I only attended this activity as a guest so I can’t give you the play-by-play, behind-the-scenes plan. But I will share what I have because….this is worth sharing…and doing.
It was meaningful.
It was simple.
It was about connecting.
It was about developing relationships.
It was about celebrating these girls.
It was a lovely evening and I invite you to try it with your own Activity Day group. Here’s how it went down:
Everyone dressed up – looking darling and handsome. They gathered at tables for a short program, had dessert and a photo booth opportunity, then the dancing began. That was the extent of it. But from the twirls and spins and dips I saw on the dance floor, it was a magical night for these darling girls and their dads.
- short message from a member of the bishopric
- chocolate fountain bar for dessert
- photo booth (with props)
I wish I had a copy of the invitation, but I don’t. We will settle for the pictures I took that night with my phone. They strung a few strands of twinkling lights criss-cross across the gym to create a “dance floor” vibe. Kind of retro. Kind of Town Square Courtyard feel. Festive enough to feel special. The girls were taught how to create tissue paper poms at a previous activity (a life-skill if I’ve ever heard of one) and those added to the decor.
The tables had simple vases with silver branches to add some sparkle. There is never much of a budget for these things and I loved seeing them use their money on the most important parts of the event – the dessert was a special treat and the “gifts and favors” were meaningful and added to the event.
The bishopric counselor gave a wonderful (and short – about 5 minutes) message introducing their theme, “Daughter of a Heavenly King.” He talked about the song “Daughter of a King” by Jenny Phillips as well as a quote, “Be loyal to the royal within you.” Both became a little bundled favor for each girl to take home – a copy of the song and the printable. (There are many printables available online with this phrase if you do a simple search.)
Playing the song for the girls and their dads would have been a simple addition. Or perhaps have this song playing over and over as they arrived at the event. Either would have been a way to incorporate the actual song to the evening if you wanted to.
CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN BAR:
I thought that this dessert option was genius for a couple of reasons. I believe (this is totally my opinion) that serving a meal is often over-rated and an interesting dessert can usually (not always, but often) serve the same purpose. The reason I say this is because of the time and money it takes to do a meal is high and we can often get the same result just doing a dessert or smaller food item.
The second reason why this idea was so fabulous was because it was SPECIAL. Who has a chocolate fountain for dessert on a regular basis? Not me! It is fun and interactive and individual and SPECIAL. It made everyone there feel important and made the night feel magical. Plus, it probably didn’t cost a huge amount of money to provide the chocolate, some cut fruit, pretzels, cinnamon bears, marshmallows, etc. Great idea, ladies!
PHOTO BOOTH + PROPS:
Girls and dads chose props and had their pictures taken in sets of 3 – just like a photo booth. I have a feeling these pictures will find their way back to the girls in strips of 3 photos (just like a photo booth would produce) and it’s a great idea. If you don’t want to tackle that photoshop task, one picture is just as fun to commemorate the evening.
(UPDATE) – I was right! Here’s an example of the 3 photos each Daddy/Daughter pair received from their awesome leaders. So fun!
GIFT FOR DAD:
If dancing with your little princess wasn’t enough, each father received a gift from their daughter. I loved what these leaders helped the girls do for their dads. They decorated a frame but the photo inside was darling – an individual black and white shot of each girl (with a white background). Someone is good at this photography thing in the group because the photos were great and then they photoshopped a little crown and “Daughter of a King” label onto each image before inserting them into the frames.
With each photo was a letter to Dad from their daughter. This was a great opportunity to share their growth in the gospel, their goals, their achievements, and their love for their fathers. This letter was one of my favorite parts of the whole activity. What a treasure for these fathers to take home.
The dance took up about half of the hour and a half event. Disney tunes, upbeat versions of Primary tunes and other completely uplifting and wholesome music was played once the dessert and dance started. Lots of giggling, lots of twirling, lots of cool dance moves were going on. Most of all – lots of love was being shared.
It was a magical night to remember. It made me wish I was 10 years old.
This activity inspired me to design this printable. Thank you to the wonderful leaders who created such a fabulous evening!