Monday, April 3, 2023

Mad Hatter Party - Relief Society

Each year we celebrate the birthday 
of the Relief Society, which is the 
women's organization of our church, 
The Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-Day Saints.  

I am in charge of the 
Relief Society parties.
We have about four a year.  
I chose the theme of 
Finding Joy in the Madness.

That felt so appropriate with 
all of the crazy things in the 
world and on the news.  

My good friend Karen also has 
the same calling, or responsibility, 
as I do.  I told her about my idea 
and she decided to do the same theme.  

Karen added to my ideas with 
lots of creativity.  

The activity is held in the church 
cultural hall, or gym, so it is 
a large space that can be 
difficult to make inviting. 

She came up with this idea 
at the entry with a wooden 
feature from her garden.  It 
made the venue so inviting.

On the other side of the entry 
I hung a photo backdrop that 
I found on Amazon.  They are 
my new favorite decoration items 
and so reasonable.  

Another great idea of Karen's 
was to take a PVC pipe and 
hang it from the basketball hoop, 
and hanging from it is inexpensive 
lanterns.  I just loved the 
mushroom shaped ones.  These 
are also from Amazon.  

I made 48 Mad Hatter hats 
using 12x12 papers, headbands, 
and paper cups.  They were 
time consuming, but were really 
a hit.  We told them they couldn't 
eat without their hats on, and 
everyone gladly donned them. 
(That was Karen's idea and 
hubby suggested I only make 
a couple per table so people 
could take pictures, but 
I was so glad I did one for

We filled the cups with different 
colors of cotton candy, 
then the ladies could pour 
pink lemonade over the 
cotton candy, as it changed 
the color of the drinks.  

The buffet table had mini 
scones, ribbon sandwiches, 
blueberry goat cheese 
crostini and chicken 
sandwich cream puffs.  

These delicious scones 
were glazed with an 
almond glaze.  We had 
raspberry jam and lemon 
curd on the tables to 
enjoy with the scones. 

One of our committee gladly 
took the assignment of 
making heart shaped 
chocolate covered 
strawberries although she 
had never done those before.  
We found these foam cubes 
at the dollar store to 
place them in as they dried 
and also to serve them.  
I think they turned out 

Another member of the 
committee made the 
painted roses cupcakes.  
These were displayed on 
the tables on adorable 
Alice in Wonderland 
tiered serving platters.  
You can find the cute 
paper products, tiers, 
runners and cut outs on 
Amazon also.  

I used two different tiered 
trays and will reuse them for 
a family party.  

Tables were filled with clocks,
rabbits, flowers and 

We haven't tended to 
take a group photo in 
the past, but with the 
hats on, we just had to.  

I think we need to make 
this a new tradition. 

Just before the group 
picture we had a speaker who did 
a great upbeat presentation 
on Finding Joy in the Madness.
  She used clips 
of Marjorie Hinckley, 
whose delightful humor 
had us all laughing and 
feeling joyful. 

This is my wonderful 
committee who stretch 
to try new things and 
follow all of my crazy 
ideas.  I love them!

And a great thank you 
to my dear friend Karen 
for all of her creative ideas 
and work.  

Thanks for coming to visit! 
I always enjoy your visits. 

I will be posting this 


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  1. You have the best themed parties!! The hats were a great idea, you are so clever! I love that berry lemonade but never thought to pour it over cotton candy - another clever idea! The tables are so fun and the food looks delish - what a fun time this must have been!!

  2. What a perfect theme for these maddening times! I know everyone enjoyed the party because everything looks so pretty and delicious! Happy belated Easter!

  3. Bravo, you and Karen make quite the team. This party is so whimsical and fun. Love the hats! The backdrop is so fun, loving the lanterns too.
    You thought of everything. Your creativity always amazes me.


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