Luncheon Success

March 14th, 2008

I’m so happy – my luncheon was a big success and I think everyone had a wonderful time.  I know I did.  I had six women over, only one of whom I really know well.  Most of these gals only knew each other from church gatherings, but hadn’t really spent any time together.  It was so fun to begin getting to know each of them better.

I made these clippies from jumbo binder clips and they served a triple purpose…


each was a take home party favor as well as holding a miniature envelope that was a placecard and contained a question.  Aren’t the cute?  The questions were a little get-to-know-you game.  Each envelope had a number. The person with #1 opened her envelope during lunch and read the question.  She answered it and then everyone around the table answered it too.  Then we moved on to question #2 and so on.  Some of the questions were:

  • Where did you go to high school and what year did you graduate?  What about college? (now isn’t that better than asking everyone how old they are? *wink*)
  • Where does your husband work and what does he do?
  • Give us three words to describe your personality. (I said: creative, bossy, high-strung.  What would you say?)

Funny the insights you gain from some simple questions.  This also insured that everyone got to talk and that us *loud* ones didn’t totally dominate the conversation.  LOL!

My menu consisted of a Chicken Club Crescent Ring, Caesar Pasta Salad, Cheddar and Herb Kettle Chips and Red Seedless Grapes.  It plated up so pretty on my glass snack set plates (how many of you have snack sets from the 50’s and 60’s?).  I wish I’d remembered to take a picture.  For dessert I made a Chocolate Pistachio Bundt Cake with Shiny Chocolate Glaze.  Yummy!

The Chicken Club Crescent Ring is a Pampered Chef recipe and can be found in their All The Best cookbook.  The cake is from the Cake Mix Doctor – one of my all time favorite cookbooks.  And here’s the recipe for Caesar Pasta Salad – so easy:

  • 12 oz bag  rainbow rotelli pasta – cooked, drained, rinsed with cold water
  • 8-12 oz petite peas
  • 1 c. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 bottle Girard’s Caesar salad dressing

Mix all ingredients reserving about 1/4 bottle or a little more of the dressing and refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Just before serving add the remaining dressing and mix well.After lunch we all made a card – most of the ladies had never stamped before!  It was so fun to see how excited they got when they were done and saw what they had created! butterfly-jami-march-08-custom.jpgDoes this layout look familair?  Very much like the card I did for class last week.  This time I used Porcelain Prints designer paper along with Celery and Not Quite Navy cardstock.  Since this wasn’t a Stampin’ Up! class I went ahead and added some Marvy punches and some non-SU River Rock brads.  I thought the piercing in the two top corners was a really nice touch for a card for total beginners. I’m just as happy as a clam about how everything turned out today – feeling really blessed.  I want to challenge you  – consider inviting a few people over for lunch or even for dessert and coffee.  Aren’t there some women -maybe from church or neighbors – that you’d like to get to know better?  Your house will never be perfect, there will never be a really good time…but just pick a date and send out some invitations.  You’ll be glad you did!Hope you have a great weekend – I’ve got a super busy one ahead.  Thanks for stopping by!


25 Responses to “Luncheon Success”

  1. Lorie Says:

    Wow, Jami! That sound wonderful! May I borrow this idea from you? I have some ladies at the church I’ve really been wanting to get to know better and this is just a great way! Just…good for you! :o)

  2. Pesc Says:

    Seems like a prefect Luncheon! 🙂 It’s a really fun idea!

  3. Debra Says:

    Soooooo fun!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to meet you and see that you are creative, bossy and high-strung. Love the binder clips and the card. I am so glad they had a marvelous time.

  4. Janet Says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you had a nice lunch with the girls. Those little clips for them to take home are so cute. Your lunch sounds yummmy!

  5. Tilda Says:

    Such a clever idea!! I think I may use your idea and invite some ladies over for a luncheon and get to know them better! Thank you!!!

    I visit your blog often but haven’t introduced myself yet so to get to know me a bit better…you can visit my blog and browse through , there’s a little bit of my life on it too!

    Thanks for a great blog!

  6. JoAnn Burnham Says:

    Great idea. Glad you had a nice lunch. Your menu sounds delicious. Love the card and the little clips are adorable. Love visiting your blog.

  7. Mandy Cheshire Says:

    Cute card and cute clips!!

  8. waterpixie Says:

    I love your clips!!!!

    I’m totally laughing at your answer describing yourself! Can I say that I’m glad you’re bossy? 😉

    As for me, uuuuuuuuuh …… hahaha!

  9. Kathi Says:

    Oh my goodness, look at all the cute stuff here!!!!!

    These clips are adorable!!

  10. Kathi Says:

    I’m back to beg that you post your bundt cake recipe.

    That sounds yummy. Pretty please, will you share the recipe with us? 🙂

  11. Susan Says:

    I love the idea of a luncheon. You make it sound so fun! I may try this in a few weeks as it warms up. I bet you made some new friends!

  12. Sencie Says:

    Jami, those clippies are sooooo cute!!!!

  13. Mudmaven Says:

    Great ideas! What a wonderful way to help folks get to know each other better. Thanks. ~chris

  14. Bev J. Says:

    Pretty card and your menu sounds perfect for a girls luncheon. The clips and the game sounds cute. tfs

    Bev J.

  15. Jill Says:

    Love this card.
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. erinkmckinney Says:

    Your clips are so cute! Your luncheon sounds like so much fun…I may hostess one of my own..thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Debbie Fisher Says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time Jami! Thank you for sharing the recipe for the salad. I love salads and this one sounds yummy as well as quick and easy. Ü

  18. loricraig Says:

    Creative, bossy and high-strung? Jami Sibley?????? Seriously?? I {heart} you, Jami ~ I am so glad that this was a success. I am excited for the friendships that await you…. Hugs!

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  20. Juli Smith Says:

    HI Jami – All these luncheon projects are lovely! I especially liked the Garden Whimsy design you did. Your layout inspired me for my own Easter card designs! I posted it on my blog: and provided a link here! THANKS for sharing your creativity!

  21. savorthejourney Says:

    Whoa now ….
    Shall I tell you how I love those adorable clips? I do!
    Or should I tell you how I adore that card! You bet I do!
    But I can’t leave without telling you how much I love the “rings” from the Pampered Chef cookbooks! I’m thinking you just helped me predetermine an upcoming menu! Thanks, Jami!


  22. britta Says:

    SO SWEET! I am sure everyone had a fabulous time!

  23. Debi Says:

    What a wonderful time you all must have had!
    I have a group of Demo friends coming over next week
    and this will be a great way for us to get to know
    each other better…. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Edna Siu Says:

    Jami, it is my first time I write command to you, because I can’t help but admire all your stuffs, they are more than beautiful. I wonder you can tell me what is the scallop punches you are using on these clippies and the card, so I can buy them?
    thank you in anticipation.


  25. Abdul Shulthess Says:

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

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