Friday, February 04, 2011

Lessons from the Edge

'Wonderful' can be simple.

Last week we had a Hawaiian Luau at Edgewood. It's a yearly event to which the residents look forward, but it was a new thing for me.
And I was responsible for the whole thing.

*gulp*

For other events I have come across very detailed plans which outlined exactly what I needed to do. And that was comfortable for me. I like following formulas.
But, try as I might, I couldn't find anything to help me with the luau. My manager gave me a couple suggestions, but I really felt like I was on my own for this one. And I didn't want to disappoint the residents.
I looked for ideas online, and found things that seemed either too juvenile or way too elaborate. After talking it over with another co-worker (and coming to terms with my budget!) I decided our luau was going to be simple, and I hoped that would be OK.

OK?

We.had.a.blast!

Last year someone bought a bunch of leis, which we put on each person as they came into the dining room - as we said, "Aloha!" Then everyone found a seat and we served refreshments while they visited with one another.
Many people had dressed up in Hawaiian shirts, or at least wore bright colors. And I had bought lots of flowers and some pretty plates and cups at the Dollar Store, so the dining room looked festive. But it was really very simple.
And everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Then came the big moment. (Which I had been 'playing up' as I made announcements regarding the luau. *grin*) My co-worker and I did our own rendition of the Hukilau. Twice. And, oh, did the residents love that! (Another co-worker captured us on her phone, but there is NO WAY I'm going to post it here for you to laugh at your viewing pleasure. *wink*)
After our little hula dance, people stayed a visited for a short while and then the party was over. Simple as that.

But as they left, one person after another told me how much they enjoyed the luau.
"This was wonderful!"
"Thank you. I had a great time!"
*Big Smile*
And I wondered, Why was I concerned that this thing wouldn't be fancy enough for them? Why was I afraid they wouldn't like it?
(Ever had thoughts like those, yourself?)
Because as I said, "Aloha!" to the departing guests, it was clear to me that everyone had fun. And I became convinced, 'Wonderful' can be simple.

Karen

6 comments:

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Oh, yes it can be simple. Think about how simply our Savior began his earthly life, yet His was the most wonderful life ever lived.

I bet your Edgewood residents will be looking forward with great anticipation for next year's luau.

Leah

Anonymous said...

Thanks Karen... I needed those words of encouragement. As president of our "Women's Ministries", I too struggle with ideas in making meetings and events special for the lovely ladies in our group. "Simply Fabulous"...:O}

Have a wonderful weekend my friend, Debby Ann

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - Ah, yes. JESUS is simple. And WONDERFUL. And that's one of the things which draws me to Him!

Debby Ann - I'm glad these words encouraged you!
Personally, I think for most ladies just having an opportunity to be away from the 'stuff' of normal life is special. Any (simple) thing you add to that is simply icing on the cake! :o)

gianna said...

Can you remind my mother of this? She loves to do the elaborate and misses out on a lot of fun because she wants to make it perfect!
Oh, and remind me too the next time I want to go all out and am stressed!
Thanks!

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - Bookmark this post and put 'read it' on the TOP of your To Do list for planning your next party. *wink*

Sara K. said...

Agreed, Karen -- oftentimes it's the simplest things that are the most delightful! :) Good going, lady!