Monday, June 8, 2009


Yes, I know we are a partying family but when you have seven children..and they are grown and they all have children and they keep getting married, starting to have families the family just gets larger...and larger ...and larger..and there are celebrations and more celebrations...and we HAVE TO PARTY AND HAVE FUN!! :) Right?
Right! (puff..puff!)

Please enlarge the pictures as I have not learned how...

was done with fresh roses..
Chocolate cake with Mouselline filling and fresh raspberries and whipped cream frosting. Mouselline filling is vanilla bean pastry cream and Italian Merangue Butter Cream blended. I hope to heavens I have that right. If not...Cheryl is going to do me in!! The cake was made by my sweet daughter in law at her wonderful bakery "Jammin' Bread"

Chocolate covered strawberries...of course!! What's a reception without those!

This was a wonderful cream cake...I had never tasted anything like it. It was almost not a cake but a delicious cake type pudding...

This was a morning brunch celebration held at 11:00am. Approximately 85 people attended.
*Warm rice pudding
*Fresh fruit salad
*Fresh raspberries and strawberries and other berries, cherries, Kiwi..etc. etc...
*Crisp bacon and sausages (in those large silver pans you see)
*A wonderful potato dish..with eggs..(I think)
*Waffles made on the spot! butter, syrup and other toppings..
And to be much more I can't even remember...but it was all DELICIOUS!
and of course the omelets of your choice!
Cold drinks of your choice...and Fresh made lemonade and sweet tea...
and fresh coffee!
The outdoor drink table by the pool...

My sweet son in law had four omelet pans going at once. He made omelets of their choices and the line was four deep and out the door! Busy guy!

Wonderful ice cold Mimosa's served with a fresh raspberry is why everyone was so mellow? You suppose? Nothing like fresh squeezed orange juice for brunch! Uh huh!

These beautiful swags were made by my daughter...she wants to make them for Christmas and add TINY fairy lights. VERY tiny lights. I want to do it with her for my that should be fun. The swags were made of lemon leaves..Mary said they only took a couple of hours to make...and there were five very long ones. I think they are just beautiful. Over the fireplaces and all the doorways...

There were fresh swags and wedding bells over all the pictures don't do them justice..
And the gifts began to you see that lovely crystal bowl? Hmmmm... :)

All of the floral arrangements and garlands were made by my daughter, Mary. All the cooking was done by Mary and my daughter in law,Cheryl, and the mother of the bride, my daughter Erin. Nothing was hired out or done by outsiders. I am proud of that. ~smile~

Thank you so much for your visit and I hope you enjoyed, yet another family gathering in celebration! Always something to celebrate it seems. I LOVE it!

Hugs to all of you for limping through this post.


  1. Oh very fun! And I Love it that it was all done at home by family and friends. That is awesome.
    Me? I would've found the Mimosas and been one happy camper!!
    Congratulations!!! A beautiful day!
    Hugs. Karen

  2. Hi Mona,
    this is just gorgeous, I love that beautiful cake and your grand-daughter is so pretty and looks just glowing! congrats! Cindy

  3. Oh Mona! This is just lovely! The decorations and the food look fabulous! Your daughter is very talented! And you are is so much more special if you do it yourself! Gorgeous wedding! Congrats to the newlyweds!...hugs...Debbie

  4. I love it!! The photos are beautiful!! Everything, every detail was well thought out! That Granddaughter of yours is so pretty!! She is veryvery lucky to have a sweet wonderful family!! My daughter, Mika married last summer on a Sunday afternoon~ I love a Sunday wedding!!


  5. Mona, you have such a lovely and talented family. It's nice to see families that love being together so much. Best Wishes to your grandaughter and her hubby.

  6. What a wonderful nice to see how a family can work together to make a lovely memory for the Bride and Groom.

  7. What an event! Everything looks wonderful. :)

  8. What a wonderful event! Looks like everyone was definitely well fed! The cake was beautiful. Congratulations!

  9. What a talented family - I think that the homey receptions are the best! My son is getting married later this year in another part of the country, so you gave me some ideas for our party for them....Jo

  10. What an exquisite way to celebrate ... beautiful young lady, darling couple ... an Mimosa's, WHOA! TTFN ~ Marydon

  11. Hi Mona, goodness girl, everything looks fabulous! That cake is a work of art. Beautiful.

    Hugs, Barb

  12. Mornng, Dear Mona! Oh what a grand celebration! Congratulations to your granddaughter and new husband! How pretty she is! I love the looks of the beautiful cakes and the gorgeous decorations! Oh, what fun you have...puff puff... pant pant...lOl
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  13. Oh Mona that wedding cake sounds like it is just 2die4, LOVE raspberries, & cream yummo I bet it melted in your mouth.... hey love your photo of your son inlaw with the pink apron on.. hahaha.
    Great photos thanks for sharing

    Lyn xxxx

    Oh I nearly forgot a *loo* or *dunny* is a *toilet*!

  14. Looks like a wonderful party! Large families are so much fun....great pictures!

  15. Hi Mona,
    I love to come to your parties!!
    Balisha ((hugs))

  16. What a wonderful wedding party!

  17. I´m happy that I woun´t gain weight by watching all those delicious things :-) :-)

  18. So nice to have everyone pitch in and help for a happy occasion. It all looked great and that cream cake sounds interesting. I would love to try that.

  19. Simply beautiful. Would you be interested in adopting another family member?? :-) I'm happy to do dishes, bring a dish, clean up. LOL
    Seriously, your family looks wonderful and I enjoy getting a glimpse of your lovely celebrations.

  20. Grandma, The pictures are just lovely! The party looks like it was wonderful. If only I could taste the delicious food through the computer. Email me some pictures of the family from the party so I can get the full effect. Mary, Erin and Cheryl are so talented. Mary should really be doing this for a living. She's a natural!!! I love you. K

  21. This is wonderful and charming and touching all-at-once. Thank you for sharing it---we've had so many of these home-and-family occasions, lawn weddings and family gatherings---it was like a little taste of home so far away.

    Best wishes to the happy couple---may all their days be a beautiful and blessed as this one was.

  22. What a beautiful party..everything looked just perfect...which I am beginning to learn that your daughter DOES everything just perfect. She has such a lovely home.
    Yes, I know how the family can grow..I just love it !!
    xo bj

  23. How perfectly charming! What a beautiful way to start their new lives together.

  24. What a sweet reception! Everything is so pretty and romantic! That cake is really nice, I love fresh flowers on a cake. The brunch sounds yummy too! What an amazing job everyone did!

    All the best,

  25. Oh I want one of those chocolate covered strawberries! Oh, and one of those swags, no two of them...what a beautiful event :)


  26. Wow, wow, wow. You are all so talented. Everything is GORGEOUS! Now I'm hungry and very thirsty. I want a mimosa. ;-) Maybe this weekend I shall make mimosas, now that you've planted it in my brain...

  27. Oh my goodness... I looks amazing and super fun!

    Your blog is looking fabulously pretty too Deb..

    ps I hope you still join the swap!


  28. Beautiful photos. I was a wedding photographer for over 20 years (backed of a bit these days), so I love anything wedding. The food looks wonderful!

  29. PS to above post:

    Would the chef part with the recipe for that lovely pudding-cake? We're planning a lawn tea of our own soon, and all of your enticing goodies look simply spectacular.

  30. Hi Mona,
    What a lovely party! so much love went into this special day.
    Great pictures.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  31. what a wonderful party with delicious looking food and beautiful decorations. I have never had a Mimosa they are very good.

  32. Mona, You have an amazingly loving and talented family to have put on this type of celebration! Your pictures of everything are fantastic, too. Yup, agree with another poster- ... sharing some recipes? I love love love the lemon leaf garland swags.... they would take me days... not hours. Congrats to the newlywed couple. hugs, Sue

  33. What a beautiful reception Mona. Congratulations to the newlyweds!


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