A few weeks ago, I worked with a group of wonderful ladies to host a celebration for a family that attends our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The Moore family was going to the Mesa Arizona Temple to have their family sealed for eternity. This is a very special occasion for members of our church, and since most couples are sealed when they are married, it is more rare for a family with children to go and be sealed.
So we wanted to throw a fun party celebrating their new “Forever Family” and took a lot of decoration cues from a favorite church hymn.
Since our budget for this event was pretty much zero, we had to be creative. The centerpieces included borrowed jars filled with a print of the song, various black-and-white colored family games (marbles, dominoes, chess, even matchbox cars) and homemade purple lollipops.
We used some damask runners I already had and a garland made from torn strips of black fabric in my mother’s stash to decorate the buffet table. A lineup of five monster balloons were the centerpiece and added just the right touch for a “family fun” kind of atmosphere.
Paper chains made from sheet music, were a budget friendly way to add some character to the church hall (which is normally a basketball court).
Since this event was all about families, we figured a kid’s table was a must. A paper-doll chain (cut from a $1.50 roll of solid black wrapping paper found at Walmart) dressed up the table. We also made purple, polka-dot pinwheels for the kids to play with and take home.
I scoured the internet looking for a coloring page of the Mesa Arizona Temple, and was beyond surprised that I couldn’t find one. So I took matters into my own hands and drew one up. Here is a link for the next person needing a Mesa Arizona Temple Coloring Page.
I designed and printed out paper flags to create a banner for the dessert table. After cutting them out, I strung them on white embroidery thread — it was super easy and inspired me to create a Halloween paper banner, which I will be posting the printable file for in a few days!
For the dessert table, we wanted to bring in the damask print that was used on the buffet table, but we were out of fabric. Luckily I found a roll of wrapping paper with a similar print, perfect for covering cardboard boxes to use as stands and to line the cake plates.