I spent a lot of time planning for our big Relief Society dinner/Visiting Teaching Conference. After tossing around a lot of ideas, I finally settled on the theme of friendship. I saw this Mary Engelbreit illustration and quote that I loved, and it became the basis for the whole night. I had so much help from Jaime, my sis. She designed these awesome invitations and helped me so much as I planned the décor.
Another sweet friend, Katie, helped me with the food.. we decided to have it catered by Kneaders. We had to go eat there to really look at everything and decide.. ;) We even tried some desserts just to be sure.. it was fun, fun!! I bought this adorable polka dot teapot there that I just knew I wanted to use.
Another dear friend, Sarah, who is crazy talented by the way, went with me to Hobby Lobby and The Dollar Store with me for frames, vases, and other décor.. we found these adorable artificial fruits that ended up being perfect for the theme. I'd printed out a lot of Mary Engelbreit illustrations that were friendship themed, and bought fabric for the tables. I was amazed how it all fell into place.. the pictures that printed well ended up looking perfect with the fabrics I chose.. and it all just came together so well.
The morning of the activity, I had more friends, Angie, Shannyn, Taylor, Sarah, Shelley, and Camie all come to help me. It was so thoughtful of them, and there's no way I could've gotten it done without their help! Camie was so nice to go pick up salads for me at Costco that day which was a huge help, as I ended up setting up at the church until close to 1pm. But how beautiful do these tables look?
I was so glad that Jaime suggested I get confetti. It added the perfect touch.
I bought gerbera daisies and sunflowers from Trader Joe's and they looked so happy and colorful.
I found adorable cherry lollipops on Amazon that went with the cherry napkins and cherry straws. Taylor tied the lollipops onto the favors, which were laminated lists of how to befriend those you visit teach. Shan helped me by laminating them all and cutting them all out for me.
Luckily, Sarah brought her cake stands.. I have a few, but she has some really cute ones that looked so great. And how cute are those tall milk bottles I used as vases? I found them last minute at Hobby Lobby and knew they'd be perfect for the tall flowers.
Shelley did an amazing job with the center piece decoration.. she made those huge flowers by hand! Aren't they awesome? She also made the cute cherry balloon garland.
The Kneaders food was gorgeous and delicious.
The striped black and white runners were actually wrapping paper and the black and white banners on the tables are from Target.
The key lime tarts were my favorite.. so yummy!!
Also, I loved the cranberry orange bread. It was so tasty!
This was the table as the ladies entered the dinner.. don't mind the packing tape.. in my haste I totally forgot it was there.. and I'm sure everyone was wondering why it was when they came in.. oh well!
Another table as the ladies entered.. and adorable cherry balloons Shelley made.
We didn't have as big a turnout as we hoped. But I think everyone enjoyed the dinner and program that night. I'm so thankful for such wonderful friends who are such a support to me. The program consisted of some ladies sharing their thoughts about visiting teaching and how it's blessed their lives. And then Ruth, our Relief Society president, shared her vision for visiting teaching in our ward and shared a beautiful video of about the Savior. It was all so lovely.
I'm wearing black and white stripes in the front row, second from the left.. yes, I had to match the décor. I have issues, I know.