Hello, everyone! I’m back from She Speaks. We drove straight home from North Carolina yesterday, and by “straight home” I mean we stopped every 75 minutes to use the bathroom or buy candy or get coffee or find lunch or purchase gas. It only took us two extra hours, so not so bad.

Side note: Ohio is too long.

Side note 2: Truck stops terrify me even more than gas stations.

But this isn’t a post about the drive, this is a post about the decorations of She Speaks! Dear gentlemen, you can stop reading now. Go on to find something that doesn’t make your testosterone plummet. Ladies, get your Pinterest fingers ready. Here are some fabulous ideas for your next women’s event!

The decorators brought in fancy chairs for the lobby. Swoon.

Lobby decorations for She Speaks 2014
Lobby decorations for She Speaks 2014

Then they added a beat up old trunk and some fancies for our enjoyment.

Here, birdy birdy birdy.
Here, birdy birdy birdy.

These are the table decorations in the main conference area.

Something to talk about when you make polite conversation with 8 strangers at dinner.
Something to talk about when you make polite conversation with 8 strangers at dinner.

I don’t know where they found all those bird cages, nor what they’re planning to do with them now. Birds of Charlotte, beware. You might be caged up faster than you can tweet.

Now, this idea is pretty close to genius. I asked, and apparently this is made from old pallets and a reclaimed (junk) chandelier. Spray paint the chandelier purple and you’re in business. Assuming you can safely build something from pallets that won’t crash down on a passerby’s skull, of course. (Insert friend with carpentry skills here.)

I can afford this, and I can do this. So can you! (From the Fashion and Compassion booth).
I can afford this, and I can do this. So can you! (From the Fashion and Compassion booth).

And finally, my favorite. This is the prayer wall, which appears to be made of two 4X8 pieces of MDF. They split one down the middle longways, then hinged them together. Add chalkboard paint and hand the women a piece of chalk to add their own thoughts. Everyone helps decorate!

Plywood + chalkboard paint = perfect.
Plywood + chalkboard paint = perfect.

What other good ideas do you have for decorating for an event? What did we do before Pinterest? Perish the thought. I don’t ever want to live without that beautiful site again.

4 Comments on Well, It Is a Women’s Conference. We’ll Probably Need a Bird Cage or Fifty.

  1. Katie
    July 30, 2014 at 3:44 am (3 years ago)

    My favorite prayer on the board: “Lord please help me not throw up on myself.”

    Hopefully they aren’t overcome by all the bird cages that somebody pillaged from every craft store in the tri-state area!

  2. memyselfandkids.com
    July 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I stopped reading at the point you instructed. i hope you enjoyed the conference.
    Too many car stops, Ms. Go home!

  3. Jessie Clemence
    July 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I didn’t actually READ the prayers. I just took a photo for tacky and personal reason. Now I’m wondering who wrote that and if she did, indeed, throw up on herself!