Monday, February 25, 2013

Diamonds in the Dust

I am just so proud of my daughter. Let me start at the beginning. D No 2 rang me about eight weeks ago to ask if I could help her with a ‘ladies night’ she was planning. She had come up with the idea of holding a dinner for the ladies of the district. You see, there has been a lot of funding available for ‘men’s health’ functions as the farming communities  of Australia battle with greater outputs than inputs, putting a huge amount of pressure on farming families.Depression and suicide sadly are very real and common within the farming communities. My daughter thought that the women supporting the farmers needed some TLC. She managed to obtain funding from the onelife foundation which covered a guest speaker and some entertainment for the night. Each woman paid$50 for the night and this included a wonderful 3 course meal and a chance to win two beautiful diamonds. Her theme for the night was ‘Diamonds in the Dust’. As you can imagine, I charged in flat out. I made a chalkboard (thanks to Dear Lillie for the tutorial)  and  had this displayed behind the guest speaker. We had an absolute ball discussing decorating ideas and the whole night was a wonderful success. She was hoping to have about 40-50 ladies and we ended up with 115 and had to turn down another 16 as we were full. Not a bad effort for just a few weeks work. We went with the silver and white theme for the Diamonds and we even had red carpet for the ladies to walk along when they entered. (Sorry no photo of that!). We had 15 tables to decorate so they were all slightly different but all with the silver/white theme. I have a bit of photo overload so I hope you don’t mind.
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We are already thinking of new ideas for next year if we are able to obtain some funding – maybe a long table luncheon!! What a wonderful daughter I have!!
Suzyq


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17 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

What a lovely event to put on for the ladies in her community! I'm sure they all enjoyed it immensely.

Little Cottage on the Pond said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I miss how involved people used to be with their neighbors. Lovely!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love the theme! Everything looks beautiful!

Linda Leyble said...

Great idea - beautifully executed!

Linda

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Lisa said...

SO elegant and beautiful. I especially love that you wrote on the mirror - fantastic! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.
xo,
Lisa

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How nice to get together with everyone, and what a lovely setting too. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Dawn said...

What a great idea and everything looks lovely. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin!

Ann Krucek said...

Congratulations! Sound and looks like the event was a huge success. Nice to hear there are some wonderful people out there doing good things for others.

The "Home Girl" said...

This looks lovely! I'm sure everyone loved your beautiful table! I hope the ladies were encouraged and inspired by your kind event! =D

Marlis said...

A gorgeous event. I am sure each lady felt especially cared for that evening. Loved your pretty table! xo marlis

Sarah said...

Kudos to your daughter. Her event was beautiful and thoughtful.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh my goodness this is beyond gorgeous. I was trying to figure out my fave pic...impossible.

Paula

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

What a sparkling event!! So many shiny elements that help to make this so special!

Alycia Nichols said...

I am giving you guys a standing ovation!!!! Hooray!!! What a fabulous turnout! And for such a worthwhile cause!!! I would imagine, although sadly so, that the suicide rate in the farming community would be on the high side. I think it is here in the U.S., too. That's just so, so sad. Men don't really focus on the issues that affect them in the same way women do, so I'm glad so many women met with the challenge! Now that you know the numbers you can pull, you can plan accordingly for next year's event! Meanwhile, the tables are all just lovely! I really love the owl!!!! Congrats all around!

Tea in Texas said...

Bless both of you for the wonderful effort of bringing a beautiful evening to the wonderful women in farming. The Diamond in the Dust is a great theme and the table numbers with the song sheet is so smart. I love the silver and white and so elegant with your successful dinner!

Pam

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! what a wonderful event. You both did a fabulous job! I love all of the photos.

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8)(8 said...

Pretty! Love the menu on the mirror!