Just wanted to quickly share a few photos of our Valentine's Banquet a couple of weeks ago.
I know many of you have moved on to Easter already but like always I'm a little behind.
Hubby and I were in charge of putting this banquet together for our church. It was a big undertaking. A lot more goes into planning one of these events than most people would think. Many many details but it all went smoothly. We had a good turnout and it was a fun time.
Here are some of the little hearts I was sewing.
I used them as bowl fillers.
I bought a few of these scarves from the Dollar Tree.
They looked great on the tables.
They added some much needed softness.
Another scarf and beads from Dollar Tree.
I made that heart doily. I'll show it in a later post.
As you can see each table was decorated differently. We didn't have enough of the same things to make all the tables the same. We just used what we already had at home or could borrow from other people in the church.
I picked up these little buckets from Hobby Lobby and added the vinyl letters with my Silhouette machine. Maybe I'll make a post about that later too.
This heart was an idea I saw on Pinterest. We already had the frame with the chicken wire upstairs in our flower room. All I did was buy three packages of red napkins at dollar Tree to create it.
While I enjoyed planning this event, I really learned a few things. I learned what to do and what not to do. I came home that night and jotted down a few notes about what to do differently next year.
I think maybe next year I'll simplify more. I spent a lot of time and money trying to make everything pretty but I soon found out people don't really care. They don't care if the tablecloths are real or not. They don't care how many decorations I hung up. They don't care if there are chocolate kisses on the tables or not. Or at least they didn't comment whether they did or didn't. Last week we attended another Valentines Banquet at another church close by and their decorations were minimal. It looked like they just showed up an hour before the event and taped some paper hearts to the walls and called it done. But no one seemed to mind with the exception of me. I think I care more about those little details than other people do. I prefer a setting to be pretty rather than plain and dull but I guess that's just me. So maybe next year I'll spend less time on those things.
I think also we'll cook the brisket ourselves rather than have it catered. I think some families chose not to attend because of the costs. So while catered is better (less work for me), next year we'll probably do a pot luck so everyone can come.
til next time friends,