Monday, May 25, 2009

HEE HAW



I know that you have all been on pins and needles trying to figure out what our party was that the flag banners were for (from my last post). Since this is the year of celebrations, we are planning on making the most of each season and every holiday. Last year for my birthday Chuck was living in a different state and the girls and I were preparing to move (HERE), so it was a little slim on the celebrations. Though we made the most of each situation, we now have the chance to throw caution to the wind and kick up our heels and have a roaring good time.


What better way to celebrate than to invite your new friends and demand that they show up in some kind of an embarrassing costume.

Our theme was HEE HAW, not only because I love country life (HERE), but also to embrace living in the south. If you are of my generation, you have seen HEE HAW, or at least are familiar with the concept. Simple country folk, banjo music, bare feet and a blacked out tooth.

Half the fun for me is the party planning. Once I get a theme, I almost don't know how to reign it in. I can't just invite a few friends over, oh no...that would be too simple. We have to deck the whole house out in flag banners, old quilts, hay bales and galvanized buckets of wild flowers.

Let's just say...we had a great time. I was thrilled that everyone showed up in some kind of garb and joined in on the theme (even my folks - and if you know my dad this was a big deal).

We served fried chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and everyone brought a side dish to share. For dessert we had carrot cake, a selection of cookies and Moon Pies. Lemonade and "homemade hooch" (AKA - moonshine served in a bucket) for drinks.

We had everything from long underwear to Nascar for costumes. Lots of overalls and straw hats. Everything redneck or country fits in just fine with the HEE HAW theme.We planned a few games for both the kids and adults alike. Guess the jelly bellies in a jar, guess the farm animal (we put the animals in socks and hung them on a laundry line) and drop the clothes pin in bottle.
Here are the kids (and adults) playing the games. Here Stacee and Johnny are dropping clothes pins in the bottles (thought I should tell you what they are doing cuz' it looks kind of funny). I love the burlap sack on Stacee's waist - how creative.A BIG thanks to Chuck for helping make this a fun party (he made that awesome poster). He jumped right in with the country bumpkin theme and was such a good sport. And I am so thankful that all these great friends came (in such cute costumes) to help us with the celebrating. And just think - the year is only half over. What will the next party be???

25 comments:

Rachael said...

How cute. Sounds like a good time. Have you ever seen my mom's blog? Her header is a hee-haw picture that they did as a joke for their Christmas cards last year. Then, I went and made her blog banner out of it and she was at first embarrassed, but she doesn't know how to change it herself so she had to let it grow on her! They live in the country, so it's kind of fitting anyway! (mothertomany.blogspot.com if you want to see what I'm talking about)

Happy Birthday (belated) to you too!

Sean and Lisa said...

Oh Cris! Happy Birthday! The party looks like such fun! LOVE the theme and how you implemented it!! Looks like you had a great time!!

Permission to Mother said...

You guys are a hoot! :) Laughing :)

~S~~~~~ said...

what do you mean embarrassing costumes? I wasn't embarrassed one bit!!!

Karen said...

How fun..... I hope you invited your neighbors... I am sure they are thinking "Who in the world moved in"? Hee hee~ It was a really great idea and I sure a lot of fun! You are so creative and I am glad that everyone wore some kind of fitting attire!

Tiffany said...

What a great party!! I wish you were down here for your year of celebrations. What a fun idea and so memorable for your family.

Tim and Susan said...

Glad it was such a fun party. Super creative and yes, you totally went all out. What was the moonshine? hmmm. Glad to see pics of mom and dad and those counrty cousins of ours. Fun, fun, fun.
Sue

Anonymous said...

Neat pics! We were there in heart..missed seeing our picture on the post.

Elle J said...

Happy Birthday!!! A fantastic party idea and your theme was carried off well with the decorations and all. It looks like a great time with family and friends. How Neat!!!

Cindy said...

Happy birthday! It looks like a great party! I'm the same way with themes! Gotta love a good theme party! Your friends were such good sports!

Salzwedel Family said...

What a fun party! A great theme indeed.

Julie said...

Looks like soo much fun! I, too, wish your year of celebrations could've been here. I saw some blacked out teeth in the pictures, and just wanted to add that a common occurence in my family (mostly my mother and aunt) is do use Reece's peanutbutter cup wrappers to do that.

Crystal said...

Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!!!!! Happy Belated B-day and I wish you a blessed next year : )

Melissa said...

This is hilarious! Looks like you had a great time!

fitncrafty said...

Looks like a really fun time!! wow.. lots of planning, I agree the planning is the fun for sure!
What a great group of photos!!

steffany said...

Can I live next to you???
How cute.

BTW- I learned a little code if you want me to show you how to fit your incredibly beautiful picture into your header space:)

K-Sue said...

What a fun party! So, did anyone attempt the story of Rinderceller? Remember, she met the Pransome Hince and slopped her dripper...

Darren LeBlanc said...

Awesome. Love it. Happy Birthday!!

Cristy said...

What a great time! Happy Birthday!

Cristy

carrie said...

Looks like a wonderful party! Hope you had a GREAT birthday. I'm glad you are enjoying your celebrations so much!

Smith Schoolhouse said...

you are too cool! what a great idea. I love the lemonade pitcher that I saw. where is that from?

crispy said...

The beverage jar is from Costco - only about $25. Made of recycled glass. I love it. And I love how the sliced lemons look in it.

greta said...

All I can say is: HOW FUN!!!!!!

Marilyn said...

Just enlarged all of these pics
and love the freckles on you, Tissy and your Mom.

I also love that lemonade pitcher.

I should have mailed you my Hill Billy Cookbook!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

OH how fun!!!!!!!!!