Our small group from church makes the fourth meeting of the month a potluck. We try to mix it up with different themes like appetizers, desserts, dips, and this month... breakfast for dinner! Hot waffle irons ready to go with chocolate chips, whipped cream, toasted walnuts, homemade strawberry syrup, and butter as toppings. A toasty skillet waiting on people to make their choices from the omelet bar. Quiches and a big bowl of fruit. Steaming cider and hot chocolate on the stove.
Autumn meets potluck, if you ask me. A match made in heaven.
But it gets better. This month we used our potluck to surprise an amazing family in our group with a baby shower. They just recently added a sweet, little boy adopted from the Ukraine and now they await the birth of Mabry Ruth. It was a casual evening with a few simple touches to show them how excited we are for this newest arrival.
I wrote a short poem to bring together the shower's elements: Like the first smell of breakfast, Laundry fresh off the line- A new baby is warm and wonderful, Delicious and divine!
A piece of glass leftover from the bottom of a tray and this fun tool highlighted the words: Above the serving area I hung a small clothesline made from raffia I had on hand and the verse, "... His mercies are new every morning..." to go with the breakfast-for-dinner theme. Some tiny, girly clothes hung on either end. Along the serving area were candles, this page from Max Lucado's Just in Case You Ever Wonder book on a recipe stand, and the precious paper products (plates and cups picked up for two bucks at our fabulous, local Dollar Mart!) For dessert (as if the waffles weren't enough!) we had cheesecake and cherry pie because those are the parents-to-be's favorite sweet things. The centerpiece on that table was a vase that looks like a pair of girl's overalls, given to us when I had our firstborn, with the last remaining buds from the yard. Everyone brought a few practical baby items to add to a big basket, which we presented to them just before we called it a night. While the rain dared to continue pouring outside, we got to relish in the crazy sounds of kids running all over the house and the promise of yet another life coming soon.
We're three friends who find great joy in the details, in the everyday blessings that make life sweet. We hope to inspire a little creativity on a dime whether it be while cooking, crafting, sewing, decorating, organizing, teaching, or just living life. It's fun to see what you have to say as we go, so please feel free to leave comments! From our corners of the world to yours, we hope for this joy to be simply shared.