The Good Shepherd’s Garden Party :: Week Seven
The Heavenly Zoo
“The care the eagle gives her young, safe in her lofty nest,
is like the tender love of God for us made manifest.
As when the time to venture comes, she stirs them out to flight,
so we are pressed to boldly try, to strive for daring height.
And if we flutter helplessly, as fledgling eagles fall,
beneath us lift God’s mighty wings to bear us one and all.”
Tonight we had the last of our weekly Good Shepherd Garden Parties. This one was based on the theme “The Heavenly Zoo.” Here are a few pictures from our Garden Party :
~ The Water ~
I had planned on using flavored water, but changed my mind at the last minute and just had the kids fill up the glasses with ice water, after they finished setting the table.
~ The Deer ~
ReinDEER Trail Mix
This “trail mix” is really just a combination of a whole bunch of almost empty bags in my pantry: mini-marshmallows, pretzel sticks, chow mein noodles, sixlets, alphabet cookies, and raisinets. I then printed some labels that I found online. I thought they were cute, even if they are “a little out of season.”
~ The Lion ~
Lion Cheese and Crackers Snack
This little guy was inspired by a Bear Cheese and Crackers Snack, to which I made a couple tiny modifications. He didn’t turn out as well as I hoped, but our Flower Silicone Cups worked great for his mane and the kids loved the addition of cheese, crackers and olives to the party.
~ The Beehive ~
This morning while I was trying to come up with a substitution for the Baked Beehive Pears, I ran across a recipe for Beehive Buns. They were pretty simple to make and everyone LOVED them! They were Hubby’s favorite part of the meal, and hopefully I won’t wait a year to make them again.
I also made Honey-Curry Chicken as a main dish, along with a pot of rice, but I never did get a picture.
~ The Peacock ~
Once again we made our little Peacock Cupcake! This year I didn’t have (or feel up to making any light blue frosting) so I just used some green spray for her face, and some yellow gel frosting along with green and dark blue gel frostings.
~ The Pelican ~
Our Pelican’s turned out much better this year, since I was able to find a loaf of flat bottomed french bread.
~ The Phoenix ~
Phoenix-Tail Shrimp Cocktail
Once again we had a shrimp cocktail, which I don’t touch do to allergies. I had to include it though since it is one of my oldest son’s favorite foods!
~ The Dove ~
The funniest part of the party was listening to everyone’s little “Promises” message, found on the inside of their Dove Chocolate wrapper.
Hubby and I started cracking up when one of our children read:
“Happiness is found in your heart, not in the
My wrapper said “Buy yourself flowers.” Which was totally ironic since, when I was out to lunch with a bunch of my neighbors this afternoon, one of my neighbors (who sells beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers at the local Grower’s Market) was just telling us all about her new promotion (a weekly delivery of flowers for 15 weeks, until frost) and I took a brochure, wanting so badly to sign up, but couldn’t quite justify buying myself flowers. 😉
Well, the dishes are washing and the kitchen is clean. I am headed outside to enjoy the last little bit of daylight, a
cup Peacock of Hot Cocoa (I passed on the cupcakes), and play Words With Friends on my iTouch!
Tomorrow is already the very last day of the Easter season, and we will be Celebrating Pentecost! I hope you all have a very blessed Pentecost Sunday!!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.