Monday, July 26, 2010

Lisa Leonard, Parties, and Special Celebrations at Heart and Home

Hey there everyone! Is it Tuesday already?
It's been one crazy, exciting, fun weekend around here! Thanks for stopping by today.

There was a special celebration at our house on Saturday.

My first-born, my only child for seven years, turned 21 on July 24th.
In three weeks she's moving away to finish college.

We celebrated her big day in style, and gave her quite a send-off!

There were hand-made streamers and banners, and flowers, and piles of gifts covered in ribbons and bows.

Bright colors, vintage linens, birds and fresh flowers set the theme.

A big jar collected the notes written by all the guests.
There are notes to inspire, encourage, support, cheer and advise.
Our dearest friends and family gathered at this table and wrote and wrote.

I would love to read what each one says, but they're not for me.
I know there are many wise and wonderful things on those little cards, for her eyes only.

We have really great friends, and they've been a terrific influence on both my girls over the years.
Caring and kind, they've always been wonderful role models, and tons of fun.

On a day when she might not be feeling confident or happy,
 when she's down and feeling lonely,
notes written to her by the people who love her most
 might be just what she needs to help pick up her spirits.

Little boxes held candy for all the guests, just the thing to pick up their spirits as they headed home.
Not that anyone left here feeling less than jovial.

The day was filled with laughter, and story telling, reminiscing, and talking about the future together.

Of course, there was food. Lots of food!
 And, most important, several desserts.
 We had a good time eating!

There was laughing, hugging and joking, 
singing, embracing and a whole bunch of love in this house this weekend!

And, after the last guest left, a warm and comfortable feeling
 settled over me as I picked up and put the house back in order.

You know that deep and satisfying exhaustion
that comes after a job well done?
That's how I felt when I finally crawled into bed.

There was a little bit of sadness, too thinking about my girl moving away,
 (and some regret over a missed opportunity to give the perfect toast -
when I only managed an OK one).
But mostly I just felt proud.
Proud of her for who she is.
And proud of me for being her mom, for a party well done,
and a child well-raised!

I left the banners up, and the flowers are still fresh and brightening our rooms.
They are nice reminders of
a fun day, and
the love and laughter of our friends and family.

and, speaking of love and laughter...
 remember the giveaway??
To celebrate Heart and Home's One Year Anniversary
 I'm giving away:

A Lisa Leonard $40 gift certificate.
 A specially chosen necklace from my collection.
Vintage linens.
Lovely and wonderful items collected just for you.

All you need to do is comment, be a follower or subscriber, or refer a friend.
Each earns you a new entry.
Go ahead, you know you want to win!
Even if you don't, go ahead and leave a comment, it'll make my day.

Until next time,

linking today to 3 or More Tuesday,
 and Tabletop Tuesday  Thanks Ladies!


Allison said...

Looks like it was a wonderful party!

Jemsmom said...

Oh what a wonderful day and a wonderful party! I know your daughter will treasure it forever as you obviously put your heart and soul into it. I would love to read all those cards too! What a brilliant idea! Sooooo... your girls are 7 years apart. I need to pick your brain. We need to decide if we are going to try to have more babies. Are your girls close? I am so torn!

Back to your happiness though! Wonderful day, wonderful daughter, but best of all, wonderful mom! You go girl!

vignette design said...

Hi Heidi,
It looks like your party for your daughter was a hit! I know you were stressing over it because you wanted it to turn out perfectly, and I can see that it did. I was thinking of you this last weekend.....I know it's sad she is leaving. You gave her quite a send off. You should be very proud. xoxo Delores

Allison said...

Your party sounds just lovely that you had for your daughter. What a great idea the jar of little notes is! Everything looks so perfect, pretty and colorful in your photos. What a wonderful day filled with special memories.

SKW said...

Lovely party....your daughter will remember it forever!!!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It looks like it was a fabulous celebration!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What a great post Heidi!
Your daughter will remember this day always and treasure it as well.
You had some neat ideas and everything looks so lovely!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Congratulations to your and your daughter for such wonderful accomplishments. I know you are proud and you should be. Beautiful party and what a way to celebrate such an occassion. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Annie Louise said...

Your post was so bright and inspirational. Congratulations to both you and your daughter.

Cindy said...

WoW!! It looks like you had quite the party. Such a happy/sad occasion to send off your first born. Good for you for having done such a great job of raising a girl you can be so proud of.

Kelee Katillac said...

Precious Heidi! What more could you ask for? And yes a job well done! Not just the party...but making such a wonderful girl! Twenty-one years of satisfaction to feel! I am so impressed and proud of you. To do it and to do it all so well is a gift. The party was as much for you! Celebrate yourself and the amazing mom you are.


love, kelee

Gypsy Heart said...

A wonderful celebration! Everything is so bright and colorful ~ looks "happy". I remember the feelings inside when my son (first child) left home for college. Bittersweet ~ you know it has to happen and you want the best for them but oh my, the "mom" inside is not ready...

Glad everything went well! Lots of wonderful memories for each of you.


Briarside Lane said...

This is a great post. So many wonderful ideas... I especially liked the encouragement notes in the jar. Your DD will treasure them always and have happy memories of this special date in her life.