Every March our church celebrates the organization of the organization of the women’s group called Relief Society. For the last couple of years I have had a hand in planning and pulling together our Relief Society Birthday celebrations. You can see last two years here and here. We always like to have some sort of theme and this year we had a Relief Society Birthday Party Picnic.
We were all about classic picnic colors; red and white.
The invitations and theme were based around this invitation for a visiting teaching conference one of the ladies on the committee came across.
We used a wicker picnic basket to hold our plates and napkins and served our food buffet style. Our menu consisted of pecan chicken salad croissants, potato salad, watermelon, veggies and dip and a green salad. Everything was so delicious. The chicken salad was a Kneaders copy cat made by someone else and the potato salad was made by another sister as well. To drink we had water but we also had a super yummy party punch.
For our tables, we wanted something simple. Because that is what a picnic is all about right? We had red and white checkered table clothes to top our tables and then used mason jars filled with colorful flowers, tied with some twine as our centerpieces.
We wanted the night to be focused on visiting teaching. A program in which each sister of the relief society helps care for other sisters and checking in with them on a monthly basis. We started our program by watching this fun video called The Visiting Teaching Movie on YouTube. Then our Relief Society president talked about the importance of visiting teaching. We decided we wanted to have some make and take handouts for the ladies to make so they could take them and deliver them to the sisters they are assigned. We had 3 make and takes and this is the one that I created.
This handout is to help get the sisters excited and prepared for our Semi Annual General Conference that is happening this weekend. You can learn more about what General Conference is here.
All the ladies had to do was take a handout and a package of m&ms, punch a hole in each corner and tie them together with some twine.
I’m including a download for this printable just in case you are looking for something to take to the sisters you visit teach. Please remember these printables are for personal use only.
To finish off the evening, we had a simple dessert of Easy Strawberry Shortcake.
It was a great night for visiting, laughing and creating friendships. Sometimes it’s hard to sit and enjoy these types of events when you are in charge, but this year I was able to because of the simplicity of our theme.
Here are some of the ideas we’ve done in the past: