Last weekend we had our school fete. If you have been to a school fete you will know that they are pretty fun. If you have ever organised a school fete you will know that they are a LOT of hard work (and the after party is pretty fun). This year I helped organise the fete and I co-convened the craft stall. I am always up for a challenge.
Last year I shared how to run a successful craft stall. This year, I’m going to let you in on the real story about what it takes:
- 300 glue gun burns. But it doesn’t hurt anymore after the first 100. And I’m pretty sure I could commit petty crimes without leaving any fingerprints.
- Incredibly understanding partners who take the night shift with bath, stories and bed so that you can sew just one more thing.
- Incredibly understanding partners who put up with houses over-run by craft projects, fabric and boxes.
- Incredibly understanding partners who take over most of the house-keeping responsibilities and only sigh very loudly when they are once again vacuuming stray bits of cotton thread.
- Incredibly understanding partners who threaten separation if you take on the craft stall again.
- 5 broken sewing machine needles.
- 180 well intentioned pins on Pinterest.
- Acres of ribbon and still never enough curly hair ties.
- Countless beautiful volunteers.
- A generous and talented mother who gives up her own precious time and gets behind on her own work, just to make beautiful things for the craft stall because she loves you and her grandsons.
- A wonderful dad that will take care of the kids while you sew.
- A box of fabric that you never quite get to.
- A very thick skin and no ego when it comes to pricing the things you (and others) have made. Fete goers won’t pay much and it’s best just to accept that and let it go.
- Wine. Quite a bit of wine.
And if you ever want to help organise a fete, here are some catch phrases that will help you:
- It is what it is
- You can only do what you can do
- It’s just a school fete
- It will turn out okay on the day
- Let’s just remember we are doing for this for the kids.
- In three months time, it won’t matter.
- Where is the wine?
Have you ever organised a school fete or convened a stall?
How did it go?