Friday, September 01, 2017

Back to School Feast 2017-2018: Details

We finally did it!  We had our 2017-18 Back to School Feast!
I really wanted it to be special and memorable and not rushed in anyway!
And yes, it IS true, the Little Nies are
being home schooled (more on that later!).
Mr. Nielson and I decided on our 2017-18 theme months ago.
It is a quote from a talk by President Thomas S. Monson.
I remember this talk and when I heard him say these very words,
I knew this was to be our new family theme.
It's prefect for where we are in our lives right now.

"Fear not. Be of good cheer. Your future is as bright as your faith."
We are doing some scary things right now.
Living on the ranch, selling our dream home, and 
home schooling to name a few, but we will not fear!  
We believe that our future is as bright as our faith, and we have faith!

Many have wondered why I put so much effort into this feast.  
I do it because I believe in the power of tradition.

I believe it strengthens and binds family relationships.
 I want my children to know they mean more to me than anything else in my life, 
and they deserve to have a fancy dinner.  
I want them to know they are worth all the time and energy it took 
(whew, it was a hot one outside too!) to walk up the hill behind the ranch 
house 50,000 times with plates, silverware, goblets, candles, 
decorations, food, etc to make it just perfect for them because
 these children belong to me as gifts from God and by golly, they deserve it!
Mr. Nielson helped me create two candle chandeliers that
 hung over the dinner table.

I added juniper berry branches, pink roses with other wild flowers, and
Hatch green chilies to the round wire wreath tops.

I hung mason jars with candles in them from
the wires and to finish the look,
I hung deer antlers we found on the property on top of the lights.
Sadly, it was so windy we never were able to light the candles  
and a deer antler fell off the wire onto the table.
 (Whew! that was a close one).
I ordered gold leaf wreaths on Amazon for our crowns this year
and added elegant silk ribbons to the back.  Easy.
(I am grateful to my boys for being cool enough to wear the crowns).

Dinner was true New Mexico cuisine: Enchiladas with green sauce,
 cilantro rice, guacamole, salsa, and creamy lime dressing.

I also cut up several different summer fruits into a big bowl, 
and for dessert we had s'mores bars.
Special thanks to:
The Sweet Tooth Fairy for sending my kids favorite treats
(s'mores bars) all the way to the middle of nowhere just for our special night!  
(Thanks Megs!).
Roolee Boutique for picking out the sweetest, most modest white dresses 
for my girls to wear and feel like a princesses in.
A Vintage Poster for making our new family theme look sharp and bold.
Stitched for making our family theme into a beautiful 
(cactus themed blanket!).

Piggy and Dirt for making our beautiful glass stars!
The glass in the stars look like the gorgeous New Mexico sky, 
and the family them star looks just like the New Mexico Zia.
Pinhole Press for the classy framed theme,
and notepads for the Little Nies.


Happy Weekend, and Happy September!