Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Barbecue for Will

My brother Will graduated from high school this spring,
and we had a barbecue for family and friends to celebrate last weekend.
Wonderful guy!

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The front door was scrapbooked with pictures of Will growing up. Greta studied them. ~







































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The coffee and cream were beautified with art by my talented brother.














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~ wildlife art in prisma colors, woodcarvings, furs & his beautiful wildlife photography;
also present: his certification in piano tuning & in the national registry of EMTs ~
(Isn't he a cool guy?)
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The dessert table was a thing of beauty.






























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My man smoked brisket for the party. Mesquite smells good in the rain.















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My cousin Grace brought a lovely new toy to occupy Greta Rose.




















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Living room dessertage and a place for drinks on the Hoosier ~

















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.(Oh the loveliness of Mama's home that evening!)

















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The evening before we took buckets to the ditches and gathered flowers...
Yellow Sweet Clover and Birds-foot Trefoil, Red Clover and blue Lead Plant.























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Caleb, the Smoker of Briskets & Master of Sauces, doing his thing~
(a very handsome thing I might add)












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...and his faithful sous chef, Olivia, who helped to make it possible.















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It poured rain all day...after a week of sun! So we put up tents and canopies...













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and brought straw bales into the garage to sit on.














































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(Don't you love Mama's bundt pan centerpiece idea?!)
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In spite of many preparations, the guys still found time for a little basketball.












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The coffee was made...











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and the cream was whipped.




















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The desserts were a thing of love and beauty, all homemade.
Gingerbread (by Mama) & Apple Pies (by Olivia)




























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Banana layer & Chocolate Bundt (also by Olivia)








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Blonde brownies (Olivia) & Applesauce Raisin Cake with caramel frosting (Mama)








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The friends started to come a little before 5pm.












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Greta watched them arrive from the door,
pleased (and a bit overwhelmed!) to see so many people she knew all in one place.








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She wore her new cherry skirt and cowboy boots to be 'specially fancy for Uncle Bill's party!






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Are these not the most delicious folding chairs you've ever seen?.
The food was put out,







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and the cakes were cut.











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(I believe we were admiring a sweet little one, Olivia and I.).
Finally, it was time to fill our plates









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...and cups.


















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Right around 5pm the sun came out and shone brilliantly all evening!


















































































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The Man of the Hour (and Ben, too) caught going for sister's pie :)






























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People visited and kitties were enjoyed.
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.Aunties admired the skirt, and basketball was played.


















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Livi was beautiful.







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And Ben hid.
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Dear ones chatted until late evening.










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Good sounds came from the other end of the living room!
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Precious times.







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Wonderful memories for always.
We love you, Will!

7 comments:

Julian said...

looks like a wonderfully grand time with lots of friends, family, and food! Everything looks so festive. Great job! And I know he was mighty proud, and y'all were too!
Thanks so much fir sharing!
christina

Nadine said...

Wow...what a great celebration! Congratulations to your brother Will!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love everything you did, Katie!

Such love for your brother shows in every touch.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

Shirley Wall said...

Reading this post brought tears to eyes, your family home, beautiful flowers & party decorating, delicious looking desserts. But most of all a happy family together celebrating and counting their blessings. Thanks so much for sharing! Shirley in Washington

Karrie Diggs said...

Precious Katie! Thank you so much for the lovely lay out of photos. I felt as though I were there with your input along the photos! I appreciate the time and effort and the talented photographer. Love you all so much!

Margo said...

You all know how to party right! I've never seen such a sweet, detailed dessert layout before. I got some ideas just from looking.

I recognize that cherry fabric! I used some to make my little girl a nightie (blogged here: http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2010/04/slant-ryhme-slant-color.html)

Fred & Leon said...

Oh how we wish we could have been there! I love all of you and your dear mother's creativity (I could see a lot of Mary Jane Butter's style in your decorating!) and the food and desserts all looked delicious. Yum, is all I have to say. :)

Love you!

~Emily