|What is a Mini Meet?
||Anytime two pals or more get together, to share,
to craft, to have fun and laugh, it is a mini meet.
|I want to hostess a mini meet, where do I start?
||Select a date, an area, and post the information
to all the Pals lists you are on and ask your other Pals to
post the info on the lists they are on. Ask the members to reply
to you if they are interested, so you can get an idea of number
|Should it be at a hotel or home?
||This would depend on your desires, and how many
members attend and what size your home is. There's even been
a mini meet at a "Campground"...
|If I am going to have it at a hotel, how do I
go about arranging it?
You will want to scope out the hotels in your area and talk
to the function coordinators and see what kind of rates you
can get for the number of attendees you are expecting. Find
out if they would also provide a meeting room and what would
you get for meals.
|How long should the mini meet last?
||This is at your discretion. Most mini meets start
on Friday night for dinner as the Pals start arriving with most
of the mini meet being held on a Saturday. Sometimes breakfast
on Sunday and then off to travel back home. Some mini meets
have been extended for 2 days or more to allow for shopping
time.... : )
|What kind of activities are usually planned?
Again, this is up to you. You can ask for volunteers to do
crafting demos that you know they enjoy doing or demo computer
programs every one has been wanting to learn such as PSP or
the newer versions of PA. If you are going to do computer
stuff, make sure you have hook up at the hotel for laptops
or other puters and possibly printers.This is not necessary
though, you can get along just fine at a mini meet w/o a computer
|What are mini meet swaps?
||If the hostess decides she'd like to have a mini
meet swap, then you would make any craft item you like to take
to the mini meet. This is probably MY favorite part of any minis
because we usually just sit around and hand out our swap items
and describe how we made it. The ideas you get from these swap
items are just incredible. The hostess will let you know in
plenty of time how many to make. Many of the members will use
the winning logo to create their swap items or use it in some
manner, but this is not manatory. It is also not mandatory for
you to participate. You can watch and drool. LOL
|What does the host/ or hostess do once the mini
meet date and hotel is set up?
Again, this is up to the hostess. If she/he wants to round
up prizes, she can ask for donations from the Pals or the
Pal Vendors and decide how she wants to hand out the prizes.
Getting prizes is always fun, but it's also very important
to remember to thank the Pal Vendor once you get home for
the prize. These are donations at no charge to us and very
nice of the Vendors to do this for us.
The Hostess will also set up the schedule for the day. Start
time, lunch time, and line up demos or sharing events, and
be sure to allow for just some plain ole fashioned yak time.
It's amazing how much pals have to talk about.
|How often do you think there might be a mini meet
in my area?
||This is very difficult to answer, as you never know
who is willing to take on the responsibility of planning an event
like this. The average has been once a year for most minis, with other
Pal Members planning more than one a year.
|Do you have a Question that you would like to
ask about mini meets? Please Email Tish and she'll try and get
you an answer