I am excited to bring you The Elnora Monet which is this month’s release in the Independent Islands Series!
For this release, we were asked to tell readers about what we like to create. My favorite thing to create is themed hospitality. I love to host dinner parties, parties for my family, or parties for friends all around a particular theme.
I think it is because I enjoy the fellowship of others. This last year has taught me to value and appreciate the time I have with people. It is a joy to see them being able to fellowship together – to laugh, smile, talk, and be encouraged. It is special to be able to facilitate and be a part of it.
May I share with you some of the fun themed events I have done over the last year.
The Supper Club came about in the most interesting of ways. I was reading two books at once – a fiction book that talked about a pop up restaurant that is every Saturday that was a special thought out meal and a non-fiction book that talked about using your hospitality for other. I thought about this over and over and over until an idea formed. What if I created a special meal that brought together different people to draw them closer together and closer to God?
The Supper Club was born.
The Supper Club consists of 6 courses all made from scratch around one theme. For this past Super Club, we featured American Cuisine. It started with Deviled Eggs as the appetizer, then a special prayer. The second course was a wedge salad with an explanation of why we do The Supper
Club. For our third course, we had vegetable soup and sang worship songs all together, Brisket, mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower for those on Keto), asparagus and butter stuffed garlic rolls served as the main course (the fourth course) with an ice breaker so we could get to know each other better. Next came the coffee (or tea) course served with cookies. During this course, the fifth course, we were lead in a a devotion to bring us to think about the Lord. Our final course was raspberry cheesecake mousse for dessert (we even found a Ket one!).
Of course, no special dinner would be compete without a special gift for each attendee. For this Supper Club, we made chocolate flowers. We used these as place cards so each person knows where to sit.
What a special time to get to know others and be drawn closer to the Lord!
Resurrection Celebration Dinner for our family
I love my family. Being able to combine that with a chance to serve them is gold in my book. This year we served ham my hubby smoked and it was so yummy! To make things extra special, I created a setting for each person with a special gift of a cake pop and a Starbucks gift card as a treat.
It was a blessing to watch all the family visit after the last year of not being able to see them much!
Denise’s Birthday Party
Denise turned 25 this year! Can you believe it? The time has gone by so quickly!
I wanted to do something extra special for her and asked her what theme she would like for her party. She chose Harry Potter and I was off to the races.
For atmosphere, I had my daughter, Kelsey, create Hogwart’s Letters and Josh hung them from the ceiling in the den. We hung floating candles in another room and floating keys. with wings in the hallway. In the windows, we hung the house colors. We had Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom along with various signs and posters around the house.
For food, I had all kinds of items designed around the theme – dragon’s eggs (deviled eggs), Dumbledore’s Pensive (Jello), broom sticks (pretzel’s and cheese), dragon tartar (meatballs), pepper up potion (soup), and Hagrid’s cakes (cornbread muffins) plus more! Instead of cake, we had sorting hats. Inside each one were one color M & M’s so when you open the ice cream cones, you could see which house you were sorted into.
My favorite thing had to be the Treat Trolley. A three tiered trolly full of various treats you would find on the Hogwart’s Express. We had things such as chocolate frogs, Jelly Slugs, Lemon Drops, Black Lack Inhabitants, House Points, Chocolate Wands, and Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean.
It was so fun to celebrate Denise! Here are a few pic’s of the fun.
More about The Elnora Monet
Islanders call him the Elnora Monet.
Is that island speak for “pompous, arrogant jerk?”
When Carly Mulligan volunteered to make house calls on Elnora, she never imagined treating the richest cat on the islands. What other feline has his own wing in a mansion like the Belshaw Estate?
After a wrong turn in the mansion, Carly stumbles across a secret room—one filled with incredible paintings. Perhaps there’s something more to the man than she first thought.
Most people envy Jean-Luc Belshaw’s position. The heir to a lucrative business and family fortune, he should have everything he could dream of.
But Luc dreams of days past. Days when he traveled the world with his wife and painted the breathings of his soul disappeared with Angeline’s passing. Faith and inspiration gone, he wonders if returning to France to take his place in his father’s business is the right thing to do.
Carly has a few relational demons of her own, and she’s reluctant to trust him, but Luc’s paintings draw her in even as his story touches a long-empty place in her heart.
Only God can transform two broken pasts into a work of art.
The Elnora Monet continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
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Before. you go….
Be sure to visit the other authors’ posts and enter their giveaway plus enter mine below.
Rachel Skatvold – April 27
Tabitha Bouldin – April 28
Carolyn Miller – April 29
Chautona Havig – April 30
Melissa Wardwell – May 1
Kari Trumbo – May 2