Debbie James presented the program, Party Planning Tips, to the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club at Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall.

James said that wedding showers and baby showers were the most popular types of parties. Adequate time to plan is necessary for all parties. The first thing to do is to decide on a budget. If others are involved in giving the party, working together is very important. Set a deadline. Some of the things to decide are: 1) the location of the party, 2) the time, 3 theme, 4) how many people are going to be invited, 5) food, 6) music, 7) and games if needed, according to a news release.

James had members discuss a theme for their summer picnic and suggest ideas for Valentine, Christmas, anniversary, and graduation parties.

Brenda Robinson, club president, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Community service was discussed. Delores Kelley, community service chairwoman, said that the club has collected 846 food items as well as $22 for the Transformation Project.

Nancy Rosen, special community service project chairwoman, reported that she and Margaret Thomas donated from the club: six pens, a purse, a tote bag, a travel cologne and lotion set, and money for hair care for the club’s second adopted resident at Davis Life Care Center.

Upcoming events were discussed. Connie Herrin, Jefferson County EHC Educational Fellowship Tour chairwoman, reported that there will be a fellowship tour to Crystal Bridges in March or April and a trip to see hummingbird banding possibly in May.

The Home and Garden Show will be held Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members were asked to sign up to work the EHC booth from 2-5 p.m. Friday. There will be an AEHC Workshop at the 4-H Center in Ferndale. The cost for registration and lunch is $25.

The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers will have a community service project to distribute cookies to the police, fire departments, county judges, mayors, the radio station, newspaper, and EMS on Feb. 5. Each club is asked to provide at least 10 dozen cookies. Members were asked to sign up if they can help.

Also, leader training and the board meeting will be Feb. 5 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Extension Office.

Gwen Bunch, guest of Joyce Johnson and Linda Murray, was welcomed as a new club member.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.