Last night was our ward's Young Women in Excellence. We are very small in numbers these days so our night was quick but fun. This year our theme was 1 Nephi 8:10-12:
"And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit."
We chose to focus on Seeking the Sweet, an idea I had seen floating around Pinterest for a while. I explained the theme for a minute at the beginning of the program, read the scriptures above, talked about happiness (2 Nephi 5:27), joy (2 Nephi 2:27), and desire (Alma 32:27). I also loved the bishop's remarks at the end where he asked the YW what some sweet experiences we can seek are, and also talked about the word seek while reading Matt 7:7.
Here are a few pictures from our fun evening (as well as a few printable downloads. Don't miss them below!):
On a little table with the programs I put my copy of The Family Proclamation, which can be found here, because it so happened to be just the right colors.
I really liked the yellow and pink decorations they had on this blog, but I found these great big teal and pink paper lanterns so we stuck with those colors and added just hints of yellow. I love how the paper lantern display turned out. We had the girls' displays on cake plates.
Instead of going the candy, cookie, cupcake route, we stuck with just serving Italian Sodas. We set up a Build Your Own Italian Soda Bar and it was a hit! The girls LOVED it. They had a blast making their Italian Sodas and teaching their parents how to make them too. I had these posters printed at Sam's Club (they were about $8 each I think).
We made a ruffled tablecloth for our refreshment table using this tutorial. I bought a package of these cups and lids and some fun straws. For the Italian Sodas we needed Club Soda, pebble ice, a few different syrup flavors, half and half, and whipped cream. I also found some disposable shot glasses that we used as little measuring cups for our syrup and cream.
When we handed out the invitations we also handed out these little cards with a prompt that said, "A sweet experience that strengthened my testimony was..." We invited the girls to use these as a spring board for their little presentation and to keep these in their journals lest they forget. These girls are so cute and sweet. I loved hearing about their lives and testimonies.
All of the printables (the posters, invites, program, and experience cards) can be found here. They aren't editable PDFs, so I suggest opening the PDFs in PowerPoint and adding the text on top. For the fonts I used Montserrat and Kari, both of which are free, and can be downloaded at the links provided.
I love working with the Young Women and I love sharing these fun things we get to do. I also love a party with a good theme. Thanks for reading along.