Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Looking back at the weekend through photos - part 2: Father's Day!

I'm a silly, silly girl.
There's just no two ways about it.

Why, you ask?
Well, the easy answer is that in the midst of all the weekend hubbub, not one single picture
was taken by me of my sons with their dad ... or of me & my dad.
What in the world?
What kind of mom & daughter am I anyway?
One with good intentions, but with slightly too many irons in the fire.

Forgive me for my huge oversight.

I did, however, take several pics of the decorations at our church,
all to make the fathers feel special & loved.
They liked 'em ... several of them told me so.

I decided on a manly look to coordinate with our fellowship meal theme:  Father's Day Meat Fest!
This plate, found just earlier in the week on clearance at HobLob for $3.20 was just perfect.
It was from the same line as the napkins that I had bought already at Marshall's.
Lucked out Blessed with that.

I found these adorable free printables all about Father's on a blog & knew we had to use them.
{Thank you, Aleisa!}
I used double-sided tape to adhere them to plain brown gift bags ... & sticking the fuzzy mustaches
to the top of each bag was just the perfect accent.

Our standard black tablecloths were topped with a portion of a red gingham plastic tablecloth
{one gingham cloth was cut into fours} & then a square of burlap to finish the look.
I wanted it to look like a little BBQ diner ... nothing fancy, but homey & fun.

Here are the napkins that I was so happy to find.
The theme was already decided upon before I found these ... they couldn't have been any better
if I had designed them myself!
You kind of have to go to our church to understand how appropriate this whole 'meat' theme is.
Our FLA men are meat lovers of monumental proportions.

I love the detailing on these red & white plates too ... Thanks Tammy, for finding & donating these.
I wanted to incorporate Mason jars, as well, & decided to use them as holders for the plastic ware.
The bottom of the jar was filled with brown paper gift filler.
Next, another plastic gingham cloth was cut into small piece & put inside to keep the utensils
from falling too far down into the jar.
The twine tied around the top was just added charm.

I had the basket & the red geraniums already.
A burlap place mat & more of the plastic tablecloth provided the right amount of filler in the basket.

Even my red crock pot matched ... and by the time fellowship meal time rolled around,
the table was laden with not only several more crock pots, but many covered dishes & desserts.
We did our fathers up good ;)

And here's where the mustache madness started ....
Carissa ordered these adorable cupcake toppers especially for Father's Day.
FYI, our FLA men are pretty serious about facial hair too.
The more beards & mustaches, literally, the merrier!

Aren't these awesome?!
Great job, Carissa.

And while I'm at it & everything is looking so fun & festive,
I want to show you a few more pics of our brand new church building!

We are leasing this space for 2 years & after a near complete renovation,
we could not be happier to be here.
It's a blessing to which we are so grateful for.
There were so many men, women, & young people who worked so hard to make it what it is.
{This was a dark grey & red martial arts studio when we leased it - the transformation is remarkable!}
We aren't completely finished {still working on details, decor, etc}, but here are a few pics
of how great it is!

This is our island, made by James R.
It's made with recycled barn wood, over a hundred years old.
We use it as our drink station.

Isn't it such a sturdy & manly piece of furniture?
These legs have heaps of character.

We put in this kitchen, every bit of it.
With having a fellowship meal each Sunday, this is a much needed area & we are so thankful for it.
As soon as we are able, there will be a stove {by the fridge} & an ice maker {under the microwave}.

New lighting adds to much to a space.
This hangs over our serving area.

And there are two of these over our island.
{Someone should have moved her purse & books off the counter...ahem}

This is our fellowship area.
Someday, we'll have a separate room for fellowship, but until then, this works just fine.

And here is our beautiful sanctuary area.
It's no cathedral ... nothing fancy at all, but it's awfully beautiful in my eyes.
From the chairs, to the lights, to the carpet & tile, to the sound equipment ...
each is an example of how God has smiled on Family Life Assembly.

This is looking in from the front entrance.
Doesn't it look wonderful?!

You know, come to think about it, I think showing these pictures of FLA is quite fitting
on my Father's Day post.
The men of our church, some fathers & some fathers-to-be, worked so hard on every inch of this space.
Look at the work of your hands.
What a great job & we thank you for it!

I'll post more pics as we get some additional things finished up.
Again, I can't even express how happy we are with our new church building.

Now, to wrap up this Father's Day post,
A major highlight came at my sister's house.
She & Allan hosted our whole family -- mom, dad, my brother, my sister's family, & our family --
for a cookout & a swim party.
We really had a great, great time.
I didn't take any pics at her house, but I am sharing a couple of hers.
This pic of her fridge, all decked out to honor all the dads in the house.
Isn't this a neat idea?

And, I'm so glad my sister wasn't as forgetful as I was about taking pics!
Here's one she took of our dad & her son, Ben.
I love this picture of them!

All in all, my day was spent loving my church family, loving my blood family,
laughing & eating together, & making memories to treasure.

I hope your day was filled with the same.

Much love~


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  1. You did a fantastic job!! Looks like a great fathers day.

    1. Thanks, Julie ... we did have a nice day. Hope yours was too =)

  2. WOW! You did a fab job with all of the decor! And the church looks great!!!

  3. I love all your table decorations. I am always looking for ideas. I usually decorate our tables at most of our church functions. Great job!

    1. Thanks, Cathy! I am with you, always looking for a new idea. This one was very inexpensive, with most items coming from the Dollar Tree. Can't hardly beat that =)

  4. What a great Father's Day celebration! Love all the decorations and the mustaches on the cupcakes!! Thanks for linking with TTF.


    1. Love the whole mustache rage right now =) Thanks for stopping by, Linda =)