Tonight was the relief society birthday dinner. We decided that it would be fun to throw a birthday party like you would for little kids. We had it decorated with a lot of bright colors. We took flower pots and made balloon bouquets out of them. I was so busy that I didn't have time to take a picture, but they turned out really really cute. For dinner we served chicken salad sandwiches on croissants, fruit w/cream cheese dip, salads, and desserts. Last enrichment we had about 30 people come, so I thought if we planned for 40 we would be safe. We had a great turn out. We ended with close to 50 people, which is one of the best turn outs we've ever had. I was so excited that people wanted to come!
Before dinner we had one of the sisters in the ward give a brief overview of Relief Society; how and why it got started, and what the purpose of it is. Then we ate and ate and ate. Afterwards we played some games. The first game was 2 truths and a lie. Pretty self explanatory: a person stands up and tells three things about themself, only 2 of them are true. Everyone else tries to guess what the lie is. It's a fun get-to-know-you-ice-breaker game. Afterwards we played Common Thread. That is where everyone is sitting in a circle and you send one person out of the room. While the person is out, everyone else decides what they are going to have in common, like before every answer you have to lick your lips, or wiggle in your chair, or you have to answer the last question that was asked instead of your own. Then once the common thread is chosen, you bring the person back into the room. That person then goes around the room asking random questions to anyone trying to figure out what the common thread is. It's hilarious! We had a great time. Then everyone got to take home a party favor bag. We had it filled with hershey kisses, a scripture marking pencil, a "Relief Society" hershey bar, chapstick, and a bookmark. A lot of people commented on what a fun time they had.
I'm so glad it turned out so well. Since we only have a big Enrichment Night 4 times a year now, I feel like it has to be extra special and good. I always hope that everyone feels included and that they all have a great time. I was very pleased with the turnout and very happy that people had such a wonderful time!
Now. . . what to do for the next one?