Last night we had the kick-off women’s ministry event at our church. We meet every month or two for a really fun evening together. The evening includes great food, an inspirational talk, and some kind of fun activity. Last night our theme was “What Not To Wear”. We had two volunteers, who we took out shopping and helped choose a new outfit that followed “the rules”. To complete the look, we had a hairdresser offer a complimentary haircut, and a makeup artist do their makeup, and it was all revealed at our event! Our resident fashion guru, Kate, used the book Dress Your Best by Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, of TLC’s What Not To Wear to teach us all what suits our bodies the best.
We decided to use black and white for the decor, which we thought was in keeping with our fashion theme. I was in charge of the decor, but I don’t have much in the way of black and white, so I had to get creative. I found some great table runners on clearance at Walmart, which we layered over simple white table clothes.
My friend Kate had some great black and white items, including an amazing faux Zebra ottoman. She had vases and candles, but most of the items were black or white. I needed some pattern and some items that had both colours. My great solution was to use inexpensive scrapbook paper to add pattern. I was able to use my straight sided votive holders, pillar candles, and vases, and wrap them with strips of patterned paper, and add some rhinestone stickers. I think they turned out great. You could do this for any party theme colour, and I also love that it’s not permanent.
Since our theme was fashion, we layered the tables with handbags, necklaces and other accessories. I also mixed in some mirror, silver, and rhinestones to add a little bling. The front low table, holding the video projector for a power point presentation, was decorated with all kinds of accessories, and a black and white pashmina as a table runner. Another great idea, if you need a certain colour combination for your party, look for a scarf that matches and use it as a table runner, and then you can always wear it afterwards!
I dressed up a plain candelabra from Ikea, with some damask hanging crystals, found for $1.50 at Michaels. They really helped glam it up.
Another really fun, and inexpensive detail was the chandelier wall decals. I found them at Dollarama, and for $2 each, they sure had a lot of impact! We dressed them up a little bit more, by adding a few rhinestone stickers. One of the ladies said she was planning on getting some for her tween-aged daughter -great idea.
We dressed up a very plain bathroom with another wall decal from Dollerama, and a mirrored tray of soaps and creams. A very simple white hand towel was tied into our black and white theme with the simple addition of a satin ribbon.
Our flowers for the night were very simple. We bought a couple dozen roses, one red, one pink, and placed them in plain glass vases. Nothing says glamorous like long stem roses.
A fun activity through out the night was a draw for beauty products. We wanted to send the ladies home with a treat, but really wanted it to be something they would actually use. Our solution was to buy a wide variety of items, give each lady a ticket as they arrived, and draw in groups of 3-5 through out the evening, allowing those ladies to come up and choose an item they would like. Every one seemed to really enjoy it.
The food for the night was finger foods and appetizers. I purchased small disposable plastic serving pieces and forks, plastic shot glasses, and some black and white cupcake liners. We used all these little pieces to serve the food in individual serving sizes. I think it looked really great.
The drinks included a delicious punch and some mineral water, as well as coffee and tea. I loved the black and white straws.
It was a wonderful evening filled with laughter, great food, and amazing people. With women like this in your life, life really is a party!