I Hope You Dance

Since the moment my daughter, Anabelle, was born, the song “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack has held a special place in my heart {and in her baby book!}. The lyrics encompass my dreams for her life as she grows up and my hopes that she will live life to the fullest, regardless of the hardships or road blocks she may encounter. I want her to take chances and strive for happiness, as I am with my current venture, and I could and would not be doing so without the encouragement of my loving parents and family. My mother is an endless fountain of support and while crafting is not a gene I got from her, she will always be at my side, cutting and gluing her heart away. My father got me my first Wilton decorating tips and has always encouraged me to “have fun” throughout my life, whether I was heading out to take a test, going to a party or leaving for college, and I will never forget that. I recall a conversation we had where, as he reminisced over the good old days, he mentioned one of his few regrets was not having danced more. As Anabelle prepares to start kindergarten in a couple of weeks, I wanted to commemorate the first of many milestones with a celebration that would not only excite her for the embarkation of her new adventure, but also inspire her with the confidence that her own parents will always support her with the constant hope that I pray she will never forget: to dance.

I was thrilled when the party debuted in the Fall 2012 issue of Bird’s Party Magazine and it was Bird’s Party herself that created the stunning graphics and printables and brought my vision to life so beautifully! I wanted a soft, romantic feel, with an infusion of natural and musical aspects, along with a touch of sparkle! The beach setting was chosen to play upon the lyric “I hope you still feel small beside the ocean”, symbolizing the humility and gratitude I hope she maintains, as she follows her dreams. The desserts were simple and represented the overall theme or specific lyrics in the song. A small notebook was set aside in which hopes and wishes for Anabelle could be written and glittered cones with edible favors were set aside to be taken home.

I have conflicting feelings as my baby girl heads off to kindergarten, with which I am sure many parents can relate: excitement, fear, happiness, sadness… and though there will be countless events to come that will cause the same and even deeper emotions, my wish will always be the same…

I Hope You Dance
“I Hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I  hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance.
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’,
Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’,
Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance.”
~performed by Lee Ann Womack and written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers


Merci Beaucoup!

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  1. So beautfiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. gorgeous! Que filhota mis linda!

  3. Beautiful party, but even more beautiful is the sweet sentiments and encouragement you are giving to your sweet little girl as she starts a new adventure!

  4. Anonymous says:

    this is absolute perfection I love it soo much…onto the pin board! lol

  5. that is just beautiful! I love it and that song (and you)!!

  6. Pretty sure I am not supposed to get teary when I read about a dessert table. Of all your designs I think this is the most beautiful, and love the concept.

  7. Lynlee, I’m speechless. Everything is absolutely gorgeous!! XoXo

  8. It is too early for me to be crying…but this really touched my heart and I can relate to everything you wrote. This is why I adore you my sweet friend. Love Anabelle, she is a beautiful child inside and out, I have not doubt in my mind that she will always shine, just like her mama. Gorgeous party and concept.

  9. Lynlee, this is beautiful, the words and your set-up. You totally made me tear up! I love this song and no lie, I get choked up every time I hear it. I love the softness of it all!

  10. So pretty and so much gorgeous detail.

  11. you are so blessed to have such WONDERFUL parents and so is your daughter for having you as your mom. BEAUTIFUL work!!!! And pic of her dancing on the beach… sniff sniff xoxoxox

  12. This is absolutely lovely and I know just how you feel!

  13. girl you brought tears to my eyes! Just beautiful…your words…your daughter…your party…everything :)

  14. Gorgeous!!

  15. Love the colors and everything about it!

  16. What a fabulous post. Party isnpiration can be found anywhere and it is so touching that that song inspired this party. Your daughter will never forget and will love you even more for it as she grows into a beautiful confident woman. Amazing party :)

  17. here I am crying over your beautiful post..can you tell I just sent my daughter to pre-k????

  18. I’m with Staci– in tears. Sending my little man into the world on Kindergarten soon. I have so many conflicting feelings about it as well as wishes, and things that I hope he carries with him from the very special time we’ve had together over the past 6 years. Such a beautiful party and even more special after reading this post. You are one talented, thoughtful, great momma.

    • Oh, Jenny! Thank you so much for the sweet words, friend! It’s so nice to be able to relate to moms and parents in the same situation and know that I’m not alone in these feelings! Sending lots of love! ♥

  19. This is so lovely and I too have a lil girl off to kinder. I absolutely love the aqua blue and silver color combo as well, one of my favorites. I enjoyed reading your post. You have amazing talent and your details were so sweet. So excited to find you.

  20. This is so beautiful Lynlee… especially now that I’ve had a chance to meet your charming and sweet little girl. I know I’m late to reply per usual, but I hope all goes well with the big day. xo

  21. Wow Lynlee!! The talent and creativity you possess is unreal!! Your daughter is just precious! I have always loved this song, and what a beautiful way to use this song to make some memories that will last a lifetime! I am so happy that I found your blog!! I also love, love your name~how cute!

  22. ADORABLE! Love your Banner! <3

  23. Having become a mother just 6 months ago, this post truly resonated with me. Everything is just STUNNING. Made me tear up.

  24. Oh my gosh this party is so lovely. You chose such an awesome song to base it on. I wish the same thing for my little girl..

    love the crepe paper ribbons

  25. love this post! I was wondering how you put that silver look to the top of the mason jars you put the cotton candy in! Looking to do something similar for my daughters sweet 16! But can’t figure out what that is on top of the jars! Thanks!

    • Lynlee says:

      Hi Kim! I utilized silver glitter, but if you do that, you have to make sure food doesn’t touch it! They also have “edible” glitter that you might also try. Hope this helps! :)


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