I have lots to share, though so I need to get to it. Today, enjoy the first installment of our mother-daughter Activity Day Recognition Night. Seriously, this thing was put together 92% with the Silhouette. It should be a commercial.
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Theme: Your Happily Ever After (based on speech given by Dieter Uchdorf here) leading to a focus on PRINCESSES. Could there be anything better for 8-11 year-old girls? As you will see, there is not.
Food was involved…salad, yummy biscuits, skewered fruit and daughter-served brownie sundaes. But I wasn’t in charge of that part and happily put it out of my mind. Give me the assignment for decorations any day.
Note: If I were doing this activity again, I would skip the dinner and replace that time with a more hands-on learning activity (relating to President Uchtdorf’s talk) and an opportunity for the girls to share their learning about the gospel with their mothers. Either way is great but after doing activities for the last 2 years, that is something I would have done a little differently now.
(photoshoot as arriving)
Dinner (girls served moms and brought dishes to kitchen before picking up desserts)
Message & Recognition of Activities Girls had done over the last 6 months
Concluding Remarks & Clean Up
1. Cake Stands – a staple in throwing parties and can be used for everything, not just food display.
I used my pink, aqua, lime, yellow and white cake stands (made with a little epoxy attaching a candlestick or dessert glass to the bottom of a plate and spray painting the entire thing with 2X Rustoleum paint) as the centerpieces because….well, because it’s spring and they are little girls and we were doing princess stuff and…it’s what I already had.
2. Mason Jars with Colored Daisies
Believe me when I tell you that you only need one flower per table to make it work. Especially when you add a couple of skinny-doweled Silhouette cut-outs to portray the theme. For me, it meant a crown and a “Your Happily Ever After” label card. Wrap them loosely in tissue paper to keep them in place and to hide the ends. Cost: about $1 if you shop sales for the daisies.
3. Plastic Tablecloth Ruffles
I saw this idea for creating a table runner using a plastic tablecloth and adapted it to work on a round table. Click for tutorial here. Perfect for anchoring the centerpiece on these large tables and making the whole thing look and feel more rich than it cost. You get 4 ruffles from each plastic tablecloth = that means 25 cents each. Plus, the ruffles look great draped at the top of my shutter backdrop.
4. Plastic Tablecloth Chair Bows
I’m sure you have seen these before but they must be done. An inexpensive way to add flair to ordinary folding chairs and to make the whole place feel like a celebration. Just cut down the length of a long plastic table cloth (we used the fold lines as guides) and you get 8 strips for bows. 12.5 cents each.
5. Candy Jars
I’ll post about these in just a bit and give you a quick tutorial but what I will say here is that the girls made these darling candy jars in the activity before our event with the intention of using them as our primary decoration at the Recognition Night. Click here for instructions. Personalized, filled with purpose, and the perfect way to reinforce the message of the evening. More coming on what I mean by that. These are not your ordinary candy jar. But let me tell you that the impact of the girls walking into the night with their mothers and seeing their work looking so perfectly lovely and enticing was a highlight of the evening.
6. Supplies for Craft
Part of our evening included a take-away craft that each girl got to create with their mothers. After cutting a 2″x6″ board into 6″ blocks, painting and sanding them, they were ready for the night. Our partners were in charge of that part (bless them) and I tackled 28 sets of vinyl lettering on the Silhouette. The vinyl shapes are available in my Silhouette store. Click here for the princess and crown. Click here for daughter of a heavenly king. I added some Staz-On ink to the vinyl edges to create a distressed look but it really didn’t need it. Plain or distressed – it looked great either way. The girls added a little rhinestone bling to their blocks and got to take them home as well to remind them of who they are and why they are here.
Here’s the thing, though. I like everything to have purpose. So, I designed the craft supplies to be part of the actual centerpieces of the table. Large shallow bowls that held the vinyl, craft sticks for rubbing, and rhinestones rested on a cake stand. Wood blocks were loving tucked under another pedestal and the ruffled tablecloth surrounded the entire thing. It looked great and there was no time wasted on handing out supplies. Efficient and beautiful. The perfect party.
7. Photo Booth
You first saw my photo booth at Cole’s superhero party and here it makes an appearance so that we could snap a quick pic of each mother with their daughter (probably to be used at a future activity….still working on the exact project idea). Invites told them that they could come dressed as princesses or in coordinating outfits if they chose. DARLING! Some of them really got into it and only added to the feeling of celebration. Seriously, do this every year, Kolette.
8. Scallop Wrapping Paper Placemats
The Silhouette didn’t fail me as I cut out a slew of 12″ scalloped circles from a roll of wrapping paper. I cut it into squares first then used two mats to keep the assembly line going as I cut out all the cute scallops. We mixed and matched napkins and paper cup colors to keep it all random but coordinating. They looked great with the green polka-dot placemats.
See, I told you that the Silhouette played a big role in pulling off this evening! We were so happy to see all the mothers embracing the evening and making it special for each of their daughters. Whether they dressed alike or worked side by side to complete the craft, it was a beautiful evening of sharing one-on-one time with some of the most important people in their lives. Thank you mothers!