In my church, we have an amazing group of women called the Relief Society. We meet together on Sundays for spiritual instruction, and throughout the week we help members of our congregation and community through service projects, bringing meals to new moms and those who are recovering from illness, and the like. We also get to do fun monthly activities to help us get to know each other and learn new things.
Every year we have a Christmas dinner and program. This is the first year I've been in charge of the program, though I had a great committee of women to help me carry it out
We decided our theme would be "The Best Gifts". So, all our decor centered around presents.
We used Christmas-themed patterned paper for the place settings, and a gift tower was the centerpiece for each table.
At the front of the room we had a few Christmas trees, along with some gaily wrapped presents (wrapping paper here).
I put together this fun oversized print, which is now displayed in my home. It's simple to make:
Then I used glitter wrapping paper from Walmart, cut to size, and taped it to a foam display board.
Finally, I attached the photo print with thumbtacks in the corner. It was a great display for the dinner, and now it looks awesome in front of my fireplace!
For dinner, we had soup bowls with soups provided by some of the women in the ward, delicious tossed salad, and Chocolate Pudding Parfaits for dessert (layers of crushed oreo, cubed pound cake, peppermint marshmallows and white or milk chocolate pudding, topped with whipped cream!)
Here's how we decorated the food table (obviously before the food was added!)
For our program, we showed three short videos reminding us that Jesus Christ is the best gift we have been given. Since we have been given such an amazing gift, we need to give the best gifts we can in return, and we do that through serving others, and by giving our hearts over to God. You can check out the videos here, here, and here. They may bring a tear to your eye!
We finished with a musical number- four women sang "In the Bleak Midwinter" and it was just beautiful!
We sent the sisters home with a tile with vinyl reminding them that Christ is "The Best Gift of All".
This is a really frugal gift if you're on a tight budget- the tiles only cost about 15 cents each and I cut all the vinyl on my Silhouette. We had leftover black vinyl from our Craft Night, so this was super cheap!
I came away from the night with a desire to be more Christ-centered this Christmas, and to try not to let the hustle and bustle of the holidays weigh me down. I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to put this night together, and I hope everyone had a great time!