Sunday, September 20, 2009
This Summer was packed full of fun projects for my Mother's of Preschoolers Group (MOPS)
I decided to apply for the Hospitality Leader back in March of this year and I got it! So I've been working on centerpieces, decor, themes, table names, nametags, organizingthe Breakfast Buffet each week, Hospitality Favors and Local business donations for Attendance Giveaways.
September 4th happened to be our first meeting in which there are 57 Mothers meeting in our beautiful church conference room. That day also happened to be My husband & I's 5th year wedding anniversary. Quite an exciting day!!
I wanted the room to feel kind of like a wedding reception with Placecards setting on the Welcome table. the ladies first stop when they came into the meeting was to sign in and find their name on one of these placecards. The placecards are made from coffee dyed manilla folders cut and folded to size. Then I wrote each of their names on the card as well as what table they were assigned too. As a first meeting Hospitality favor each member recieved a pair of seaglass bellflower earrings. Here is a closeup of a sample of the placecards.
This is the info table where Mom's can bring their no longer needed diaper or formula coupons as well as receiving blankets or other items she thinks another mom might be able to use.
I used a food packaging box from my local market for the coupon box by covering it with vintage book paper and gluing on some flowers and prima velvet leaves. You can see lining the table is a smaller strand of battery operated lights that I've covered with flowering coffee dyed coffee filters which looked beautiful when they turned the lights off for an announcement or for the power point presentations. You can find these strand of lights in my shop here.. Above is the welcome table where I set each meeting Attendance giveaways. This first week we had a lucious Home Spa Gift Basket that I found brand new as my favorite consignment shop Grace's Merry Go Round for $4.99. Then for Icebreaker prizes I had a $25 Spa GiftCard that Amarri Spa Donated as well as a Family themed frame. Each lady who arrives before 9:30 gets to enter her name into this drawing which gives all of the Mommies incentive to be on time! (Hard to do!)
Sidewalk chalk Welcomes the Moms as they enter the church as well as tells them which entrance they should go to.
These photos below are of the trail run of our first meeting, only 12 ladies are what we call the Steering team of our group . There are Co-coordinators, publicity, Moppets(childcare) crafts, book keeping and so on. So this was a much smaller intimate version of out big production meetings.
I highly recommend gettting out to your local Mops group for fellowship and a two hour break away from the kids! It's a invaluable group that you will love! Here's the international website:)
As a new year of Mops starts It reminds me that I missed showing you all the outcome of the Back Packing Outreach program my church put on. I raised $60 in my Etsy shop for it back in May. because I had a new camera then I could not upload the photos and so here are the photos of that very successful event!
There had to be at least $10,000 of new school supplies in this room. the night before we packed all of the backpacks with their school supply lists I helped make this room into the little Walmart shop it was with aisles to shop through to find the necessary items for each individual student.
While we are on the subject of fund raising events my Etsy shop has done I have to tell you that the Honduras mission trip was a great success! They had a VBS and handed out backpacks full of school goodies. Thanks to my sweet customers that responded to this Blog post we were able to send $100 to them to pay for some of the 300 backpacks!
Great job guys! I wish I could have seen how excited they were!