Last summer Cassia turned 16 years old.  We always have a "Sweet 16 Hope Chest" party for each of us girls as we’ve turned sixteen, and Cassia just recently had hers this past February.   We are such slowpokes sometimes about posting things when they happen, so this is a little late, but we thought you’d enjoy it anyhow!


      Here is a very small glimpse of the preparation part…there was lots more going on, but at least you can see part of it!


      Cassia and I were working on the party favors…little gift bags full of milk chocolate, caramel, and almond kisses πŸ™‚




Cassia made these shortbread cookies, and they were the BEST! 


We had four tables set up out in our sunroom…this shows some of the decorating we did to them πŸ™‚



      Do you notice a theme here?!  Cassia loves all things patriotic!  Leah and I went to the dollar store and found some red and white candles to put in pint-sized canning jars and some of the girls had some ivy and it really helped to dress up the tables!



Yummy pinwheels…


…and delicious homemade fudge!



The Menu

Ham & Cheese Sandwiches


Caesar’s Salad

Classic Cream Scones

Shortbread Cookies

Raspberry or Peppermint Fudge

Raspberry Ice Cream Dessert

Tea (or hot chocolate!)




After we ate, it was time to play games πŸ™‚ 


Here is the first game…you want to play, too?!  Susannah and Anna had fun writing this out πŸ™‚


How Well Do You Know Cassia?


Question 1.Which one of these people (from the past) would she want to meet?

  1.       George Washington
  2.        Zisternenshop von Regenspeicher Zisternen
  3.        Martha Washington
  4.        Ulysses Grant
  5.        Queen Victoria

Q.2. What is her favorite color?

  1.      Orange
  2.      Green
  3.      Pink
  4.      Blue
  5.       Red


Q.3. Which does she like best?

  1.        Tea
  2.        Coffee


Q.4.What is her favorite animal?

  1.        Monkey
  2.        Birds
  3.        Horse
  4.        Cat
  5.        Dog
  6.        Goat
  7.        Giraffe


Q.5. Which is her favorite instrument?

  1.        Cello
  2.        Piano
  3.        Electric guitar
  4.        Violin
  5.        Flute
  6.        Drums


Q.6. Would she rather go on a long traveling vacation or ride horses?

  1.        Ride horses
  2.        Go on a long traveling vacation


Q.7. Which of these 4 places does she want to visit?

  1.        Rome Italy
  2.        Albany Georgia
  3.        Salt Lake City, Utah
  4.        LA California


Q.8. Which of these would she prefer?

  1.        Skiing
  2.        Sky Diving
  3.        Boating
  4.        Swimming
  5.        Playing golf
  6.       Playing games on a cell phone


Q.9. What is her favorite food?

  1.        Shrimp
  2.      Pizza
  3.      Spaghetti
  4.       Meatloaf
  5.        Fish
  6.       Caviar
  7.        Chicken liver
  8.        Chocolate chips and peanut butter on a graham cracker
  9.        Oranges


 Q.10. If she had two hours to do whatever she wanted to do, what would she pick?

  1.        Get on the computer
  2.        Read
  3.        Sew
  4.        Take a nap
  5.        School
  6.        Milk goats
  7.        Fix clocks
  8.        Take pictures
  9.        Eat
  10.        Polish Shoes
  11.        Clean out her closet
  12.        Staple papers together
  13.        Draw


Q.11. Which of these needlecrafts does she prefer?

  1.        Crocheting
  2.        Knitting
  3.     Cross stitch
  4.        Tatting



Q.12. Which of these payment methods would she prefer?

  1.        Going through a regular checkout
  2.        Going through a self checkout
  3.        Not paying at all πŸ™‚


   Some other games we played were Pictionary Telephone, and a get-to-know-each-other game : )  My most favorite game of all came after the gifts…but I’ll tell you about that later!

     When we were all done with the games, Cassia opened her gifts.  Everyone had such good gift ideas and she got many pretty things…everything from doilies to aprons to a few dishes for her hope chest!


     Hannah Dixon and I got to sit beside Cassia…we were the people who wrote down who gave her what gift  



    This book is absolutely amazing!  Leah made Cassia a homemaking book with sections for cleaning, recipes, gardening, etc!  To see more pictures of how she made it, go HERE to the post she did for Feelin’ Feminine a while back πŸ™‚


      After the gifts were opened, Jocelyn and Rachel Dixon taught us girls the Virginia Reel,  and Leah was kind enough to fiddle for us as we danced πŸ™‚ It was SO much fun!   Leah said that she saw the bookcases swaying while we were jumping around in there, and do you notice the unhooked curtain rod in the background?!  We didn’t even realize that it happened until we were done dancing, and we still aren’t sure how it happened!  We must have been making the whole room bounce!  We have some videos of some of us dancing with the Dixon’s at another time…but that’s for another post!!!


     Our last guests to leave were the Dixons…before they left, though, we got a picture of all us girls together πŸ™‚ 


And so ended a most splendid birthday party!

Happy Sweet 16 Cassia!




Answers to "How Well Do You Know Cassia?"

  1. George Washington
  2. Blue
  3. Coffee
  4. Horse
  5. Piano
  6. Go on a long traveling vacation
  7. Albany, Georgia (the makers of Fireproof are from there, and she LOVES Fireproof!)
  8. Swimming
  9. Pizza
  10. Get on the computer
  11. Knitting
  12. Self-Checkout….the "not paying at all" option was Anna’s idea

The person who got the most right was Hannah Dixon…she had 9 of them right πŸ˜€  How did you do?!

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11 thoughts on “Sweet Sixteen

  • March 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    That sounds like alot of fun!!! You guys, (or should it gals) come up with so many great ideas! I didn't really guess on the quiz cause I knew I would probaly get them all wrong…but I did guess her favorite color and thought it was orange! :p dumb me. πŸ™‚ That fudge looks DELICOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just wanted to sink my jaws into that fudge, but sadly, it's ALL GONE!!!!! =(



    Yes! It was VERY good! But you're right…it's been gone for a while πŸ™


    Edited by farmgirls on Mar. 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM

  • March 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    oh i relized i'm the first commenter!! πŸ™‚

  • March 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I am so impressed with your sweet sixteen party! I lead a Bible study of girls ages 8-15. Our plan is to "graduate them out at age 15 with a hope chest as a gift. You have given me some wonderful ideas!

  • March 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Hello, girls!

    What wonderful pictures!!! Thanks so much for sharing- I wish we could've stopped by to visit you when we were down in IN on Tuesday. πŸ™


  • March 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I loved going to the Party! I was very happy to win! Thank you for posting some memories!

    LOVE YOU! Hope to see you again!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :)) πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜› :O!!!!! :))!


    Miss Hannah

  • March 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

    what was the prize for the "how well do you now Cassia"?


    They were able to choose either a homemade doily, or a beeswax candle : )


    Edited by farmgirls on Mar. 19, 2010 at 7:45 AM

  • March 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Looks like you all had a lot of fun. =)



  • March 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Oh, what fun!!!!! How I wish I could have been there!!!! πŸ™‚ Internet for me has been sketchy of late so it was nice to come on and see so many posts I had to catch up on!!!! πŸ™‚

    Hugs to all!

    Kelley A.

  • March 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Loved the party! You girls are so good at stuff like that! Thanks for posting:) It was fun to see what ya'll did after I left:) πŸ˜€

    Much love and a hug!

    ~TN-L-A-M-GT πŸ˜€

  • March 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, Cassia!

    I enjoyed seeing all of the lovely photos!

    Also, I enjoyed seeing all of the aprons in the background of the first picture…simply lovely!

    What beautiful tables, favors, menu, games, presents, etc! What a nice hope chest birthday!

    May the Lord bless you, Cassia!

    Elizabeth (from JoyfulJewels4Jesus)

  • March 24, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Ha! I almost missed the camera…. jk.

    Glad we could come. That was a lot of fun. Glad we've been able to visit so often (even I don't ever get over to your blog!!! shame on me! lol). Love you all and so blessed by your friendship!


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