Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Ladies' Lemonaude

 Last night was our Mother/Daughter Activity. We wanted a spring/garden feel without eating outside. So we brought the fun and whimsy of a Mad Hatter tea party along with the colors of a flower garden indoors.

This was the room. One thing we like to do is add height to the decorations in the gym. The room is so big that unless you vary the levels it can feel flat.

This was the main table. With so much color it drew the eye right to it. Below are some photos of the details. We served Lemon/Lime lemonade, Peach lemonade (my favorite), and Raspberry Berry lemonade to drink. To eat we served cream puffs, cake pops, fudge pops, brownie bites, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, carrots, olives, celery, and chicken salad sandwiches. 

Aren't these little guys so cute? They added just the right amount of whimsy. 

 What Mother/Daughter night would be complete without a craft? This is the finished product. It's a picture holder. We wanted to do frames, but nothing worked out in the planning stages. Then, through a miracle, I got the wood for these for free. We also had a huge donation of paper and so all we needed was the glue and the wire and the accents. Not too shabby.

The paper came in enough different colors and shades that we were able to have something to fit everyone's tastes. That fluffy stuff on the end was for wrapping/bows. It looked so cute. I was amazed at the wonderful cubes girls/ladies put together. The cubes were pre-painted to save time and it was a good thing - we really packed it in.

The one thing I didn't get pictures of was the lip gloss demo. Heather did a fantastic job. 
The recipe for lip gloss is 1 part bees wax and 2 parts oil (we used olive oil)
She used a double broiler to melt the wax. Easy trick: use an old soup can with one end pinched to make pouring easy for melting the wax. Then she added the oil and a dab of lipstick for color. You could also mix in a flavoring or essential oil at this point. Then she poured the liquid into lipstick containers purchased from Bath and Body Elements. We had tables set up in the Primary Room where the girls/ladies could decorate a label and take home a new lip gloss. They loved it!

Last, but not least, we had a photo op. We hung two old window frames from a tree limb and placed a funky little chair in front. Then we had a box of dress up items such as feather boas, hats, gloves, beaded necklaces and tutus all in different colors. This is one tradition I think we'll keep going. I love the idea of having a different theme every year for the photos.

In the end...
It was a night not to miss.

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