Our Hawaiian Party
Although it’s been a few months since our engagement in Thailand, we wanted to have a party to celebrate this occasion. We definitely wanted to wait until we had arrived back in Texas, so that we could be with family and friends. We decided to do it on July 7th, which is Bryan’s birthday as well. Unfortunately, my family could not be there since South Africa is so far away, but we look forward to sharing the wedding with them.
The happy couple – Ready to Celebrate!
Left, The Esser’s decorated the backyard with grass skirts, handmade flowers, leaves and leis. Sue and Grandma Marge spent some time making colourful paper flowers. Above Right, Colourful Hawaiian style lanterns. Below Right, a sign at the front of the house for the guests.
Bryan and Justin set up a Tiki Bar.
Sue organized for cupcakes to be made especially for our party. They were amazing!!!
I have included pictures of some of them below.
Beach towel under an umbrella
Left, Enrique and Veaney bought us this cheesecake. I had three pieces and found it hard to walk away even after that!! It was honestly one of the best cheesecakes that I have ever tried!!! Top Right, a beach chair in the sand, under a palm tree… Paradise on a cupcake! Bottom Right, Nick digging into a cupcake.
Far Left, Great cupcake stand made from plates and juice bottles!! Misty and Tarrin made all the cupcakes and this stand. They did an amazing job! Top Middle, Bikini cupcake – Cute!
Bottom Middle, There were two cupcakes representing Justin and I. Cute!!
This cupcake has a shark who has just attacked a man… The orange bit with red spots on it is the severed leg floating in the water!
I spent all week making a scrapbook from some of the engagement pictures that we had taken in China.
If you haven’t seen them yet, you can view them by clicking on the following links:
Girl in the Pink Dress, Library Love, Head in the Clouds, Chinese Outfits, Delicious, Red China Shirts, Teddy Love, Delightful, Mellow Yellow.
(We saved the best for last
so you can expect a few more blog posts – NOW UPDATED!! – containing more outfits and set changes soon. We did two sets wearing formal clothes, in a park, and they are stunning.)
We left some paper for people to write notes to us. I will add these notes to the scrapbook later.
Decorations at the Tiki Bar
The weather was great and we were feeling excited about seeing everyone at the party. We had not seen many people since returning from China. I was going to meet a few of Justin’s friends that I had not met yet, and I was looking forward to that.
Relaxing before the party.
Our family visitors from South Dakota set up a card table in the lounge.
We put tiki torches around the pool.
Once everyone had arrived, we started eating lunch and having a few drinks. The weather was great but there were clouds in the distance.
We got meat, beans, and sides to feed everyone. Great food!!
I filled a plate and kept it aside for later in the evening when I got hungry 😉
Justin and some of his friends from collage.
Unexpectedly it become very windy and then overcast. We started to feel droplets, but ignored it for a while. Within 30 minutes the drizzle turned into a big storm and we all had to run for cover.
Left, Some guests found good seats under the SHADE cover we had put up. Right, I stood undercover waiting for the rain the pass, but after about 20 minutes it seemed that the storm was not passing through – it was here to stay!!
Most of the other guests moved inside.
…others refused to let the rain stop them having a good party.
Justin being a good host.
Our paper flowers were soaked!
About an hour later we were able to move outside again.
Bryan and Sue.
The rain dried up pretty quickly.
In the end, the rain didn’t ruin the party… we managed to still get a good few hours of outdoor fun in.
Jeff and Justin played practical jokes on Melissa and I.
Pretty ~ Sue hollowed out a pineapples and put candles in them. Thank you Sue!
They smelt amazing once lit!!
The following morning the family had fun taking down the decorations 🙂