Know what I was doing a week ago today? I was hosting my Bead for Life party! I wrote about how I found out about Bead for Life, and how I made a set of prayer beads from some of their loose beads in this post.
I cannot tell you how easy and fun this party was. All I did was go to the Bead for Life website and sign up to host a party. I picked the date (June 21) and guesstimated on how many guests I might expect (20) and Bead for life sent me a BIG BOX. Inside were bags and bags of some colorful, creative, meaningful jewelry. I sent out an eVite to all my pals and went to Trader Joes and bought a buncha goodies. Then I cleaned my house. CLEANNNNNEEEED MY HOUUUSSSE. This was the worst part of throwing the Bead for Life party, but there ya go. It had to be done. Otherwise, we would not have found the beads under all the dog hair and dust bunnies.
Okay, the day of, I laid the beads and the jewelry out on placemats on th dining room table, threw the CD of songs sung by the women beaders Bead for Life sent me and waited for the doorbell to ring. About 12 of my friends came by and everyone oohed and ahhhed over the beads. It took most people quite a while to decide what they wanted because there was so much to choose from and each item was different! But everyone left with something – and a full tummy.
I cannot encourage you too strongly to host one of these parties. It is such a good cause, benefiting Ugandan women, some of whom have been war crimes victims (read: raped) and some who have HIV. They make these beautiful beads from long strips of colorful paper, rolling and gluing them into beads. Then they shellac them and string them into bracelets, necklaces and earrings. With the money they earn they pay rent, send their kids to school and buy food. And the jewelry is lovely! I bought a 5-strand necklace of pink beads and four bangle bracelets, each a different but coordinating color so I can wear one or all at the same time.
Then, when the party was over, I packed up the beads and sent ’em with my husband to work. Next they go home with my girlfriend Daniela so her mom can have a look. So far, we’ve made about $700 for Bead for Life. I am thrilled! And when I am all done, I just put the beads back in the box they sent them in and slap the mailing label they sent me on top. DONE!
Now it’s your turn! BEAD FOR LIFE!