All three “Goodness Girls” have this in common. We love to throw parties…BIG parties, little parties, any kind of celebration you can think of. We love to host gatherings and celebrate each other and the people we love. Beth has been known to host a serious poker party or two. Meri Lee throws the huge events. She and Carl have some of the best parties you could ever hope to attend. You can always expect something grand, like fireworks, live music, fabulous food, and much “Meri”ment. I entertain on a much smaller scale. I like to do parties for my kids. They always involve costumes and dress-up because my girls still adore any event that allows them to become someone amazing – medieval princess to renegade pirate, it doesn’t matter.
Recently, Meri and I threw a party for someone who is, in our estimation, truly amazing – no costume required. Our dear Beth Ann had a birthday, and we wanted to communicate to her our appreciation for who she is. Most of all, we wanted to remind her that she is loved. All of us need to be told often and frequently reminded that we are truly loved and valued. It was Beth Ann’s turn and we wanted to do it right.
Meri Lee, being the artist that she is, created a beautiful painting to celebrate the occasion. At my insistence we displayed some of her other artwork outside to help create the atmosphere. We had a beautiful setting, soothing music, a lovely table and inspiring artwork to set the mood.
Beth is an outstanding cook who dreams of going to Tuscany to learn the great Italian secrets of feeding body and soul. With this in mind, our dinner was Italian all the way! We had traditional Italian inspired appetizers, followed by Chicken Piccatta, a bountiful summer salad, and Meri’s unforgettable homemade bread. We then celebrated Beth’s birthday with the best lemon cupcakes you have ever tasted, compliments of Pure Cake Bakers and a scoop of vanilla mango ice cream.
After dinner under the hanging lights, we moved up to the covered pavilion to open gifts and have a toast of Limoncello. Because Beth loves books, we asked everyone to bring her a copy of their favorite book and to tell why it was important to them. The evening was delightful and we all enjoyed ourselves. The most important thing to us was that Beth felt loved and celebrated – which I think she did.
The reason I share this story with you is simple. We want to encourage you to celebrate the people you care about. It doesn’t have to be over the top. It only needs to communicate to that person that you Know them and Value them. The theme “You Are Loved” echoed in everything we did for Beth that night because that is the message we wanted to send.
Who needs some encouragement in your world? What creative and interesting ways might you think of to show them that you care? Here are a few practical hints:
- Concentrate on the person you want to honor. List things that you know they like or that are important to them.
- Think about an interesting way you could say what you want to say “out loud.” A painting, a collage, a poster, handwritten notes, a song, a poem, a personalized or homemade gift, a notice in the newspaper, something unique for them that shows that you know them.
- Make the environment comfortable for that person – are they a wallflower or a social butterfly? Do they like the outdoors or inside? Music or quiet? Candlelight or daylight? Just a few close friends or the more the merrier? Surprise party or you better tell me all about it!
- Pick a theme – it only takes a little more thought and effort to make something unforgettable. Examples: A simple birthday party becomes an event when…
- You build a fort out of sheets and furniture and celebrate your child inside the fort!
- You set up a little indoor putting range for golf loving dad.
- You have canvasses and paint ready for your guest at a painting party for craft loving mom.
- At some point during your party, take your honored guest by the hand, look them in the eyes and express from your heart what you want to say to them. This takes courage, but is a direct deposit into the bank of their heart. Feeling a little uncomfortable is Ok – we must be brave enough to say what we need to say!
Want to take a peek at our party for Beth? Check out this video…
A “Good” Idea :
The beautiful “You Are Loved” painting, an original by Meri Lee, has been converted into a canvas and a necklace. Visit our store to purchase one for yourself!