Last Friday we had our 5 year anniversary party! Arthur Jung came to document the night with his film skills, really love how it turned out - he captured all the fun stations and entertainment we had. Be sure to follow him on instagram too.
Planning for a party is some serious high-level stress. In past events I've done or helped friends with, I get super stressed and I wear my emotions easily. This event I was determined to not let the stress get to me and turn me into crazy-danni. Early on in the week I had a chat with Nick that it was going to be a stressful week and I may freak out but I didn't want to take any of that out on him. I think that really helped set the tone for the week and I can proudly and thankfully say I didn't stress out hardly at all especially on the day of, which I usually am the most stressed. Thankful because the Lord helped me through the week and I give all glory to Him because I wouldn't have been able to get through it on my own. I was so grateful and humbled to have so many wonderful friends helping out the day of (thank you Rebecca+Michael, Sunny, Ashley, Katie, and my Aunt Irene who baked 150+ tea cakes & cookies for the party!)
Nick said it felt like setting up for a wedding ;) We had a ton of people come out, I'd say around 250 or so. We gave out 200 swag-bags and the lines were long but I think everyone had an all around good time. We raised $800 for Zoe International, will do a post on that later.
Anyway, if you're like me and get stressed out for things like this, I recommend just prepping your mind for the week. Set realistic expectations and map out everything that needs to be done. I am a big procrastinator too which does not help with the whole stress-thing ;) I just made a lot of lists and had a lot of great support.