The theme was "Envision." A local Optometrist was to speak. I "envisioned" a speech about looking to into the future and envisioning where I want to be with my life in 5 years. She ended up talking about dry eyes.
By the time I joined the committee they had already designed a cute little owl logo for the brunch. I took that as a chance to go with a green and blue color scheme.
I had a $150 to play around with. I wanted to make bright colored runners for the tables. The tables were to be 6 foot rounds with white table cloths and then navy blue napkins. Ikea used to sell green and white striped fabric by the yard but our store didn't have any when I went to search for it. I ended up at JoAnns fabrics and bought 10 yards of a waterproof utility fabric. I honestly don't know the proper name to call that fabric. Reusable grocery bags are made out of it. It cuts like butter and I didn't need to hem them. It was 99 cent a yard after all of my coupons...score!
I ordered bulk flowers from Sams. 30 stems of blue hydrangeas and 40 stems of sunflowers yielded 9 small table arrangements and 2 large bouquets to give to the Panhellenic President and the speaker. Warning! Tracking fresh flowers is not an easy task. Especially if you have a deadline. I pulled it off but I don't think I want to cut my delivery date the day before again. I would give yourself at least 2 business days. They looked a little wilted but water helped perk them up overnight.
There were 6 scholarship candidates at the brunch. I made each of them a set of monogrammed towels for their kitchens and then wrapped those in a clearance tissue paper from Target.