In my ward we always have refreshments first:-)
The plan for the activity is as follows:
6:30 Bless Refreshments/Socializing
7pm Start Program.
It works out perfectly, since not everyone can make it at 6:30, so the program is at 7pm. When we used to have refreshments at the end, people would have to leave and miss them, so it just made sense to start them off at the beginning.
at 7pm we have an opening song to start off the program portion of the night.
Part 1: Speaker for 10 min on the history of quilting.
Part 2: Sisters that brought a quilt to display got a few minutes to talk about the quilt they brought and who made it etc.
Part 3: I should have added a minute to win it or short game here!
We had about 15 sisters come out for the night. I realize quilting may not interest everyone, but the sisters who came really enjoyed it. Having a variety of activities is the key:-)