For over a year I’ve served in a calling in my church I’ve always dreamed of. I am the Relief Society Meeting Coordinator…or what I still call the Enrichment Leader. It’s something I was asked to do and I do it in my own time and don’t get paid for it. Doesn’t sound too appealing, but I LOVE it!
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.
Make sure to check out her site for the official “how to” but, here’s how I implemented it on a tight budget for 50 women in a boring church gym…
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.
Typically we use the large round tables for dinner, but I thought it would be fun to do something different and use rows of the long tables. I picked up white plastic table cloths from Walmart for $1.00 each. Then we used a jumbo Sharpie marker to mark the black ‘seeds’ on the tablecloths.
I also picked up the pink plates from Walmart. I think you can find 24 plates for $1.00 in the party section.
I’ve learned in this calling these sisters love a cute straw! So of course I and a friend stockpiled a few of our Ikea straws from the beginning of summer.
When you pick a theme, you’ve got to just go with it. Earlier this summer 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!
We stayed under our budget and I think did pretty well with everything. The sisters really seemed to like it!
When I was planning all of this, my husband was kind of giving me the side eye and was curious why I was going to all the effort. At one point, I had that thought myself. But, then it hit me. As grown women, when do we ever get a themed party thrown just for us?! Why not make it special for my friends and fellow sisters of my faith. We all deserve it and if at least makes one person feel special then it’s worth it to me!