I love my church. Aside from working my day job, working on my business, and being married to Cal, it's pretty much the activity that consumes most of my time. I made a decision before launching my business that I would not sacrifice my time at my church. There are going to be weddings and events that I turn down in order to be present for important Sundays or activities. It's already happened, and even though it's extremely difficult to turn down work and/or promotional opportunities, I am determined to keep my commitments.
When our children's director, Kelly, asked me to help decorate for the most recent baby dedication reception, I quickly said yes. How exciting to use my talents for my church family!
(Photos by yours truly on my iPhone.)
Kelly and I decided on mint green, gold, and burlap. I know burlap is soooo popular right now, but I had it laying around, and it looked so cute with lace doilies. I couldn't help myself! It had to be gender neutral, and we thought this was a great solution. Everything was done on a very low budget - we already owned most everything. The baby's breath was the most indulgent purchase.
These tiny baby outfits belonged to Kelly's twins. Adorable! We used them to dress up an awkwardly placed built-in bookshelf.
Dora, a sweet girl at our church, made the hanging pompoms. They were so cute!
We created a backdrop to provide a photo op for the families. Thank you, Pinterest, for this easy, low budget tablecloth backdrop! (It was strategically placed, hiding a bulky bookshelf.)
This chalkboard, y'all. I fought with it for over an hour. Cal watched me erase and start over about 5 times. I have nice handwriting, but I don't pretend to have the skills needed to create a chalkboard masterpiece. Fortunately, babies are very forgiving. They didn't care that it wasn't perfect! Haha!
I'm so pleased that we were able to turn a pretty bland church classroom into a soft, welcoming environment. No matter how busy my business gets, I never want to forget my commitment to my church family. This reception was a little reminder of that! :)