Playdate with a Purpose
We think summer is the perfect time to get kids involved in a Noonday Trunk Show! Today on Flourish, we’re sharing our tips for hosting a Playdate with a Purpose.
Summer is here. After a long school year, the long days of summer feel like a gift – at least at first. If you are like us, you start summer with a list of adventurous, creative ideas to keep kids happy – and make memories. But a few weeks into summer, we need some fresh inspiration.
Many women want to find a fun, age-appropriate way to teach their kids about poverty and justice. Noonday Collection gives women a way to make a difference while connecting their children to the world – and show them that they could also make a difference!
This summer, why not host a Noonday Trunk Show as a playdate – with a purpose? It’s a fun way to gather parents and children together to play, shop and learn. And to make it easy for you, we’ve pulled together five ways to make a Trunk Show fun and meaningful for all ages.
Step One: Playroom or Park?
The first step in hosting a Playdate with a Purpose Trunk Show is picking a place. You will want somewhere for kids to play while moms shop. Laurie Best, an Ambassador in California, had a Trunk Show where the Hostess set up a playroom for kids:
I had a Hostess set up a play room for her daughter and all of the kiddos to play in while the moms visited. The kids had a great time playing while the moms were able to socialize, enjoy yummy treats and view the collection. Every once in a while, a little would pop out and try something pretty on. I’d tell her where it was made and how beautiful she looked in it and her face would light up. Then before you knew it she was back off playing with her friends. At first I wasn’t sure how it would go with so many littles hanging out, but it was wonderful to see so many generations of women gathering in the same space for the greater good!
Don’t have a playroom – or looking for a great reason to gather outdoors while the weather is gorgeous? Rachel Fitzwater, who lives in Montana, did a Trunk Show in a park:
I just had my first Playdate at the Park with Noonday Collection and it was so fun! All the moms loved the idea…if you haven’t done a show like this, you should definitely give it a try. The kids were entertained the whole time and the ladies were able to try on everything and visit with each other in peace!
Playroom or park, our Ambassadors suggest inviting an older sibling or babysitter to help make the day fun for moms and kids.
Step Two: Lots of Help From Little Hands
When you host a Noonday Trunk Show, your Ambassador will bring everything needed to set up a beautiful display of jewelry and accessories. Erin Weber, an Ambassador who lives in Ohio, loves getting kids involved at her Trunk Shows:
One of my Hostesses’ daughters just LOVED everything and was such a big helper – so I put her to work! As I set up one table, I’d hand her items and ask her to go set them on that table or put this bag on that chair. I did all the arranging, but she was so excited to get to be a part of the set-up!
As a Hostess, all you really need to do to get ready for a Trunk Show is to pull together some simple snacks. Coffee and muffins or lemonade and cookies work great.
Step Three: Play Dress Up
One of the best things about a Noonday Trunk Show is playing dress up with gorgeous handmade jewels – and this is true whether you are four or 44!
While delicate pieces are best displayed out of reach of little hands, simple styles made with colorful materials like paper beads and natural seeds can be fun for little girls to try on.
Amanda Collins, an Ambassador from Missouri, loves getting girls involved in playing Noonday Trunk Show:
Little girls tried on jewelry with their moms, and then during my presentation the girls made beaded bracelets and played Noonday Trunk Show where they styled each other in their jewelry.
Ambassador Julie Jenkins of Illinois enjoys styling girls too:
At my Spring Launch Trunk Show, I used the Hostesses’ six-year-old daughter as a model. Paper bead necklaces are great for this! I also demonstrated how the Orchid Rope Bracelet could adjust to fit her tiny wrist, making it a great option for smaller wrists.
Step Four: Create a Flourishing World
- Read books with stories from around the world
- Look at a map, globe or atlas to find the countries where Noonday’s pieces are made
- Listen to your Ambassador share stories of Artisans and their families
- Do a simple craft, like making bracelets or weaving strips of paper, to help kids understand how special handcrafted products are
To make this really easy for you, we’ve created a printable Flourishing World coloring sheet that you can download and print here! We think these are perfect for keeping kids busy while moms place their orders.
Step Five: Dance, Dance, Dance!
And last but not least, it’s time to celebrate! Turn on some music from Latin America, Africa or Asia and invite kids to bust a move. Together we are building a flourishing world where children are cherished – a world where kids grow up in families and where they have the opportunity to go to school. And this is something that makes us want to dance!
Ready to plan a Playdate with a Purpose?
Today, there are more than 1500 Noonday Ambassadors all across the United States. These Ambassadors would love to partner with you to host a Playdate with a Purpose Trunk Show. Reach out to your local Noonday Ambassador. Or fill out this form and we’ll connect you to an Ambassador near you!.