A Blithesome Backyard Wedding with 4 Shamrocks and 3 Leprechauns

I’m so excited to share with you this months’ inspirational wedding idea. How about a backyard wedding with 4 shamrocks and 3 leprechauns? Before you start counting shamrocks and leprechauns in this post, I added those numbers because they equal the lucky number 7. You can have as many or as few at your wedding as you want. 😉

While you may not be dreaming of a snow covered lawn on your big day, I had to share this cute just-married garland idea for a fun couples’ photo. This lucky-in-love wedding day highlights fresh shades of green, horseshoes, rainbows and pots of gold.

 

Backyard Wedding with Shamrocks and Leprechauns

A Backyard Wedding

Begin the festivities with a game of horseshoes set up on a side lawn for guests to play. Add a Guinness bar and your guests will be happy for hours while your photographer snaps family photos.

In case of rain, how about a back-up plan that includes emerald green velvet chairs indoors. If you can’t find them, how about making slipcovers for your folding chairs? Or tie velvet ribbon around the aisle seat of each row?

Add a Little Vintage to the Theme

The bouquet pictured above is gorgeous, but what caught my eye in this photo is the chair! I know you may be thinking, “but it’s all rusty!” I know! It’s the perfect touch of rustic for an outdoor Irish wedding. What would tickle my funny bone even more, would be to shop ahead of time for different chairs and paint them all the same soft green hue! Then, sand them a bit here and there to create your own “loved and worn” look.

And wouldn’t it be buckets of fun to add a pot of clover and fresh flowers to the rows of chairs as you walk down the aisle? The small ones pictured above are from Happy Blog and are to be used as wedding favors. But larger, gold pots placed beside each row would be fun, too!

Backyard Wedding Game

Another fun idea is to play a game at the reception fashioned after the Christmas Elf. Instead of an elf, you would, of course, use leprechauns that get into all sorts of mischief in your backyard.

Have a scavenger hunt where guests search for items or clues related to the happy couple. Each item is discovered where a leprechaun is mischievously hiding the item. Choose items that might be a little embarrassing for the bride or groom or something that reveals something no one knows about them.

Prizes will, of course, be found at the end of the rainbow. Click on the image below to see how to make these darling little pots of gold.

pot of gold dessert

 

Oh! Oh! Instead of rose petals dropped down the aisle, how about gold coins?  Yes, this wedding theme excites me! And, I’m not Irish! Although, I have been accused of living the life of Riley. So how would you decorate a St. Patty’s Day wedding venue? Whatever you do, be sure not to get pinched! Wear something green.

 

10 Ways to Enjoy World Kindness Day

November 13, 2019 is World Kindness Day

I will be just returning from the Holy Land on this sweet day in November. As I think ahead to this post, knowing I will have the dust of sacred footsteps in my suitcase; I can’t imagine a more precious act of kindness than what our Lord did for us.

In honor of His sacrifice, I have a challenge for those who practice random acts of kindness. Christians are known as the bride of Christ, as someday we will join the marriage supper of the Lamb. So as part of that bride, I challenge each of you to do something special this week for a bride you do not know.

Here’s an example:

This Chapel of Love story will melt your heart. These nurses organized the sweetest wedding. I wish I could have attended just to see everyone’s face.

world kindness day

Weddings are the happiest time of our life and the most stressful. My precious daughter walks the aisle in January 2020 and I can’t imagine adding the heartbreak of this story, or any like it, to the planning of the big day. However, as this bride said, “But God!” HE IS BIGGER!

While I’m not suggesting you go to the extreme of what these nurses did (but hey, it would be awesome) here are a few suggestions to make the day of a random bride or someone in her party a little better. You’ll feel pretty good afterward, too.

Random Acts of Kindness for the Bridal Party

  1. Contact a wedding venue and ask if there is something simple a bride wanted but couldn’t afford and offer to pay for it anonymously.
  2. Search for local engagement announcements and send a gift, signing the card as a raktivist. (Random Act of Kindness Activist)
  3. Ask your favorite hair stylist if she/he can recommend a bride for a free hair appointment.woman with scarf
  4. Give a manicure or pedicure to the mother of the bride. (This is not a hint! 😉 )
  5. Prepare a meal for a family who is a week away from the wedding.
  6. Purchase pocket squares or handkerchiefs for the groomsmen of a wedding being held at your church.
  7. Leave a basket of flip flops or slippers for bridesmaids on the day of the wedding.
  8. If you know a hostess giving a shower for the bride or groom, offer to help clean up after the shower.
  9. Offer a floral arrangement to the mother of the groom for the rehearsal dinner.Floral random act of kindness
  10. Drop off a few packs of thank-you cards on the bride-to-be’s porch.

These are just a few examples. I’m sure you have even more great ideas for World Kindness Day. If someone has recently been kind to you, please share in the comments below. And, if you have ideas to share with others for more random acts of kindness this week, please share them on my Facebook page.

Praying someone shows you extreme kindness today.