Wednesday, October 10, 2012

a bewitching kind of love


Question: What is a Box Club?

Answer:  An expression of a mother’s love

Box Club Membership requirements:

  • A group of busy Moms who have kids away at college
  • a desire to make a care-package filled with home-baked goodies and small toiletries for your college kid
  • a willingness to laugh and chat over a glass of wine and dinner before all the items are dumped on a big table and shared with everyone
  • a willingness to lovingly assemble all your goodies in a box so you can mail it as soon as possible to your son or daughter
  • an utter and complete desire to do all this for no other reason than making your college kid happy… because you’re a mother. And mothers never stop thinking of their kids, even when they’re miles away.


Last night was our monthly Box Club meeting. Kirsten hosted it and being the creative decorator that she is, we were all treated to an amazing Halloween dinner. She used a black tablecloth and make individual placemats from cheesecloth for everyone.


A flickering glitter pumpkin was at each place setting.



There were cobwebs and black candles… 


…and a bowl of eyeballs…


…and mischievous mice hanging from little bags of candy…


Will our big, hunky college-age sons notice all the sweet, little details?


Well, since they’re guys, probably not.

But we know they’ll smile when they open their boxes.

And they’ll tear through their home-baked goodies and eat happily away.

And later we’ll get text messages back

and we’ll hear what they liked and whom they shared with…


left to right: Pam, Tracey Kirsten, Julie, Lynne and Me—behind the camera.

And we’ll feel so darn happy.

Because mothering is a bewitching kind of love. It’s impossible to explain the sheer magnitude and intensity of the bond, and the incredible feeling that comes from knowing that our kids are happy.

It’s simply magical.


Don’t you agree?



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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Leslie, What a great idea and looks like fun. All the decorations are wonderful. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What a great idea! I send my daughter a box filled with semi healthy, Costco snacks. By the time they get to New York, I don't think homemade goodies would taste all that great. Or is it that I'm lazy? Hmmm...

Pam Kessler said...

I love your box club idea. When I was in college I LOVED getting boxes from home. Of course they weren't as cool as your Halloween box, but there was always a bag of Cheetos to brighten my day.

Mary @ Sea Quilts said...

I absolutely love your "cloches". Thanks for the idea ~ Mary

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

The Box club sounds like a wonderful way for ladies to get together and share. Everyone looks so happy. The tablescape is beautiful. I love the details, such as a lit pumpkin at each place. The bowl of eyeballs is cool. Perfect party. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower and Blog sister. I too, live in California.

Ladies Holiday said...

So spooky! I absolutely love your Halloween decor! Can't wait to see what you have in store for the holidays! Cheers!

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