I can't tell you how much I enjoy hosting workshops. It's a great deal of preparation and planning, but the reward is oh so sweet.
My absolute favorite part has been the smiles!!!
Almost all of my guests have been new to flower arranging. Perhaps already lovers of flowers or gardening, they had not participated in anything like this before. After settling in with some food and drinks, I start with a demo, chat about the current forecast of the floral industry, and share my story. Admittedly, they seem slightly anxious and nervous when the tables turn and it's their turn to design an arrangement. Their faces read, "Oh my gosh... how am I going to do that?" But as they walk over to the flower table and pick out their own blooms, a small amount of excitement emerges in their faces. Eyes widen and each begin to take in the moment.
Flowers are powerful that way.
Settling into their work space, again there was nervousness like, "What do I do now? What do I do first again?" With a little encouragement and review of the steps, each guest begins their creation.
The result is amazing.
A transformation takes place.
It's truly magical.
The smiles are truly beautiful and amazing. Each of them walk away surprised in their hidden talents, proud of what THEY just created, and bursting with joy.
I love, love, LOVE this so much!