Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Beginnings Theme~ You are my Sunshine

After all my Rainbow idea collecting we decided to go with a different theme for our New Beginnings. We decided to go along with the theme for the youth this year, Arise and Shine Forth, and do a You are My Sunshine theme. So I've been on the hunt for sunshine things and ideas and here's what I've found so far.

These would make great favors as well as decorations I would change the centers to go with the sunshine theme.

Love the lanterns strung like this

 Fun yellow treats

 LoVe LoVe LoVe the ruffle streamers and here's a tute on how to make them

 source for the two above photos

I really liked the basic white boxes with yellow ribbon and the flowers, it all looks so "sunny"!

 This was a sunshine party, loved the banners around the fence as well as the food ideas

I'm still on the hunt for fun food ideas. So far I've got lemon bars, mini lemon meriagne pies, & lemonade. I know there are lots more ideas out there and I'll post my food finds when I've got a few to share.



  1. Love this Tiffany. I am helping with ours and I am trying to think of a center piece for each table (for cheap) along with this theme. Any ideas? Thanks!

  2. Does anyone else think this is going overboard? Whatever happened to keeping things simple so we're focused on the gospel? This culture we've created for ourselves where we focus so much on the "look" of things does more harm than good in my opinion.

    1. No I don't think this is overboard. I think this is a great idea board for a New Beginnings theme. I think it's awesome that Tiffany can come up with ideas to share with the rest of us. Makes planning much easier. Also, I doubt the night is going to be focused on the "look" of things, but the actual theme of New Beginnings.

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  4. Kim, these were just pictures that inspired me. I am taking a few of these things to do at our New Beginnings and I feel that sometimes people say this it "too much" because they aren't willing to put in the effort themselves. In my experience making it "look" nice or cute makes the girls feel like we care about them and that they are worth the effort. I don't know where it says that you can only be focused on the gospel when things are plain. The program is what is important and that the girls feel the spirit, everything else is just icing on the cake. This is my opinion.

  5. One of the greatest lessons I learned about putting forth even just a little ounce of effort is when I went to a Stake RS meeting years ago. My dear friend was the Stake RS pres at the time and she went to some effort in making the invitations and preparing for the evening. I used to give her a hard time about it until I went to one of the break-out sessions of the night. When the Stake RS 2nd Counselor asked us why we were there, one of the ladies from the other ward said "I knew when I saw the invitation and how wonderful it was, that it would be worth my time to come". It totally changed my perspective on how a little effort can go a long way. True, we don't have to have EVERYTHING look like it comes out of Martha Stuart or(insert your favorite homemaker here) but a little extra time and effort goes a long way. Sisters - or in this case, YW - know when things aren't organized or prepared, and too many of those in succession - people won't bother coming...they'll feel its not worth their time. When something is inspired by the Spirit and well-planned out, it can have an overwhelming affect. Sure, it's more than just glitter and fluff...it's knowing that someone wanted to make this a special event and was willing to put forth some effort. It can make all the difference in the world.

    1. Thanks Kalleen, I agree that they can tell when some thing was poorly organized or planned and that just that little umph can make a big difference.

  6. Dacia linked to your blog, and as a fellow YW leader, I love finding new places with great ideas! Your sunshine theme is gorgeous, and it's fun seeing all the inspirations. Thanks for your blog with all its great ideas!

  7. Thanks Tiffany :)

    I misjudged you for a fanatical Mormon just like you and others have misjudged me for a lazy and disorganized one. ;)

    I hope your New Beginnings program goes well if it hasn't taken place already!


    "Dedicating some of our time to studying the scriptures or preparing to teach a lesson is a good sacrifice. Spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade pot holders for each member of your class perhaps may not be.

    "Every person and situation is different, and a good sacrifice in one instance might be a foolish sacrifice in another."

    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf