TFI Friday 25 November
It’s been a while since I’ve done a TFI post, but I think it’s warranted today.
Since September, one of my priorities has been helping to organise the Christmas Market at my son’s school. My task was finding and booking stallholders, which is quite a task – co-ordinating it all, getting booking forms and payments, creating a floorplan, making sure there is a good mix of stalls and there are no clashes. I know the rest of the PTA felt equal amounts of pressure with the roles they were playing. It was the first time there had been a Christmas Fair at the school for many years and there’s a lot involved in organising one. And of course, when it’s first suggested, it sounds like an easy(ish) thing to do – it’s only later when the full extent of the task makes itself known. I think we did really well with the organisation – stalls, marketing, refreshments, raffle, the stalls we were running ourselves – when I look at it from this side, I’m really proud of what we did. Of course, organisation is only part of it – if no-one turns up, it doesn’t matter how organised things are, it’ll still be rubbish. So,
1. I’m thankful for all the support the PTA received from staff and parents – lots of staff helped out on the evening and one teacher made 300 cupcakes for our cupcake stall! Parents baked for the cafe and came out in droves on the evening itself, ensuring the event was really busy.
2. I’m glad that people think I got the mix of stalls just about right. It’s trickier than I imagined it would be.
3. On a more personal note, I’m glad that my books went down so well, and I had a really good evening financially too, and that so many children will be reeiving a new book and dragon gift set this Christmas.
One last thing. I’m really looking forward to the Precious Memories staff meeting tomorrow, and hope to come home enthused and ready to market the life out of my studio to ensure it’s current busy feel continues into the new year 🙂