Autumn is quickly approaching in New England, the days are cooler and school is back in session! Host or co-host this casual gathering for friends you haven’t seen all summer to catch up on all their family news and summer travels. A fun ‘Fall Wreath Decorating Party’ that includes a light meal, is a perfect easy-going party and there’s no pre-party work for guests (like a cookie swap, for example, which can be stressful at the holidays).
Why wreaths? Well, most wreaths decorated with silks are kept for YEARS! They get ‘tired’ over time. Everyone could use a fresh, new wreath for the front door or somewhere in their home. Decorating a wreath is a not-too-crafty, adult activity that doesn’t require a great deal of skill and everyone can happily accomplish it while conversing. The big catch to making the cost of this party reasonable as well, is to purchase the wreaths and silks when they are on sale.
Decide on the number of guests you can comfortably accommodate for decorating the wreaths at several work tables in the vicinity of each other. Probably 5 guests is a comfortable number to stand around ONE 5-6 foot table to work on their wreaths. Figure out how many work tables you can fit in your space, do the math for the total number of guests you’ll be able to invite (remember to include yourself).
Ideally, it would be nice to work outside to enjoy the early fall flowers in your garden and changing leaves. Do you have a large outdoor space or covered area? If indoors would be better, do you have a playroom, family room or even a church space you could set up work tables? Ideally, try not to do double-duty with the designated lunch buffet table, so that your guests can be finishing their wreaths while you are setting out the food.
Once you have a good sense of your guest list, what time of day works best for you and your friends’ general schedules? Miss Party did some quick math for wreaths and supplies for 10 people, shopping the sales, it would cost around $100-$125 in the New England area. Based on that rough estimate, decide whether you want to have additional food costs for a meal or just offer snacks and beverages. It’s really up to you and what you have time (or money) to do.
Pick a date and time, and send email invites or make phone calls. Most likely you’ll do this as a daytime event for some busy ladies, so you might want to let them know how long your gathering will last and what meal, if any, you’ll be serving so they can plan their day accordingly. Also mention you’d love them to bring any fall silk flowers, decorative items, or fall-colored fabric ribbon they want to part with, to add to the community mix.
Continue on to “Autumn Wreath Decorating Party, Part 2″ to find a few other things to think about, decor suggestions and a shopping list for craft supplies.