Book Release Party at The Nest

Y’all it was wonderful.  If you’ve been hiding/living/digging/making crafts under a rock and somehow missed my nonstop talking and obsessing, the short version is my baby sister wrote a book Grace for the Good Girl and Mom and  I threw her a big party and invited everyone to come celebrate.  And they did and we did.

This post is gonna be all photos, most of them from my sister’s camera because I do two things at a party without fail: sweat and forget to take pictures.  So get your fingernail clippers and Depends ready because you are gonna be here awhile.   Tomorrow, I’m hosting a giveaway of something I’ve wanted to have for years and finally FINALLY got my hands on some, Wednesday we are going to be discussing 31 days and Thursday, I’ll tell you anything you want to know about the bookish decor.

I stole this photo from Angela

he’s totally asleep

Thanks to the men for putting up with us and saying kind things like “the table looks pretty” and “what a fun party” even though they were the only men there.

my husband looks so mean in this picture.  he is not mean.

And thanks to Melissa from Events by Design–a friend of Emily’s and mine who offered to help and didn’t mind cupping her hands and making announcements to a crowd {I vow to never do that, it’s not in my genetic make up} she also brought some pretty book page decor that I’ll tell you more about on Thursday.  Melissa was the eyes and ears of the party, it makes it easier on the hostess to have someone like her around, she restocked books and food and came early to help set up.

And look at our adorable our front desk welcome committee.  She has the perfect personality to greet everyone and make them feel at home.

And Mom worked her little tail off baking cupcakes, scrubbing my house and toting me around when I had a flat tire.

Oh yeah, and BIG thanks to Emily who wrote the book that is changing lives. Grace for the Good Girl.  It could have an alternate title of Grace for the Girl Who Thinks the Goal is to be Good.  Or Grace for the Girl who Wishes She Were Good.  Or Grace for the Bad Girl Who Feels Guilty.  Or simply Grace for the Girl because really it applies to all of us, even people like me who don’t nesssicarily categorize ourselves as good girl.  Or Grace for People because really, even men are reading it.

Read all the reviews here and then go change your Depends and clip your fingernails.  Big Huge Amazing, Mouthwatering Life Altering Giveaway coming tomorrow.


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  1. I didn’t get a photo of the food!! But I think Angela did, click on her name where I said I stole her photo xo

    • Uh-oh, and the food was so pretty! That’s ok, the pics were sweet : ). Thanks for posting!! Great day.

    • i’ve got some if you want them!!

    • Hi, I read Angela’s blog from time to time and noticed she spoke of you often. Being the peppy fun gal she is I decided to hop over to your blog (not sure if hop is the right lingo)? I am not computer savvy. Anyhow I am so inspired by your perspectives on life and how you can be transparent with even your goof ups, that makes you very approachable. I too live in Huntersville and would love to attend one of your fabulous party gatherings to create stuff. I hope that doesn’t sound desparate, I have a multitude of friends but want to get crafty and inspired. I also appreciate your boldness to speak about your faith.

  2. Hello party girl! Believe it or not, it was my husband who sent me the link to your blog about the secrets to thrifting about a month ago and now I am eagerly following you and your liberating attitude towards life and the endless flow of surprises it has in stock. And this from Switzerland! You look so serene in your lovely pink party dress and that photo your ‘baby’ sister took of herself in the mirror is so genuine and calm. Sistas, you will have to give me your secret to your ‘zen attitude’ while hosting a party for so many people/girls. 100 points (no, make it 1000) to your husband and dad for hanging around. I know my husband and 2 sons would have abandoned ship at the first sight of more than ten girls at once… So even if your husband looks like a real tough guy in the photo, he must be really special and deserves all my respect. In the meantime I am counting my lucky stars for having discovered your upbeat blog. Take care and thanks for sharing so much. (sorry to say, but you are not a good girl… you are actually a great girl!

  3. Where is Emily’s dress from? I have a girlfriend who loves elephants and that dress is so cute!

  4. Nester,

    Love the photos from the party! And your house… always in awe of your decor… just beautiful! :) I am reading Emily’s book now, on my Kindle. It is WONDERFUL.

  5. love this post…
    love that you are truly celebrating your little sister and promoting her book and hosting a big party for her!

    LOVE your pink dress with those boots and that yellow bracelet….

    and LOVE all the decor for the party…can’t wait to hear all about how you pulled it off!

  6. I love seeing the love you put forth to make your sisters day so special!! Your details are beautiful!
    I’m off to download the book….bye for now. xo

  7. It looks like a wonderful book signing party. Your attention to detail is unbelieveable. It looks like it was a huge success!! Kathysue

  8. Nester and Emily, It was so great to see you all again. You both are so beautiful inside and out. I am so glad you posted pics of all the gorgeous decorations, I guess I was so busy drooling I forgot to take pictures. What a blessed day it was. The book is amazing! Everyone needs to be reading it. Thank you for the lovely afternoon. It was an honor to celebrate with you!

  9. What a wonderful everything. Wish I could have come.

  10. This may sound silly, but my chest literally ached on Saturday afternoon. I SO wanted to be there with you all–laughing and crying and celebrating all together. Seeing these photos makes me all the more wistful. I especially love the picture of Brenda with her two girls. My goodness, how proud she must be!

    I love you, love you, love you. I know I’m gushing, but it’s true. :)

  11. Nest week my church ladies will be starting this book as part of our monthly ladies meeting.

  12. Hosting a book party. Right up your alley. Everything looked great, you looked wonderful and I only see smiling faces in the pictures (well except for the one where your dear hubby is pretending to read). Congratulations on having such an awesome, smart and cute sister.

  13. jessica gardo says

    wish i could have been there! looked like so much fun!!! ;o) beautiful decor! excellent, blessed author! love, jessica

  14. I admire you!!!!

  15. I love the welcome sign above the door! How do the letters work? Is that cut fabric? The party looks fantastic and I can’t wait to read the book – I am a good girl.

  16. It was so much fun! AND I can’t believe I won a door prize…so exciting!! I started reading the book last night and stayed up to late cause IT IS SO GOOD!! You have one talented family:)

  17. Hi,
    What a pretty party! So special. Just wanted to let y’all know that I am doing an online study of Grace for the Good Girl if you want to join! Below is the link:


  18. I love, love, love yours and Emily’s outfits – especially the boots! WICKED!

    Also loved the various book page decor around your space!

    Looks like you guys had a fab time – love how you guys are as sisters–reminds me of my sis & !

  19. LOVE all the ideas for book pages! I made a book page wreath out of an “atlas” book from the dollar store for my boys airplane room and it turned out fab!

    Thanks for being awesome.


  20. For so many reasons I wish I could have been there. Only 2 hours from here!

    Looks like a super fun party.

    Can’t wait to read. :-)

  21. Wow, you have so much patience and craftiness inside of you. Wow.

  22. Looks like it was a great party :) Congrats on your book being published!

  23. Adorable! Great pictures! The Depends are soaked. Gotta go!

  24. I am so happy for your sister! I pray that her book is anointed and that it touches thousands of lives! her book touches thousands of lives. I wrote book, too and itbwill be released in two weeks! Have your fans check it out!

    God bless!

  25. the food was so pretty . The book is great

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