Monday, April 18, 2011

monday make-do {and a Giveaway!}

Yesterday was the season opener party on the Pink Porch and it was possibly the best party the Pink Porch has ever seen. We gathered to celebrate a very special birthday and some other milestones with some of our  bestest friends. The weather was perfect, the kids happy, the croquet set was broken in and we ate until we couldn't feel our toes.

I was so busy doing a million other things last week (and getting our house in presentable shape - man was it ROUGH!) that I didn't really have time to even think about how I was going to set the tables or a theme for the party. Instead I just rolled with it at the last minute, making-do and using an assortment of tablecloths I had on hand, and creating an extra table out of saw horses and a random board Sweet Man had in the garage.

The plates, napkins and party hats came out of 50cents bin at a discount store and the mood lighting was pure citronella in aluminum pails. Classy.  I do have to say that over the years, I have found  that the parties that are the most lovely, the most enjoyable, are the ones that are the least pretentious. The ones where I didn't stress out about everything being magazine-perfect, but instead  enjoyed the moment - imperfections and all, where I enjoyed being with the people I love the most - finding more beauty in them than I ever could in any tablescape, and where I enjoyed the grace that I have been given - imperfect as I am- freely and abundantly.


The {5 for 5} Giveaways Continue today!!
To celebrate my 5 Year Blogiversary I am hosting 5 Giveaways this week.

Here is Giveaway # 2:
(to enter Giveaway # 1 click HERE)

Today's Package features some of my "greatest hits" from over the years, things that I love, that I would never have been able to share/create/experience if it wasn't for this blog:

One luck winner will receive the following items:

 1 Popsicle Garland Kit in Sherbet

A Copy of Cottage Style Magazine {which features my home and the fab pink porch}

 And a Live Brave poster in your choice of color 

To enter to win your own copy you can do these any one or all four of the following things:

1) Leave a comment here on this post

2) Tweet or FB about this giveaway (and come back here and leave me a comment letting me know that you did)

3) Follow me here on the blog (and leave me a comment letting me know)

4) Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link to share in the comments.

All Giveaways End May 1
Good luck!



  1. Rhonda Eubanks8:43 AM

    Jerusalem - catching up on some blog reading today! Glad your pink porch party went well. I love looking at your new creations and as you already know I love your style! #entryforgiveaway

  2. Just found your blog from Life Made Lovely blog. So cute!

  3. I am now following your blog.

  4. FUN! We have 6 summer birthdays so that garland would be USED! LOL~

    Lucy (in IN)

  5. cute party and what a great giveaway


  6. Popsicles that will never melt! I'm in.


  7. Oh goody, I have wanted one of these prints since I saw them on Meg's blog. Fun stuff.

  8. One of your lovely prints would look so fab in my home. x

  9. I follow your blog. x

  10. What wonderful stuff you are giving away! How fun! :)
    You are so right about the simpler the party the better. I know my guests really like the thrown together stuff and it is soooo much easier on me...the hostess. :)

  11. how fun! i love your pink porch, and your prints, and the yummy summer time banner.

  12. Just jumped over from Life Made Lovely. Great giveaway!

  13. I would love to win one of your lovely posters! I tryed to get one on etsy before you closed your shop and missed out! :(

  14. just found your blog on life made lovely. i love your party set up. so simple and classic. i also love that magazine and would love to see your house!! AND love your poster!!

  15. I too find the best get togethers are when you stress less about the details and enjoy your company.
    Still-you managed to make everything look perfect!

    I would sooo love to win one of those posters. The colors alone make me happy!

    Ps- I'm a follower AND I shared on FB!

  16. On my Blog too! Thank you so much!!

  17. I like any type of party - unplanned, planned or "it just happened"!! Count me in on your giveaway.

    and I follow, too

  18. Love the mismatched napkins in the wire basket! I would also LOVE to win the giveaway :)

  19. what a great giveaway! happy birthday!

  20. am already a follower here!

  21. Oooooo! The popsicle garland is soooo cute!! I would LOVE to have a copy of the magazine with your house pics. I actually saw it in the store the other day, and was thrilled to see your home featured. I wanted to show everyone and shout, "I 'know' her!!!" :)

  22. You have such a sweet, eye candy blog! Please enter me in your la-la luscious giveaway!
    Thank you!

  23. I have blogged about your giveaways here:

  24. Thank you for a lovely giveaway, such inspiring words. :o)

  25. I love the LIVE BRAVE poster! Thanks for the give away! And congrats on a great blog!

  26. Fun give-aways... thank you for letting me enter.

  27. I love your giveaways...hope I win!!

  28. Bright,summery party table. You have offered some great giveaways too.


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