party at the beach, Canon A1

Sometimes the weight of sweetness is hard to bear.

My friends planned a party for me this weekend, a bachelorette party of sorts. My dear ones gathered in a cozy house by the beach waiting to celebrate me. So much sweetness there.

The sweetness of the kimonos they all wore and their cherry lipstick and brightly colored scarves. The sweetness of the lemon drops they served in martini glasses with powdered sugar around the rim. The sweetness of their secret surprises, the strawberry rhubarb pie, the sparkly nail polish, and the “this is your day!” and “whatever Andrea wants!”

The sweetness of allowing yourself to be celebrated.

“We are your maidens!” they cried, and led me out to the fruit trees in the back yard where there was a web made of string tying the trees to each other. Gifts wrapped in lavender tissue were tucked away in the branches and I was instructed to gather them all.

I looked back, and they were all grinning, martini glasses in one hand, cameras in the other, like my mothers…eager for me to find every easter egg to fill my basket.

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  1. brixton

    Your bachelorette party sounds awesome! I would love to see photos of the kimonos and the web of gifts. Best wishes!

  2. Stef

    It sounds beautifully divine!!!
    Isn’t it just awesome to see love demonstrated like that?!!?!!
    Celebrate YOU!!

  3. julia

    You are so blessed to have such amazing, creative and loving friends. How delightful to be “celebrated” in such a beautiful way!!! All the best wishes in the universe to you. P.S. I’d love to see you post more pictures from this wonderful event.

  4. anissa

    I liked the “Geisha” idea – kimonos and cherry red lips. And the tree thing; a totally different world, filled only with good things.
    Sounds like a lot of supersheroes must have been around! Yay! 🙂

  5. James

    I celebrate you with big balloons too andrea…congratulations on such a wonderful occassion!!

  6. Mary

    Sounds like a magical weekend! Reading the entry put a smile on my face. 🙂

  7. dana

    How very sweet your evening sounds.
    I love to put together theme gatherings & treats for my family & friends. I appriciate the effort & attention to detail one puts into such a gathering! Relish in the sweetness of your friends!
    When is your wedding?
    Mine is June 7th…I absolutly can’t wait!

  8. travis

    very very cool. i love the pictures that you add to each post. they are all so colorful and wonderfully composed. and go so well with the posts.

  9. fern

    as my friend Rita would say, “Lovely”..I wish to be the kind of friend your lovelies are to you..bestowing their friendship entirely, in technicolor radiance..this past year or so I’ve backed myself up into “TOTAL family time”..I love them so, but like an adolescent girl w/ a new boyfriend, I’ve been leaving my tender friendships sitting alone on a metal folding chair at the dance…once again you’ve inspired me..to share myself entirely and trust that it will mean new, green, growth, not shriveled up roots and dead broken branches…thank you.!

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