Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Retro Dinner of Aprons and Pearls for The Relief Society Birthday Party

Welcome to our Relief Society Birthday Party!
The Relief Society is the Women's Organization
of our church, 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Every March we celebrate the beginning of the Relief 
Society, which was organized in 1842.  I am on the
committee.  The dinner is usually for around 60 women.
This year we chose a retro theme of Aprons and Pearls.

This was the invitation for the event, thanks to Annie.
Just seeing this darling invitation made you
want to attend.

The centerpieces of all the tables were beautiful packages
wrapped in pattern tissue, and topped with matching bows,
crowned with jewels.  There were vintage hats, books,
and trinkets tucked around the room.

Vintage hankies, aprons, gloves and doilies were 
hung as banners behind the serving table.
Laura and Joanne had all of the vintage items.
They purchased the patterns at a thrift store.

Laura had vintage dresses, and the dress forms were
dressed in them, with aprons and pearls.  These
"ladies" greeted the women at the door.  I think
these ladies at the door were my favorite decor

What an impact a little bling and ribbon makes on
a package wrapped with pattern tissue.
Such a clever idea.  

The centers of each table also had mini sewing machines
owned by Joanne.

Volunteers made cakes to add to the table decor,
and also as dessert.

Here are the tables before the cakes were brought.

We had eight tables set up.

We are in the kitchen with one of our retro maids with a huge
bowl of mashed potatoes.

We had meatloaf, salad with retro dressings (Thousand Island, French, and Italian - bottled of course), 
Jello Salads, fresh rolls and mashed 

My favorite part was seeing ladies of all ages in their
aprons and pearls.

Of course, we made it a point to try out all of the
cakes from each table.  This one was made by
my neighbor across the street,  Hailey, who is a teenager.
This girl has talent!  It was the yummiest chocolate cake.

It was a fun and unique party theme, with adorable decor.

I will be posting this with 


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Good Afternoon Jacqueline, My word, what a wonderful time you had with your friends at the Relief Society Birthday Party. The cakes were fabulous and I loved the use of vintage paper patterns. The jewellery tucked into the centre of each parcel was a triumph..... and of course I loved all the pinnies and pearls.
    Absolutely fabulous.
    Best Wishes

  2. Lovely time.
    I do love the retro style aprons. I cannot cook without an apron! xo Catherine

  3. Wow this looks like a lot of fun. What a fun theme they chose. I like how they used the vintage patterns. Looks like the meal was great too!

  4. Very sweet theme with the vintage aprons and pearls. The invitation is so cute. Looks like fun for all who contributed items to make the theme possible. The chocolate cake does look decadent and yummy. I hope you share this wonderful table on Sunday at Dishing It & Digging It.

  5. What a charming event---all the Cleaver Girls in Pearls! Didn't we all wonder how June found the clasp before breakfast?

    And how cleverly done, with all the sewing references and even the Wishbone bottles! The centerpieces are absolutely wonderful, and what a great idea!

    When Daddy sold our family home a year after Mother's passing, we all gathered for one last Thanksgiving, spending several days clearing out the house and reminiscing. On the whole long 600 miles from here in that truck I was thinking of all the memories and the gatherings we'd had for all those years, and the first thing I packed when we began the sorting was upending the "recipe drawer" and the "apron drawer" into boxes and sending them out the the truck.

    The embroidery and crochet and all those little X stitches into the checks, as well as the remembered occasions---what a family history. I inherited some pearls, as well, but aprons now---they carry as many stories as books.


  6. Wow! What an amazing event! "Sew" creative! Love it! ;)

  7. What a fun theme for the R.S. Birthday celebration. The tissue pattern dress is Amazing! Love all your posts, especially your tablescapes.

  8. Jacqueline, the theme is clever and so are the table centerpieces. I know you ladies shared a fun evening.

  9. This is one of the most creative things I have ever seen Jacqueline! I can't get over the imaginations behind this party decor, and what a grand theme! The use of the pattern papers is fabulous, and the banners of gloves, hankies and aprons is absolutely brilliant! You gals thought of everything, just amazing!

  10. What a wonderful idea - someone is very creative! The invitation is one to send everyone to the phone to RSVP.

  11. That first photo is awesome...did you fashion it,Jackie? I ♥♥♥ the tissue paper pattern dress.
    The tables are so cute with the tissue wrapped gifts, tiny sewing machines, notions and cakes. Your neighbor is very talented for such a young baker.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  12. I loved seeing all the aprons! What a charming, retro idea!

  13. Such a lovely party, and the decorations are so unique. Looks like all the ladies had a fun time! I am your newest follower :)

  14. What a fun party this must have been! All the nostalgic items used as decoration are a great idea and the idea of a different cake to decorate each table is a good one too. I really enjoyed your post.

  15. What a fun, retro theme, Jacqueline! I loved seeing everyone in aprons, and all the fun decor, and the retro menu. You all must've had a wonderful time!


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