Our YM/YW combined activity for the month of December was initially going to be an Etiquette Dinner - but the young men really wanted to have an activity with Dance Instruction. Really. So, when we were asked to incorporate it into our activity how could we say no? :) This is how we are planning on having it all come together.
1. FRIENDSHIPS: Opportunity to Strengthen Friendships.
2. LIFE SKILLS: Offer tools (booklet) to learn Basic Etiquette.
3. CULTURAL ARTS: Hands on Dance Instruction.
· Pine cone Seating Assignments: choose a numbered cone then find corresponding seat
o start seating with tables 1-6, leaving tables 7-10 last to be filled
o 3 young men and 3 young women at each table – boy/girl/boy/girl/boy/girl
· Opening Prayer and Blessing on the Food: by invitation
· Dinner: Soup Bowls served by YM/YW Leaders
(salad, dessert, and water on table upon arrival)
· Etiquette Instruction:
· Take-A-Way: Etiquette Booklet *
· Dance Instruction: (Ballroom)
· Last Dance: all Young Men and Young Women
· Closing Prayer: by invitation
o print, cut, and glue onto card stock (or simply print directly onto card stock)
o Hand-Out: Sunday, December 11
o Green Salad (2x dressings: ranch and vinaigrette)
o Bread Bowls
o Creamy Rice Soup (Lisa Roubicek’s recipe) and/or Chili
o Triple Chocolate Cake - with red berry accents
o Ice Water
For our dance instructors, as well as anyone else involved in helping make the night a success, we were thinking of giving them each a bag of Backcountry Twigs (a Treehugger Company specialty) to say "Thank You". Caramel covered pretzel rods, dipped in milk chocolate, then drizzled in white chocolate - bundled together in a clear cello bag tied with jute and tag (below).
A winter scene: (as our dance floor backdrop) leafless trees, a couple pine, river rocks, and even a few bunches of tall river birch - the base of the scene wrapped loosely in white tulle (snow). Maybe even a few white lights strategically placed in the tulle. (Girls, does this sound familiar?) :)
Centerpieces: designed using a combination of twigs, pine cones, cranberries, battery operated tea lights.
SET-UP – see diagram
o dance floor taped out with FrogTape (because it is green) :)
o 10 round tables (at least)
o 6 chairs at each table
o 10 round white table cloths (at least)
o Centerpiece on each table
o Table numbers placed on each table – see diagram
o 6 Place Settings at each table
o dinnerware (salad fork, knife, soup spoon, dessert fork)
o napkin – cranberry
o Etiquette Booklet at each place setting
o 4 spot lights -to shine up into trees
o 20 strands of white lights - to be hung from ceiling hooks – see diagram
(will need tall ladder)
(will need tall ladder)
o extension cords
o sound system (iPod, speakers)
o 15 minutes before arrival set out:
o pitcher of ice water on each table
o salad dressing x2 on each table – with spoons
o fill cups with ice water
o green salad at each place setting
o dessert at each place setting*
* Etiquette Booklet to come. And pictures!