Gearing up for the Beautified Banquet!

Hi Ladies!

Today was a fun, yet busy day! I spent the majority of the morning grocery shopping for  a Mother/Daughter banquet at our church this weekend. My dear friend {and Summer study co-leader} Kara was the hostess of this awesome program this year called Beautified. It has come to an end and now it is time to feast in fellowship! I am so thrilled she called on me to help…I can’t wait.

What is Beautified? It’s a faith-based monthly gathering where moms and daughters {ages 8-12} go over the book “8 Great Dates for Mom’s and Daughters” by Dannah Gresh. Speakers are invited in to encourage and talk about modesty, true beauty and world pressures on young women. This year was the first year of “Beautified” at our church and from what I hear…it was a HUGE hit. It will be offered every other year. I can’t wait until I can take my girls!

So…here’s what I am planning for the banquet…It’s a mixture of what the Ladies and the little Ladies would like..

Baked Ham and Swiss Poppyseed Sliders

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing  

Homemade Oven Baked Mac n Cheese

Cucumber Sandwiches

Peanut Butter and Jelly Heart Sandwiches

Heart shaped PB & J Tea Sandwiches

Grape Caterpillars 

Baby Carrots with Ranch Dip

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Better Than a Hug Cake 

I’ll make a “Cupcake Tower” out of these little Dirt pots…so cute! I found really cute ones at Pat Catans that are pink, orange and yellow. So excited about this! lol. 

Rainbow birthday party

And of course a candy buffet! My sweet cousin Jen helped me replicate this one above! Thank you SO much Jen!!!

We are adding these adorable Pink Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows {My neighbor Julie is making these for me- Thank you Julie!!!}  

White flowers, lemons, mason jars. 

I’ve ordered these flowers and bought a bunch of lemons today to make these centerpieces! I have the vases already {$1 each at Marcs}

Here’s what I gone done today:

A shout out to my fav meal ministry store GFS! Food in bulk, wohoo!

One packed Swaggar Waggon!

SOOOO Thankful for our SPARE refrigerator!!!!!

 I didn’t take a photo of my dining room, but should have…it is just as packed with all the non-refrigerated items and decorations. It’s a sign of fun and fellowship in the making! 

Do you know what I think of all of this? That It’s all one huge blessing.

Why, you ask? Because I am needed…God has qualified me even though I am not qualified on my own. It’s a beautiful ministry and I am overjoyed to be a part of it!

I’ll be baaaack to show you the finished result after the show!

P.S. Thank you to my sweet neighbor Heidi who watched my 3 year old today so I could get this accomplished. What a blessing!!!!!    



  1. This is so great! Praise the Lord!

  2. Oh wow that is just awesome and exciting. Can’t wait to see the finished result!!


  3. That is such a great ministry by the sounds of it, and how wonderful you are using your talents that God gave you to help others! Looks like a yummy menu, and I adore those grape Caterpillar, how cute! Blessings on all of your cooking for the event!


  4. Everything looks wonderful! Love those grape caterpillars! Too cute! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow! Everything looks so great~what a wonderful time all the ladies and little ladies are going to have. Love what you said that you saw when you looked around and saw everything all stacked up. You saw it as a blessing and it is. I was looking at my very busy and pretty messy kitchen the other day while cooking for my 7 plus another family and I saw the same thing; a blessing. Thank you Jesus for giving me the ability to do this! Such an honor and joy! Bless you for all that you do to glorify our Lord!

  6. Hi- Does Beautified have a website? I’d love to find one in my area! Sounds like so much fun!

  7. All of these recipes look so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. I really want to try the ham sandwiches, mac and cheese and the strawberry salad! 🙂

  8. Hi Janelle. I am new to your blog. I love how you encourage ladies to cook, the importance of cooking . Sharing a meal around the family table is so very important. We find out much about each other eating dinner together as a family. Scripture reading and prayer at the table is such an important part of our day. The recipes you share are easy to prepare and look delicious. thank you for sharing.
    blessings to you.

  9. Janelle, you are just the most beautiful person inside and out! You did an amazing job at putting this all together;) everything looks perfect and BEAUTIFIED!! Hugs and Kisses!!xoxo


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