When our friend and neighbor Tasha Hinton (now Tasha Moon) got engaged she asked if she could have her San Diego open house in our yard. Our response: have you seen our yard? One of the plans we talked of when we bought our home is that maybe after after 10-15 years of hard work we could have Lizzy's wedding reception in our yard. We never imagined we might host an wedding open house in less than two years. But Tasha and her sister Megan (who was also her Maid of Honor and in charge of the whole party) had a vision we did not. I also have to give credit to Bill who has worked like a dog every free Saturday tearing out concrete, leveling ground and shoveling gravel. And of course my nephew Ben who helped tear down the shed and all of my kids who also put in long hours in the yard. Actually, so many people helped to put this open house together that I can't name them all. Perhaps, it was because this party was such a labor of love that it was such an unqualified success. I can't really describe how fun it was but a few pictures will give you some idea.
The theme was rustic shabby chic. And when Megan told her parents that there would be no church tables and Relief Society polyester tablecloths there was some concern. But the mismatched chairs and tablecloths with fresh lilacs were charming.
And lots of details that made the wedding fun for kids--starting with a desk at the entrance with gobs of old fashion candy.