Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spiritual Gifts & My Ministry

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms” 1 Peter 4:10

My sister, Kellyn, & I grew up throwing events with my mom ALL THE TIME. We hosted so many events that we really had the planning down to a simple science. From the food to the decorations, we knew exactly what to do. Planning & hosting events is something that we still love doing, because we have come to understand that it is a gift that God has given us. We enjoy paying attention to the details so that whoever the event is for can be showered with love. We consider events to be about relationships with people & offering a warm, hospitable environment. Kellyn & I have continued to plan events throughout our lives. When I moved to Houston, Kellyn took my position planning events & once she graduated she started in a position where she plans, organizes, & hosts events all over the east coast. Once Phil & I are back in the same state as Kellyn, we hope to continue our event planning together.

Pastor Greg, our pastor who Phil & I like to call PG, says that a person is most happy when they are in line with God’s plan; they have the same desires as God, & are using their spiritual gifts to bring Him glory. I absolutely agree with this & I am truly happy when I am using my gifts to glorify God by showering & serving others with love through planning & hosting. It’s more than a passion of mine, but also a gift that has become a ministry I love serving in.

So with that said, here was the last event where I got to serve the Lord using my spiritual gifts of planning/hosting. I went with an elegant & antique shabby-chic tea party for a baby shower honoring Gina.
This was a tea party set up by the front door as guests arrived. The tea cups were filled with purple flowers.

Amy made this gorgeous French memo board for guests to write down words of encouragement for the new mommy.

I alternated teapots filled with flowers & votives with purple ribbons down the breakfast bar.

I decorated a special chair for the mommy-to-be to sit in as she opened presents.

The food was delicious; ladies you really outdid yourselves! We had purple punch, bagels, chicken salad tea sandwiches, fruit salad, mini quiches, & a delicious cake!

Here is a close-up of the gorgeous cake; yummy!

These 2 pictures give you a better view of the decorations on the left & right sides of the table. Recognize the white candelabra?

The favors were delicious onesie-shaped cookies (Haylee, these were awesome). Morgan made the beautiful diaper cake, as well as a diaper wreath for the front gate.

Congratulations Gina! We can’t wait to meet Baby Girl Cantrell!
xoxo Darby

8 comments :

Good Stewarts said...

Looks great! I'm sorry I missed out! Hopefully I'll be in town next time! :)

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Thanks! We missed you too, but of course understand. Hopefully you can get to the next one. Who will the next one be?!?!?!?

Kellyn Fleming said...

I can't wait for you to get back to the east coast so we can finally put our minds and hearts together to do some extraodrdinary things!

I think what Pastor Greg said should be our mission statement!

Kellyn Fleming said...

or maybe just 1 Peter 4:10!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

I can't wait for that either!!! It's something I look forward to often! hehe I absolutley agree with 1 Peter 4:10 being our mission statement! You're so clever!

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

Ha! That diaper cake is fun! I think one of my friends is making one of those for our friend whose shower I'm throwing this weekend. I can't wait to see how hers turns out.

Just Jaime said...

The purple cake is lovely!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

So pretty! The lavender cake is beautiful!

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