Last year I was in charge of our Relief Society Birthday Party. For those who don’t know, The Relief Society is the largest women’s organization in the world. It is the women’s organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons, of which I am a member. Every year, we celebrate the organization of the Relief Society with some type of activity/meeting for the women in our ward. A ward is how our church members are organized into congregations based on geographical locations.
Anyway, I know a lot of ladies are searching the web right about now for ideas for what to do for their activity this year so I wanted to share what we did last year because it was a big success.
Our theme for the night was:
“SOUP”ER SERVICE SOIREE
“Buzz”ily Doing Something Extraordinary
I based that off what Emma Smith said to the sisters at the very first Relief Society meeting…that they would be doing “something extraordinary”.
Here is our invitation made by a friend of mine who is also a fabulous photographer. You can find her on Facebook HERE!
So, we had a Bee theme for the main food table, which I did. I made these cute as heck cupcake toppers that I was in LOVE with and put them on cupcakes topped with a beehive of frosting. For those who don’t know, the beehive is a symbol of our church standing for hard work and industry. We had several soups and a delicious salad. We used beehive water dispensers.
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You just need to add some bee stickers to the flowers and mount on a cardstock background.
I made these food labels for our table. I have a FREE PRINTABLE version without words for you! Just click the button below. In exchange you just need to share it on Facebook or Twitter for me. Thanks!
I made this banner to hang above the table.
The backdrop is plastic tablecloths stapled to the wall. We used black tablecloths with yellow crepe paper strips across it.
I think the food table turned out so fun.
I asked several sisters to each decorate one of our tables with a party theme of some sort. The tables were AMAZING! I was soooo happy that they had done such a fantastic job and that it saved me all the work of trying to decorate all the tables myself. Take a look at these beautiful tablescapes. These could be used for ideas for other parties as well.
For the activities of the night we watched this short video to set the tone for the night:
We asked each sister to bring a “Birthday Gift” for another sister. They were to bring something they made or a gently used item. We used the gifts in a white elephant type game and every sister got to take home a “Birthday Gift”!
We also asked them to fill out these cards with a service they would like to receive. You have probably heard of service auctions for a Relief Society activity. I do not like service auctions. I think they can lead to a lot of hurt feelings. So we decided to turn it around and instead of bidding on a service you want, you write down a service (or two) you would like to receive. Then everyone had the chance to look through the cards and find a service they wanted to perform. They were instructed not to look at the back to see who was requesting the service but just to find a service they wanted to provide and take that card. They had one month to carry out the service. I think the sisters really had fun doing their services for other sisters.
This is the front
This is the back
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After dinner and games we all sewed self binding baby blankets for a local charity. They were soooo cute! I wish I had a picture! That was part of the Super SERVICE Soiree!
Do you love the Relief Society as much as I do? I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing organization that does so much good in the world!