Hosting mother daughter tea
I'm not sure this board gets much traffic but I'll take a shot.
I've been asked by my church to organize a mother daughter tea. The time frame is long--next spring. The tea would be the first our small church has had and would expect the guest list to be between 25 and 50 people. They wanted to advertise it to the public but I told them let's walk before we run.
The church has a full kitchen attached to a large gymnasium and plenty of tables and chairs. Nothing is particularly lovely, but it will do.
I have never hosted or organized anything for a large group of people. The church has little money to cater something, so much would come from Costco and perhaps there would be a donation requested of $5 per person. We could decorate the tables, someone from choir could perform, tea, pastries etc. The purpose would be purely social. I sense they would like to have something nice, a tradition to start, and have asked me to kick it off.
The only type of mother daughter event I have attended was a massive, 800 person event at a local "mega" church complete with singing ensembles, full catered meals, signage outside etc. Obviously this will not compare to that.
Do you have any suggestions of what you would expect or like to see if you were invited to such an event? I am less worried about food than entertainment and decorations. My husband suggested involving the Fellowship committee in it, but then the Fellowship committee is mostly very senior ladies who don't drive or use the computer.
I'd like to do a good job and honored to be asked. But just in a bit beyond my experience level.