Exciting stuff has been happening around here, yet I’ve hardly had time to post about it. This summer, I turned my eBook, Daughters of the King: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Story, into a paperback!
Although I love using the Kindle app on my iPhone, you just can’t beat the feel of real pages under your fingers. I suspect I’m not the only one who holds this opinion, so my book is now available as a paperback. I hope this will make things easier for your fall small group as you consider your next Bible study or book club.
To that end, I made a few improvements in the paperback – like a freshly-designed cover and discussion questions at the close of each chapter. (Pssst- at the end of this post you’ll have a chance to enter to win a set of my books for your small group!)
I am such a fan of her site, that I knew I needed her eye for detail and fun! She’ll be posting about some of her ideas in the coming days, but I thought you might like a sneak peak at our tea-themed soirée.
Many of these ideas can be replicated for your own women’s ministry tea or kick-off event to your Daughters of the King fall Bible study. Here’s a little inspiration to get you started.
On our menu we offered a variety of cakes and a fruit tart that disappeared in seconds – all made by my amazing culinary friends (thank you notes are forthcoming!) I made scones with fresh clotted cream and strawberry jam. (The day after my party, I had the best breakfast! You can’t beat cake with morning coffee).
I served one of my favorite hot teas, Ginger Peach Tea, and coffee for all my addict friends. We set up the food as a buffet and everyone was able to serve themselves, picking and choosing what made their heart sing.
Kristen oversaw every detail, like this amazing wreath made out of vintage book pages. (Yes, she is planning on offering a tutorial on her site very soon!) Imagine how cute it would be for a back-to-school party!
Her best idea, however, was the Daughters of the King photo booth, complete with glittered crown and scepter props. She even included white gloves and paper tea cups!
We had a lot of fun playing with our crowns, but if you’ve read my book, you know that our spiritual heritage in Christ is not fully represented by such symbols of royalty. As I write in my book: “A Daughter of the King is known not by the crown she wears but the message she bears.”
So, as a part of the launch, I asked a friend who works with a local rescue ministry in Pittsburgh – Living in Liberty – to come to the launch and share about the hope they provide to victims of trafficking. During the party, we were able to raise over $300 in book sales for this crucial ministry. So, thank you to everyone who purchased a book at my party!
Host your own tea
The launch party was a special night for me, but it can easily be tweaked as a tea or book club event for any women’s group. Here’s how:
(1) Purchase your copies of the Daughters of the King or enter to win a set below.
(2) Gather your tea cups. I found most of mine at auctions and thrift stores. While I loved visiting antique shops, they tended to be a little pricey. Estate sales are also a gold mine for adding complete sets of tea cups to your collection. If your group is large, then ask each lady to bring 3 things to the party – two tea cups and a friend.
(3) Select a local ministry in your area or within your church and suggest a donation to be collected at the party. If possible, invite a representative from the ministry to share at the event. For easy donation collection, coordinate withe the ministry to use the paypal app and free reader for participants to donate via paypal, check, or credit card.
(4) Print out some of these free printables to decorate your tables or to set up your own photo booth. This above printable pack (click image to download) includes book quotes, menu cards, and more! You can download an invitation – ready to be customized – HERE.
Now, for the giveaway! Enter below to win a set of books for your small group (up to 10). Contest HAS ENDED. Winner announced below! Thank you to everyone who entered!
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