Friday, April 27, 2012

Prom Substitute and Party Punch

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When our two girls were about to graduate from High School, our Church Denomination who did not approve of dancing decided to provide an alternate celebration for all those who wanted a very nice graduation party.

Our district churches were all participating and it was to be held at the municipal auditorium. A lovely dinner would be served and there would follow a comedian, some music, magic and other fun entertainment.

Our youth pastor encouraged the boys to select a date from the girls of the church and escort them to the party. The Pastor’s daughter was without a date, so our girls bugged me to ask our son Steve, if he would please invite her to the party. At first he refused, and was not too happy - - but finally he agreed to call her on the phone and invite her.

When she answered, and he asked, and she replied, “That sounds like fun and I would love to go.”

Our excited girls went shopping for new dresses, and I purchased some replica (fake) rabbit fur stoles for glamour. The boys rented tuxedos and they were all decked out so beautifully.

Steven being the oldest was to drive our van, so the group piled into the van and off they went.

When the party was over, the kids decided to drive across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco and walk along Fisherman’s Wharf. The night was cool with a large full moon and they were all joking and laughing while having an enormously good time.

Soon they came across a man who appeared to be a bit tipsy and was having trouble walking straight, so our son Steve helped him steady himself. The man opened his wallet and handed Steve a ten dollar bill.

“Thanks,” Steve said, “I appreciate it, but it is not necessary.” The man insisted so Steve accepted it. One of the boys suggested they better buy some gas with the money so they did.

Midnight was the promised time to return the van, and the laughter and fun continued all the way back to town and as they delivered each child safely to their homes. As the girls returned into our home they all wanted to talk at once and tell us what an exciting evening it turned out to be. Steve being more serious departed to his room and to bed.

These were all good kids from our church and this entire event was a wonderful experience with some good memories.

Better than the prom? - - Yes, they all agreed.

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If you are hosting your own party, may I submit the perfect party Punch?

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Luscious Slush Punch from All
Submitted by Valerie Lynne for that special occasion

Original Recipe Yields 50 (4 ounce) servings

• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 6 cups water
• 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin mix
• 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
• 2/3 cup lemon juice
• 1 quart orange juice
• 2 (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage


1. Bring the sugar, water, and strawberry flavored gelatin to a boil in a large saucepan; boil for 3 minutes. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and orange juice. Divide mixture into 2 separate containers and freeze.

2. Combine the contents of 1 container with 1 bottle of the lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage in a punch bowl; stir until slushy. Repeat with remaining portions as needed.

This post is Linked with Laura’s Faith Filled Friday
And with Ann Kroeker’s Food on Fridays


  1. What an obedient son. He honored you and your husband. I appreciate the ones who are strong in their convictions and go their own way, they show the strength of God in leadership.

  2. Oh, wonderful! I love hearing about an alternative that everyone enjoyed--bravo! And thank you very much for the punch recipe. Next year, our daughter graduates high school. I'll be making punch. Now I can make the perfect punch! :)

  3. Hazel I love stopping by and hearing the extra side bits of your life. Beautiful insights that always make me smile. Thank you!

  4. What a blessed fun time. And what a blessing you and yours were for preparing, driving, doing more and more. A real treat to read this.


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