101 in 1001 · In Party Planning

98. host a dinner for friends

With Christmas quickly approaching, we wanted to take a night to thank our church staff and their wives for all they had done for us this past year – our first year in Augusta!

Growing up as the daughter of a pastor, I was always so grateful for people that showed appreciation to my Dad and Mom.  Living in a new area, and being a part of a different church now, we’re grateful to be those people who support and hopefully encourage our leaders who give so much of themselves!

The nights agenda was pretty low-key, just dinner and gag gift exchange, but once we finished, my friend recorded and later edited for our missionary friends in Madagascar.  Of course, Gary and I were honored to lend our vocal talents {and dancing} to this production of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”! 🙂 Enjoy!

101 in 1001 · In Party Planning

99. host a party

Through hosting a home group for a church this semester, we also had the opportunity to host two parties!  For both we tried to keep them as simple as possible: we asked everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert, we provided coffee and s’mores, and we instructed people on what to wear {since both parties had “themes”}.  Easy-peazy for the host and hostess:)

The first party in October was Halloween party. We asked everyone to dress up in a famous duo/couple costume.  We had lego people, Johnny and June Cash, Jack and Jill, Struck by Lighting, Richard Simmons and his project, Popeye and Olive Oil, Mickey and Minnie, and even The Bachelor and a contestant!  Everyone was so creative!

Halloween group | Atwell Adventures

Gary and I were Richard Simmons and his project.  Seriously, I wish you all could have experienced G staying in character all night.  Hysterical.  Richard Simmons and his project | Atwell Adventures

The second party was a “Ugly Sweater” party and the sequins, embroidery, and turtlenecks were in full force.  Ugly Christmas Sweater Group | Atwell Adventures We played a few Christmas themed games and also had a “photo booth” {aka wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree to make a photo booth backdrop. Olan Mills, anyone?}
Ugly Christmas Sweater | Atwell Adventures
I love, love, love hosting in our home and am thankful to have a husband that enjoys it as much as I do!

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showering Baby C

I’ve mentioned a few times that we recently were able to “shower” one of our dear friends and her upcoming addition – Baby C!

It’s been so fun to see some of my best girl friends become mama’s, and this one was no different.  From singing Mariah Carey and dancing to BSB {that’s Backstreet Boys for all of you that are out of the 1990-2000’s loop}, we’ve come along way. I know she will be a fabulous mom – just like she’s always been a fabulous friend!

This is the first shower I’ve helped host from another city, so when we got ready to leave Friday night, I tried to assemble everything in boxes so it would be easy to move the morning of the shower.  Note to everyone: clear fishing line does not travel well. Lesson learned 🙂

We didn’t really have a theme, but we instead used different blue and green patterns! Who says little boy stuff is boring?

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When the mama-to-be came down the stairs that morning, I couldn’t help but smile at the fact that she matched the napkins perfectly! What can I say, we both have good taste!

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Because the shower was mid-morning, we decided to do a variety of brunch foods – cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, pigs in a blanket, grits, doughnut holes, and the favorite of the day – Tuck’s breakfast casserole.

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To wash all that goodness down, we served a variety of juices and coffee.  Everything was delish! {But that’s coming from the girl who requested our wedding rehearsal be brunch – and had just that. Thanks Mom and Dad A!}Baby Boy Shower | Atwell Adventures.003

Baby C received lots of good gifts – and of course, it was only appropriate that she received this great diaper bag off of her registry – in blue stripes! Love it.

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Such a fun morning celebrating this sweet friend!  So thankful for her and her friendship these last 19 years!  Can’t wait to see you and Alex as parents and meet our new little man!

Oh and I can’t leave without saying thanks to these two nerds for all the last minute help and listening to my requests on where to hang bunting. Bless them.

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