Sunday, November 27, 2011

Flowers, flowers, and flowers, oh my!

Hello ladies and gents! It’s been a full week since my last confession… er, blog post. That’s because I’ve had one crazy, hectic, and insane week! We had almost a dozen people spending a few days with us for Thanksgiving so the house was definitely bustling. Our turkey dinner was absolutely delicious, and all the food was miraculously ready at the same time, an extremely rare occurrence and all thanks to the planning of my fabulous in-laws and their countertop roaster. 

Why did I not cook Thanksgiving dinner in my own house? Two reasons:

1. My hubby’s wonderful parents really enjoy cooking so I was more than happy to turn my kitchen over to their expert hands especially because…

2. I had a massive project to complete! Remember last week’s sneak peek?

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Well, after a super yummy Thanksgiving, we all drove down to Poplar Bluff, MO for a 50th Anniversary party.

Married 50 years!

Who else is impressed? I know I sure am. And they still smile at each other like teenagers. It's adorable.

If you haven’t guessed by now, all those flowers and vases were used to make 16 centerpieces for the anniversary party. 16!!! I had such a blast with them and absolutely loved how they turned out. I definitely had a hard time choosing my favs!

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Doesn’t it look beautiful?!? My mother-in-law requested that the centerpieces don’t look “too matchy-matchy” so each one was different. Most of the vases were found at Goodwill (which I’ve been visiting 2-3 times a week for the last 3 weeks) or in my cupboards, and most of the flowers were from the Dollar Store. Actually, it was 3 Dollar Stores, and I completely bought out their supply of white flowers. Literally. They didn’t have any left by the time I was done with them. And I used up every single one.

Almost 600 flowers. Wow that sounds like a lot.

Okay, I know you must be dying to see the finished products up close and personal, so here are some of my favs (please forgive the poor pics, the lighting was terrible and so are my photography skills…)

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I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make and am so excited to start making some for my house. And the party guests were more than happy to take them home after the party so we weren’t stuck with a million centerpieces and nowhere to put them!

We were pleasantly surprised when the hotel venue gifted flowers of their own. But we were stunned when the florist dropped off this gorgeous arrangement...

That is 50 long-stemmed roses, a surprise gift from the man of the hour to his lovely lady. It was massive, spectacular, and such a wonderful gesture.

Well folks, that's about it for me. No Thanksgiving pics because I was just too frazzled and busy to even bother decorating. I shall, however, leave you with one more pic of flower love...



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  1. How lovely!I'm sure she loved all the arrangements my favorite is the one with the butterfly. Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime.

  2. Boy, you may have not had to cook Thanksgiving Day dinner for everyone, but you sure did a marvelous job of decorating, etc. for the 50th Anniversary. Nicely done and kudos!!!! Happy Holidays too.

  3. Happy 50th Anniversary, and what a great party thrown indeed. You did great and I thank you for sharing with my newbie party.

  4. Hi AJ, what a fine job you did for the party. I'm sure they were thrilled to bits with the hard work you put into it. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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