This was a VERY busy weekend! Bishop Anthony was visiting our sister parish, but he came to our church Friday since we were hosting the final Akathist service. Saturday I had a baby shower in the afternoon, Vespers with the bishop at the other church, grabbed dinner at my favorite restaurant, then a long drive out to a family gathering. Today after church, I came home and slept on the couch for 4 hours. Here are some shots from the weekend:
Priests, deacons and acolytes during the Akathist
I asked to prepare the Bishop’s table, where he’d sit during the presentation after the Akathist (our guest speaker was a representative of International Orthodox Christian Charities). I hope I didn’t make it too girly with the flowers and floral napkins, I just wanted it to be beautiful. I baked the cookies & cupcakes on the left, behind the flowers – I’ll post about those later. I brought some fruit & olives and made my beans in coconut milk (not pictured), and others brought the rest.
Bishop Anthony, Dn. Clem & Fr. Gregory
After a late night Friday, I got to relax and enjoy some great company at what was probably the cutest baby shower I’ve ever been to.
This shower was hosted by my friend over at TheShooz. As one guest pointed out, we wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up all over Pinterest!
Since the gender of little Baby VanB is a surprise, the color theme was a gender-neutral yellow, green & white.
The owls were handmade by our host
Are you noticing this? Even the food matches the color theme…
and there were vegan cupcakes! With avocado frosting. It took a lot of effort to only eat one, but I got to take one home, too.
The beverage bar
I just wanted a picture of the buffet : ) But also shown here…
the party favors – little pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and silver sugar
There were lovely little pennants,
and big paper flowers hung from the ceiling.
And a table with stamps, various sizes of colored and patterned paper, and pens so we could write a little note to our dear expectant friend. The table itself was covered in a big sheet of brown paper, just in case anyone got carried away, I think.
Then after all this fun, I headed over to St. George
The priests and deacons, on their way to receive a blessing from the bishop before vesting
Bishop Anthony & the chanters. At the end of Vespers, a parishioner was ordained a subdeacon. I didn’t get so many pictures of this, but I made a bunch of videos. Maybe I’ll post them later.
At my favorite restaurant ever in the whole world: Little Africa
Round two (I didn’t eat it *all* myself, I was sharing!)
I didn’t get pictures at the family gathering, but it was pretty wild. My cousin just moved into a HUGE house that looks like a log cabin-type lodge. She and her mom are in the food business, so there was tons to eat everywhere (even some vegan stuff, but I couldn’t eat anymore). Upstairs in a large room, perfect for hosting parties, a band played. Yes. A band. In the house. It was impressive.
And now that I’ve recovered with a nice, long nap, I’m planning to bake cookies late into the night. How was your weekend?