Last week we blessed Jane, which is a special prayer to put her name on the records of our church and bless her with things to help throughout her life.
Here’s Jane in her little white dress and bonnet, doesn’t she look hilarious?!
It was a great day with some of our special friends and family and was the largest party we’ve planned in a while.
Here are five ways we kept it super easy!
1. KEEP DECOR SIMPLE AND SEASONAL
We spent nothing on decorations and pulled items around the house that were white, brown and gold. We used gold Christmas paper as a table runner, a simple bronze Christmas garland draped by itself, hung pine cones from the chandelier and personalized the chalkboard and banner.
2. CHOOSE AN EASY FOOD THEME
We chose a soup and bread bar which turned out perfect for this time of year. I asked a few people to bring a soup and the variety ended up being amazing. We had chili, Italian sausage, mushroom (pic below), cauliflower and spicy carrot. Soups can be prepared ahead, aren’t too expensive, and can easily be transported.
3. USE DISPOSABLE ITEMS
We rarely use disposible items when entertaining, but when entertating a large crowd it is a must!! We headed to Gygi to pick up items that were clear and white so disposable bowls (above) etc would just blend and not distract. How cute are these little cups we used for milk to serve with cookies for dessert?
4. MAKE SOMETHING ORDINARY, SPECIAL!
We picked up a tin of shortbread cookies from Costco and garnished them with chocolate. This was a huge hit and literally took 30 mins. We used our favorite chocolate, Guittard that is available in bulk at Gygi.
5. PREP AHEAD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
We wanted to serve another fall favorite, caramel apples. Although these are super easy, they are a little time consuming, so we made sure to schedule prep time before the party. We were thrilled with how they turned out. See directions HERE.
Honestly, with these tips this event was zero stress! The soups were warmed, and everything was ready to go for when guests arrived. No fussing about food and washing dishes etc.
Our little pioneer baby with Nanny and Grandma.
A big thanks to Gygi and for everyone who made this such a special day to remember!
We are being featured on Gygi’s blog today talking about all of their products we used! Please hop over to see us HERE.