Twice a year, we plan a Recognition night to showcase the girls, their talents, and what they have achieved over the last six months.
This was my first one and I was excited to plan around the theme "Bloom Where You Are Planted".
We have a small but strong group of girls. I sent out invitations I made on PicMonkey.
The day of the activity, I set up a little table in the front with some chalkboard art (not that I'm very talented at that, but it worked!), some cupcakes and fruit, and pictures of the girls at some of our activities.
I kicked it off with a short talk talking about the things flowers need to bloom- good soil, water, and plenty of sunshine. I asked what would happen if the flowers didn't get enough about even one of those things (they wouldn't bloom and could possibly even die).
I compared that to our testimonies. I had the girls name things we need to bloom spiritually. They named prayer, scripture study, church attendance, good friends. I told them that most of all we need the "Son"- just like flowers need the sun. And if we are missing just one of those things, then we won't bloom to our fullest and our testimonies can die away. I challenged them to "Bloom where they are planted" and to surround themselves with the things they need to thrive.
Then, wee had each girl share their favorite activity we had done together, and then share something they had achieved, whether at church in the Faith in God program, or on their own in a sport, hobby, or in school. It is such a great way to get to know the girls and their interests outside of church!
Then we played some fun games. First we did a version of Pictionary, with the girls going against their parents. (They smoked us!)
Then we did a Parent/Child version of The Dating Game. We asked each pair a question about each other, and they had to write down the answer on the board. If their answers matched, they got a point. It brought a lot of laughs into the room.
We finished up with refreshments and time to chat. Two things I've learned about girls this age- they love to eat all my food and they love to talk!
It was a really fun evening! I hope it gives you some ideas for your next recognition night!