Tonight we celebrated our two special students: a Kindergartner and a preschooler. Every year, on the night before school, we have a big, delicious feast in which we anticipate the upcoming school year and instill prayer and the word of God into our kiddos to start the year off right. It's honestly one of my very favorite family traditions and every year I look forward to pulling off the surprise. (Previous feasts here, here & here. Seriously going to cry if I spend too long looking at those pictures. Babies!)
Our theme for this year was Cling to the Promises of God. A trip to Home Goods (hello, LOVE that store) inspired the theme, when I happened upon this lovely rainbow striped pasta:
Instantly my brain starting ticking: rainbows...promises...rainbow-themed party with God's promises for the kids! Yay!
Planning a rainbow-themed feast was fun and easy from there. Even though I haven't been feeling well. Thankfully, I had all the craft supplies I needed to make one hanging rainbow centerpiece, a couple of special traditional crowns, and placemats (horrible pictures ahead. bad lighting. not in focus. I just didn't care tonight):
Maddie's crown and promise for the year:
Zephaniah 3:17 is one of my all-time favorite Bible promises. We wanted to remind her that she doesn't need to fear, because God is with her and mighty to save, no matter the circumstance! Also, we often tell Maddie how delightful she is, and this just sums up how her Heavenly Father just adores her! How awesome is it that we have a God who rejoices over us with singing?! I mean, we're supposed to sing songs of praise in worship to him, but he thinks we're so delightful that he sings songs over us.
Sam's crown and promise for the year ahead:
We loved this verse first because it has battle metaphors, and our boy loves him a good battle. Also, it talks about leaping for joy, and our sweet Sam is a bundle of joy.
I printed out additional copies of these verses and hung them on the kids' doors. Each night that they go to bed this school year, we'll remind them of God's promises and pray for the truth of who God is to sink deep in their hearts.
Other highlights from the rainbow-themed evening included these beautiful rainbow-colored flowers from Trader Joe's:
rainbow fruit salad:
rainbow tomato salad with basil chiffonade:
rainbow pasta with butter & parmesan:
and our back-to-school feast wouldn't be complete without sparkly! (Or, as a certain almost Kindergartner--sob--used to call it, "farkly.")
This boy downed that glass mighty fast!
Dessert was easy peasy lemon squeezy. TJ's whoopie pies rolled in rainbow sprinkles:
Maddie entertained us at the table by filling her mouth with enormous cherry tomatoes:
Plus, you can kind of see all of us, so it counts as a family picture. :)
Happy Back-to-School, dear readers. Praying that your first days back are smooth and peaceful.