Donating, giving and volunteering will have an eternal place on my bucket list. No matter how many checks end up next to it. For me, giving is an important part of happiness and that is why I was thrilled when my restaurant, Sugo Trattoria, was invited to decorate a Christmas tree to benefit the Rwanda School Project and other local organizations.
The Fabulous Women organization puts on a yearly Festival of Trees event that draws dozens of creative tree entries and raises thousands of dollars for deserving organizations.
The only instructions were it should be classy, glitzy and represent your business. The tree will then be auctioned off and all the proceeds with be donated to charity. Being a restaurateur, related decor themes immediately cluttered my mind; pasta, wine, flatware, table clothes and napkins. Ugh.
Then I envisioned dried pasta crumbling to the ground, children running around with forks they had plucked and people using the napkins as coasters during the event. No good.
What exactly is on this tree? I am glad you asked.
A glitzy handmade cork and pasta garland which allowed me to use a power tool and glitter all in one shot.
Last but not least, a handmade topper of an espresso cup, saucer, wine glass, mason jar and lid.
If you are interested in bidding on the Sugo tree (or any of the dozens of others), the event starts on December 1st. See the Fabulous Women website for all the details.
What theme would you have decorated your tree in?