They say if you want something done, give it to a busy person. I think there is a lot of truth to that. I'm not good at just sitting. If I'm sitting down, I'm reading a book, making a list, doing some hand sewing, planning a new project...you get the idea.
They were also hoping for some type of favor to put at each place as a momento of the luncheon. I told her about the pincushions I'd made for a guild prize several years back and she loved the idea. As they are filled with sand, they could be used as paperweights for any of the women who don't sew. If you look closely you can see the pattern printed on the paper.