Two hours minimum for time to mingle, play, and explore.
Invite guests 2 weeks in advance (* +/- 12 is the sweet spot.)
Assign page from Coddiwomple Queen Journal for the evening to complete before or during the event. No pressure. Guests can also just jump into topic without having a journal to participate.
Provide a few small bites and beverage of choice. Yum!
Create a comfy space. Keep simple. Think lots of pillows, candles, fresh flowers, and tissue. Room to do spontaneous handstands. ☺
To begin, pass out small bottles of bubbles. During party, when feeling compelled to offer advice, blow bubbles at the person instead! Sans fix, more curiosity! Moved or inspired by a share, shower them with bubbly love. Agree if catch someone in the advising act, others will blow bubbles their way too as a playful reminder. This is space to play not blame, gossip, or feel broken.
Begin by person hosting group telling a knock, knock joke, doing best dance move, party trick or telling a 2 minute story of something funny that happened recently.
*Spontaneous choices welcome!
Now set a timer for 10 minutes. This is time for participants to pick their share from journal or complete part of page.
*Add or take away time as needed. Put out a bowl of colored pencils, chalks, or markers within reach so guests can also add a bit of bling to their thoughts! A candy bowl or dish of fresh raspberries never hurts too.
Let the sharing begin. Anything! What inspired, surprised, made cry or smile. There’s no one-way to engage in the moment. Just play.
*This is where host can add activity from our monthly post.
When everyone has shared, go around the circle and have each guest complete the following statement: “This Queen is going to…”
End by filling the room with bubbles! Whoo hoo!
Monthly “Queen Pause Play” Activity
This activity matches “State of My Heart” and adjoining Queen Pause Page.
Get a large cardboard box with enough room to cover four small bowls, spread two inches apart.
Cut four individual holes in the side of the box large enough to stick a hand through.
On the box, write “Mystery Box! Only brave hearts dare enter!”
Next, take four bowls, in each, place a different item. These items represent different states of the heart so mix them up.
EX: cold spaghetti, ice cubes, feathers, wet sponge, rock, velvet ribbon.
Cover the four bowls with the box so guests cannot see what’s inside.
Have each guest take turns reaching into the box and feeling the different contents inside. Tell them ahead of time not to announce what they feel. Secrecy is part of the fun and usually causes spontaneous giggles. Instead, after their turn, have participants revisit journal page and add/read reflect on what’s there. Is their heart in the same state?
Once everyone has had a turn, go back to your circle and share.
Overheard at a Queen Pause Party...
“It was amazing. Helped me to connect to my heart and my creativity. It was energizing and uplifting. I felt safe and supported and free to be real and authentic and explore challenging experiences. It helped me to heal some old wounds that I previously did not have the emotional strength to address. It was fun and transformative. Lisa has a true gift of connecting with people and inspiring them to become their best selves.”
Norah F., Architect
“Lisa's Play Party was fabulous! I took part with approximately 8 other women from all walks of life, most of whom I didn't know. She sets a welcoming, "let down your guard," space for women to be playful, grounded and comfortable in their own skin. She helped women discuss serious aspects of life through the lens of play. We kindled our imaginations through guided role playing with Barbies, funny face masks, sensory experiences, and art activities. This was a one-of-a-kind evening that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely do again!