I love going to dinner parties. I love throwing them, too. Perhaps just as much as going. Perhaps even more.
And, I miss planning and designing events for other people that make them feel celebrated and seen. Isn’t that an amazing experience? My favorite part of a party is the inherent invitation it extends to come and connect, just by creating the space for guests to do that.
I’ve been dreaming of playing hostess to an intimate monthly dinner party for women to do just that – come and connect. I love meeting new people and there are always people I’d like to get to know better. This dinner party is for both groups. It’s also for women I know well and have been wanting to introduce to each other, because I think they’d really enjoy each other or have work that compliments each other. In other words, it’s for you. Join me?
I’ve now been an entrepreneur and small business owner since 2010 and in that time I’ve been to quite a few networking events, workshops, retreats, seminars, and conferences. And, I’ve usually been very happy to go and meet new people, connect more deeply with those I’ve met before, hear about the projects and ideas people are working on, offer resources and connections if I can help with a dilemma. But, I have often left feeling hungry for true generosity of presence. I’m certainly not always generous with mine.
Also, I’m an aesthetic person and I appreciate beauty, thoughtfulness, and hospitality. If there’s going to be food, please make it delicious. Set the table beautifully. If there are going to be tables and chairs, might as well make them comfortable and easy to sit at for the meal, for conversation, and for listening to anyone who might address the group as a whole, however briefly. And, when people come in – welcome them and introduce them to someone they might enjoy.
So, friends. That’s my goal. To create a monthly space for the women in Waco to come and connect, to be generous with their presence, their resources, and their connections. I will set about laying a beautiful table with delicious food and inviting women to gather thoughtfully around it. I invite you to A Gathered Table.
The first one will be next Tuesday, January 21st, from 6:30-8:30pm. It’ll be at The Mix Cafe and Gifts in Hewitt because the food is delicious, the seats are comfortable, and the owner, Betsy, is one of those women I’ve almost known for a long time and been wanting to know better. :)
I know next Tuesday makes it a week until we meet, but it’s because I don’t put dreams off year by year. Instead, I delay the sending of invitations day by day, delay the venue and menu selections week by week, and delay the date month by month to make it all just so. And, then, slowly it never happens, though always almost happening. It’s exhausting. Maybe you can relate? And, I didn’t want to put off extending this invitation to you any longer, even though the logo’s not done, the social media platforms aren’t waiting with beauty and wisdom and inspiration, and the invitation list on mailchimp doesn’t have all the auto-responders set up yet. All shall be well.
I’ll be hosting A Gathered Table on the third Tuesday of every month in 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm somewhere in the Waco area. Mark your calendars. This is the only one that will sneak up on you. Now neither one of us has an excuse!
If you’re a caterer, a restaurant, a venue, a vineyard, a food truck, or someone who has one of those to recommend, please send me an email at hello@JennGilesKemper.com. I’d love to share your business with some of the most wonderful women in Waco and enjoy your space by filling it with a thoughtfully laid table and the most lovely ladies.
Get on the invitation list here. Connect with us further at http://www.facebook.com/AGatheredTable and using #AGatheredTable and @AGatheredTable on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I see this blossoming into something more beautiful than I can even imagine and I’d love you to be a part of it.
Lest you’ve been reading and have forgotten… RSVP here.
I’ll see you next week! Jenn