I "decided" 3 things as a result of this party, at which (if you haven't been here reading before) I single-handedly prepared dinner for 130 people (notice I didn't say that I also "served" dinner to 130 people, you'll see in a bit):
- At this point in time, I am blessed beyond measure with the dearest and best friendships that I have ever known in my life, and I cannot praise God enough for filling my friendship cup to overflowing.
- I do not want to single-handedly prepare a dinner for 130 people again soon (or ever...I would do an hors d'ouvres open house, but not a dinner unless it was with a team of people).
- I think that anyone who wants to cater big meals for a living has to be nuts!
I went to bed on 1/1/11 at about 1:45 in the morning, after I finished all the breads. First I made the cornbreads. They didn't bake long, and I was able to cut them quickly after they came out of the oven and place them on racks to cool, which they also did quickly. While the first batch cooled, I refilled the 3 baking pans with more corn bread batter and baked the 2nd batch. Then I loaded up my biggest trays with it all:
A highlight was at just after 4pm, when a dear young friend (I believe she is 20 years old) arrived with her family...and the cake! She has been, during her younger years, the 4-H Cake Decorating Grand Champion multiple times, and attends the same community college that my Nathan (age 17 now) takes classes at, where she is learning more about the artistry of being a pastry chef. Here name is Keren, and here is her creation, a lemon-flavored cake with buttercream frosting:
Here is a glimpse of the rest of Bryan's party, and our home filled with wonderful friends, both young and old, enjoying an evening of celebration:
|The big yellow dough bowl gave service during the party as the cole slaw vessel!|
|Bryan is the tall guy with the blonde crew-cut hair, wearing a red turtleneck shirt|
|One of our church families loaned us 30 folding chairs, what a blessing!|
|This gentleman had the best seat in the house! He is one of our church's teaching elders.|
|Our young adult's choir director...and my sweet friend!|
Today (Sunday) was a wonderful day of a little bit of putting the house back together (there's still more to go), but mostly just a day to rest and enjoy some quiet time as a family after church. Bryan opened all his cards that our guests brought yesterday, and read each one out loud to us, and we relished the warm wishes and soaked in the words of wisdom from the Scriptures shared in each card's message.
It was a very exhausting but very worth-it event, one that we will all remember and cherish over the years to come. The next graduation party that we'll be involved in will be a double-graduation - in May 2012, Lord willing, Nathan will graduate high school, and Bryan will receive his AAS degree. What a celebration that will be!