This week Project #6 in my Summer Project Series took me away from any home project (yay!) to help put together a party for the women in my church called, Summer Squeeze 2014. See all my summer projects so far here.
Obviously, this project was a group effort by some amazing women who gave their time and talent for some chick time just for fun and fellowship. The logo above was designed by one of our ladies.
We call our party Summer Squeeze because we serve fruity drinks and gather in one space. Our church is fairly large and it sometimes makes it difficult to have events where all the women can assemble together. Everyone knows ahead that it might be a tight squeeze to get everyone in to this party under one roof. Typically, we get about 100 women at a gathering like this given summer schedules, etc.
We do promote the party ahead of time and ask for women to sign up if they are coming. This helps with planning. Everyone is welcome whether or not they signed up, of course.
The party involves food. Duh!! Our planning group called a few ladies to bring finger foods. Salty and sweet. Bam. Easy.
We set up a table in the center of the room. Ladies helped themselves to great food. The drink stations were self-serve and set up at three locations around the room.
In the past we have held this party in a home. This year we decided to take it to a room in our church. Decorating was a bit of a challenge. We wanted to make it a little less church-y feeling.
We grouped chairs around “coffee tables” we borrowed from our preschool age classrooms in the church. Perfect size. We covered them with disposable white tablecloths.
Centerpieces were simple vases with a large flower. (I already had these from previous parties at my house.) We also lit a couple small tea-light candles on each table.
We hung Christmas lights from curtain poles which belong to church.
The photo above shows the time in the evening when one woman shared a brief testimony of how God has been working in her life. Our planning group contacted her in advance. Always interesting to hear personal stories of life’s challenges and blessings.
We don’t always do this, but we did play a group game during the evening. The game was a modified version of Wits and Wagers. We handed out several blank pieces of paper and markers to all the groups of women. No one had to get up and move. Whoever sitting together already was a team.
I used the questions from the Wits and Wagers game. They are crazy, random trivia questions that are answered with a number or percentage. For example one of the questions was, “What’s the average weight of a dairy cow?” No smart phones allowed for searching answers!!
The groups collectively came up with one answer and wrote it on a piece of paper. We had a timer for 30 seconds. At the end of 30 seconds one representative from each team came to the center of the room with her team’s answer.
The team reps held their answers up at the same time and showed them to all the groups. The correct answer was read aloud. I am the obnoxious one above with the mic, reading the answers. The team with the closest correct answer without going over won. The winning group received a Hawaiian lei. Then everyone returned to their groups for the next question.
A total of seven questions were read. The team with the most leis at the end of those questions won. (If you have a tie, ask another question for the winner of a tie breaker.) We played two rounds. Starting a new game at round two. Fun. Fast-paced. No great skill involved. We like-y this kind of game.
After the game and testimony everyone went back to the food and drink tables and just hung out. We arranged for a few ladies to stay and help clean up. That’s important!
We always play background music from a playlist or a favorite CD.
Basically, the evening went like this:
- Set up food and drinks (decor was done the day before)
- Guests arrive and eat, get drinks and chat
- Testimony about 45 minutes into party
- Eat, drink, chat
- Clean up
Our evening went from a 7 pm start to about 9:30 then clean up.
We had a great time! Hope you are inspired to throw your own party for a project this summer. Let me know how it goes!
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