One of our favorite ways to decorate the tables for our Relief Society dinners is with inexpensive runners. Sometimes we buy colored plastic table cloths from the dollar store and cut them in four lengthwise strips. This time I found some pretty brown wrapping paper (the color of the burlap runner that I liked) at the dollar store. I unrolled the paper and used a rotary cutter and mat to cut it straight down the center. The total cost: $5 (for 9 large tables and 2 small tables). We put it over white table paper (not sure if that's what it's really called). The wrapping paper was also used to make stitched envelopes for the invitations.
Keeping with the wheat theme (wheat is on the Relief Society logo and is a part of it's history), I filled mini pails with wheat to give as favors so they could go home and grow wheat grass of their own. You can find the pails at Dollar Tree in the wedding section. They were three for a dollar and included the white ribbon--a really good deal! Each pail held 1/3 cup of wheat. (You can buy the wheat at Winco in the bulk food bin section.)
The little craft bags are from JoAnns and were $1.50 for 100 bags. These bags are a great size for favors! I want to go back and buy more so I can have them on hand to fill with candy, add a printable topper, and then use any time I need a little treat for something.
I made the flowers with a shape from the Silhouette online store. The three layers of petals are stapled together in the center. I covered the staple with a circle of green vinyl (cut with my Silhouette). The flowers are attached to the pail with blue Fun-tac. Sticky dots would have worked really well too.
Last minute I made up some directions to hand out on how to grow the wheat grass. If you'd like to print it, I've uploaded it to Google Docs here. I'm in no way an expert on growing wheat grass, but this might help you get started.
As a little thank you, I filled a few of the buckets with M&M's for the girls who helped watch the young children during our activity. I think I'll make up more of them for Easter treats too!
The cake was purchased, leaving us with one less thing to worry about making!
We served Hawaiian Haystacks, fruit kabobs, and of course the chocolate cake. It was all delicious! I wanted to take a picture to show you how the color of the food stood out against the colors on the table, but I didn't have the guts to whip out my camera in the middle of dinner and take a picture of my plate, I seriously thought about it though! :) You can kind of see the bright colors in this picture. The blank spot on the table was where the crock pots of chicken gravy were placed.
What you see in the background is the set-up for the wacky game that we made up and played called "Whose Game Is It Anyway?". I might just tell you about that too, it was a hoot!
By growing our own wheat grass, making the planter boxes, and shopping at dollar stores, we were able to reach our goal of creating a space where we felt like we stepped right into Spring for the night. It was really wonderful!
Are you getting sick of hearing about wheat grass yet? I've got a couple more ideas to share, so if your over wheat grass, hang in there, I'll be moving on to other things soon. :)
Today's Fabulous Find...Dollar Store Table Decor