farewell party: lemons to lemonade

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One thing that I hate about this stage of life (young, married, with kids) is that it feels like a fairly transitional time… people get new jobs, or finish grad school, or start grad school far away, or feel the tug of their families back home. So they leave! I hate that! But it’s a fact of life currently… And while it’s super rough to say good-bye to friends, it’s fun to send them off in style.

Using this terrific idea from the uber-fabulous P is for party blog, we had a “lemons to lemonade” farewell party for our sweet friends the Breshears this weekend. Here are the details:

Invites: Have y’all checked out pingg yet? It’s similar to evite… and I am IN LOVE with some of the fabulous options! Anyhow, we used pingg’s Martha Stewart’s lemonade invite for this bittersweet occasion…

Decor: Lemons stacked in glass hurricane lamps, yellow bags filled with fresh flowers, yellow fabric turned into a table coverings (more about this in ‘parting gifts’). Somewhere along the way, hot pink and lime green were thrown in as accent colors, so we used fushia and lime fabric and paper as compliments to the yellow as well.

Grilled turkey sandwiches with lemon aioli, avocados, tomatoes, portabella mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and garden fresh lettuce on artisan bread
Lemon pasta salad
Grilled veggies
Lemon muffins
Fruit salad
Lemon bars
Lemon fluff dessert

Lemonade bar: Tall jars of lemonade with mix-ins: strawberries, mango, apricots, nectarines, cherries, mint, iced tea, white wine, rum, and vodka.

Kids table: Since the party was also a farewell to Lily Kate (age 5) and Noah (age 3), we put together a kid’s table stacked with ambrosia, cookies, red vines and their favorite treats (cheetos and popsicles). We also set out crayon roll-ups and a farewell coloring book, illustrated by Lily Kate’s friend Kalena. Pages like ‘donuts from church’ and ‘the fairy tree’ will hopefully be reminders to Lily Kate and Noah of their time here in Denver.

Parting gifts: Monogrammed fabric covered book with room for good-bye notes and pictures (we asked guests to bring photos).

Also, Mary is quite the seamstress, so after the party, the Alexander Henry lemon fabric-turned-tablecloth has now returned to it’s original use as fabric and will leave for Georgia with Mary, ready to be transformed into something fabulous (Mary said she was thinking of making cloth napkins from the cheery, yellow spread!)

The coloring books from the kid’s table were also gifted to LilyKate and Noah (perhaps they can hang them in their new rooms).

lily kate (one of our guests of honor), will & kalena (coloring book illustrator extraordinaire) enjoying the party

While we are more sad than I can say to see our sweet friends go, it was so terrific to have a farewell party to celebrate this family and our friendships with them… lemons to lemonade, eh?

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  1. You're party turned out great! Makes me get excited about my upcoming one. =) I'm going to write a post about your party and include a link!

  2. this had got to be one of my all time faves in party themes. I loved the lemonade bar too. I will definitely try that one at my next party.

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