Thursday, May 13, 2010

Good Shepherd's Garden Party - Week Six

We celebrated this week's Garden Party early. This week's theme was "Oh! What a Beautiful City!" All of the symbols and stories (mostly from the Book of Revelation) focused on God's Kindgom and on our call to be queens and kings of heaven. Here are the week's symbols and some pictures from our celebration.

1. The City Gates (Revelation 21:9-14): We built a "gate" out of pretzel sticks and cheese cubes.

2. The Temple (Revelation 21:22-25): This was a blast from my past. I made "Shirley Temples." My sisters and I used to love to order these when we went out to eat as children. My boys loved the fancy umbrellas, but since they don't drink pop and Ray doesn't like sweet drinks, they were not fans of these "temples."

3. Hallelujah! (Revelation 19:6-9): We listened to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah."

4. The Thrones (Revelation 22:1-5): Ray decorated our chairs and turned them into "thrones."

5. + 6. The Bride and Groom (Hosea 2:18-20 and Revelation 19:6-9): We talked about love.... about how completely God loves us and about how a man and a woman give themselves completely to each other in love when they get married. We decorated the table with bride and groom votive candles (which we made and gave as favors at our wedding). We also had "bride and groom" chocolate-covered strawberries. Ours weren't nearly as fancy as the ones in the suggested plan, but they were very yummy and we enjoyed taking some leftovers to our neighbors to share.

7. The Crowns (Isaiah 62:3-5): We enjoyed a "brownie crown." The boys also wore gold crowns.

We made this Garden Party part of our dinner and we really enjoyed learning and celebrating the Easter Season in this way again. Only one more week to go!

1 comment:

  1. The crown brownie looks delicious, and your candles look so pretty! What a fun party!

    I hope you all have a very blessed feast of Pentecost tomorrow!