Earlier this month I added a new title to my resume: Teacher.
Well, sort of! Basically I spent 2 hours talking about cocktails, tablescapes and prepping for holiday entertaining. Honestly it just sounds like a regular day in the life of Jackie Fo!
This awesome opportunity came about because of Skillpop, a great new concept in the Charlotte area. Skillpop hosts pop up classes in the Charlotte area with topics ranging from photography, hand lettering and much, much more. Basically, you learn a new skill (without breaking the bank) all while meeting new people in your own city. Score! If you’re local, check out their upcoming class schedule HERE!
My class (aptly timed for the season) was Holiday Hosting and Entertaining. I may be biased but I thought it was a blast! The group of ladies were so much fun, asked tons of questions and provided a really interactive environment which is great, because no one wants to hear me talk for 2 hours. Not even me.
(Note: All pictures are iPhone pics. I was too busy molding young minds to break out my real camera.)
I made a mock table scape for the ladies with a silver metallic theme. The centerpiece was made from glassware and candle votives which is a great way to create an impactful table scape without spending a lot of money. Have to be cognizant of the cost, especially during the holidays!
I also demonstrated a super easy DIY place card made from a faux pointsettia found at Michaels. I bought this bad boy for $8ish dollars. I should own part of Michaels at this point. I could walk through it blindfolded.
The DIY is so simple! Cut the pointsettia apart with floral or wire cutters and attach a tag to each piece with a guest’s name. I used a key tag below. Each place card will be a little different which I love! I made 4 place cards for $8…you can’t beat that! Plus Michaels has faux flowers in every color of the holiday rainbow to match your table scape.
Here I am showing off my placecard idea… do I look profesh? Or like I remotely know what I am talking about? Or just plain awkward? The jury’s still out.
I also shared one of my absolute favorite cocktail tricks of all time – the no-fail rimming the ole’ champagne flute with sugar trick. You may remember this from my tutorial around this time last year. I’m telling you, it’s an instant party face-lift.
The last activity was a flower arranging activity and each guest got to take home a holiday arrangement they created. I didn’t claim to be a florist (because I am SO not), but I did give them some helpful hints and ways to make flower arranging easier. To keep things totally real as I like to do here on this blog, one of the tips was just to buy flowers prearranged from a florist. Ha! Sometimes you’ve got to leave it to the professionals and that’s totally okay.
Here are the ladies showing those flowers who’s the boss.
I also gave guests a thorough holiday entertaining “prep” timeline with tons of specific tips plus a take home sheet with stress-free entertaining/hosting tips and tricks. Not that I’m an expert. But do I know a thing or two about throwing a fun party!
Basically I had a blast talking about one of my favorite topics with a bunch of women who were interested in hearing what I had to say. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and to start closing out a successful, busy and satisfying year.
Don’t worry, I’ll be back later this week sharing pictures from our 7th annual cookie party. Things are winding down here at Jackie Fogartie Events and I’m looking forward to sharing a few more posts with you all before we close 2015. Cheers!