Pastoral Receptions {Church Decor}

  Our church is currently going through the call process of trying to fulfill our Senior Pastor position.   They have narrowed it down to three and have planned upcoming congregational 
Pastoral Receptions welcoming the new prospects.

I was so excited when they asked me to decorate for the Pastoral Receptions.
and I was nervous…no trash to treasure stuff here guys…it has to be nice!
I love the way it all turned out!
The first of three receptions was last Saturday evening.   I met my new decorating partner, Susie, and the moment we started the planning process our ideas just meshed.  I felt like we had been decorating together for way longer than a week.  I was amazed at how our ideas and styles coincided and how easy it all came together!
The only suggestion that the coordinator had was to make it look a little “Texan” but not “Rodeo Go Texan” since the three prospects were from out of state. 
Susie and I immediately agreed that we wanted to go in the direction of a classy rustic vibe with burlap and iron pieces.  Of course we had to add some fall into the mix as well! We both shopped our homes and pooled our resources.
and made a pact not to tell our husbands that this was really our own personal decor.  Husbands don’t notice stuff like that in the house, but it looked like a TON when we had it all gathered together on the tables. 
And here is what it looked like at the first reception.
I promise there was plenty of room for the food!
I was so honored at the compliments that Susie and I received and felt like I was blushing the entire night.  My husband even overheard some ladies complimenting “the girl that drags stuff off of the curb and makes it prettier, hey she even blogs about it!”  “It looks like a Southern Living Catalog!”
They had no idea he was my husband, heehee!  Oh boy, I guess word has gotten around about my trashy reputation.  Maybe this will convince them that there’s a classier side to me as well.  
Other attendees commented that it “felt like home” and “made them think of Thanksgiving”
I was pleased. 
I was pleased with the evening.
I was pleased with the decor. 
I was pleased about meeting a new friend that shared some of the same passions that I have. 
I was pleased that our church is finally in the position to faithfully take the leap in hiring a new pastor.
It melted my heart that Butterfly helped us, since she is growing up way too fast! *sigh
All around it was a great weekend!
I can’t close out this post without mentioning that it was a good excuse for me to finally make my own candles using inspiration from my blog friend Shenita, of Embellishments by SLR.  She has a talent for “embellishing” beautiful home decor items.
You can see hers HERE
I was shocked at how great they turned out! 
Definitely looking forward to the next two Pastoral Receptions and super excited to where God leads our church on this journey!
Thanks for letting me share this with you. 
Happy Treasure Hunting! 
TDC Before and After


  1. Allyson Pecilunas

    Tami, everything looks beautiful!! You guys did an amazing job! I am in love with everything. So pretty!

  2. Maria Elena

    Tami, congratulation on a job well done! Everything looks beautiful!!!

  3. chillin with Quillin

    congrats, everything looks awesome!!!!

  4. Laura @ Our Prairie Home

    Super pretty! Y'all did a fabulous job! Everything looks beautiful!!

  5. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR

    Tami, these turned out great!! Love all of the decor! Thanks for the "shout out"…even though it REALLY wasn't necessary! You and your decorating partner did a FABULOUS job!

  6. Diane Higdon

    Great job, you should have a pat on the back for this. 🙂

  7. Rita

    This reminds me of Hobby Lobby and all the stuff I want to buy from there!! Looks beautiful and I bet they were AMAZED!

  8. Honey at 2805

    Very pretty! I always appreciate the inspiration you share at Potpourri Friday!

  9. Stacie @ Flourish With a Vintage Flair

    The reception table looked FABULOUS!!! Well done! We went through the call process for a new pastor a few years ago, and it is stressful on so many layers! Job well done! I am a new follower of your blog and invite you to join mine as well, would love to see you there!

  10. Sharon @ mrshinesclass

    Looks beautiful, Tami. What an honor to get to decorate for this occasion. I'm glad that it was so rewarding for you. You deserve it!


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