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 Canapés 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).