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This Communion Party Brought to You by Pinterest

My name is Renne, and I am a Pinterest addict. But you know what?  That’s really not such a bad thing.  Yes, there have been many (many!) a time I get lost in the inspiration of it all- and goodness knows that so many of the pins on my board never see the light of day in the real world- but I don’t really see that as a “fail”. My Pins are not a to do list- they are a compilation of eye candy, inspiration, wanna-dos and motivation.  They also serve as terrific corals for me for real life projects that otherwise might go all haywire without the direction and cohesion a mood board brings to the table. It’s a  way of herding all my inspirational cats! 
Take for example my little guy Liam’s recent Communion party. I was having it outside my home- but really wanted to give it an intimate feeling. Considering we didn’t have a private room in the restaurant, but rather a section of the dining room, this was not the easiest thing to accomplish.  Parties like this can be difficult to make personal- no matter how much table visiting you do.  I decided the first thing to do was create a theme- and carry it through to everything. It was a Communion, so I wanted to be sure the celebration of faith was at the forefront, but I didn’t necessarily want to put blue crosses on everything. I was looking for something a little more subtle.  Ideas raced across my mind like crafty kittens and I just could nail anything down- until I created a secret pin board.
Making my board secret allowed me to brainstorm with abandon. I searched all over the web for images of anything relating to communions- parties- favors, centerpieces- then I broadened it a bit to other religious celebrations- then even wider to images of faith- and at one point I had over 300 pins.  Then, I took a step back and looked at this mish mash of ideas, and began to weed out the things that didn’t grab my heart. Yes, the traditional white and black suits were darling- and I loved the white ties and arm bows- but what I REALLY loved was the sweet seer sucker suits! I showed it to the little guy- and he gave it two thumbs up. That gave me a foundation. Then, I found myself drawn to the quote  “the child grew in faith”  – LOVED it! That was what I would go with for the invite- and I would carry it over to the party as well. My board was down to about 90 images of what I really loved- and when I took a step back this time- it all went together.  I had created a theme without even trying! 
* images from the final pin board * 

Blues, greens, a casual feel, a theme of faith growing mirrored in gifts from the garden. It all translated so well in real life- and because i set out with a specific plan and vision before purchasing a single thing- I saved time and money planning this Communion party. Here’s how it all translated:

my translation and outright copying!
One of my favorite things to make was the Subway art for the tables. Now, you and I crafty souls are very familiar with this style- but I promise, Aunts and Uncles and the ordinary civilians of life will be very impressed with a bit of Word Art! I printed out a few copies, popped them in frames that were about a buck at Ikea- and like magic- I had a personalized favor for the table. I added a few seedlings of herbs that everyone would love for their windowsill with the sentiment that “faith grows” and everyone was smiling the moment they sat down. I also found a few “Chicken Soup for the Faithful Soul” books and wrapped those in pretty chevron paper as favors for the grown ups- and gave the children bubbles and pinwheels in green and blue. Having a cohesive theme made our little corner of the restaurant intimate- and the fact that most items were handmade (but really simple!) – I’d like to think showed our family that not only was the day special- but that they so very special as well. 
I have a JPG of the subway art in 8×10 form which I’d like to share with you! You can easily play with in terms of size or color in any photo editing program – and you are more than welcome to download it by clicking on its image below and use it for your own personal use- or, you can use it for your own inspiration! 

Finally, never underestimate the power of an Ice Cream Sundae bar! It gets everyone up and mingling and comparing toppings and I promise kids of every age love the chance to add a few sprinkles and crumbled cookies to a big bowl of ice cream! 

proof of a very happy little guy!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Pam K
    May 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I often get lost in pinterest, too. So much inspiration out there … it looks like you had a wonderful celebration! thanks for sharing the subway art!

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    Pam K
    May 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I often get lost in pinterest, too. So much inspiration out there … it looks like you had a wonderful celebration! thanks for sharing the subway art!

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    rennemarie
    May 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I'm glad you liked it Pam! Printables are such an easy way to kick things up a bit πŸ˜‰

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    rennemarie
    May 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I'm glad you liked it Pam! Printables are such an easy way to kick things up a bit πŸ˜‰

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    Jacqueline
    October 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I've been wandering thru your blog and truly enjoying your home! The communion lunch is one of my favourites ad I've taken the liberty of sharing your Subway Art on facebook.
    Stunning entries, Renne

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    Jacqueline
    October 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I've been wandering thru your blog and truly enjoying your home! The communion lunch is one of my favourites ad I've taken the liberty of sharing your Subway Art on facebook.
    Stunning entries, Renne

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