We gave a dinner party over the weekend for a friend getting married soon and a marriage blessing was part of it as well. It’s a time we set aside to give a charge to the couple to remain faithful and committed to each other and to pray for them and ask God’s blessing on their upcoming marriage. Lots of times when we’ve had these parties my hubby has been in charge of doing the blessing, he did this time as well. And in his talk he used a song lyric! How did he know I’d like that! He didn’t because he barely knows I have a blog and never reads it. But he used the one I’m using today and told them that they would encounter trouble in marriage! Haven’t we all. But that their job from now on would be to fall in love with each other….”the next time I fall in love it will be with you”.
Click through if you want to see some of the pictures.

It takes a little bit of work to do these dinner parties! We’re blessed that one in our group has a real talent for decorating, she loves to think up new ideas to use and she did a great job with the tables. Loved the dining room table and those silver balls she hung! This shot is without the food though, just imagine it has lasagna, salad and bread there!

I should have gotten closer to that above one so you could see how pretty the flowers were. I did get close to this one, probably because chocolate candy was involved! I was very good and waited until we were done, since it was part of the decorations and all. 🙂

Since it was a blessing, we did have a prayer time for the bride & groom. I probably shouldn’t have taken this one but I waited until someone said amen and then snapped quickly!

All the girl hosts and the bride, the tall blond in the middle.

Stacy wanted to see my new jacket, not sure you can tell anything from the above one Stace but here’s one more of me with Don!

My part this time was to make salad………salad for almost 50 people! Yikes, that was harder to judge than I thought it would be and I felt like I chopped lettuce for days. We actually had leftovers of everything except dessert; a guy in our church made bread pudding for us but every bit of it was eaten! There was enough of the lasagna, salad and bread for some of us to eat it again for Sunday lunch.

I drew an arrow to the bread but I don’t think you can see it very good. It was probably the biggest hit we had this time! The recipe is in the new southern living and if I remember correctly it’s on page 13….here’s the link, Parmesan Parsley Flatbread. Oh shoot there’s no picture on their page but if you have the magazine go look at it, they look really cute and tasted wonderful! We got more comments on those than anything else I think. I also circled something in that picture too…..I’ve never seen these little miniature bananas before! I was told you can get them at walm*rt but I’m not convinced my store has them…..they were perfect for ice cream sundaes that we had for lunch the next day!
(stay tuned late for cute kid pictures!)
p.s. this party was at a friend’s house, not mine this time.

“next time I fall in love I’ll know better what to do.
the next time I fall in love it’ll be with you.”

9 Responses to ““Next time I fall in love””

  1. Stacy Says:

    Great pictures! I’m glad you like your jacket, but it just wasn’t me (so I took mine back!). I wanted to see a picture of it full length, so I could see where it hit with your shirt and pants. 🙂

    Good picture of you and Don though, and hey – I recognize almost all of the ladies in the girls only shot 🙂 The food and decorations look really nice. Have you guys got a lot more of these coming up in the next few months? I know they are a lot of work.

    P.S. Yummy food, you’re making me hungry!

  2. Lauren@Baseballs&Bows Says:

    What a wonderful idea! Everything looks lovely. I actually pulled that bread recipe out of Southern Living, but I haven’t tried it yet. I am glad to know it is good!

  3. Karen Says:

    I never would have found the meaning in this song that Don did. That’s just beautiful!

  4. annie Says:

    I love the praying picture. Matt’s grandmother had a picture framed in her bedroom (black and white pic) of his mother and aunt as little girls praying at a potluck dinner. I think it is the most precious picture I’ve ever seen.

  5. Lori4squaremom Says:

    Oh Gail, I love the marriage blessing party! What an incredible gift to the couple! I definitely see us doing this for our children when they are marrying, and for our nieces and nephews, etc. What a neat thing!


  6. Debi Says:

    Oh my goodness, what a lot of work! But what a beautiful, special gift!

  7. Coach Jenny Says:

    What an awesome idea! A blessing is such a sacred thing, and I like to receive one :0)
    Your house looks absolutely lovely!
    I’ll have to check out that bread recipe, thanks for the link ’cause that particular issue of SL didn’t make it to my house.

  8. Shawna Says:

    What a wonderful thing to do for the almost newlyweds. I’m sure that was such a blessing to them. Looks like the party turned out wonderfully! That bread does look good!! It’s hard to find those bananas. I’ve seen them more often at Kroger than Wal Mart.

  9. jen Says:

    I just love this idea. How blessed the bride is to have such wonderful people hosting and praying for her. Fantastic.I bookmarked the bread recipe by the way.

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