Thursday, August 28, 2008

recipe for a barn party

Food: pulled-pork sandwiches, potato salad, chips, watermelon, pickles
Beverages: wheelbarrow full of root beer on ice
Decor: stringed Christmas lights, fresh-cut wildflowers from our yard, blown-up photos stapled to the walls with old picture frames (which were previously dug out of the piles of hay in the barn) hanging around them Entertainment: a song written and sung by my dad, an awards ceremony (see video), smores and singing around the campfire after dark
Gifts: 30 "Home Renovation Survival Kits" full of duct tape, coffee, a screwdriver, chocolate, Tylenol, a paintbrush, and beef jerky
Preparations: two full days of scooping hay out of the hay mow, three days of pressure-washing it, hours of patching up holes in the floor and walls and building a stairway up to it

We've had so many of our friends and family help us with our farmhouse renovations that we wanted to host an appreciation dinner in their honor. It ended up being a rootin'-tootin' good time, and our big ol' hay mow was just the right place for it. After the little thank-you "ceremony" was over, we prayed over our property and sang "How Great Thou Art" (fantastic acoustics in that barn, by the way). We enjoyed it so much that we're looking for a reason to have another party. Maybe some square-dancing...

Chris, Rebecca, and Ashton

Our barn

Me, Peggy, and Jimmy

Two cool guys (my husband and my dad)

My brother, my mom, Melissa, and Tom


10 comments:

Andrea S. said...

Wow! You guys that looks like it was so much fun and such a great thing to do for all the people that helped you with your house. The barn looks awesome and is a PERFECT place for parties (until it gets too cold!). Thanks for sharing the video!

The Rhoderick Family said...

HOW FUN!!! We are having a Wild West party for Jameson turning 2! I am going to use some of your ideas and will let you know how it turns out!

Carrie said...

How very fun. I wish I could have been there!

martha said...

That looked like a lot of fun. thanks for sharing the video and pictures with us!

Minkydo said...

lol… Looks like you had a ton of fun!!! The barn looks really nice. Thanks for sharing it.

Esther said...

Looks like a lot of fun. What a great idea.

Who? Oldest of six said...

That's a big barn!

Peggy said...

and one toad.
you forgot the toad part.

Abbi said...

Did you improve the method for getting up in the loft before your party?
Your party sounds like it was lots of fun!

Betsy Cradic said...

We thought it might be comical to make everyone leap up the hay piles to get in, but we ended up building a courtesy staircase instead. :)