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Every year a small group of gals from my church and I get together for a GALentine’s Day Brunch! It’s a chance to catch up, and show LOVE to one another.

In the spirit of LOVE and celebration, I choose a woman to shine a spotlight on! Last celebration, my sister was launching her new cookbook, so we featured her book, and each girl got to go home with a copy (along with a little seasonal Starbucks mug from me!)…


This year, there were so many exciting celebrations…each girl was truly celebrating something (from new books, to babies– from milestones ministry to milestones in business..yes, my friends truly are THAT awesome!) So we celebrated our collective group of amazing women! I was thinking it would be cool for each of us to nominate a woman for next year?


Here are the details of the day! Starting first with the flowers…last year I did a red and gold theme…so I went with hot pinks, and metallics! These were from Olive and Cocoa!


Sadly, they only last a few days…

But I did splurge on some fun ones for my counter that last a year, from Le Fleur!


Here is how we set the table! Day shot:


Evening shot:


If you follow my Fun & Entertainment tab here…you know I keep things simple with paper settings. While I have GORGEOUS dishes…the joy of entertaining for me, is enjoying the people I am with! So I find no shame in setting out paper, throwing it away, and enjoying our time together (no dish duty!)


I’ve found great sources for cute paper items! And when in doubt, check Etsy!


Each event I give favors…I couldn’t decide between the cute water tumbler or coffee cup from Starbucks, so I chose both….since there was a very small group of gals! I washed them…and filled the cups with ice water, and the mugs were left empty for them to fill at the coffee & cocoa bar!


The coffee and cocoa bar included heart shaped marshmallows, flavored stevia sweeteners, cream and whipped cream, and pretty pink and red sprinkles!


We had “CHAI Like You A Lot” tea, as well as cute honey stirring spoons!


On the opposite side of the counter we had a Mimosa Bar…with their choice of Champagne or Fresca (for the preggers and nursing!) They could top it off with flavored juices!


Juice flavors were orange, grapefruit, and a fruit mix…but you could choose any flavor you like!


I love these mini glitter bottles from One Hope, as there is a really good mission and story behind them!


Of course, served with cute cocktail napkins too!


On the menu for brunch was…

A greek yogurt bar, with various organic berries, nuts for toppings, and organic granolas for garnish!


I had hard boiled eggs, and kale salad…and for the main course, my sister Katie (Dashing Dish) made a vegetable Frittata from her cookbook!


Sounds healthy, huh? Well don’t you worry…I served up some “SWEET hearts” from LA’s Cake Monkey for dessert! (and of course the girls could bring them home to their kiddos!)


All in all, a great time was had by all! And I do plan on continuing the tradition of showing this group of gals LOVE!

Have you hosted a GALentine’s brunch for your friends or team? It’s not too late to get a date on the calendar…



Gabriel had fun too…he even dressed for the occasion! X’s and O’s on his little shoes…a shirt that said “Kisses= 25 cents!” Well, you better believe I started building up his piggy bank with lots of smooches!


On Mother’s Day this year, I found out I was going to be an aunt!  “Grammie” sure is blessed…as she found out last year on Mother’s Day that I was pregnant with her first grandbaby! It was so sweet…my sister took our son Gabriel in another room to “play” during our Mother’s Day gathering with my mom…and when she came back to the room, check out what he was wearing to share the news…

Only Grandchild Expiring!

And guess what is even greater news??? Baby Yost is due around Christmas too (just like Gabriel was!) Cousins! One year apart! Isn’t this amazing news?

I immediately offered to host a “gender reveal” party for my sister and brother-in-law. If you’ve never heard of these before, it’s a newer concept to me too! Basically, you get your gender scan, and wait to open it up in front of your closest friends and family. Together, you all find out the sex of the baby at the same time! Emily and Brett would find out in July!

Firework Gender Reveal Invitation

Since Brett and Emily would have Baby Yost’s gender scan in July, we decided on a patriotic theme–but instead of Red, White & Blue…we would ask people…Blue, (White), Pink? What do YOU Think? He or She? What Will Baby Yost Be? Guests had to show up wearing the color that guessed the gender of the baby! Can you believe my sister waited until this day to open up the results of the scan?!


On the menu was a dessert bar, or as we called it “Emily’s Cravings Bar”! We chose to stick with sweets since it was later in the evening to showcase the fireworks. We did a sundae bar, popcorn bar, and s’mores bar…that included many sweet treats to top off their snacks!






People brought gifts for each gender (one boy gift, and one girl gift–or a gender neutral gift!) You could always return the other once you found out it was a girl or boy! I had so much fun finding the “perfect diaper bag” that I stocked up with all of the essentials, that they could throw in the car for their trip home from the hospital! Here is what it included….

Stain stick & sanitizer, diaper cream & diapers, wipes & wash bag, bibs & bags for diapers, pacifier & pacifier clips, blankets & burp rags, bottles & bottle holders, cover-up for nursing & clothes, diapers & a diaper bag, and of course–a toy for baby & a cute Tory Burch bag for mama! G got his cousin a gift too–teal and pink (since we didn’t know boy or girl)…a little “Rockin Robbin” baby toy from our little Robbins!


We headed outside for the big reveal of baby Yost! Pop! Pop! Pop! The firework was…BLUE!

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Can you believe it?! I am going to have a nephew…and G is going to have a cousin exactly one year apart! We are all so very excited! Congratulations Brett and Em!


OH BOY! It’s a…


We can’t wait to meet our little nephew (and G’s new cousin/bestie) around Christmastime!

Here’s more pictures and details from the special day…

(*feel free to click on any pics if you desire to view them bigger to check out details!)…

PS. if you missed my gender reveal last year, you can view it by clicking here!

XO, Sarah

Credit where credit is due: Food by my little sister, the super famous Dashing Dish. Pro pics by my sister’s bestie Dayna Mae Photography (along with a few amateur ones taken by me, scattered in!) And to the cute parents Brett and Em who are making us all another beautiful baby to celebrate!