This was the invitation I created. We send ours out via e-mail to all the sisters so it worked great. (I had another ward ask to use our invite, but when they tried to print it out it was slightly pixelated. So if you use the image from Pinterest, know that it's only about 400 x 600 pixels and can't be enlarged.)
Seriously love this little couple though--they make me smile. They were perfect to set the stage for our vintage theme.
I had these branches and glass jar left from the wishing tree at Patrick and Ashlee's reception in January. I created a "spring-ish" tree for the serving table by adding tulle pom-poms I made. I also tied a variety of vintage ads to the branches.
The kids gave me a vintage Schwinn bike for Christmas. I LOVE it! I set it against a pink vintage door backdrop and added a cupcake liner garland to greet the guests.
For the table centerpieces, Patti gathered up glass jars and lined the insides with vintage photos. She chose really great photos.
And since no meal would be complete without dessert, I asked Breanna to come up with something simple and delish. Oh my goodness, these Brown Butter Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip cookies were perfect and better than any bakery cookie I've ever tasted. And I love the way she packaged them up--a simple cellophane bag tied with bakers twine.
We had recently finished up a three week beginning quilting class, so we thought it would be the perfect occasion to have a quilt display. Many of the sisters who made table runners in the class brought them to share. We also asked the other sisters to bring quilts they had made or vintage quilts they owned. We have some very talented quilters in our ward!
Ruth did an amazing job displaying the 40+ quilts she gathered from everyone. She used a variety of ladders with poles, tables, chairs, quilt racks, etc. to drape and hang them. It was quite impressive. She also asked everyone to share the story behind each quilt or simply who made it/who it was for on a tag that was pinned to each quilt.
|left to right: Delayne, Brenda and Shauna.|
Delayne and Shauna have both survived cancer in the last year or two and have also received quilts we've made for them. They shared how meaningful it was to receive such a special gift they could use throughout their treatment and be reminded of the love their friends have for them. We love these sisters so much.
I take my calling as Relief Society Meeting Coordinator very literally. My board is very small (but a huge support), but I also have a huge pool of these talented women to choose from and so many who are willing and love to serve. I am able to delegate and coordinate with the sisters in my ward who have specific talents and gifts and use them for individual projects, classes or celebrations. It works beautifully and I love that no single person or group is doing everything and becomes overwhelmed and stressed out. It also works because I have a Relief Society President who trusts my skills and inspiration and let's me go with it. It also helps that we both think very alike--keep things simple, simple, simple and simple, and let go of the unnecessary. :)
Don't get me wrong, my calling is still a lot of work. It's challenging and requires some mad organization skills. But I love it. And it's extremely rewarding for me to see the sisters shine by sharing the things they love most and helping others learn and develop new skills.
Happy 170th Birthday, Relief Society!
Update: I have had so many women ask for the ads and photos we used for our birthday celebration. I have all the vintage ads in a folder you can download. The photos weren't saved, but Mr. Google can help you find some. From now on I'll have everyone send me their portion, and we'll make them available on the post. :) So glad you love our ideas!