Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Sixteenth Birthday Party

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I wanted to share with you the idea of a Proverbs 31 birthday party. My parents had one for me when I turned sixteen, and the effects were far reaching.

Unbeknownst to me, each invited guest was to give me a gift based on one of the verses in Proverbs 31:10-31. Each gift was to be for my hopechest, and was to be saved for the future (for marriage if God so blessed me).

I still have the cards and gifts that were given to me ...

For example:
verse 15 "She also rises while it is yet night ..." I received a beautiful porcelain clock.
verse 16 "She considers a field and buys it..." I recieved a lovely couch throw with embroidered seed packets on it.
verse 18 "... her lamp does not go out by night." I received an elegant crystal lamp, and two pairs of candlesticks -- one brass and one crystal.
verse 21 "...for all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple." I received some absolutely lovely purple material and a sewing box.

These are just some of the things I received on that birthday. I also received a gorgeous apron, some cookbooks, vases, and even a set of dishes! It was such a surprise - I knew about the party but not the Proverbs 31/hopechest theme.

Everyone wrote out the verse that they were representing with their gift, and a note to me. These things are reflected all around my home today. People kept up with the theme for future gifts for me also.

When I got married, it was so exciting to take out each carefully wrapped item and show my husband the things I had saved for our future home. I also remember that when we had secured an apartment that we would live in, and my mom and I went to start cleaning and moving in, that I was able to decorate with table scarves, candles and doilies right away.

Do you have any memorable party ideas? If so, leave it in a comment or email me at joyousmommie@girlinside.com.


Anna Naomi said...

That sounds like a really good party idea! I'll have to keep that in mind, for a friend or one day daughter idea of a sweet sixteen party! I've thought of having a hopechest party myself, though my sixteenth birthday is already past.

Ella said...

What a lovely idea. I have already celebrated my "sweet sixteenth." However, I did receive a lovely hopechest made by my dad and brother. I will have to think of this for my daughter when I have one.

Bethany said...

My parents gave Elise and Abbie hope chests on their 16th birthday. Mine is next year and I am excited for it. I constantly think about filling it with special things I have already received. Some dishes from a sweet deceased friend. An old milkshake maker (a little strange but a treasure for me!). Sounds like you were well blessed on your sixteenth birthday!

Kathy at Sumballo said...

What an incredible idea! I wish I had another 16 yo daughter to try this on! But I will pass it on.

Tanya said...

This is such a great idea!! I'm tucking it away right now to use when Isabel turns sixteen. Only twelve years to go ... *pardon me while I wipe away a tear!*

Rebekah S. said...

Oh wow! What a neat idea! My 16th birthday is in July. I would love to have a party like that! I had never thought about that before, but that is such a neat idea! My grandfather will be making me a hopechest for my 16th birthday, so that sort of party would go perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

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