Are you planning a Relief Society Birthday celebration for the sisters in your ward or stake? In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite ideas for making this a fun and memorable event.
Celebrating the Relief Society birthday party is often the most looked to even for the sisters in many wards around the world.
During my time as the Relief Society Activity committee leader, I helped plan a couple of these events. It was always well-attended and so much fun.
The great thing about this event is that there are so many ways to pull it off – and you can do it on every budget!
If you are planning the Relief Society birthday celebration from your ward, I hope that these ideas will help you to make it the event you’ve been hoping for! I have shared thoughts on our specific party in this post, but there are many different ideas, so feel free to pick and choose what feels right for your group of women!
- When is the Relief Society Birthday?
- Relief Society Birthday Themes
- Relief Society Birthday Decorations
- Relief Society Birthday Dinner Ideas
- Relief Society Birthday Activities
- Relief Society Birthday Gift Ideas
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When is the Relief Society Birthday?
The Church celebrates the creation of the Relief Society on March 17th each year. It was organized on March 17th, 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Former Relief Society General President, Sister Linda K. Burton said, ““What are we celebrating?….We are celebrating who we are and what our work is. We are celebrating those who have gone before. And we are celebrating our purpose.”
Relief Society Birthday Themes
Many wards and brahnces choose to do a dinner, but that’s not required! There can be different themes incorporated with and without food.
- Faith in Every Foot Step Garden Party – This is. afun theme where you can serve salads, sandwiches, etc. Encourage everyone to wear fancy hats or sun dresses (if they have them!). You could send home a plant or make a garden stone stepper at the party!
- Relief Society Through the Decades
- Birthday Party – this is what we did for the party I share in this post. Another idea I saw was to celebrate all the birthdays of the sisters at the party. You can put up pictures for each month and try and highlight each sister.
- Of Royal Birth – Focus on how all of us are daughters of a royal birth. I think this could be a really special event!
- As Sisters in Zion – Celebrating a World Wide Sisterhood – This theme would be a lot of fun to highlight Relief Society sisters around the world, especially if you have sisters in your ward that could participate in sharing something about their culture (or even just across the United States). You could have foods from different countries and regions.
- Favorite Things Party – This is always a favorite Relief Society Activity idea. Because everyone brings an item, you can make this a part of the birthday party theme!
- Soup and Service – What better celebrates the mission of the Relief Society than with a service project! There are so many service projects that you could do that would be a lot of fun and soup and breads could be served.
Relief Society Birthday Decorations
There are so many decorations you could do, and it would all depend on your theme!
Here are some fun ideas:
- Birthday hats for the tables
- Candy is a great an inexpensive table decoration
- Color coordinated balloons and streamers
- Confetti in the middle of the tables
- A birthday banner that has the Relief Society crest
- Color coordinated plates, cups, utensils, and napkins
Below are some pictures from our event. We got them from a company called Shindigz – unfortunately, they are not longer operating. However, companies like Party City or Zurchers are great options, too!
Relief Society Birthday Dinner Ideas
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- It doesn’t have to be fancy! We did a “picnic style” theme for the dinner one year, and it was a huge hit and super easy to put together
- Overestimate for food – I know this might sound like the best idea, but it’s much better to have more than not enough. There are always people in the ward and community that would be more than willing and in need of the leftovers.
- Get volunteers to help make the food! Some wards may h ave a budget to cater, but if you do not, always try and get volunteers to help. You don’t need to do it all!
Here are a few other ideas to give you some inspiration:
- Dinner from the 1840s – I thought this would have been fun – make a bunch of food that the sisters may have made back when the RS was organized.
- Dinner around the world – a big part of the RS celebration is about celebrating our sisterhood and unity. I think it would be fun to make dishes from around the world!
- Pasta dinner – We did this one year, and it was a HUGE hit.
- Ham, potatoes, salad, and rolls – this is always pretty popular!
- Potluck dinner – have everyone bring an item! You may want to provide the main dish, or just have everyone bring something they enjoy and see what shows up!
Here is the menu from our picnic themed party:
Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches
We bought a chicken salad from Costco (so good, but you could obviously make your own) and put them on the delicious, buttery croissants from Costco as well. We also put a piece of lettuce on each one to make it feel a little fancier.
We just mixed up some Country Time Lemonade and put it in a drink dispenser one of the sisters on the committee had. We also served water.
Cupcakes from Sam’s Club
I’ll admit, Costco is always my go-to place for pretty much everything, but we ended up getting the cupcakes from Sam’s Club, and they were PERFECT. The ones from Costco were a bit large, so the Sam’s Club ones were perfect. I think it’s $14.99 for 30 – they were so pretty, and the whipped frosting was delicious.
We also put these personalized cupcake picks in each one to make them a little more fun!
Relief Society Birthday Activities
The other activities committee leader (who was in charge of this activity) had originally created a Bingo game for us to play. We ran out of time, but I think it would have been so fun. I believe it was based on General Conference talks, and she had bought M&Ms for people to use as markers.
History of Relief Society
I think it’s a good idea to have someone talk about the history of Relief Society. It would be fun to turn it into some Jeopardy!
Relief Society Around the World
We had one sister who had served her mission in Japan come and talk about how Relief Society was run in Japan. It was really interesting, and it showed that we aren’t all that different. She also dressed up in a Japanese outfit (not a kimono — I can’t remember what she called it), which I thought was pretty cool.
We had a recent convert give a little talk about her favorite General Conference talk, and she also talked a little bit about her conversion story, which I loved. I think that you can easily involve different sisters by asking them to do things like this.
In Her Shoes
I’ve heard of a lot of Relief Societies doing this lately, and I thought it was such a fun idea. Each sister brings one of her shoes and everyone places it on the table in the front of the room.
Each sister then takes a turn coming up and talking about why she brought the show and how it represents her or her journey. It seems like a more unique way of getting people to introduce themselves.
Any type of video is fun – I think one that has pictures of all the sisters placed to music, excerpts from General Conference, etc. would be especially impactful. You can easily make these in iMovie or another free movie creator.
Relief Society Birthday Gift Ideas
What kind of birthday party would it be without gifts?! Here are a few different ideas:
- Homemade soap
- Printable quote in a frame (any quote from General Conference is good or you could do a printable of the Relief Society Declaration)
- Photo of the temple
- Any kind of food – here is a great list from LDS Living
- My sister has the best sticker shop – and she offers discounts for bulk orders, too! She will also do custom orders, but here are a few stickers/magnets that might be fun to give as a gift:
- Etsy has SO many great ideas! I recommend perusing what they have to offer.
And here is what we did:
The other committee leader, Linda, had a great idea to get a bookmark that had the Relief Society declaration on it. We were able to find these great bookmarks from Deseret Book – one side said “Charity Never Faileth”, which is the Relief Society motto, and the other side has the Relief Society Declaration.
We also placed a basket of extra candies on the side for people to grab on their way out:
I hope that this was helpful! Be sure to leave a comment and let me now what you did for your Relief Society Celebration!
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Sheri Postel says
Hi Katie. How long ago did you do this? I was wondering if I called shindigz if I could just duplicate your order for the banner.
They might be able to do this! This was back in 2017 🙂
Were they able to just redo the same order for you? If so, how much did it cost?
Lauren Bell says
What was your budget for all of this? I am trying to put something together and need to present a cost to my RS president. Thanks!
Hi, Lauren! Unfortunately I don’t really remember – this was a few years ago. I’m so sorry! I think the food was $150-200?
Was this event sponsored by Shindigz or did the cost of the decorations come from your Relief Society budget?
They provided some of the decor but not all.
Do you know where I can get the nugget wrappers?
I got those from Shindigz 🙂
What recipe did you use for the frosting of the cupcakes. Yum
We just bought those from Sam’s Club 🙂
Ms Sharon Bridget Erb says
Thank you for your ideas, I love pintrest and I’m newly called to be a second counselor to our relief society president. So I need lots of help.
Feel free to ask for any more additional help that you might need! What a fun calling!
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Hi, I love your idea four a fun and simple RS birthday party! I love the color scheme and the picnic foods! I am trying to recreate this whole look for our activity that I’m in charge of. My problem is trying to fit it into the ward budget without spending too much. I love the party hats but they are super expensive on the Shindigz site. We are planning on nearly 100 sisters for our birthday celebration and that many party hats I can’t justify the cost. Any other suggestions? Maybe only order half as many and put one on every other plate? Also, I would appreciate it if you could give me a ballpark figure on how much all the food cost for this activity? This is a new calling for me and I dont know what to expect the food to cost. I plan to do the same menu as you did here, plus add potato chips. Any information you could give me will be appreciated:)
Hi! I’m sure there are cheaper places to buy those types of hats…I will have to look around and let you know. Honestly though, no one wore them, so I think if you just bought them for decor, it would be better (and more cost effective!)
For the food, we fed about 75 sisters, and I think it was like $250? I will have to ask the others on the committee – I didn’t actually buy the food this time. I think you could save some money by making the chicken salad yourself. We had way too much though. Some sisters only ate half a sandwich, others a whole, and some not at all!
I’m glad you liked all these ideas! Please let me know if you have any more questions. It was a really fun party!