Every year my sisters Paula and Phebe and my mom throw a party that you really want to be invited to.
I am not invited.
To be fair, it’s a party for their ANG Chapter (American Needlepoint Guild) and since A) I’ve never picked up a needle and thread and B) I live in California and they live in Ohio I’ll let it slide.
I happened to be visiting home just before the party this year (still not invited) so I helped with the prep.
Here’s the deal. They truly plan this party for a year or more in advance. All guests get a full meal and a stitching project kit.
First a container for the project kit must be found and my sisters scour the dollar bins until they land on the perfect container – and they need a lot of them. One year the container was a plastic butter box. Phebe was questing in Toledo! Paula was questing in Ohio! They cleaned out several Targets but always, juuust ahead of them was their nemesis: The Butter Box Bitch. Never seen to this day the BBB was apparently also on a quest and somehow managed to be one step ahead of them – in both cities simultaneously- decimating the butter box supplies in every store.
Next, a theme is chosen for color and style. One year everything was black and white – napkins, table clothes everything goes. You get the picture.
This year’s combo was Burlap and Lace and the container was a soap box. Napkins and plates that supported the theme were acquired, projects were made, menus were planned and invitations went out. NO ONE turns down the invitation (no one that’s invited that is, which some of us are not). People who never come to the meetings come to this meeting.
So the project (all the thread, pattern, instructions and other supplies) went in the cream cheese box (you can see the finished project sitting on top of the boxes).Paula, Phebe and mom made 30+ unique burlap lace and button flowers so everyone could “pick” their own.Each flower was attached to a hand-stitched burlap bag and the box with the project went in the bag so everyone got their own, unique container.
Individual brownies, personal cheesecakes and….and! ……and little, individual ice cream floats! They found all the glasses, dropped a scoop of ice cream in each one and then popped them in the freezer overnight. When party time came they set them out in a tray of ice, along with a range of sodas so everyone could make their own float! I will be stealing that idea for my next party (I might even invite my sisters)
Everything was, of course, a hit. My dad (not invited) dropped my mom off and my brother-in-law vacated the premises.
Projects were stitched! Desserts were consumed and everyone had a great time!
And the sisters have already begun the planning and the quest for next year’s shindig.