2014 Entertainment Books for Sale

My sorority chapter is selling 2014 Entertainment Books for greater Oregon.  The books are $25 this year.  When you purchase a book we get a percentage.  This is one of two fund raisers that we have each year.  The Entertainment books make great gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Engagement & Wedding, New Home, Anniversaries, Thank you’s, Exchange Gifts, Employee or Boss gift and Door prizes too.  You get more e-coupons on line too! We will have the books on sale for a couple more weeks, then they are gone!  I would be happy to deliver in the immediate Willamette Valley area.  Contact me at 541-259-4255 for more info. Entertainment Book 2014

Did somebody yell “BINGO”?

Gina Riley does a great job of putting together fund-raising events.  She is so good at it that she has to turn people away because there is no more room!  That was the case when she hosted a fund-raising Bingo game that benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  It was a potluck too, so everyone brought finger food to share.  The theme was Civil War – not like American Civil War, but Oregon State University Beavers vs University of Oregon Ducks.  People came fully decked out with their costumes and their table decor.  They were also very generous to donate baskets full of raffle items. Thanks for all of the participants and their donations! Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 011 Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 013 Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 015

Happy First Birthday Emily!

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Cute as a bug that little Emily is! What a happy girl and her parents invited friends and family to help her celebrate her first Birthday!  Two older brothers with balloons kept her busy too.  Dad made the Owl themed cupcake display (Nice job Jay!). A super cute ‘smash’ cake for the guest of honor was part of the themed party decor1st birthday Emily 11-16-13 002 1st birthday Emily 11-16-13 0041st birthday Emily 11-16-13 003.

Dessert and Candy Buffets

Also known as candy bars or dessert bars, these tables full of goodies are becoming more popular for all types of events.  Not all people like cake, so it’s nice to offer an alternate dessert choice such as cookies, tarts, bars and fruit.  The kids (young and old) also love the Candy buffets.  Filled with sweets of all different sizes, shapes and colors.  When there is a dessert buffet set up for after a meal, I like to have it screened, then remove the screens surrounding it to show off the display of goodies – a sweet surprise, so to speak.  Make sure to have extra plates or bowls of goodies to re-stock from.

dessert bar with heart shaped tarts

dessert bar with heart shaped tarts

A great Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, salad, bread, green beans is topped off with rich desserts or luscious fruit

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Visit your local Farmers Market

tomatoes & Blueberries Aug 2013It is a bountiful season for fruits and vegetables in the Willamette Valley.  It has been such a good growing season that I even tried my hand at growing some tomato plants.  Kind of went overboard and planted 7 different kinds…

Be sure to visit your local farmers market for those fresh veggies, fruits and  handmade items for sale.  To find your local farmers market visit the website: http://www.inlocalwelove.com

Downtown Lebanon Farmers Market takes place from 2-6 pm on Thursdays on the corner of Main and Grant Streets.  Visit them May through October and like them on their Facebook page!

P.E.O. Fundraiser dinner

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Wedding Reception for the Kelly’s

Terri Clark & Michael Kelly wedding reception Aug 3 2013 001 Terri Clark & Michael Kelly wedding reception Aug 3 2013 002 Terri Clark & Michael Kelly wedding reception Aug 3 2013 004 Terri Clark & Michael Kelly wedding reception Aug 3 2013 010Terri and Michael got married at St. Edwards Catholic Church across the street.  A short walk/drive in their renovated classic Mustang brought them in style.  Expressions in Bloom (Corvallis) did the flowers, Wind Dancer Photography were the photographers, Chelsea’s Country Kitchen did the hors’ d oeuvres and the couple provided the plentiful beverages.  Friends cut and served the cake made by the Lovin Oven of Stayton. A relaxing honeymoon was in store for these two educators. Congratulations!

30th Anniversary for the Post’s

The Post family lives in Arkansas.  They were planning on visiting family in Lebanon, so the family had the idea of throwing them a 30th Anniversary party with family and friends who lived here.  The family oriented event featured their favorite foods from their favorite restaurant in Lebanon – Bing’s Kitchen.  Beautiful flowers from Nancy’s Floral in colored mason jars adorned the dining tables.  The couple’s daughter made the arrangements from Arkansas.  Yes it is possible to plan an event on short notice from long distance.  Congratulations!

Anniversary cake made by Janice Jackola

Anniversary cake made by Janice Jackola

Fresh centerpieces from Nancy's Floral

Fresh centerpieces from Nancy’s Floral

2 Sisters – 2 Brides

The VanMeter sisters, Sandy & Teri married their beloved in a double wedding ceremony on July 20th.  The wedding was on a bright sunny day. Personal touches for each of the brides themes made the day a beautiful day.  For the Wine Country theme, the dining tables had wine glasses filled with flowers, and a burlap runner embellished with ribbon. a guest book table with wine holders and a spray of grapes and greenery over the arbor.  For the Country theme, there was an old treadle sewing machine for the guest book as well as squares of cloth to write your name on instead of a guest book and mason jars filled with fresh flower bouquets were placed on shepherd hooks down the aisle. Water bottles with personalized labels and fans with the wedding information were placed on each chair. (The bride will sew the blocks into a quilt at a later date.) Lots of photos were taken of the couples and their families. The 2 couples were married in front of the water feature and each couple included a sand ceremony into their vows. Their colors were Pistachio Green, Purple and Blue.  The wedding was Skyped for a family member who could not attend as well as video taped. congratulations to both couples! Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 002 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 022 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 017 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 023 Double wedding Teri & James Sandy & Chad 7-20-13 005

Lavender in the Valley

Lavender in the Garden

Lavender in the Garden


I happened to be in West Linn this past Saturday watching one of the grandsons play in a baseball tournament and had some free time in between games.  I stumbled upon Lavender at Stonegate and found that a regional Lavender Festival was that weekend.  I looked at their fields and especially loved the white Lavender.  The lavender plants all seem to be blooming early this year.  I took the above picture in August a couple of years ago, but it is in full bloom right now in July.  To find out more about the Lavender farms that you may visit, I recommend checking out this website: http://www.oregonlavenderdestinations.com  and also check out pages 24-25 in the June/July 2013 edition of Willamette Living Magazine – online at http://www.willametteliving.com