Our committee met last evening with nine in attendance. We reviewed last year's tea and identified the things we liked and those we did not. We recapped the program and execution of the tea as there were several ladies on the planning committee who were not at last year's tea.
We have identified 12 table hostesses for this year's tea. They will be responsible for decorating their table, greeting guests, and serving tea and food items. We decided to develop a few sub-committees which will enable attention to detail in those areas. The three main areas include: menu and food preparation, fashion show coordination, and programing. These sub-committees will report back to the main committee.
For programming we have invited a Story Teller and a Sweet Adeline Barbershop Singers group. The cost of each of these is fairly small. We will have door prizes again this year. These door prizes are tea related and very nice. The fashion show this year will focus on various decades (50's, 60's 70's and perhaps others), including the dress, music and highlights from those decades. While the fashion is being modeled we will have screen shots of pictures and music of that era. A new idea I have today, which I need to run by the ladies on the committee is having a hat contest. We would have those ladies who are wearing a hat model their hat and there would be a prize for the prettiest or most original hat! We also discussed having arts and crafts made by the ladies displayed as part of the decorations. Everyone has alot of great ideas and any that we don't use this year may be used in the future.
We are planning for less structured time to allow for more conversation and interaction at the tables. After all, we do need time to connect with each other in a meaningful way. So much of our lives these days are hurried and we need to take time to relax and enjoy the company of other women!