Saturday, August 22, 2015

Summer Social

A couple of weeks ago, we held our monthly meeting for women at church. Our theme was Summer Salad Social & Swap. Phew! That's a lot of s's for me to say! We asked women to bring 5 household or personal items they no longer needed or wanted that other women might want. Each woman could then place dibs on up to 5 items by putting a clothes pin with her name on that item. Almost all the items people brought were snatched up but any remaining items were sent to charity. It was a fun evening of visiting, eating and swapping items. My job was to come up with centerpieces for the event. I wanted to keep with the flea market, reuse, recycle theme and keep costs at a minimum. I decided to play off of the centerpieces I did for my mother in laws birthday party last summer with a little modification. First I looked around the house to see what I had to reuse without spending money. I came up with yellow yarn, cans, mason jars, map flowers and succulents from my mom's yard. I found a little inspiration on Pinterest which always helps and then got to work. I made yarn pom pom flowers using sticks from outside for the stems, I used and borrowed paper flowers made from maps from a friend, and I planed succulents from my mom's yard. On each table, I laid cloth napkins or fabric remnants and then the three items in mason jars, inexpensive glass vases (from a thrift store) and tin cans or pots with the flowers in them. These made for darlings centerpieces and the women were gaga for them! With a little time and searching around the house, you never know what you'll come up with!

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