YW New Beginnings: Bloom Where You are Planted

I realize that I talk A LOT about the young women program...
but I just can't help it.
The young women that I serve consume my thoughts, my prayers, so why not my blog?
Last night we held our annual New Beginnings program.
It was a huge success and thought I would share just a few ideas from the program and decorations.

As we were contemplating different themes this year for the New Beginnings program, 
the girls decided on the theme, 
"Bloom Where You are Planted."
I know I have said this on a number of occasions,
 but I am always so impressed with the youth and their creativity and submissiveness to the spirit. 
This year, they REALLY wanted to select a theme that coordinated with the mutual theme
("Stand Ye in Holy Places").
They thought about how when you plant a flower in good ground, 
that flower will not be moved, and will prosper and grow. 
We decided to decorate the gym with pastel colors and LOTS and LOTS of flowers.
All in all, it turned out really cute.
Below are a few close-ups and details from the night.
 I created these value tags to look like seed packets. 
My mother-in-law had a bunch of darling, colorful vases that she used at her daughters wedding.
We used the vases to hold the value tags that I created.
They turned out really cute and were SUPER easy to make.

We used some old painted doors as a backdrop. 
During the program, one of our young women created a slideshow 
with cute pictures of the girls at different activities, youth conference, and girls camp. 
It was a great addition to the program and way to highlight one of our young women's talents.
We also used a bunch of white frames to decorate the tables.
I created a few graphics to put in the frames that coordinated to the colors and theme.
 In preparation for New Beginnings, we created a bunch of flowers during mutual.
The girls made a bunch of "fan" floors that we used to decorate the doors.
They were SUPER cute and added a lot of color to the backdrops.
They also created a bunch of tissue flowers to fill the various vases.

 Another one of my favorite things that we did was created a close line with ribbon.
We pinned up a bunch of cute pictures of the girls.
For the refreshments, we served sugar cookies in the shape of flowers.
 I took a brief moment during the program to share my love for the girls and share my testimony.
I mentioned how in order to "bloom" we must nourish our testimonies and relationship with the Savior.
I challenged the girls to "rise" and "stand".... 
AND, not only be planted, but "BLOOM" spiritually through prayer, 
studying the book of mormon, and staying close to the spirit.

 We added some cute chinese lanterns to line the stage.
It added a lot of color and looked really fun under the projector.

 Finally, one of my favorite things that the girls decided to do was introduce the upcoming young women.
Each girl was assigned to a "new beehive" and were responsible to learn about them.
During the program, the girls stood up with their "new beehive" and introduced them.
It was fun listening to the girls talk about each other and share fun facts.
After introducing their new friend,
 the young women presented the upcoming beehive with a Gerber daisy and  welcome note.
Feel free to use and share any ideas and leave comments!
For downloads of the prints used for the event, 





39 comments:

  1. Super cute. You guys come up with the best ideas!

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    1. Thanks so much Justine! Hope you and your family are doing well!

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  2. You are very creative and fun! Thank you for posting all these great ideas. I hope I will be able to use them someday!!!

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  3. This is darling! I loved all of it! Keep posting your ideas for YW, we all need a helping hand with it at times. Thanks for posting!

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    1. You are so nice! Thanks so much and thanks for visiting our blog!

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  4. Will you please post the "how to" for the "fan" flowers you made? Thanks!

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    1. What a great idea! I definitely will! I am currently on vacation but will have the tutorial up by Sunday!

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  5. Love your blog and your cute ideas! I also work in YW and need all the ideas possible. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thanks so much for the kind words! Glad I can help in some small way! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I just found your blog and have been wondering what we were going to do for New Beginnings; love this! Thank you for posting (and providing printouts!). I am NOT crafty and I very much appreciate those who are who share their talents :)

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    1. Thanks so much Allison! I am glad that we were able to help you out! Let me know if you need any help! I appreciate you visiting! Good luck with your new beginnings!

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  7. love! look on the church website under yw 2013 theme and you'll find a video called "bloom where you are planted" highligting some youth in las vegas. the youth in the video say, "when you share testimony you make wherever you are a holy place." and "bloom where you are planted. Make where you are a special and holy place."

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    1. Wow! This is so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. What a great coodinating video. Again, thanks for sharing and visiting!

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  8. thank you for sharing your new beginnings night! what a great theme. i love all of the bright and cheery decorations and how you tied in this years YW theme. i was wondering if you any of your printouts are available? i love it all, but am not very creative and am a bit short on time ;) thanks for sharing! also, i looked up the video that robyn mentioned, what a great clip the church put out. thanks for sharing!

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    1. Of course I would LOVE to share them with you! I am currently on vacation, but will be home on Friday. I will make sure them to send them to you first thing since you are in a time crunch. I hope that is soon enough for you!

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    2. thank you so, SO much. i really appreciate it! joannallarson@gmail.com

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    3. If you're up to it, I'd definitely love the print outs as well. I talked to the girls about this, and we're doing this theme for New Beginnings in two weeks. We're so excited! How inspiring!

      derekandsamwilcox@gmail.com

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    4. Hey ladies! I just sent you a link for the images from our New Beginnings that you are more than welcome to print off and use! Sorry for the delay! It has taken me awhile to figure out how to make them downloadable! Again, you can visit here... http://courtneyaitken.blogspot.com/2013/01/our-blog-gone-viral.html... to print off anything you would like! Please let me know if you need anything else, or have any other questions!

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  9. Can you share a little more with me how you did your program. Did you have the girls involved in telling all about the YW program? Such as personal progress, each of the values, camp, the YW class symbols, etc.? Did you do anything where you encouraged the parents to help their daughters with PP? We have a small YW group and only have one new BH coming in this year. I too am running short on time and am trying to pull things together for NB. I love your wonderful ideas and would appreciate any help you can offer about your program. I was also wondering what your invitation looked like.

    If anyone else is doing this theme, I would love to hear your ideas too,

    Thank you in advance.
    Susan
    sus1960@gmail.com

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    1. Hey Susan! i just emailed you with all this info, but thought I woud pos it as well so everyone can get an idea of how we did ou program. I would really recommend having as many girls as you can speak. It's just a great way to allow them to share their testimonies and learn leadership.


      The topics that we had the girls talk about were:

      1. A review from the previous year: A girl briefly talked about all the fun things that we did last year and what made YW's so special to her. She was actually a recent convert, which was really neat because she talked about how the YW had helped with her conversion. The other purpose behind this talk topic was to get the girls who were coming into YW, excited about the program... help them to see all the fun we have together. (after her talk we showed a short 3 minute video with pictures from last year).


      2. We had a girl talk about the importance of personal progress. This girl had received her young women medallion last year and was able to share her testimony on how completing her personal progress goals had blessed her life.


      3. We had 4 girls talk about the YW values. We would give them 2 YW values each and they briefly talked about them and explained their meaning.


      After that, we did an introduction of the new beehives. Each new beehive was paired up with an existing YW prior to the program. They were responsible to get to know the new YW and learn fun facts about them. During New Beginnings each girl got up with their "new YW" and introduced them to everyone. If you have any new YW coming up, I would highly suggest this. It takes a little more work, but had a big impact on he evening. It was fun laughing and getting to know the new girls through a current young women. Also, after the new young woman had been introduced, the current YW gave them a single Gerber daisy that had the NW beginnings theme on it, to officially welcome them to YW.



      I also took a few minutes to address the girls and the parents. I told a story about how when i was in YW. Long story shot, I had decided to plant a bed of flowers one summer for one of my YW projects. My goal was to take care of them and help them and help them bloom. I took a lot of time trying to figure out what types of flowers would survive in my parents flower bed (it was heavily covered with shade, had hard ground, etc). At first, I was really motivated. I would water them with enthusiasm (probably 5 times a day). Unfortunately, ths did not last. Life gets busy, and I got busy. I remember feeling really guilty as i would walk past the flower bed and saw petals falling from my plants. I also started to notice weeds popping up in the flower bed. I ad failed miserably. I explained to the girls, how they had each at some point in their lives "been planted"-- meaning that they had experienced the confirmation of the spirit telling them the gospel was true. I then explained that while it was wonderful to "be planted", in order to "bloom" there were other essential things that needed to happen. Need to water the flowers, weed the flower bed, nourish them, etc. I compared this to their faith and their testimony. I briefly talked about how they could nourish their testimonies. I used some scripture references from Alma 32. I then challenged the girls to "BLOOM where they were planted", to stand a little taller, to stand in holy places, by reading the scriptures, working on heir personal progress, saying their prayers, drawing nearer to their Savior, etc.



      After, the bishop added a few words and wrapped up the program.



      Again, it was pretty simple, but I felt it was really effective. We were able to focus on a combination of PP, the new girls coming up, and how YW strengthens testimonies.



      I hope that this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions!

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    2. this was very helpful for me! thanks :)

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    3. i'm also curious about your invitations. i really appreciate your help!

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  10. I am head over heels for this! It's so cute and so well done! Great job. Our girls want to do this for our new beginnings at the end of the month. Would you be willing to share your program with us and also how you made those darling fans?! We would so appreciate it! What a talent you have!

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    1. my email is shanawhipple@hotmail.com
      Thank you!

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    2. Hey Shana! Thanks so much for your sweet words! I just sent you the information on how to download the images and print them off! Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can be of assistance! Good luck with your New Beginnings!!

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  11. I love your set up! Would you mind emailing me your printouts as well. We have new beginnings in one week and have chosen this same theme. Thank you so much! My email is drhayeschiro@gmail.com

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    1. No problem! I just sent you an email so you should now have the information on how to download them and print them off! Please let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks again for visiting our blog!

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  12. Thank you for such a wonderful idea. I just got put in YW as a counselor and I am in charge of New Beginnings in two weeks. Any help would be appreciated. Can I get your printables? It would be soooo appreciated. Thank you ! kimberly.reynolds@jordandistrict.org

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    1. I am so excited for you! Being in the YW's has been such a blessing in my life! How lucky you are, and how blessed the girls are to have a leader like you! I just sent you the information on how to download and print the images! If you run into any issues, please let me know and I would be more than happy to help! Good luck with your new beginnings program!

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  13. I was wondering if you could tell us what fonts you used on the prints you made. Everything is so well done. You are so talented!

    Thank you!

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    1. Sure thing! I love using a combination of fonts! For the "Bloom" I used "Sketch Block", for "where you are", I used "La Belle Aurore", for "Planted" & "New Beginnings" I used, "Rokkit"!

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  14. Thank you for sharing your ideas! My Class Presidents are so excited to use this idea that you shared - they picked this one over the others I went through with them. Your printouts for programs and lessons are my favorite:) I had one quick question as we move forward - did you have all of the YW leave with anything? We usually give them something small that went along with the theme for the night.

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    1. Oh I am so glad that you are able to use the idea! I am sure it will turn out darling! We gave flowers to the girls. The other idea that we had (but didn't have enough time to finish) was making them bobby pins like these (http://www.luulla.com/product/23573/flower-bobby-pins-nude-colors). We ran out of time, so we weren't able to make them so just went with flowers!

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  15. We just had ours last night and your theme really helped us! Thank you so much!

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  16. I have halfway planned our NB program which is, thankfully since I was just recently called as YW president, not until the end of this month~ but I would love to use some of your ideas and printables, but am having trouble accessing them via google docs, and I can't see if there are instructions/templates for the cute fan decorations? Would you mind emailing me the template or printable if you have one for the fans? thanks so much you are ultra talented and a blessing to those of us non creative types ;)Thank you so much!!
    Cameron
    camspal@yahoo.com

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  18. You do beautiful work! I was wondering where you print off your posters. . . Thanks for sharing all your hard work with us.

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