Our church’s women’s retreat has come and gone and it was a great time of womanly fellowship and encouragement. As I’ve mentioned (here and here), I invited myself onto the committee as their decorator and, thankfully, they were thrilled. I love to add the details to things and that’s just what I did. It was me, our three pastor’s wives, and the church administrative assistant. Each lady was so well suited in a different area and it worked out perfectly. (Isn’t that just how God’s family works out?)
Unfortunately, I didn’t actually get a picture of the overall room, but that’s okay, because we couldn’t do much on a grand scale. We focused on the table center pieces primarily. Here are some of them:
Do you see that pedestal candy dish? I made that using this tutorial I found on Pinterest! I loved these glasses though (also from the dollar store). So fun, easier to get your hand into, and a place for the jute to be tied on.
The coffee beans in the jar with the tea light (at the top of the post) were super fun and easy too. I worried they would smell too strongly with 11 of them around the room, but it was only subtle. I didn’t even notice, which is good because I don’t like the smell of coffee. 🙂 They were a Pinterest find too.
I also made these little cuties. A pendant necklace was gifted to each of the ladies during one of the sessions, but I couldn’t let them just be tossed out on the table. I wanted to wrap them up cute, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on it. So I just cut strips out to the right width from 8 inch scrapbook paper. I folded them around the necklace card and tied strings from burlap (it’s nice and skinny) around them to hold them shut. Then I made these fun stickers. I hand wrote each of them on labels my mom found at the dollar store forever ago and colored in the coffee beans with brown Crayola marker. I came up with 6 different “bean” phrases for them:
Just “bean” with Jesus
God has “bean” good
He’s “bean” good to me
I have “bean” redeemed
Sorry, I don’t remember the 6th one. 😦
My last “little” touch is actually the biggest one. 🙂 I asked my husband to make me a chalkboard sign based on this inspiration pic on Pinterest. You can’t see it great in this picture, but it turned out wonderfully and I created my first chalk sign on a large scale. I’ll be using this more often and hopefully will get better at it with practice. 😉
You can find the rest of my retreat ideas, the ones I used and the ones I didn’t, over on my Women’s Retreat Pinterest Board. I was a big discouraged last week that I didn’t get to a lot of my ideas, but then I remembered that, this way, I can use them at future retreats and events and they will still be new. 🙂