I get to organize uplifting meetings once a month for the sisters of my congregation. For August we had our second annual dinner in celebration for those who set a goal to read any or all articles from The Ensign April Conference Edition.
I knew this was coming up at the beginning of the year so I was on the look out for a fun theme. If you know me, you know it's hard for me to just throw a dinner. A theme always make everything better! When I saw Sara's from Tell Love and Chocolate "You're One In A Melon" watermelon themed party, it was love at first site!
First let me say that I had great help from the board members I work with! I have some pretty stellar ladies who go with my crazy ideas and are super hard workers. Like, seriously!
Okay, back to the details. I had less than $200 to work with and that was for decorations, food and dessert. I used card stock as the main source for the decoration like Sara did for her party. Card stock is expensive now (I remember when it was $.25!) so watch for the sales. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off.
We were having two sisters share their experiences they had while taking on the reading challenge. I created a little backdrop for them using a paper garland I cut and sewed together. I also copied her sign (which she has a printable for) on some large paper I already had on hand.
I created a second sign for a little back drop for the table. Along with that second sign I created hanging garland using Sara's tutorial. It really didn't take a lot of time once I got going on it.
We wanted to make this a lighter meal since it's still blazing hot in Texas! We served Southwestern Chicken Salad Wraps, watermelon (duh!) and some chips. There a few ladies with food aversions so we also had some wrap filling alone along with some baby spinach they could make a little salad with.
You can barely see them, but with all of the scrap paper I had I made little watermelon picks for the wraps. Adorable! I also used up my scraps by simply punching out different sized circles for some confetti for the table. In hind sight, I should have cut those circles in half to make watermelon confetti! Oh well, it was still cute!
Libbie Summers shared her version of refreshing water so, of course I had to incorporate that!
We had Swig Style Sugar Cookies for dessert. I'll be honest, by the time I got around to decorating the cookies, I was pooped and running really behind. They aren't as cute as I had envisioned, but they still tasted fantastic!