party invitations

 
I am working on a party for the women's organization at my church and these are the invitations.  The color scheme is inspired by this spirograph wedding  featured on Design*Sponge, and I made the pom pom/starburst graphic to look like this fabric print

I've never been in charge of something like this at church, so I'm doing my best to channel Jordan Ferney, who, as far as I can tell, throws the best parties around.  And when I say channel, I do mean that I plan copy her in any way possible.  :)

I'd love to hear about your best party decorations and tips on serving dinner to a crowd of 50+ people!

18 comments:

Meredith said...

Cute invites!!! My best tip is to fix food that is best served in mass quantities!! Like lasagna! It can be made days ahead and thrown in the oven and one pan usually serves quite a few! And you can throw together a big salad with it and bread. Easy!!

Tasha said...

Love the invitations and that Jordan Ferney is pretty amazing! I had never visited her blog before. Amazing parties. Good luck with yours. I am sure it will be fabulous. I just put onto our wards activities committee. I was all excited until my first meeting and heard what we have planned for the year. Sigh. Not good. Hope I can channel a little creativity into our ward. :) Can't wait to see pictures.

Katie said...

These tissue paper pom poms are always a cheap, easy, and really pretty addition to party decor and tie into the starburst icon on your invites...

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/pom-poms-and-luminarias

PaperCourt said...

You must do the felt garland from purl bee!!

Lisa said...

i served as my ward's enrichment leader for 2 years. it was great fun. one of the best activities by counselor and i put together was called, "Chocolate is Divine and So Are You." Here is a link to the pictures so you can see some simple decorations that turned out SUPER cute.

http://picasaweb.google.com/bennie427/Enrichment#

we just did a chocolate dessert bar for this--everyone brought their favorite chocolate treat.

we had a broadway themed night as well and had a Baked Potato/Salad bar--toppings are pretty interchangeable here. i assigned several people to cook and bring the potatoes and i put together all the toppings at church.
I've also served a baked italian dressing chicken and fresh greens beans with bread and done a brunch with breakfast casseroles and lots of fruit, 'cause its so colorful and can be displayed so pretty.

WOW, that was probably WAY more than you wanted to know. btw, i think you will be GREAT.

CarrieB said...

Lovely invites! The print that inspired it is designed by another of my favorite bloggers over at How About Orange (http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/)

Gretchen said...

Hi Jill... I love your blog and I've been reading for years. I just found this AMAZING book that might give you some inspiration on your party planning. Here's the link -

http://www.amazon.com/Paperie-Inspired-Living-Stationery-Decorations/dp/0307449432/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267652537&sr=8-1

Jill Ann said...

I've had the "activity formerly known as Enrichment" leader calling for a while. When I started I had aspirations of fabulous parties. Then I read about the purpose of RS activities and it completely changed my outlook.

Now instead of focusing on the ambiance, I focus on the message of the meeting. I've received more feedback from those activities than any others.

ellen said...

We're decorating cupcakes and having a swap (each gal can bring 5 things to share). Dinner ideas: salad bar, black bean chili/bread (I have a great recipe), sloppy joes (I have a great recipe), fondue, tacos. Enjoy! And happy birthday R.S.

Amber said...

I too am in charge of this activity in my Ward this year. Recently, our stake spanish branch combined with our ward so we are having a spanish themed party. This will hopefully bring in more spanish sisters and help them to feel welcomed and involved. We are having spanish rice, Enchiladas, refried beans and chips and salsa. We are having a couple of songs and dances. It should be fun with spanish themed decor!

Monica said...

feeling your pain, I'm in charge of our wards this year too. We went as cheap as possible (baked potato bar) on the food so we could use the $ to make hygene kits for the recent victims. Here the Humanity Center is running low. Good luck and please share what you ended up doing. I'm always looking for ideas!!

Clair said...

Jill,
a couple of years ago, Lynette Dixon and I were in charge of dinner. We made Chicken Pot Pie (the recipe from the back of the Bisquick box.) We bought all the ingredients at Sam's and it was super cheap and really delicious. Good luck!

Kate said...

I love the invitations you created. I was wondering how you did it? Did you have a template? Did you use a specific software program? I would love to make some invitation for a luncheon I have coming up but have no idea how to do that. I love your blog and I'm so impressed by everything you do. You are really inspiring.

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What a cute party invitations that's really creative besides they're elegant, so I think what really matters is the intention of going to church not the material.m10m

Michelle & Todd said...

How did you make the pom pom/starburst graphic? Anyway you still have it and I could use it for my next relief society invite? Thanks!
-Michelle

Michelle said...

I would love your file for the relief society invite. I'm not great but i can get around photoshop if that is the file you have. Thanks so much for sharing!
-Michelle M.

homemade by jill said...

Hi Michelle,

Email me and I can send you my file.

homemadebyjill @ gmail.com

Lisa Fisher said...

I love your invitations! I am in charge of our RS birthday party next month and am not very creative but I do copy things pretty well. Would you mind sending me a copy of your pom pom graphics.

Thanks so much. Lisa