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Sunday, March 20, 2011

spring quarterly Relief Society meeting

Our quarterly RS meeting was delightful! We ALL had a great time, including the board. We kept it super simple--love it!--and were able to visit and join in too. Marina told a funny story and oh my goodness, I laughed so hard I pulled a muscle in my neck. :) Good times.

This was our invitation:

flower designs: Crystal Wilkerson

I'll create more invites using this format--super simple and I love it.

For the tables, Jen grew wheat grass in these plastic trays that go under plants (not sure of the real name :P). She purchased them at the dollar store.

Lisa B. cut some butterflies on her Cricut machine for us. I made the celebrate circle using Photoshop Elements and punched them out using my 3" scalloped circle punch. We adhered both to skewers to make plant stakes. We added a
2 1/2" strip of patterned paper around the bottom of the grass to hide the not so pretty part. So fresh!

For dinner we had a delish salad bar, an assortment of homemade dressings and homemade rolls.

Our drink was infused water. (Okay, it's lemon water, but infused water sounds so much fancier and more refreshing--*wink*)

Sharlene (our wonderful RS President--she rocks!) gave a simple and sweet message about taking care of each other and visiting teaching. It was perfect.

During dinner we also played a RS trivia game that was so fun. Audrey and Louise came up with ten questions and each table wrote down their answers. My table won--whoo hoo! Okay, we wouldn't have won if Ruth wasn't sitting with us. She's pretty smart.

For dessert, we had this:

digital flower and label design: Crystal Wilkerson

It's the "grown up" version of dirt pudding. It was so yummy and worked great with our gardening theme. There are layers of cake, pudding and a cream cheese filling.

I made little cupcake pokies to plant in the "dirt."


The cake layer is the "Perfectly Chocolate" chocolate cake recipe on the back of the Hershey's Cocoa container, but with the addition of one cup of sour cream. This cake is what totally makes the recipe, so don't go with a boxed mix.

The pudding layer is just instant pudding. Jen used 2 large boxes per batch.

The cream cheese layer is:
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 c. real whipping cream, whipped

Layer the following: cake pieces, pudding, cream cheese filling, cake pieces, then pudding.
Sprinkle top with crushed Oreos if desired for a "dirt" look.

Each batch made 24 cups.

For our activity, we tied Morgan Winters' quilt. She's our only graduating senior this year. Yeah, Morgan! And we made fabric flower clips. 

They turned out great and were so simple to assemble, except for Tracy B., whose ended up perfect! :) There were six different fabric combinations to choose from.

Next month, Louanne Tillman, our new Homemaking Specialist, will be teaching a class on healthy smoothies and snacks. I can't wait!


  1. You girls look like you're having a lot of fun. What a great meeting that must have been! Everything looked so beautiful and festive. Keep up the good work.

  2. Beautiful as always Kim, looks like it was a super fun night!

  3. I love all your little details!! It looks so fun and festive!!! And I love the idea of the salad bar!

    I just got released from the RS presidency and I really miss planning activities!!! Nursery is fun but just not the same as planning a fun party every month!! :)

  4. What - you called me out? I will have you know I did my own and helped a bunch of people at my table. I just liked giving you a hard time. :)
    -Tracy B.

  5. I would love to find out the font that you used to the poster? THe cursivey one? lol is that a word?
    Thank you!

  6. Sigh. How in the world do I make a cute invitation for RS? Is there like a "make adorable digital invitations 101" class somewhere? Everything you have made is sooo adorable! Did you make them on your computer or buy them? Thanks!

  7. I was wondering about the printing of these invites. All wards have a budget; I know some are larger than others, but I was wondering how/where you all print your invites? Do you print them as large posters? We print ours on 18x24 (as well as smaller sizes to hang on doors) but due to the high cost of color, I stick to black and white....I'm REALLY wanting to do some color!!!

  8. I have most of our invites printed at Walmart. My local store has a machine that uses a powder processing rather than wet chemicals and the colors are beautiful! I have also used Costco, and they're fine as long as you don't compare them to a powder printer. (They will look super dingy) I can usually get them for about .15 each (I print 100), so $15 for the bunch. When I do Stake invites we print 800 and the price drops to ten cents.

    We only PRINT invites for RS socials, not classes or other activities. I may do up an invite for those, but I send it our on our RS e-mail list.

    I don't print posters, except for Stake Women's Conference or activities, or for Super Saturday with a list of pricing.

    Hope that helps.

  9. Our enrichment board loves the invitation you did. Might I ask how you did it or if it's difficult to replicate? Thanks, Heather