Sunday, March 9, 2014

Taste the Rainbow...Savor the Blessings

Shortly after we moved into the Willows Ward; I was called to be the Young Women's Personal Progress Leader and Girls Camp Director.  Part of Personal Progress is planning New Beginnings. I have never planned anything like this on my own before and so I went forward with trepidation, but I found out how much fun it is!!

I chose "Taste the Rainbow...Savor the Blessings" as the theme and there were so many fun ideas out there to go along with it!

I was supposed to have surgery in mid February and so I started planning at the end of January so I could have everything set and ready for the March 9th date.

I started with these save the date cards and 
handed them out at church on Jan. 26

Then I started working on the cake ball ice cream cones that I saw online and knew it would take time to do.  I wanted to have them all finished before my surgery and cake balls freeze well!

After I started that; I put together these little goodie bags to give 
each of the Young Women after the New Beginnings program.

And here is the invitation

Once I figured out that I wasn't going to have the surgery after all, I wasn't so panicked and started slowly working on everything the program!  

We decided to do a value themed fashion show.  8 young women volunteered to represent each value and wore a solid colored dress that matched their chosen value color.  They were given a simple script that went something like this:
"Hi, my name is ____ and I chose the value [Faith].  The color that represents [Faith] is [white].  I have tasted of this value and savored the blessings by ______."  
They were asked to share a personal experience about that value.  I wish I had thought to snap a couple pictures during the presentation.  The girls all looked so cute and they did an amazing job!!  

The whole program went off better than I could have possibly planned it.  I am sincerely so pleased with everyone that participated and so grateful to the parents that took the time to come and support their young women and this incredible personal progress program!

I made 6 different white cupcake mixes and colored them with food coloring paste.
I mixed each standard size cupcake with about a Tbls of cream cheese frosting (I cheated and used  the Betty Crocker brand)
Then I froze all the cake balls overnight.  
Next I sliced one of each colored balls into 6 slices and mix and matched the slices to get one of each color into the ball.  I rolled them between my hands to get a ball shape and froze them again overnight.
I dipped the top of a sugar cone into melted Wilton's White Candy Melts and immediately held a frozen rainbow cake ball to the dipped cone and held it for about 30 seconds to let the candy melts harden a bit.  Then I placed them onto wax paper lined cookie sheets and put them back into the freezer.
I dipped each cake ball cone into the melted Wilton's White Candy Melts and immediately sprinkled with the rainbow colored candy sprinkles and used a red hot for the "cherry".

These were such a huge hit and from what I hear they tasted pretty good, too!  I'm sad I couldn't sample them.. :(

Dipped Chocolate and Vanilla Oreos with a rice paper rainbow on top 

White candy melts and Fruity Pebbles Pretzel Rods 

Our fabulous YW President made these tissue ball poms for me! 

Fruit dip as the clouds  

We gave each of the incoming Beehives a gift bag with their
Personal Progress booklets, their YW flame logo pendant
necklaces and gold book marks.  We also included a
For Strength of Youth Pamphlet. 

The inside of the cake balls... So pretty!! 

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