Friday, August 26, 2011

farmhouse family fun...

 last week we celebrated 
my Mr's birthday

(another item checked off the list-YES!)
all of the children and grandchildren 
came for dinner and dessert
22 in all, 
including my mom and aunt

we ate outside
it was hot
we followed the shade
decorations were  simple
I tried my hand at farmhouse style

I was flying by the seat of my pants
doing it as we went along
grabbing stuff from the *stash*
I enlisted help from the oldest grandkids
rumor has it  that I was a bit cranky
it was hot

perhaps I was

Did I mention, it was hot?

but then we ate
and all was good

simple food
simple decor
simple times

what says farmhouse
than drinking lemonade
from canning jars?

practical and cute

that's a lot of glasses
the little jam jars are just right for little hands

then there was dessert
key lime pie in a jar
(recipe from Sandi)

what kind of grandmother would I be
I didn't show you
the (grand) peeps

and the 
birthday boy


Angela said...

What a beautiful bunch you have!

jAne said...

birthday blessings for the love of your life, rene. how wonderful the entourage came to celebrate his special day. and how awesome were your decorations!!! i understand about heat and grumpiness going hand in hand...ugh! you pulled this party off wonderfully though and i'm sure the Mr. was delighted.

love you,

Leah C said...

Happy "belated" Birthday to your Mister! Everything looks yummy & wonderful...simply perfect:) And your grandchildren are adorable!!

d e l i g h t said...

Perfect farmhouse style! Looks beautiful and delicious. Cute grandchildren!

Becky C said...

Gorgeous party decor. So farmhouse! You do it so well. Happy Birthday to the Mr.! Always love your great ideas! Dessert in the jars is my favorite ;)

Passionate for White said...

You tried your hand at farm house style and nailed it!

bj said...

What an adorable party. Your table is fabulous and I'd say you hit the FARMHOUSE STYLE smack dab on the head. Wonderful !!
Your pictures are awesome..mind telling me what camera you use.?

Comeca Jones said...

I love the simplicity of the way you displayed and served the food!Your grands are just gorgeous BTW.

FlowerLady said...

Wonderful food, good times, loving wonderful family celebrating the Mr.'s birthday. Belated Happy Birthday to your Mr.


Stef@ said...

What fanny and lovely party! You have done a worderful opera!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Happy Birthday to your honey!
Love that last to frame for sure!!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

It's always the simple get togethers that create the most wonderful memories. Happy birthday to the birthday boy.


Beverly said...

How precious. Your birthday boy seems full of joy at being surrounded by his fan club!! Such beautiful faces...I know it was a lot of work to set up, but it looks like a wonderful day filled with memories to last a lifetime!! Great job! Oh, and would you set up my next birthday party, pleeeeeease???? Love the farmhouse style...but then, I guess I would!
Have a great weekend, Rene!
Bee Haven Acres

marga said...

You cal al of that simple?
I cal it beautifull and delicious!
Concrats to your hubby!
Have a nice weekend
xxx Marga

Sheila R said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby. What a simply beautiful celebration. Just love the grand peeps with Grandpa. Great photo!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

rosarod said...

Hello Rene, that beautiful family! God has blessed you and your husband. Everything looks so beautiful, I love your style, as you say there is beauty in simply ways ! the food looks so tasty in the end I'm sure it went happy! hugs, Rose Marie

Ido said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! love your decorations and the food looks scrumptious! I'm gonna try the canning jars for drinking glasses they look great.
Have a fantastic weekend!

Shine said...

I do love your style Miss Gracie. Everything looks beautiful. My heart grows more fond each day of the "simple things" in life. Blessings on you and your sweet family~~Shine said...

You have such a gorgeous family. Wow, that must have been fun with all of those little loves running around:) I love how you decorated for your get together. You are making some great memories there:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh what a beautiful birthday table you set! And what beautiful grands you have. I love the canning jars, the desserts, the outdoor picnic. So much fun! Blessings, Pamela

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

simple is good....I like simple! Fabulous photos and that last one should be on the's priceless! Happy Weekend.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Love that you used the jars. Have a great weekend.

ThereseMarie said...

Beautiful birthday party!!! I am going to steal your drinking glass canning jars idea for my daughter's shabby chic baby shower (for a girl, lots of pink and muslin). I love your family and your posts. My fave is the tongue sticking out pose!!! You achieved farmhouse style for sure!! Hugs and kisses to all of you!

sissie said...

You have such a beautiful family and I just love the farmhouse style party!



Looks like you had a wonderful time, and the lemonaide and deserts are by far my favoirte's. Hugs Mary

kpaints said...

Absolutely wonderful, food, tables, dishes, decor, wow, and look at those adorable faces...including the Mr! What a great time you all had!

cindy the cottage chick said...

This is the cutest post are such a brave woman to host such an event with *it was hot*. An understatement this summer!

Lovely photos, gorgeous grandies. Jealous reader!

Sandi said...

What a great party! Love the decorations and the food!! Great job!

Tammy said...

You make the best grandma and mother, I can just tell!! How I wish I lived closer to you. You seem like a dear friend every time I stop by your blog.
The picture of you and your husband is FABULOUS!! Maybe I will try to have our picture taken like that!! Everything is so beautiful! L.O.V.E.

Amy Kinser said...

Can I be one of your sisters or cousins or something so that I can come to one of your family get togethers? It looks to me like you all are such a happy, blessed family. Your grandchildren are gorgeous and the photos of them are priceless.

Blessings to you and yours.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh how cute!! ALL of your grandbabies (and the "Mr.") :)happy b'day to him!

Leann said...

Oh what fun! Everything looks wonderful and Happy Birthday to your Mr!

The peeps are beautiful!


Anonymous said...

Your grandchildren are adorable..Such beautiful eyes..Happy Birthday to the Mr...I love your farmhouse style party..

Ranger 911 said...

What a lovely setting for your family party! You have given me great ideas for our summer get-together next year. And those sweet faces! Don't they just melt your heart?!

Sweet Young Journey said...

What a wonderful party you put together for the Mr. Love all the farmhouse touches!
Just look at how adorable all your grandbabies are.... your a lucky grandmother!
Have a wonderful weekend!
hugs, Cheryl

Rhonda said...

What a beautiful party. I would have been wearing my battery fan necklace for sure!
You are blessed with a lot of sweet grandbabies. Gorgeous little faces.


Liz said...

What a beautiful party! I love the jars. I have served banana pudding in mason jars before. I think it tastes better that way! :) Gorgeous pictures!


Sweet Old Vintage said...

Perfection.... all in one spot...

cityfarmer said...

girl, I'm left speechless ...
this is a magazine shoot to ve sure!

wish were neighbors!

Victorian1885 said...

Happy birthday to your Mr.! What a great your decorating and the G Babies are adorable too! I am with Amy.. I want to join your family gathering.. take care.


Diane said...

Great captures of the grand kids. That last picture with your husband and the kids is priceless. The lemonade and food look wonderful. I bet it was a great success. Diane

Mrs. MK said...

great job!!

Karen's Place said...

Happy B'day to your DH. The food look perfect for a "did I say HOT" day. Refresh. Love the lemonade in jars! Actually, all you ideas! You should be a Proud Grandma they are ALL adorable.

Cindy said...

How perfect and what a beautiful family you blessed!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
(I'm like Amy...can I be your sister so I can come to the next family gathering :)

time worn interiors said...

What a fun looking party! I love the jar thingy. We used jars around here for years to drink out of. The dessert looks so yummy in them.

Shine said...

Love all you super cute ideas.....I'm storing up all these great farrmhouse ideas for my "future" farmhouse. Your family is so blessed to have such a talented mom....~~Blessings~~Shine

Shine said...

Love all you super cute ideas.....I'm storing up all these great farrmhouse ideas for my "future" farmhouse. Your family is so blessed to have such a talented mom....~~Blessings~~Shine

margits bastelstube said...

dear rene,
whart a beautiful family-celebration!
and: wonderful pictures!
many greetings

Mimi's Vintage Charm said...

Lovely! the table setting was beautiful and so were all those grandkids... and the mr! great photos.

mudderbear said...

It looks fabulous. All those grandchildren will remember it forever. So all your grandkids are boys except for one girl? I love it. My sister and I just added FIVE boys total in our group in one year. I can't help wondering what God has in mind with all these boys. Yours are those fabulous blue eyes.

Sugah Beez said...

Looks like a grand time Rene! Your farmhouse style was perfect. Those grandbabies are such cutie pies. xxoo Heidi

June said...

You have the best life Rene! The great thing about it is that you know it too.
Aren't the grandchildren the best things we ever did? Well...I kindda take credit for them...after all, we gave birth to their parents.LOL!
Your hubby's party was wonderful. I loved you admitting that it was by the seat of your pants. If anything is done around here, that's how it always is. I'm a terrible planner.
My sisters are coming up for a little retreat and while I have made lists and have big plans, I know me, and know that it will be last minute, half done, and craziness. That's just how I roll.
sending a big hug from here...

ps...I LOVE the color you painted your home.(and door) beautiful!

Linda said...

What a wonderful party! Happy birthday to your hubby! Your grandchildren are are truly blessed!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoy every single visit to your beautiful blog. Today, this farmhouse style inspired me and gave me so many smiles. Your using the word "simple" in the description though, did not fit with my take on the whole celebration. Your creative style continually amazes me. I think you have hospitality perfected, at least according to my post definition. The happy faces on the little ones truly blessed my heart today. Keep on posting, because others are blessed by what you share.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful party!
The key lime pie looks so yummy and picture perfect as do your sweet grand babies..a happy birthday to your Mr :)

FredaB said...

What beautiful "peeps". Love the eyes on the baby looking over the Mom's shoulder. You have me beat. We have 5 boys and only 1 girl. Where do all the boys come from?

Happy Birthday to your better half.



trash talk said...

That last photo is priceless. Tell me...who's the biggest ham in your life? Y'all did a great job of turning back time to simple pleasures and what life is supposed to be full of...and I don't mean all that great food.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What Joy is that picture of the little ones! You are indeed blessed. Make it a Great Day and stop by to check out my GIVEAWAY if you have a minute.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

she dreams big! said...

I love the look of a farmhouse picnic outside! But don't you have bugs where you live? And cats and dogs? I could never do this on my farm! But it looks like you did it so lovely!

Curtains In My Tree said...

I wanted you to know love MR birthday party table spread

I love those paint brushes in the ironstone pitcher

and that food lookd great also

happy you have lots of little family around

Lisa said...

It's not a party unless there is a goofy 'make a face' picture to prove it!