As I pointed out in the previous post, one of the joys of a friendship is celebrating those milestones and other celebrations in a close acquaintance’s life. The Crockett family has been near and dear to me for many years. Olivia Crockett is a testimony to the Lord’s faithfulness in her life. And what an influence she and her husband, Frank, have had on the five children they have raised! They will be learning the art of grandparenting in just a few short weeks as their daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and David Saliba excitedly anticipate their son’s birth. Is seems that only yesterday we were packing our bags to travel to Mobile to watch Elizabeth represent Alabama in America’s Junior Miss Program! Dale and Fred Saliba, are rejoicing in the upcoming birth of their first grandchild as well. Both families are soon to be experiencing all of the joys that encompass the miracle of a new life.
A group of Dothan family friends recently transformed the beautiful home of Melissa and Jack Jackson into a sentimental baby-themed shower to honor Elizabeth.
Radiant cascades of Carolina Jasmine, covering an arbor in the back courtyard, added a cheerful touch to the floral arrangements.
The front door’s grapevine wreath, covered with sprigs of jasmine, carried out the nursery’s giraffe theme.
Master gardener, Judy Wise, cut dozens of her prized camellia blooms for the flower arrangements. Melissa planted beautiful elephant ear plants in both urns with near the front door. Camellias, inserted in water picks, were inserted around the base.
A vintage baby carriage, infant scale, and bath tub from the collection of Debbie Hundley helped set the theme for a lovely afternoon. The guests first glimpse of the theme was the antique wicker baby carriage decorated with playful balloons and favors for each guest.
Mary Crittenden designed artful cellophane wrapped bags of blue and silver Dove eggs tied with ribbon and blue diaper pins for guests to take home.
In the foyer, an antique iron bathtub was used as a spot for placing gifts.
Small containers of Creeping Jenny, camellias, Carolina Jasmine, and ‘Jack Frost’ ligustrum comprised the arrangement in the vintage baby scale.
More family room arrangements . . .
A trio of vases nestled in a wrought iron container and filled with yellow roses and jasmine add a cheerful pop of color in the kitchen.
The dining room sideboard, centered with an ivy ring decorated with a pacifier and porcelain baby shoes, held an assortment of desserts.
Elegant displays of Judy Wise’s spectacular camellias were used throughout the reception areas.
A large silver epergne on the dining room table was filled with jasmine, forsythia, camellias, pear blooms, and ligustrum. Silver baby cups from the Jackson’s collection held tiny yellow spray roses.
Silver baby cups, a porringer and a rattle from the three Jackson children’s infancy lended a nostalgic touch to the serving table.
Throughout the afternoon, three generations of friends and relatives gathered to enjoy a fabulous array of “tried and true” Southern treats and delicacies as well as celebrate the arrival a new precious baby boy.
Pictured below are Olivia Crockett, Elizabeth Saliba and Dale Saliba.
Thank heaven for little boys!.
A beautiful baby boy,
God’s wonderful little gift
Our precious little child
The Lord has blessed us with
Ever so precious to Jesus
And full of His grace,
May he grow to be a man
That will always seek God’s face.
© By M.S.Lowndes