Friends as you all know, I am a huge fan of Cultivate What Matters. Powersheets have changed my life- even with a chronic illness (check out how I use them here!) In 2018, I got two of my very good friends to order powersheets for 2019. We get together monthly for powersheet prep dinners where we all catch up over dinner, review the current month, and create our tending lists for the following month. This year I got my mom into loving powersheets, a good friend is now digging in, and gifted my sister Caitie a 2020 set this year.
This past spring, I got this idea to throw a powersheet prep party! (This was actually planned even before the Cultivate Your Year Live was announced.) Knowing December gets busy for everyone, the six of us all talked back in June and found a date that would work in December and here we are! My best friend Maura was so gracious in agreeing to host alongside me to make this party the best that we could.
In this blog post, I will share all of the pictures from our night last night, how we put it together, all the supplies* we used, and the itinerary we made so you can host your own Powersheet Prep Party!
*the supply list and links can be found at the bottom of this post
How we did it
This was by far the hardest part.
First we taped down a plastic table cloth to the table to make sure that the ink we used on the Kraft paper would not bleed through and stain the dining room table.
Then we wrapped the table in white craft paper very carefully.
Once the paper was secured to the table, the real fun began!
We measured out how much room we wanted to give each person and then made a custom place setting for their powersheets. I picked some of my favorite cultivate what matters sayings and choose each saying specifically for that person and put them on the left side of the setting. On the right side, we made a clear spot for the star of the party- the 2020 powersheets!
We chose to make the quote and the powersheets place an inch smaller than the size of the cover so that they would look better while people worked and instagrammed. I had a blast making these settings!
The Table Runner
Maura had full creative control on the table runner and it was gorgeous! We wanted to keep things very simple.
For our place cards we used Cultivate’s goal card display set. With the favors (which you will see in a bit), we gave everyone a color. Maura lettered everyone’s name and used the accent color we gave everyone. On the back of the cards I lettered the prayer for 2020 that God placed on my heart to share with everyone as we head into this new year.
Now it wouldn’t be a celebration without glitter and confetti so we embellished the table with an ample amount of both.
As a office supply enthusiast putting these together were a DREAM!
Not to brag, but my pen game is really strong! This is my third year doing powersheets and I have learned the pens I loved the best. I wanted to give everyone a set of these pens to get started. I included my favorite ink pen, erasable pen, mechanical pencil, and everyone got a different colored highlighter. I can’t throw a party without mason jars because it’s a very well known fact that I use mason jars for everything! Then I added some twine and glitter to them.
If you watch the cultivate office’s instagram stories you will know that they love to ring those cowbells, so we knew we had to have some. We took white cow bells, a sharpie, and some ribbon. The cowbells on the front say, “Oh Happy Day! #bestdecisionever,” the sides say, “2020,” and the back say, “Today is the day, *insert name*.”
We got everyone a happy day confetti popper for after they wrote their name down on the first page of their 2020 powersheets!
As a whole this is what everyone’s place setting looked like along with a final look at the table
Everyone that came has a strong pen game, and we knew the table would get full fast. We wanted a place for everyone to put their 2019 powersheets (if they had them) and all of their other accessories. As well as a place to put their drinks and desserts. We based the design off of the word of the year cards!
We had everyone who came bring a dessert to create a glorious dessert bar we had Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Peppermint Sugar Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Cakes, and Cupcake Shooters.
“Dreams become decisions when you cultivate them…. and desserts become decisions when you eat them!”
We added some glitter to the china cabinet and displayed all of our favorite art prints from the cultivate shop!
Itinerary for the Night:
We started by asking everyone to share their name, how long they had been using powersheets, and why they chose the cover they did.
Before we got started, I prayed over 2020 and our goals.
This was my prayer:
Lord bless these pages and grow us. Let every word we write, every thought we process, and every goal we uncover to honor You. Grow something that is bigger than us and lasts longer than us. Grow us in new ways that challenge us to dig into Your word. Grow our hearts to be full of desire to worship You. Grow us into the person You have called us to be. Grow a life of intention and purpose. Bless 2020 Lord and all it will hold, the good and the bad, and give us Your overflowing, non-circumstantial joy!2020 Prayer
Words of Encouragement
Before we got started on the prep work, we passed around the place cards so everyone could write some words of encouragement with the hope that if any one of us gets discouraged throughout the year they can pull these out and be encouraged!
We knew that once we got into the prep work there would be no stopping so we took group pictures, a couple short fun videos (check out my Instagram highlight entitled “PSP Party 2020”), and then we took individual videos and photos for everyone signing their powersheets. Side note there was a lot of confetti and loud cowbells rung!
We decided to take on Lara Casey’s challenge to see who could use all of their stickers from their powersheets first. We even had a prize!
We Made a Mess
This was the best part of all. Everyone got out all of their accessories out and we started uncovering what mattered to us in the prep work. Everyone took it at their own pace and shared some awesome ideas!
Extra Supplies Offered
I provided the table with super tip markers, erasable fine liners, erasable markers, highlighters, Washi tape, book marks, and gold stickers. I also had spare mason jars for everyone to keep their pens they brought in.
Supplies We Used:
For the Table:
- Bulletin Board White Kraft Paper
- Painters Tape
- Plastic Table Cloth
- Double Sided Tape
- Black Tombow Pens
- Jumbo Glitter
For the Place Settings:
- Mini Mason Jars
- Jumbo Glitter
- Papermate Pencils
- Papermate Flair Pens
- Frixion Erasable Pens
Extra Supplies for Table:
Sticker Contest Prize:
Want to get your own set of Powersheets? You totally should! There is nothing magical about January 1st!
I can’t wait to see how you grow your goals! Check them out here! #teamblooms
P.S. Team Cultivate if you need us for Cultivate Your Year Live we are available to help decorate!
Cassie Nolin is a married spoonie who lives the chronic illness life with EDS + Co. (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it’s comorbid conditions.) She challenges others to choose grace over guilt in goal setting, and is in ministry part time serving the online community through The Spoonie Study. She loves planting, hand lettering, and sharing the hope she has found in Jesus. Her blog, Living the Chronic Illness Life, is in the top 100 chronic illness blogs and her podcast, Chronically Cultivating, is produced by Speaking to the Heart Network. Cassie encourages women to live authentic and intentional lives through their diagnosis’ not in spite of them. You can learn more about her at www.livingthechronicillnesslife.com
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