On the Avenue with Barbie®

2018 National Barbie® Doll
Collectors Convention

Table Hosts

Hosting a table is a fun and rewarding part of making our convention a success!

Barbie doll with ice creamVolunteering to host a table helps table-mates feel welcome and provides an opportunity to bond with others. Assigned tables allow the same people to sit together at each meal event, getting to know each other on a personal level.

Whether sitting with old friends or making new ones, the host should make everyone feel comfortable, and make every experience a memorable one. The host should graciously look out for everyone, whether it's engaging them in conversation or simply making sure they have what they need at each event.

The host will be responsible for prepping their table prior to the doors opening and to collect, and place, official convention gifts at the table as directed. As every convention is unique, it is important for hosts to listen to instructions given to them during early entry at every event. There will also be a Table Host/Hostess meeting on Wednesday, so please be sure to check your schedule should you be selected to host a table. Only 1 person per table will be acknowledged as the official host.

Questions about table gifts comes up every year. All gifts (with the exception of official convention gifts) are completely optional and should be considered on an individual basis. While some hosts prefer to have a gift-free table, others like to participate at every event. It is up to table-mates as to decide how, and when, they might like to participate (or not), in gift-giving.

A common recommendation is to consider the size and "packability" of gifts, knowing that your table-mates will need to get it home with them. In addition, free space at the table is limited because place settings are already set when conventioneers enter the room.

Whatever you decide, remember that the joy of attending convention is being with one another and enjoying the entertainment or program at each event. Above all, have fun!

To apply to be a table host, please return the Table Hosts form to:

Cheryl Burnett
7819 Misty Cove,
Humble, Texas 77346

Shortly after you are confirmed as a host, you will be added to a Table Hosts Private Facebook page. Here you will be able to chat with other table hosts, share ideas, ask questions, and you may find some Conventioneers looking for seats from fellow hosts

Assignment of table hosting is on a first come, first serve basis. We may receive more offers to host than there are spots. In recent years, table hosting has become quite popular and not everyone who is willing to serve may be selected as a host. Because of this, you may wish to refrain from confirming table guests or working on any host gifts until you have been confirmed as a host. Choosing to move forward on these activities before you receive confirmation that you have been selected as a host is a risk for which you take sole responsibility.

Once you are confirmed as a host, please use the Table Hosts Guest List form to sign up Conventioneers at your table. It is important that you have the correct spelling of each Conventioneer and their registration number filled in on the spaces below when you turn in this form. If we do not receive this information, we cannot guarantee you will be seated with whom you want.

Questions? E-mail your Table Host Chair Cheryl Burnett at cheryldburnett@hotmail.com,
or reach her by phone at 713-816-1188.

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