New Beginnings Peace in Christ 2018
We used this year’s Mutual theme D & C 19:23 “Peace In Christ” for our New Beginnings theme. Where can we turn for peace, where do we go to find Christ? For some it is in prayer, for others they turn to the scriptures. Other people seek solace by going to a special quiet place, like a garden. Gardens have played a special role in the history of mankind. The Garden of Eden was man’s first home given to him from God. It is also where the fall occurred. Interestingly enough, Christ’s atonement also took place in a garden, the Garden of Gethsemane. So two of the greatest events in the history of mankind took place in a garden. Another great event took place in a grove of trees, when Joseph Smith prayed to seek the answers he sought. The Sacred Grove is a garden of trees.
Gardens have been where some of the most spiritual events in our history have occurred. So we decided to use the garden theme for our NEW BEGINNINGS theme this year.
Four of the Young Women gave a “quiz” about the Young Women’s Program and Personal Progress and then went through the answers with everyone. We used the quiz idea from the website: The Red Headed Hostess. Three of the Young Women gave talks “Where Can I Turn For Peace.”
At the end of the program each girl received a white rose, necklace and pens with the mutual theme. (Necklaces were from the Etsy shop templesquares and the pens with mutual theme were from LatterDayPrintables.)
Our program: (our cover and posters in the room were from the shop Westwillow on Etsy.
Young Women’s theme (from the shop PixellePress on Etsy).
After our program it was time for our garden party complete with white hats and gloves (everyone received their own white hat and gloves).
We sipped lemonade from cups and saucers
And of course all the proper tiny desserts! (Petit fours, macarons and macaroons, tiny brownies, cream puffs, tiny cinnamon rolls, mini muffins, shortcake and berries, shortbread cookies, madeleines, transfer chocolates with shortbread inside, kourabiedes, mini lemon and lime bars, pineapple cookies, sugar cookies with wafer paper, fruit, and finger sandwiches).
Our walls were covered in flowers!
Photos were taken of each girl with the rose background.
Our invitations were pop-up flowers sent out with vintage flowered stamps.
Christmas Eve Dinner
Our annual tradition is making gingerbread houses. See my post from last year for the recipe.