Sunday, August 23, 2009

a midsummer night celebration

We finally celebrated "midsummer"! A bit late, I know, but I'm all for going with what works. Since it's almost time for school to start our party had more of a late-summer feel to it.
We started the preparations earlier in the day by making newspaper crowns and painting them.
And we made midsummer cookies--flowers, bees, dragonflies and a few woodland creatures thrown in for good measure.

Everyone wore their crowns--even the grown ups (and the teens)!
{a rare family portrait}
Faith decided to try some of the fairy wings.
Dieter with wings and a special "sunburst" drink--7-up, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine syrup. We called it "magic" drink because of the magical color change when you add the grenadine.

Ken surprised us all by bringing home these "drumstick" treats. Seriously retro fun.
{Crown with bouquet}
My good friend Carrie is visiting from Kansas. {Faith with Carrie}

We ended the night with a fun bonfire. Happy mid to late summer to you all!


Lilly Palmas said...

BEAUTIFULL,dear Mary Beth,you make my happy!! Kiss from Italy,Ciao Lilly =^_^=

Inoureyes said...

I love the crowns, hand made is best and so sweet. The pic of you and bubs with hands together is very precious

La Dolce Vita said...

Love your simple and lovely parties!

BellaBree said...

whata wonderful the crowns, and Rainers new hair!! so sweet! Can't wait for summer to roll on this way...blessing

Our Green Nest said...

Looks so sweet and fun!!!

Jane said...

What a great idea-looks like a lot of fun!

silverpebble said...

This looks like such fun - a summer celebration - excellent headwear and tasty things to eat. What could be better?

Shawn said...

What a lovely party. I desire to do things like that once me wee gets a bit older but I seem to ruin things by having expectations... How do you do it?

BTW I was wondering if you'd share your source for your favorite cut-out cookie recipe. I'm going to make 1's for my son's upcoming birthday party and my recipe puffs a bit too much.

Blessings to you and yours.

Jess said...

Looks like a wonderful event! Happy Mid-Summer to you!

Kelli said...

I am so different than you but I seem so drawn to most of your recipes and YOUR FUN! you are such an inspiration to me. Love this post!

Michelle said...

Happy mid-summer to you!! What a special night for your family...and what a great family photo! I know how tricky those can be.


Alycia in Va. said...

everything looked just lovely.

gardenmama said...

Mary Beth, this is incredibly beautiful!
The love between your family is visible, it is touching to see your teens involved in such a meaningful and sweet celebration. This is certainly very inspiring, I may throw such a party myself in celebration of all that summer was for our family as we near these crisp autumn days... The photo of you and your little one is very special.

Rach said...

You really do have the best fun! Lovely photos. x