Hmmmm... the sweet little package or the cake? Which one you think is
a table gift will depend upon what state of mind you're in! Trust me, there
are plenty of moments when that sinfully delicious carrot cake with whipped
cream cheese icing.. so rich, so creamy, so melt-in-you-mouth good..
might have an edge to my answer!!! For instance, right now. I haven't
had anything to eat, yet, so you can tell where my mind is wandering! But
lets move on.... please!!!
Table gifts are those "little somethings" you bring to the art retreats that I
love to attend. Think of them as little hostess gifts for the women you
will be seated with for the duration of the event. And in fact, "hostess
gift" is the perfect way to describe the process of deciding what to bring.
It's not expected ~ but I would feel a bit like a smuck if I didn't reciprocate.
It's not ostentatious ~ don't want to showboat and make others feel badly.
It takes some of thought ~ at least for me, it does!!
It needs to be small enough to pack in your suitcase..
I must admit, I freak out about this whole thing with those "rules"
demanding equal attention in my decision-making process. Add in the
"perfect" factor and I'm dead in the water!
So you get the picture... me, working on this for days! Stopping and
starting with a myriad of ideas.. dragging this bit of trim out or that
vintage photograph or jewelry baubles to tuck inside a wrapped package.
I want it to say, "I bet this is from Kadee!" and, more so, I want to
please the recipient!
Right now, I am attending Kim Caldwell's event ~ Breakfast at Tiffany's.
I am so excited to set my completed table gift in front of each of my
tablemates' place at the table. Here's what they look like....
The theme I chose to center my gift around.. I'm such a theme girl! ..
was "Celebrate". A mini-party in a package tying in the color of
A vintage photo of children at a birthday party, along with a reproduced
image of a dish of ice cream (found in a teacher's curriculum packet on
nutrition.. remember it's part of the major food groups..ha, ha!), a rubbing
of my grandmother's sterling teaspoon turned into a bookmark, and a dairy
token. Next, I added a small folded box that would be the start of a
package they could decorate with these embellishments....
.... love the mix of glittery with natural elements...
add in a Martha Stewart sticker in coordinating color ..
on the way to this idea? Well, I now have, waiting in the wings for
my next retreat, table gifts all ready to embellish and bling out!
Thrilled beyond belief!!!!!