Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday ~ Autumn Barn Dance

So much fun! 

Those are some adjectives that I think of when I look back on last night, which was the much-anticipated First Annual Autumn Barn Dance!

For the past few weeks, our neighbors and us (we share two homes on the same several acre plot, also go to the same church, and are basically consider each other honorary family members) have been been planning, scheming, preparing and finally decorating for this grand event. Our church (or rather, for me, my old church as I am going to a different church as of this past year, but still consider it partially my home-church) is really big into English country dances (such as virginia reels, circle dances, line dances, waltzes, etc). I eagerly took on the role of "chief decorator," but of course, had much-needed input from everyone. Decorating, especially decorating using ambiance, is my specialty and passion. Everyone worked SO hard to get our back property turned into an evening autumn paradise...and truly, the finished result for all of us was indeed breathtaking!! With the lights all lit and the bluegras music a'pipin,' it was a barn dance to remember. :)

It was hard to tear myself away from the dances and the socializing to take pictures, but I knew I had to immortalize the marvelous evening. Because all the lighting was ambiance: white lights, candles, lanterns, etc, the pictures picked up a very hard reddish glare, but trust was warm white ambiance to perfection!

{I LOVE decorating!}

{putting up the bunting, one of my favorite decorating tools}

{KJ was my right hand woman for tying up the cornstalks}
 {my brothers and hon. brother putting putting up the Confederate flag (we're reenactors to the core!}

 {BEFORE - with the lights up}


{and AFTER dark!!}

{my siblings and I ready to dance}

 {the dances!}

Now, everything has been taken down and the barn has been returned to it's normal empty state (although WAY cleaner now that it's ever been!). Our Autumn Barn Dance has been dubbed an annual event and now a Spring Barn Dance has been added to the schedule. It was so much fun!!


  1. This looks like SOOO much fun!! oh my gosh, I totally want to do this someday!

  2. GREAT JOB on the decor! Looks so beautful. I love the old town feel of the pictures. So sweet :) Wish I could have been there. Although you might have found me behind a camera lense instead of on the dance floor...haha.

  3. Looks fantastic! My family put on on civil war dances for a few years and I know we always had a blast!!!

  4. Oh I'm so jealous! This looks like SUCH a fun time! It looked gorgeous, too!

    1. I'd love to "write letters" back & forth with you, via email, if you're game. ;) I've really enjoyed bouncing back & forth between our blogs & commenting. In short--I think we should be more than "bloggy friends". =D

  5. Wow! Nice job, Kellie - looks like you all had fun. :)

  6. I didn't know you were in charge of decorating. The ambience was PERFECT. Could not have been improved on! (Ok, MAYBE a live band could have made it even better but I'm not ever sure of that.) The decor embodied autumn and the event was wonderful! Thanks for the pix!


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