Grandparent "Western Round-Up" Dinner

This Grandparent Dinner was served up last week.  Simply stated:  "A great night filled with lots of fun memories." - Kim
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PURPOSE
An opportunity for the youth to build relationships with the Grandparents in their ward.  Something they can build on each Sunday (but definitely not limited to Sundays :)). 
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INVITATION
(to come)
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DECOR/AMBIANCE
We went with a classic "Old Time Western" theme.  Here are some of the pictures I blew up and placed around the gym for deco.
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I also made some post card sized prints, placing them along with the vases on each table.
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TABLES
This is how we decorated each table:
  • red and white checkered table cloths
  • mason jar filled with fresh cut sunflowers (as well as another yellow flower I found in the fields)
  • a basket lined with red and white gingham fabric (for rolls)
  • a jar of homemade jam (with a red fabric lid insert)
  • place settings for each  person (salad already at table upon arrival)
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MENU
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Green Salad and Fresh Baked Rolls
Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
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YOUTH ASSIGNMENTS
We put four youth and four Grandparents at each table.   The youth were in charge of serving and cleaning, as well as conversation with the Grandparents.
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MUSIC FOR THE NIGHT
Bar J Wranglers (Thanks to our papa).  Set the mood for the night.
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YOUTH PROGRAM
After dessert was served, each class (Priests, Laurels, Teachers, Mia Maids, Deacons, and Beehives) took the stage and presented a skit of their choice.  They did such a great job!
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AFTER THOUGHTS
  • It would have been cute to have a simple sunflower boutonniere and corsage for the youth to present to the grandparents as they arrived.
  • A western themed photo opportunity also would have been fun.  A group photo of all the Grandparents and the Youth.

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