Today I’m excited to share something a little different than the beautiful vintage inspired nuptials that have become KME’s signature and niche specialty!
This past November I was asked to plan and design a Christmas Women’s event for Coquitlam Alliance Church. The event was geared at helping women mature spiritually by discovering their uniqueness in Christ and learning to embrace the gifts He’s given them to use! [You can hear my heart and the inspiration behind the evenings focus HERE]
Guest Speaker, Debbie Maddigan, joined for an evening of insight into who we truly are and how that affects the way we live our lives, especially around Christmas! When we say we are each God’s masterpiece, we aren’t just referring to the woman down the street! God doesn’t make mistakes. So together, we prepared for a season of thanksgiving and worship, honouring the God who created us each with different talents for a purpose!
Whether you’re a mini martha or not, as women, so much of what we do, how we spend our time and show our love, is wrapped up in hospitality – welcoming people into our homes, creating something beautiful for them with our talents and passion, speaking into and encouraging other women, raising families and making home truly, “home sweet home.”
So with this in mind, I envisioned an over-arching theme of hospitality that gave shape to the design we brought to life. I wanted the women attending to feel like they were being welcomed into a home- our church home- and the kitchens and families of those that make up the CAC community.
My favourite design element of the evening was the uber adorable “heaps of love” vintage teaspoons, which we hung as ornaments for women to take home as a gift- a token to remember the evening by.
Over 20 women baked their secret family recipes to share, which were displayed in a country cottage style dessert buffet, with crafted labels that shared who’s recipe it was. Amongst the scrumptious goodies, were antique kitchen gadgets and collectables.
And to please the inner kidlet in us all, we featured a DIY hot cocoa station, with retro hot chocolates to choose from and all the fixings, including CHOCOLATE whip cream! I know. It’s my favourite too!
I was so thrilled to see so many women give from their hearts, by donating to our Christmas Hamper initiative. Such a simple act of kindness truly does show someone they matter and that God has not forgotten them!
I was overwhelmed with the amount of women that showed up [nearly 300!], including so many of my friends and family. What a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for the Christmas season ahead and begin thinking about how we will be intentional with the gifts and talents God’s blessed us with. WHY? Because Christmas after all is Jesus’ birthday, so let’s give him the best birthday HE could ask for!
A HUGE, HUGE thanks to Lead of The Old Farmhouse for graciously donating countless vintage treasures and props for the evening. This incredible women welcomed me into her home and gave me pick of the draw when it came to decor. I could not have brought my vision to life without her. She truly was an answer to prayer!
PS: If you’re looking for ways to do make Christmas meaningful this year, check out what Dave and I have been doing for the past few years… We took back Christmas and it feels SO GOOD!