Depending on which source you review, housewarming is a tradition dating back to medieval times with the purpose to literally “warm the house.” Guests brought firewood as a gift and built fires in the home’s fireplaces. It was also believed the gathering of friends and family created an atmosphere of warmth which repelled evil spirits.
I do know that the welcoming of kith and kin into a home creates a warm atmosphere and it definitely warms the heart! So our church family couldn’t miss the opportunity to share our love for this couple by honoring them with a “Heart-Warming.” The September afternoon was a perfect fall day for this event and the planning and preparation were just as much fun as the delightful couple.
John and Jessie are all about a rustic cowboy theme; Jessie adds a touch of sparkle and glam. We departed from the typical cake, punch, linen and lace to something more in keeping with their style – boots, burlap and brown paper. The star of the serving table was the centerpiece; a pair of rugged cowboy boots tied with jute and filled with wildflowers, “roadsidea,” and garden hydrangeas. A sparkly tiara dangling from the jute was just the right touch of glitz.
In keeping with our casual theme and a nod to the autumn season, the menu included Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Assorted Cheeses & Fruits, Barbecued Cocktail Wieners, Grape Salad, Apple Cheddar Bacon Bread (recipe courtesy of Southern Living magazine), Zucchini Bread, Hot Spiced Cider and Lemonade.
Guests arrived with beautifully decorated packages and in no time the gift table was stacked high and overflowing on the floor. Tables were simply decorated with brown kraft paper, cream pillar candles, white mini-pumpkins and bleached pine cones. A white tablecloth and burlap runner draped both the serving table and the one reserved for the guests of honor. Jessie’s mother recorded each gift in a burlap-covered journal to later be filled with pictures from the day. It was a feast for the tummy and the eyes as friends dined while John and Jessie opened beautiful gifts.
It truly was a “Heart-Warming,” not just for the couple but for all that attended. A beautiful expression of love by the body of Christ, sharing the abundant life.
In His Grace,