Yesterday, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Congressional Club’s annual luncheon (as a guest of a dear friend) in honor of the First Lady – a tradition that has been taking place for over 100 years. I love the formality and quiet elegance of such luncheons, and was particularly excited to be a part of this historical affair.
They came together yesterday to not only honor the First Lady, but to also highlight the good work being done by the Fisher House for military families. The Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. To learn more about the Fisher House Foundation, and what you can do to help military families, you can visit their website by clicking here.
The theme of the event, which changes every year, was California in Bloom. The tables were elegantly decorated with bright shades of pinks, as well as California Poppy motifs and designs. I definitely picked up a few good event planning ideas, to include using a pashmina as a chair cover. Pashminas were draped over guest chairs and tied in a loose knot. At the end of the event, guests were able to take their pashmina home, and I was wearing mine in time for a lovely evening walk. The gift bags were also lovely, and included a copy of the Congressional Club’s Cookbook which is a compilation of recipes from Members of Congress and their spouses. As a former Congressional staffer, it is a gift I will always treasure.
All in all, it was a lovely afternoon that not only raised awareness about the Fisher House, but was filled with friendship, history, tradition, and protocol.