Monday, June 4, 2012

Relief Society Garden Party {free conversation cards}

We have had quite a few new families move into our ward and many sisters have been in Primary, Young Women's, etc. that haven't met everyone. . . so, we decided to have Garden Party social for our monthly Relief Society meeting to meet everyone and find out more about those we know (or thought we knew).
Yes, I am aware that is a run on sentence:)
As everyone arrived, we had them take a skewer with a table number that told them which table to sit at and a worksheet to fill out about themselves (for our newsletter). Each plate had Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley's quote, "The trick is to enjoy life, don't wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead" under it that they could take home. That was our theme for the night. . . being happy with where we are at now in life. It is not always a easy thing to do. My husband and I have been in school / residency since we got married almost 10 years ago and it is very easy to think/dream about when we will be done but I know these moments are to be cherished!
After all the ladies had their food, we started with the conversation cards on each table. Some tables picked one or two and everyone answered the same questions and the other tables just went around the table picking one each. There are 6 cards that say something along the lines, "If you have ever broken a bone, move to the next table." We were hoping this would give the sisters a better chance to talk to everyone.
You can download ALL of these papers for your next garden party by clicking the download button below . . . or if you want some conversation starter cards for FHE. The kit includes:
FOOD TENT LABELS: 3 pages with 4 labels per page, 1 page I left blank
TABLE NUMBER CIRCLES: To determine which table to sit at. Easy to cut out with 2" circle or 2" scallop punch. There are 6 circles per table and go up to Table 6
TABLE TOPPERS: 4" circle toppers to label each table, enough for 6 tables
CONVERSATION STARTERS: 4 pages with 12 conversation starters on each. Easy to cut out with 2" circle or 2" scallop punch. I made 5 copies of each to put on each table (We only had five tables not six)
ENJOY LIFE QUOTE: Round quote to put under each plate for the sisters to take home







It was soooooo nice to sit and chat with all the amazing, funny, sweet, and loving sisters in our ward! I could have stayed for a few more hours talking, laughing and eating. But, I think our lovely babysitters needed a break:)
Thank you to the presidency and other sisters who helped decorate, cut everything out and brought food. Also, a HUGE thank you to the babysitters who stayed extra late to watch my kids so I could clean up!
And thank you to Amy over at Sprik Space for providing the background pieces, seriously if you haven't downloaded them yet, you must!

********************UPDATE
For those of you who asked, here is a blank 5x7 invitation that you can just click on and save to your computer. You can fill it in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Word, any other computer program or the good old fashioned way. . . by hand.
THE GARDEN PARTY PACK IS ALSO NOW AVAILABLE IN BLACK AND WHITE! Just click on the pictures below, save to your computer and print.
Blank Conversation Circles
Blank Food Tent Labels

 Conversation Circles



Small Table Numbers




Large Table Number Centerpieces





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25 comments:

  1. That is such a great idea for an activity!! Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous printables as well!

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  2. The download button isn't working for me. Is there something I am not doing? Love the idea. Our RS is having a Garden Party in August and this will be perfect!

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    1. I am not sure why it isn't downloading for you. Do you want to e-mail me at sugartotdesigns@gmail.com and I will send you the file? Thanks!

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  3. How FUN!! I'm on the enrichment committee now. You better believe we will be using these soon. LOVE THEM!!

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  4. Wow, this is awesome! What a great idea to get the sisters talking to one another! love it, and hope to use it soon.

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  5. I want to make an invitation for this Garden Party...I'd like it to match the rest of the stuff is possible! I love this idea and love the designs! Thanks or sharing!!! I couldn't find the yellow and white design paper on the blog you posted..? Please email me to let me know how to do it if you can:)
    gubler5@msn.com
    Thanks so much!

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  7. This is so awesome! I've have a getting to know you activity tonight and this is totally going to save me!

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Can you tell me what font that is? the one with the flourishes? I'd love to use your printables and match some things to it. Thanks!

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    1. Brittany, the font is called ALBERMARLE SWASH. Good luck with the party /activity!

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    2. yeay! thank you for responding!!

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  9. hola hermana!!! que bella actividad???? los archivos para imprimir se pueden escribir en español??? muchas gracias por sus ideas tan hermosas!!!

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  10. Telisa! I'm the extra meeting coordinator and I pinned this a few days back and I saw your picture tonight when I googled more ideas!! I was like----wait I know her! Even better! You're amazing!!

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  11. I love this idea so much! I am wanting to steal this idea for the sisters in my ward. I was wondering if I could have a copy of your questionnaire? or ideas of some of the questions you asked. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents!!!!

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  12. I'm also wondering if you have the questionnaire that I could use? We are doing a summer salad social getting to know you night next month!

    Thanks,

    Katherine
    katherineamber_@hotmail.com

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  13. I would also love a copy of the questionnaire!! Please!

    Beckybybee@gmail.com

    Great ideas! Thanks fr sharing!

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  14. Thanks so much for all these downloads! i used them last night at our RS ice cream social. You can see them in action here :http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/2013/07/rs-ice-cream-social-free-printable.html

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  15. We are planning on using all of your printables for an activity next week. Thank you so much for providing these! I was wondering if I could get a copy of your questionnaire, too? krobertson9{at}hotmail{dot}com

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    1. Kristin, I didn't make the questionnaire and don't have a copy of it. I am so sorry! I will see if I can get ahold of the person that made it.

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  17. What a great blog, thank you for letting me comment on it. Evergreens For Sale

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  18. Darling! I would love to use the invite. Clicking on it doesn't allow me to save it in file that I can edit. Could you send a pdf? kristen.benefits@yahoo.com

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  19. Can you tell me what is the name of the other font? The all CAPS one (without the flourishes).

    PS YOU ARE A LIFESAVER! I just got put in as RS Activities Chair - with no board and 2 weeks to plan a garden activity. Finding this high caliber of activity (and only needing 15 mins to put together gorgeous invites) is nothing short of a miracle! THANK YOU

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    1. I am so glad I can help! The font is called 'Anderson Four Feathers'. It is a free font so you should have no trouble downloading it. Good luck with the activity!

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