This is our first little festival (outside of Christmas and Easter) that we have incorporated into our family life, and I was pleasantly amazed by just how exciting the lead up to the big day actually was! There was definitely a festive vibe in the air and a very light and bright atmosphere around the house. I really appreciated the extra joy,activity and warmth that was facilitated by the creative spirit we all injected into the 'in breath' (or lead up) to our big day. My gorgeous family also got right into the spirit of what we were trying to achieve - it was just lovely! There were Faeries, a gnome, some pixies, the god of lightning and some cheery spring colours worn by those in the family who decided to remain human for the night, (hehe). There were many moments during the evening where I felt myself pausing and observing the positive energy that pervaded the surroundings. It was so easy to absorb this effortless overflowing of love and family spirit - just by being there and by being present. This, for me, is what it's all about and what we wanted to create for our little Aria.
These are some of the beautiful flowers that filled the house with their spring fragrance.
One of our spring stars, which we had hoped to see more of on our lantern walk...
Daddy's first ever bees wax carving of Persephone on our seasonal candle.
I was incredibly uplifted by the atmosphere of abundance we had all created together. Everyone contributed a dish and some spring produce/crafts (which were later divided up and given to each family unit in a special spring harvest basket to be reused each year).
The giving spirit of family for each to take home.
Spring wishes and inspirational quotes for all to read helped direct our focus to the seasonal theme of renewal and growth.
Our beachside lantern walk was transofmed into a rather exhilerating experience by the wind, thunder, lightning and rain. We all had to laugh as my Brother in law (to be) came dressed as the Chinese god of lightning. Boy did he show off! Those paper lanterns didn't stand a chance! He sure knew how to provide some spectacular scenery though!
We'll all look forward to what gifts our little Halloween festival will bring to us next year.