Saturday, February 11, 2012

 The invitation said" Girl's Night Out". 
Wear pink and/or black.
Guestlist is a surprise, so no discussing this with anyone.

My youngest sister was the hostess.  She told us that this was the first time in her life that she decorated any part of her home for Valentine's Day.  She certainly did a beautiful job!  The tablescape was a masterpiece!

She purchased this foil tree from Target.  Then she took a strand of foil hearts, cut them apart, and glued them onto the tree.  It immediately dressed up her big round table(that her husband built for her), in a colorful, festive fashion.

We freely gave our hostess ideas as to how she could dress up this tree, for many holidays:)
What a fun way to add pizazz to a Valentine party.

As each guest arrived, the surprises continued.  It was so much fun seeing who was invited. 
We are a group of family and friends who spent many Thursday mornings together years ago, when we got together for a weekly Bible study.  We shared memories, laughter, stories, updates, lessons learned and blessings we gained from our studies together.  Years have passed since our times together.  We now found ourselves, a group of "almost" empty nesters, empty nesters, and grandmothers sitting together, amazed at how quickly it all happened. 

The details of this table were endless.

One of my favorite details were the glittering initials tied onto each chair, identifying where we were to sit.

I don't think I ever saw so much pink.  Pink is a happy color!

The tomato bisque was exceptionally good!  The hearts were cut out of slices of American cheese and added yet another artistic touch to the meal.  My sister credited our mother for that suggestion.  She added touches of beauty to every food she served in our growing up years, and now, we find ourselves doing the same.  Thanks Mom!

We were each given a pink, sparkly bag with a small gift inside.  We were to open them and share what was inside them with everyone.  If someone wanted what we had opened, they could take ours.  In other words, it was a bit like..."now you have it, now you don't".   You can imagine how much fun and laughter this game generated.


But, the main reason for this party, was for the elegant looking lady in the above picture.  She is our dear, life long friend and is going through a difficult journey right now.
Having been diganosed with cancer this past summer,
she had one of her many chemotherapy sessions the day before this party. 
We were thrilled to have her join us.  It was a much bigger feat (to attend), than any of us could imagine, and we each felt gratitude in our hearts, that she was there.

She shared what was on her heart.  We laughed and cried with her.  What a lady!
I told her, "that she was a beautiful example of looking good through cancer".  Her blond wig was the perfect style for her.
We were all honored to have her with us, and it certainly gave the "heart holiday", a new perspective for each and every one of us.

All the ingredients were present to make this a most memorable evening.
It was a Valentine party extrordinaire!
Thank you dear sister for all you did to create this wonderful evening for each one of us.

Wishing you a good weekend!
It is snowing and cold here.  I know that "cold" is relative.  Where my youngest daughter lives, it was minus 40 degrees yesterday.  Bless her heart!


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, Judy. how beautiful everything was! And so precious that your friend was there too. A very special get-together will so many lovely details. Love the glittered initials!

Love Being A Nonny said...

What a special party for a special friend. None of you will ever forget this. Everything looked beautiful!

Happy@Home said...

Your sister has set a most beautiful table and thought of every detail to make a special day for all of you lovely ladies. I am sorry to hear that your friend is dealing with cancer, but can imagine that this day was a wonderful reprieve for her.

Debbie said...

Good morning! What an incredibly neat thing to do! I LOVE it. The table was just gorgeous...Your friend with cancer IS really pretty! Many blessings to her...Glad you all got to do such a fun thing. Have a wonderful week-end! HUGS

NanaNor's said...

What a wonderful party! Especially because I'm sure it encouraged your friend who is walking through the fire right now! Love the idea of the soup with the melted cheese hearts on it.
Thank you for sharing, you are indeed blessed. Makes me want to bless my family and friends.
Hugs, Noreen

Stacey said...

Judy, that sounds like a very special time. Your sister did a great job. :) said...

Judy, this touched me. What a wonderful blessing it must have been for each of you, especially for the friend who is in the midst of chemo. You all look so beautiful, and your sister did such a great job with the decorations and creative ideas. I always come to your page to 'borrow' some new ideas!! :)

lindsey said...

beautiful table, beautiful ladies. So lovely that you can continue to get together after all this time to fellowship and enjoy each others company. Thank you for spending time to leave sweet comments on my blog :)

Kathleen said...

For some reason this one caused a lump in my throat, and tears. Beautiful but, more importantly, powerful.

Christine said...

Tears are welling up...what a beautiful gift your sister gave to everyone.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I have a dear friend undergoing chemo treatments and I think a party like this will be a wonderful idea when her sessions end. Thank your sister, Judy, for allowing us to see all her sweet decorating ideas.Everything was perfect!

Melinda said...

A lovely tribute to your friend! What fun for all. Your sister's decorations were sooo festive. Loved the foil tree.
Blessings and prayers for your friend's journey.


Judy said...

Most special! I loved all the little touches...including the hearts floating in the soup. What a lovely way to stand by your friend while she goes through chemo!

debi said...

Loved the table, loved the surprise guest list, loved the idea behind it all.....Love.

I'm sure not only the special friend was blessed but each who took part.



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