We have some amazing “grandmothers” in our ward, and we wanted to create an experience so our young women could get to know them and create some lasting bonds of friendship between these generations of sisters. Over a period of about 6 weeks, the girls wrote anonymous letters and shared little gifts with their appointed “secret grandmothers”. At the end of the 6 weeks we had a brunch where the girls revealed their identities.
To start things off we sent these invitations to our grandmothers. (inspired by these)
I didn’t have any large envelopes on hand, so slipped the invites inside of some pretty decorated paper sacks (inspired from here).
We put these mod-podged clothespins on the bulletin board outside the YW room, so the girls and the grandmothers could leave notes and small gifts for each other. It was really fun to see what surprises were hanging there each Sunday. We tried to leave 5-10 minutes at the end of every class during these weeks so the girls could write a note to their grandmothers, telling them things they were learning, asking questions, and sharing tidbits about themselves. We also had a couple midweek activities to make gifts for our grandmothers.
We made these decoupaged jar lids and filled them with no-bake treats. We also had a jewelry-making activity and made bracelets and earrings for our grandmothers. They were so amazing about answering letters and giving little surprises back. It was a real treat for everyone who participated.
Finally, for the morning of the brunch we decorated a room in our building with pennant banners and yellow balloons. Everyone brought a framed baby picture to help break the ice and get conversation (and laughter!) going.
We made “fancy hats” together with newspaper, tape and silk flowers. I was inspired here. We just put bobby pins through a petal in the fake flowers and stuck them through the newspaper folds.
After making hats we played with making cootie catcher fortune tellers, and also little games like “Two Truths and One Lie”. For the brunch part of our brunch we ate chicken salad croissants, strawberry spinach salad, fresh fruit and chocolate mousse for dessert.
We took a group photo afterwards, wearing our hats, and holding our baby pictures. It was a fabulous experience, and we hope to continue to encourage the friendships we’ve formed by inviting our newly “adopted” grandmothers to participate in activities and share testimonies and experiences in our lessons.