Square Dance Party, take 1

by Edie Wadsworth on May 27, 2011

It was a magical night…..

perfect weather, perfect spring night

and just the right amount of banjo music

and pulled pork BBQ!

There are so many things to love about a square dance

but one of the most appealing is that it’s just a big bundle of fun  for the whole family,

regardless of age or ability.

And all the girls in boots and sundresses just makes me smile.

I do think it’s the one activity in which

almost noone was texting and checking their phone.

Just good clean knee-slapping, sweat pouring fun.

You cannot do this activity without laughing.  A lot!


These kids and their friends and cousins had such a fun night together.

Andrew looks like a pro and NOONE outdanced my little Elea.

She was bringin’ it baby!

Doug and Cindy (Andrew and Morgan’s parents–and my good friends) seem to know a thing or two

about southern shindigs!

My brother in law, Mark, is one of those half empty kinda people.

He’s very high on my list of people I love and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.

But I’ve heard him say—-and I quote

“So why are we having ANOTHER square dance?”

My photographic evidence would show that he was having more fun

than ANYbody else.   He was fun to watch!

And this party simply would not have happened without my wonderful sister.

She made the pork (recipe later), brought nearly all the

heavy equipment, decorated, undecorated, told me to breathe,

danced all night long and then sat with me at midnight and

ate cake while we talked about the night’s happenings.

I’m so thankful!

And that’s their son and my handsome nephew Corey,

being such a good sport and dancing with

his cousins and sisters!   He’s so darn cute.

Think ‘Jacob’ from Twilight.

And this little square (full of cousins and siblings) kept getting all twisted up.

Everytime I turned around they were in a big tangle, laughing and

yelling at each other.  I don’t think they ever got through the last

dance without being in a 8 people pile up.

They were Hi-Larry-Us and provided much needed comic relief.

Mike Hoose, our awesome square dance caller, finally gave up on them too.

Marcus and Katilin got the hang of it pretty quick.   I was

so proud of Marcus, who was clearly out of his element.

He’s such a good sport and in general such a joy to be around!

Taylor is my first-born, compliant good-natured boy.

He’s almost always smiling and is THE most helpful person ever.

Always with the pleasant attitude to go along with it.

He did so much work for me that day.   Lifting, hanging, hauling, moving, driving!

I don’t know how I manage without him now that he’s away at college.

I miss him so much when he’s gone.

See, they’re tangled up again.

I’m not sure who’s to blame (could be Taylor and Corey?!)  but at least they’re still smiling.
Doesn’t it look like the most fun ever?  Well it was and I’ll be back soon with more.

Most importantly,  Caiti was so happy

and said it was her favorite party of all time!

Enjoy this little video and pay close attention to the cutie in the red hat!

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 C M May 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

What fun! Looks like such a great time, bet there were lots of sore stomach muscles from all the laughter.


2 Trina May 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

Good GOLLY, that looks like so much FUN!  It’s been years since I square-danced, but you got me thinkin’ this would be one great hoot-hollerin’ party to host.  And that last picture of Caiti is exceptionally beautiful.  It captures how she clearly felt about the day.  Good job, Mama!


3 Southern Gal May 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

There’s absolutely nothing like a good old fashioned square dance.  Looks like you pulled off (along with your sister) a great time for everyone.  Love those twinkling lights and paper lanterns. 

And that little gal in the red hat?  She knows what she’s doing!


4 Julie May 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

SO FUN!  Let me confess something… I love this idea so much and have decided to throw myself a SQUARE DANCE PARTY for my 30th birthday celebration :)  I don’t care so much about my age, but I want to celebrate my life… I finally feel like I’ve ARRIVED.  2 beautiful baby girls achieved that for me.  LOOK OUT September!  In the meantime, I’ll be searching for cowboy boots :)


5 Robyn Quintana May 30, 2011 at 3:14 am

I love your spirit, Julie!  You go girl.


6 Jerry Lenaburg May 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

So MUCH FUN!! My husbands family has a square dance once a year at the family reunion. We laugh and dance and laugh for hours. It’s just wonderful!!


7 alison May 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

such fun memories…i love a good hoe down and it looks like y’all do too!


8 KimmyDial May 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

How fun!  Glad everyone had a great time! I loved the video … thanks for sharing it! I’ve never been to a square dance :/  That needs to change :)


9 Maria May 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Fun fun fun! Can’t wait to see more!


10 Annie May 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Oh, everything looks so fun! And I love the picture of the girls’ cowboy boots… That one might be frame-worthy! :)


11 Ruth Emond May 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

It looks like so much fun. There aren’t many chances for square dancing here in the north. I love all the girls in their sundresses and boots. So cute. Your daughter looks so beautiful and happy in the last picture. Now Miss Edie, we need to see you and your partner square dancing. Will that be the next video? LOL



12 Midwest Magnolia May 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Oh wow, I totally want to have a throw down myself now.  Looks like such fun.  I also want all those pretty cowboy boots:)


13 Barbie Swihart May 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Wow, this really looks like fun!


14 Julie May 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Wowie Edie, how fun! And to think I’ve never square danced!!!
I’ll be anxiously awaiting that recipe!


15 tara May 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this special time with us!   It looks like sooooo much fun!  Congratulations Caiti!


16 Flower Patch Farmgirl May 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Ain’t nothing better than the post-party debrief over cake!

Big fun here, Edie.


17 Margaret May 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

So so so fun !!
We don’t square-dance in Scotland, but we do CEILIDH !!! I am currently teaching my class of 7 yr olds the Orcadian Strip the Willow dance and they are LOVIN’ it. You have your (v cute) cowboy boots – we have men in swingin’ kilts…… Yee HAW !!!!


18 Kristy May 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Wow, what a great celebration!  What a great mom you are to give such a special memory to your daughter.  This almost makes me wish I had a little “country” in me.  Almost.:)


19 Rhonda May 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thanks Edie!   You are a woman of your word! ;-0  Those pictures were fantastic!!!


20 Joy Ellis May 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

What a fun idea!  Looks like everyone had a blast!  


21 {darlene} May 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

are you kidding me???? THAT LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I am laughing and smiling right along with you. Caiti, I am SO glad your day was wonderful and filled with joy and LAUGHTER {the best!}. Great pics, edie.
hmmmm… I am thinking those cowboy boots need a frame and a spot in your new home!


22 Carin May 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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23 Pamela K. May 29, 2011 at 2:56 am

The last time I square danced was in seventh grade gym class.  Many, many moons ago.  That looks like so much fun!  I wish we had a “caller” in this neck of the woods.  I think everyone would enjoy it!  Thanks for sharing! :-)


24 Tarahlowry May 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

love this post….I’ve enjoyed going back and reading all that I’ve missed while I was in GA with my family….my favorite picture is the one with the boots!  So glad you had so much fun!!!  The only thing missing is a picture of YOU!


25 Karla May 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Edie that looked like so much fun! And you do have a wonderful sister.  She amazes me with her energy, productivity, and overall ability to have fun ALL the time.  And I can just hear Mark asking about ANOTHER square dance.  So glad your beautiful Caiti had a good time.


26 Jen Schmidt May 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Oh Edie – that will be a memory that will talked about for generations…..(that AND the boots picture…that was the BOMB!!)



27 Robyn Quintana May 30, 2011 at 3:11 am

Love your photo and video journal!  I feel like I was there.  The shot of the boots are killer.  Love it.  Isn’t there something that just feels powerful or liberating about wearing western boots.   Fun stuff.


28 edie wadsworth May 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

hey lovey!
I haven’t ordered much else yet—kids home all weekend so it’s just a merry go round of cooking and cleaning and laundry. and fun! i forgot that.
I just posted about the design and I would love if when you post about it, you’d do your design magic and kind of ‘explain’ it, if you know what I mean?
I wanted to try to do that but you’re so much better at it.
I LOVED your ditto post today, btw.
okay , off to make more food and do more laundry before we head out to the lake.
love to you and hope your day is wonderful with your boys!


29 nancy May 30, 2011 at 7:07 am

Yep, too cute…too loving…too completely perfect.  Thank you from a visitor from afar.


30 Sarah Jeffery May 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

Hey Edie…wow, I have soooooooo enjoyed this cool post! Love the pictures, the boots, the red hat and dances…AWESOME FUN! Well done to your sister for giving ya’ll a good time with laughter…soul medicine! Lot’s of love! xxx


31 Speller May 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

Edie, I think the world of you but when you need to know that it’s spelled no one, not noone. I’m sorry to be so nit picky.


32 Mssmartiepants June 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Wow! I think I just fell in love! With this idea that is. I grew up in Texas and you just reminded me that we always had to learn square dancing, it was a session during PE in elementary school. I have never heard of having a square dance party! What a fun idea!!!! I want to know more details. Now I just gotta figure out how to have one. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!


33 edie wadsworth June 8, 2011 at 2:01 am

i’m working on my part 2 post so hopefully that will help! it’s narrowing down the pictures that’s hard :)
you should totally do it though—big fun!


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