Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Toot-toot, The Owl

Although Harmony Gardens is elegant and polished, it is still natural and rustic.  It is a garden in which couples share one of the most important and memorable days of the their lives.  It is garden in which we work to cultivate a beauty that is worthy of hosting the ceremony of combining lives forever.  But it is also a garden in which plants and animals live and find solace.  We are a natural garden.  Basically that means that we grow our plants - right here.  When we have a hard winter our plants get cold.  When the flowers are in full bloom, it is because of the amazing work of our landscapers.  When we develop a new garden area, it is after months of planning and waiting for THAT moment, the moment in which we know how to best bring out the beauty of a certain spot.  It also means that we have some awesome visitors, or in this case long term tenants.  Toot-toot, our owl (actually there are several owls and they are all named Toot-toot!) can frequently be spied surveying the events of Harmony Gardens.  He is a beautiful bird and he lives in one of the most beautiful gardens around!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"Under Construction" Engagement Party

This was a very special engagement party for us at Harmony Gardens!  It was to celebrate Malcolm and Cindi's engagement (the owners of Harmony n Love Catering).  And it was also special, because I got to plan the entire thing and host it with my brother's girlfriend!  Fun!  We had games, and good food, a dessert buffet, a candy buffet, a fun DJ, some dancing, and we got to celebrate an amazing couple!  What more could you ask for?  Oh, some pictures, perhaps....

It was an "under Construction" theme, since the couple is building a new home and we tied that theme throughout.     

Cutting the cake

 we made cupcake flags out of paint swatches 

we placed trivia about the couple on larger paint swatches and put them in the centerpieces

We had everyone sign his and hers tool aprons

 Unfortunately most of my pictures were taken right before the party and we had not uncovered the candy yet! 

We used a drywall mud bucket to hold cards and gave mini tool sets for prizes for the games.  Games consisted of "Guess the number of screws" and answer trivia questions from trivia in the centerpieces.  We asked the question, "Where do see the couple in 15 years?", "How will you pray for the couples marriage?", or "write a fond memory" and had the notes pinned on a clothes line.