Did anyone catch Oprah yesterday? Her guest was Bill Clinton, promoting his new book, “Giving.” The show also featured the founders of Kiva.org, and I just recently heard a story on NPR about this organization that allows everyday people to make microloans to entrepreneurs in developing nations.
On the heels of watching this show, I checked email to find TWO invitations to “sip and shop” parties–you know, jewelry shows, trunk shows, Southern Living Home Shows, where you bring a friend, drink wine and spend money on stuff…that kind of party. All of this created the perfect storm of an idea…why not host a “Giving Party”–serve wine, invite every woman I know and ask them to bring a friend, and rather than purchasing a bunch of stuff we could probably all live without, have laptops available around the house and allow people to GIVE (anonymously, to kiva.org or other worthy organizations).
I’m still letting the idea float around in my head for a few days to work out the details. But I really think I’d like to do this sometime this fall. I figured if I put it on my blog, you’d hold me to it! Share your input and let me know if you have ideas or have ever attempted to throw such a party. And if you Tivo’d Oprah yesterday, I encourage you to watch it. It was a very inspiring show!