table: 10th Collection

11 Comments

  1. Ann on May 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love your blog, and especially loved the joy shown in the Confirmation party. I, too, love to entertain. My parties are not as elaborately decorated, but with the same love in my heart.

    Keep on keepin’ on!

  2. Nicole on May 23, 2017 at 9:05 am

    You make it look effortless! It’s obvious your preparation makes it so. I loved the idea of the cross made out of strawberries and pineapple. That’s one of those “now why didn’t I think of that?!” moments. Love the strawberry, marshmallow, brownie bite kebobs. Well done on another fantastic celebration! Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. JENNY on May 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Kathryn, this all looks so beautiful! I want to come Sacrament with your family! Congrats to Will, what a day!

    • Kathryn on May 23, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Lots of sacraments still to go. Plenty of time sweet Jenny!

  4. Aileen on May 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    So lovely Kathryn!! When you said hospitality is your charism and is life-giving to you, a light went on. Now I get it. I am not creative at all like this and not given toward the desire to even attempt it. But your description is beautiful and makes me appreciate exactly what it means to you and others who have this same passion. I can enjoy the beauty of the photos because I know your creativity comes from God and blesses those around you. 🙂

  5. Anne on May 23, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    How did you make the garland? Grade 8 grad coming up soon here (like…a month from now…seriously, how am I 41 and having a high schooler this September….a month, and I’m not even really sure what I’m doing…..gahhhhh).

  6. Meg on May 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Beautiful! Took a page from your book recently and we popped bubbly at my daughters baptism. Gotta celebrate birth into the Church right, right!? Thanks for your honest and uplifting writing always, true gift. Gotta ask, the skirt! Where did you snag that beauty!!?

    • Kathryn on December 28, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      I just realized I never answered you! Mea culpa! It’s from White House Black Market.

      • Meg Coen on January 4, 2018 at 1:38 pm

        Of Course!

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