Wednesday, February 2, 2011

a service soiree

We're having a party on Saturday, and part of the preparation includes calling local shelters and children's homes.

Guests have been invited to casually drop in for a visit. We'll have dessert, champagne, and a spread of paper, fabric, string, and glue for making homemade Valentines.
There are countless options for this sort of party. The tone can be kid-friendly and casual or fetching and elegant .

It could include:
-your immediate household (like a family night activity)
-your children and their friends
-your coworkers
-your book club
-your neighbors
-one or two other couples or families
-or a gathering of a dozen or more people filtering through

If you'd like to join me in this, simply:
-call one or more local children's services, shelters, hospitals, or nursing homes to find out how many Valentines they will need and when they would like them dropped off
-pick a few simple desserts to display on a buffet table
-mix up a pitcher of red punch or just serve champagne with frozen raspberries floating on top
-gather together lots of paper, doilies, glue, and scissors
-Cover your dining room table with newspaper, lay out the supplies, hang some bunting, and play old-time jazz music
-Invite people to drop in between a specified time (such as Saturday between 5 and 10 p.m.)

The point is to bring people together to make pretty, handmade Valentines for those who are lonely or down.

If you want to help but don't want to throw your own party,
We'll talk about how you can simply make a Valentine (or ten!) and mail them to me.


  1. What a wonderful (and fun!) idea! I love it!

  2. Sounds fun! So - let me see if I have this right.... your guests will make valentines & you'll deliver them?

  3. Yep! That's it! All they have to do is show up and enjoy themselves.

  4. Nice! I like your idea of combining an "open house" w/ community service.

  5. Fabulous! So sorry I can't do this too (bad health!) but I am so glad to read about yours!

  6. i am reposting this on my blog, The Dainty Dish. Wonderful idea!!!

  7. THANK YOU Dainty Dish!!! I hope others will join in this effort :)

  8. Dainty Dish,

    if you happen to visit and read this, leave me your blog link. For some reason I couldn't link to your profile. Thanks!

  9. Valentines decorations | Valentine’s party
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