Friday, October 17, 2008

Favorite Things Enrichment

About a month ago I got called to be the Enrichment leader in my ward. When the bishop told me I would be in charge for four big activities a year I didn't think much of it. Little did I know how much work it is.

I got the idea of Favorite Things from Tommy's sister Jen. She told me all about how they did it in their ward and we changed it a little bit. The basic idea is from "Oprah's Favorite Things." Each sister was supposed to bring their "favorite thing" to share so we could get to know them better. The idea was for people to bring something to give to others that was their favorite thing. I met with my committee and shared the idea. They loved it and so we started planning.

I knew that we needed a cute invitation to get people excited about the activity. I also knew we needed to give them some incentive to want to come. Can we say gifts! That always gets people to come out. The planning began...

I enlisted the help of my most creative friend Melanie for some help on the invite. They turned out so cute. Here is what they looked like. Thanks again Melanie I couldn't have done it without you! These were a hit!


My good neighbor Kristin came up with the idea of giving the gable boxes to hold all of the stuff they would get that night. As we were talking we decided it wouldn't be "Oprah's Favorite Things" without gifts. Kristin and I talked to many local business who willingly donated items for our boxes.

Now we had the ideas in place it was time to do the work. I had my committee and the Relief Society Presidency over to my house to help put everything together. Here are some pictures of my most amazing helpers!



Since I work during the day I couldn't help with the decorating so I got some ladies to do it. They decorated using fall leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and best of all "brown paper packages!" So cute!This is what it looked like



Here is what the gift looked like that each person got.


Each person got a one year subscription to LDS Living Magazine, Mary Kay make-up and lotion, scrapbook stuff, a Kara Chocolate truffle, a little girls headband, a sample of perfume, and a coupon for FroYo. Thank You to everyone that donated!
The whole evening was a huge success. We don't usually get a lot of people to come out for Enrichment so we were pleased to have about 50 people there. This was a super fun Enrichment and it was a great way to get to know other sisters in my ward. Our next Enrichment is the beginning of December. I hope that it will be as successful as this one!
I have to give a big thank you to Tommy. He was a support thoughout the whole thing and was there to help anyway he could. I am so lucky to have a husband that is so supportive!

16 comments:

Pays said...

How fun Holly!! That is a great idea. I know, from experience, that a lot of work goes into planning and putting on enrichments. I wish I could have come to yours! I'm sure you will continue to an awesome job!!

Lindz said...

What a fun idea!! I wish you were in my ward!! =) Those boxes are adorable!

Kendal & Alissa said...

Wow! I want one of those little give away boxes! That looks like it was a way fun night and everything was done to perfection. I still do miss so many people in the Lakeview 1st ward! You deserve a pat on the back I think enrichment planning is one of the hardest callings.

Rylee said...

Man, I wish we were still in the ward! What a GREAT activity. You are so talented. Seeing the pictures made me miss everyone in the ward.

Melanie said...

why miss holly you are uh-may-zing! you do realize when you set the bar that high you have to KEEP it that high?!
i'm so happy everything turned out so perfect. i loved the tag on the boxes. it was the perfect way to TIE everyTHING together!
congrats!

Chelsi said...

I LOVE it Holly! I wiss I was in your ward! You'll be a great Enrichment leader! sugardoodle.net was some great ideas

djn.winkandasmile said...

Wow Holly-good job. I wish I could have been there to see YOU!
Jedda

Kristy said...

Can I just say that you are AWESOME!What a fun enrichment! What a perfect calling for you! It looks like it was a blast! I totally love this idea. Oh yeah and I'm on board with Rylee...I MISS LAKEVIEW!:(

Erin said...

It's true that the cute invitations helped! I so wanted to come, but I was a little under the weather still. Brandi brought me a box though...I was so excited to get all the fun 'stuff'. Thanks. Sounds like it was a hit. Way to go!

AMY said...

What a great idea! Can I be in your ward? It always feels so good when you work so hard on something and then have a great turn out. Good Job!!!!

Rundells said...

Wow. You really went all out. I wish I could have been there to help and enjoy it. I really miss that ward. Tell everyone hello for us.

Pays said...

I left her a message with your email address.

5valadez said...

You ROCK!!! Not only as a teacher, but as a party planner! Go you!! I am so copying you and doing this in my ward!! Thanks for the idea!!

Kristin said...

You did an incredible job, Holly. I was amazed. The gifts were great and the whole thing was fun. What a great idea.

Brande J. said...

I'm just a visitor of you darling blog :) I actually found it because we are doing "Our Favorite Things" RS activity next month and I love all of your ideas. Can I ask, how did you get all of that free stuff donated? It sounds like you had SO much fun and I would love it if ours turned out as great as yours did. If you want to email me back at my email, I would love it. Thank you!!!
brande.juber@gmail.com

Parkinson Family said...

Thanks for posting how you did your favorite things r.s. activity. I'm in charge of one this month and am totally using your ideas! Thanks so much! I live in Othello, WA