We started Silly Hats & Caps with 3 of us girls and our husbands and if we wanted to grow, we needed to figure out a way to reach out and tell others about us and our advocacy! We knew we would have to hold a fun event that would be free to attend and offer a chance for others to get involved by introducing them to Silly Hats & Caps and JDRF!
One of the girls had been to the garden party of a local Orange County artist who makes beautiful quilted wall hangings http://www.bbquiltscapes.com/. She told the rest of us about the fun she had attending this party and we decided to meet with the artist and see if she would be willing to show her quilts at our party and allow us to copy of few of her fabulous ideas on hosting a garden party!
She not only agreed to show her quilts and let us use all of her ideas, she made up some neat snap clutch bags with the shape of a JDRF Walk Shoe on the outside and offered to donate a portion of all of her proceeds to JDRF as well!
One of my daughter-in-law’s friends that she has known since elementary school has a beautiful home and yard and offered to let us use it for our garden party! We were up and running!
In order to keep admission free, we decided to ask everyone to bring their favorite dish and make it a pot luck! We would provide the drinks and desserts!
So on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, we held our First Annual Silly Hats Garden Party! Hats were not mandatory but we offered an assortment anyone who cared to wear one!
Barbara was there showing her beautiful wall hangings
and clutch purses!
We had a Reflexologist and a Massage Therapist offering their services for $1 a minute!
We had an incredible variety of absolutely delicious dishes to choose from
and over 40 friends enjoying the food, drink and company of each other!
Some of our friends even donated raffle items and not only were we able to introduce a new Type 1 family to JDRF at this event, we raised a little money to help with the cure!