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A Trunk Show Guide for the Hosting-Phobe

“The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.” – Shauna Niequist

When you think of opening your home to host, you fall into one of two categories. You either love it, or you hate it. If you love it, you may love the planning, the preparation, the decorating, the design of the evening–and all of those things may light a fire in your soul. But others of us are filled with fear at the thought of hosting. Faced with the prospect of opening our homes, we suddenly find ourselves taking a trip to Home Goods or Target to spend a couple hundred dollars on replacing all of our pillows, table settings, wall decor, and more. 

So to all of the hosting-phobes out there, I want to tell you something HUGE. Hosting a Noonday Collection Trunk Show doesn’t have to be scary! In fact, with your Ambassador handling most of the details, you’ll likely find it to be incredibly freeing. And to help make sure of that, I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks to inviting, hosting, and honestly, just rocking your Trunk Show vibes!

Trunk Show Tip #1: Invite Everybody

At Noonday, we draw no lines on who is or isn’t the perfect person to come to a Trunk Show. In fact, if you know a woman in your life, or maybe some men (because changing the world through style knows no gender) invite them to hear the mission and vision of Noonday Collection. Invite them to experience firsthand the stories of transformation and the unique style behind our collection. If they say “no” or they don’t show, that’s ok! Your job is just to extend an invitation and make sure they know they are wanted and welcome.

Look to invite about 50 people to your show, with the knowledge that on average, about 25% will be able to accept your invitation. Some examples of people to invite: teachers, neighbors, co-workers, family, friends, and the woman at the grocery store who keep complimenting your bracelet!

Trunk Show Tip #2: Your Place is Sacred

Wherever you choose to host your Trunk Show should be a space in which you feel joy, and a place in which you feel comfortable–and yeah, and a space where you have a table, too! A Trunk Show set-up is simple: your Ambassador will just need a table to set up her handmade samples. Ambassadors are creative and they’ll take your space and bring it to life with their beautiful pieces. You don’t need to worry about wall decor, pillows, or table runners. You only need to love the space you’re in. Put on your favorite Spotify station (or find “Noonday Collection” on Spotify and use one of theirs!) and light your favorite candle or spritz your uplifting room spray. Sister, hosting in your space is for you!

Trunk Show Tip #3: Food is a Bonus

Your guests are coming to a party to see you, to hear about something you’re passionate about, and to show support for you. Food is a bonus! When hosting, think simple and think easy. Something I love to tell my Hostesses is to make a fun punch that you love and add some raspberries, then stick a little tag on it and call it “Paper Bead Punch.” Save yourself the energy and pick up a tray of cheese, vegetables, fruits, or cookies. Maybe grab a bag of pretzels and a tub of hummus, or try another route and just grab tortilla chips and salsa. Just remember, food is a bonus–the relationships, the stories, and the accessories will ultimately make the event.

Here’s the thing, sisters. You can host, yes, YOU! You have it in you to be an incredible Hostess who will make your guests feel welcome, loved, and cared for. Here’s the thing: all of your worries will fade away when your people step into your space, and your Ambassador lights up the party by sharing stories, talking about how our styles are made by hand, and encouraging women to try on jewelry. You are courageous, sister, and you’ve got this! 

Feeling inspired? Make sure to contact your local Ambassador for an opportunity to host your Trunk Show this spring! 

Meet Kendra Schmitz

Kendra is a newlywed pastor’s wife, fourth grade teacher, and a passionate justice seeker for her community and around the globe. She loves hospitality and hosting—whether it’s a Noonday Collection Trunk Shows, dinner party, or book club. Kendra dreams of being a mom, crushing her fear of airplanes, and visiting another country with Noonday!