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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

RS birthday celebration 2013



Our annual Relief Society birthday celebration was last week and I would chock it up as a great success. Our theme was "Small and Simple Things."

I have to admit, this are my favorite invitation I've created to date. I feel like I'm coming into my own style and loving it. :)

I've always been one to take a great idea and tweak it to fit my needs or make it my own. I've realized that's not the case with everyone. So many of you contact me wanting to recreate what we've done for our Relief Society meetings, and I think that's great! I'm flattered, actually. So from now on, I'll share as much as I can. :)


Our decor was super simple. We've had a very, very long winter here in Utah, so we wanted something that shouted spring. These balloon flowers are bright, cheery and large enough to not get lost in a gigantic cultural hall. They're also easy to make. I love the colors Tracy chose--pink, orange, and teal. We strung them across the cultural hall on fishing line. (Note: Tracy used 9" balloons since they were the only ones available. If we had to do it over, we would have blown up the flower centers a little larger to hide the tied together mess better.)

We ended up getting triple duty from the balloons. My friend Crystal, told me her daughter Abby was having a birthday party two days after the social, and that the balloons were the same colors as the invite and decorations. I told her to take them when we were done. She was thrilled. Crystal then took them to Tracy's home, who used them for her daughter's party the next day. Love it!

The streamers were cool too. Tracy made them from plastic table cloths she cut it strips, then pulled on the edges to "ruffle" them. The cost of decor for the night ended up being minimal.

I had these lanterns from Patrick and Ashlee's wedding last year. They lined the walkway to the reception center. I just added a simple pink sheer ribbon bow and set them in the center of the tables.


I asked Erin Winters to create some chalk art for us. It was the perfect finishing touch to our decor. She chose the perfect quote and scripture for our theme. 

Here's the quote she used:
"There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I love it.

And I love President Uchtdorf. Seriously, who doesn't? My daughter-in-law Ashlee, is a fantastic hair stylist. (I'm not just saying that because we're related. ;)) She told me the first time she met President Uchtdorf, she kept thinking, "He has the greatest hair!" So the first time Lynn went to Ashlee to get his hair done cut (sorry, hon), he told her, "I want President Uchtdorf hair."


For our dinner, the presidency made these scrumptious ham and cheese poppy seed sliders. They were a hit. Marci bought rolls from a local bakery (Shirley's). Just a personal note, I'm not a fan of mayo, so if I were to make these for my family, I think they would be just as good if I left it off. What do you think?


For the rest of the meal, they had the sisters sign up to bring a favorite salad or dessert.


As we finished up dinner, Gail Tilley, our Stake RS President, gave a great message and led a discussion centering on our theme. She's hilarious and we all love her so much.


I chose this quote--one of my absolute favorites--to go along with our theme. I gave a 4x6 print to each of the sisters who attended the celebration as a little swag. Once again I have to give credit to Bobbi for this quote layout. I used her same quote for last year's RS celebration, after seeing it on Pinterest and tweaked it just a little to fit our theme. Now I'm using the layout again. Thanks again, Bobbi! (*Remember to have the auto enhance turned OFF when you print these or you will get a very funky color.)


We also included service in our celebration. Marci (our RS President), suggested care packages for the missionaries serving from our ward. We loved the idea. Because Patti has a missionary son out right now, I delegated that task to her to organize. 

Patti announced our project and sent out a list to all the sisters of suggestions for items we could include in the packages. We brought them the night of the celebration. Here's the list of suggestions:
  • ties
  • treats and/or snacks
  • mints
  • socks
  • photos of Christ or the temple to give away
  • CTR rings to give to kids
  • stamps
  • hair clips or ties
  • written story of your conversion
  • your written testimony

Anything else you'd add? We also added a copy of the David A. Bednar quote from the meeting. Patti also had note cards so we could jot a quick note of encouragement and love to those serving. 


And of course there was lots and lots for socializing, something we're all very good at. :)

We accomplished our goals--socialize, service, and bringing the spirit to our meeting. I'd love to have you share any details of your favorite RS meetings.

Resources:
Hello, cupcake invite psd. (find someone in your ward with Photoshop Elements and have them add your information.
Hello, cupcake invite jpg. (Use a different program to add your information.)
balloon flower tutorial
ruffled tablecloth streamers tutorial
ham and cheese poppy seed sliders recipe
David A. Bednar quote

Also shared at these fabulous blogs:
Whipperberry
Chic on a Shoestring 

20 comments:

  1. LOVE it, Kim! You always do such a great job! It was a great night!

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    1. Thanks, Missy. So glad you were there. :)

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  2. I LOVE THIS!!! I have the same calling and it is SO hard to find inspiration sometimes, but this has totally inspired me for our activity this AND next month!! Thank you, thank you!

    oh, also I have had those sliders where they were made with butter instead of mayo. the recipe Does exist.

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    1. That's great to hear, Kit. That's why I share, hoping it will help other RS Meeting Coordinators or just inspire others when planning other events. You have to share what your plans are! I'm so curious. :)

      Glad to hear there's a recipe out there for the sliders that doesn't have mayo. I'm going to look right now.

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  3. You always have great ideas! Thanks for sharing so many details.

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  4. I make these sliders all of the time and use the butter mixture INSIDE and then bake. It's good with turkey as well as ham.

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    1. Perfect! Thanks, Terri, that's what I'm going to do.

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  5. Thank you so much for providing a download of the invitation! I make all the "publicity" fliers for our church, so I can always use some inspiration from others!

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    1. Me too! Thanks, Carolyn, hope you can use it sometime.

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    1. There's a list of links at the bottom of the post. Just click on the one you want and it will take you to it. Then click on download there. If you still have problems, let me know.

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  7. I have to ask- is that Rachel Wagoner in the last photo? I came to your blog looking at RS stuff and thought I noticed her. I knew her way back when in Wyoming. Say hi to her for me, if it is!

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  8. Is there a way I can download the full resolution image of the Marjorie Hinckley quote you did for last years activity the one about simplifying. My email address is okadry16@hotmail.com we are planning to use it for our RS activity next month. Thanks so much!

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  9. Thank you thank you thank you for providing the invitation! I just edited it for our activity next month, and I LOVE it! I was just called and I'm loving your site!

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  10. This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  11. Would you mind sharing the font you used on the birthday cake poster...just the part with dinner provided? I love this...perfect for our birthday enrichment!

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  12. How exactly did you hang the balloon flowers from the fishing line in the cultural hall???

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  13. I have the same question...How did you hang the balloon flowers?

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