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Relief Society Stake Auxiliary Training

On January 29, our newly formed stake Relief Society presidency planned and carried out our first event together. Since it involves some of my favorite things (in addition to the whole spiritual aspect, which I will just lightly touch on here) from cooking to parties, to pretty dishes and tablecloths, to festive favors, I was all over this task. I presented three food combinations to the rest of the three women in our presidency and they liked it all, so had me decide. I chose the simple and pleasing Cucumber Dill Canap├ęs paired with Chocolate Mint Silk Torte. Lorraine had brought a lovely large glass water dispenser and we used my little black and creamy colored bowls to catch the water. I wish I had snapped a photo of them together.
You can see all my Simple Additions platters, my Michelangelo forks, and my black toile salad/dessert plates. It's too bad the back of the piano and cinder block walls are part of the decor in the Relief Society room. We tried to spiff things up a bit, and it was an improvement. Ten wards times four per presidency, the maximum we expected was 40. We had 32 attend, so it was good, because I had 34 of my flatware and 35 of my plates. I knew that all of them wouldn't attend, so it worked out just right.
I asked Lorraine, our president, Sarah, our second counselor, and Kristina, our secretary, come over to our house the night before and taught them how to make the dessert. I asked each of them to build their entire torte themselves and they really enjoyed trying it. It's so much fun working with these wonderful women. I love them all to pieces and we've spent a ton of time together, as we've been visiting the other wards and meeting frequently.
We wanted to express our thanks to the ward presidencies for all they do and sacrifice to help all the women and families that they serve, so we gave them each a little small lotion from Bath and Body Works, and I made these little cards with their names on each one. Plus we included the following quote inside to express our sentiments.
"When we reach out to bless the lives of others, our lives are blessed as well. Service and sacrifice open the windows of heaven, allowing choice blessings to descend upon us. Surely our beloved Heavenly Father smiles upon those who care for the least of His children." --President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, (Ensign, November 2008, p. 119).
The food and decor and little mementos were a big hit with everyone. It was a relief to have worked together and have this over with. They all seemed to have been spiritually and socially fed well for the night, I'm pretty sure.


You did a fabulous job, everything was wonderful. And Sis. Dixon didn't know about your awesome skills?? What?? Well, it's about time she did! :-)
jennie w. said…
Can I come next time?
Kelly said…
No, Gabby. She didn't know then, but knows now about my sweet skills and considers it bonus material.

I'm glad you appreciated it.

Sure, Jennie!
That torte looks so good. I am craving it! I remember making that last year, but it didn't look as good as that! You always do such a great job. You have such amazing talents. I'm always so impressed.
Amanda said…
Wow. It makes me want to move back into your stake and become Relief Society President!
Conni said…
Yummy! I remember making those tarts for something else? I can't remember, but what I do remember is they were tasty. Oh how I miss your parties. (Not that I would have been invited to this one!) :)

PS Are you still planning on coming out in March?
Kellie said…
Beautiful as always. Your food and presentation almost looks too good to eat... ALMOST.
Cassie said…
Cute, cute ideas. It all looks so wonderful. I'm on our ward's enrichment you have any darling ideas for a Relief Society Birthday Party?!
Craignlisa said…
I love all the colors! You always do such an awesome job. Your presidency is, as I am sure they know, very lucky to have you there to spiff things up!
It is truly a talent! I don't even know the difference between canapes and tortes (partly joking...emphasis on the partly), but I do know that it looked lovely and you did a great job!
Cathleen said…
Everything looks beautiful as always! They are lucky to have you and I'm sure they will be putting your talents to good use!
Bobbi said…
I am wayyyyy impressed! Beautiful and delicious food is a blessing. since it is not one of my talents, I am especially appreciative. Going to Stake mtgs. is usually tedious. Your sisters are so blessed to have you serving them!
Lonna said…
How fun that you are able to enjoy the women that you work with so much seeing as you do spend a bit of time with them.
you do have some pretty amazing skills. And I see that you have been using them well.
BurtonFam said…
Holy cow, I really want a piece of that torte. If only I had your baking skills! I can barely make good chocolate chip cookies, perhaps I need a lesson from you!

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