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Games, Mother's Day Events April 22, 2014

Mother’s Day Game: Pass the Package

Hidden amongst the Christmas games, you may have come across the Mother’s Day version of “Pass the Package.”

Not only is it worthy of it’s own post but I’ve also decided to create a second Mother’s Day version, seeing as not everyone is having a tea-party themed event.

You are going to need lots of wrapping paper and an assortment of boxes to pull this off. (Use up those remnants in your closet and/or grab some rolls at the Dollar Store.)

Mother's Day Game: Pass the Package - with 2 free printables

Game: Pass the Package: Mother’s Day Version

Group size: 5 – 25 (divide into multiple groups if needed)

Time needed: About 20 minutes

Supplies: Music, sound system, gift(s) wrapped with multiple layers and inside multiple boxes – one per group/table, activity cards for each layer of wrapping paper (see free printable cards below), trash can.

 Instructions:

  1. Before the event gather your gift(s), boxes, and wrapping paper – 1 per table/group depending on the size of your event. Wrap your gift. Place a tag letting the recipient know it’s theirs to open and keep on top of the wrapping paper. (That is the bottom right card on the free printable.) Place it in a slightly large box and wrap the box. Place an activity card on the outside of the wrapping paper (ie. Share a special Mother’s Day memory.) Add another layer of wrapping paper, topped with another activity card. Add another box when you can. You should have layers of wrapping paper with an activity card on the top of each. I recommend at least 6 layers of paper, but no more than 10. There should not be an activity card on the outside layer.
  2. At the event, assemble women into groups if needed. Distribute 1 wrapped gift per circle/group/table. Let them know that as the music starts they need to pass the gift around the table and when the music stops the holder of the gift is to remove one layer of wrapping paper. Start the music, pausing for unwrapping and instructions to be followed. Continue until the gift has been completely unwrapped.

Winner: The lucky person to get the last layer of wrapping paper!

Notes: Use different colors/patterns of wrapping paper so it’s easy to distinguish where a layer begins and starts. Have your camera ready to catch the fun!

Free Printable  Activity Cards

You have permission to print and make copies for personal or church use.

Click the link below and the free PDF will open.

Tea Themed Cards – mothers day pass the package game cards

Sunflower Themed Cards – mothers day pass the package tags sunflower theme

Here’s a little preview of what they look like.

Preview of Mother's Day Pass the Package Game

May God bless the women at your Mother’s Day event! 

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Mother’s Day Tea Ideas

Mother's Day Events April 18, 2014

Mother’s Day Tea Ideas

Many Women’s Ministry Teams host a Mother’s Day event to honor all women – biological, adoptive, and spiritual mothers.

I thought you might be able to gather and glean a few ideas from a Mother’s Day Tea event our team hosted back in 2009.

Mother's Day Tea Ideas for your Women's Ministry

Our former church in North Carolina had an incredible turnout year after year for this particular event, usually exceeding our expectations and seating capacity.

In order to better accommodate the crowd, this particular year we hosted the Tea twice – once at 10 AM and again at 2 PM. The event lasted no more than 2 hours, giving us plenty of time to restock the food, reset the room, etc.

As in most years, all mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends were invited to attend. We rarely put an age limit on the event.

Theme: Steeped in Him

Registration Fee: $6 (covered cost of food and most, if not all other expenses)

Décor: Tea pots and tea cups and saucers gathered from homes and purchased at Goodwill, consignment stores, etc.

Our menu:

Vegetarian Quiches
Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables
Freshly Cut Vegetables
Fresh Fruit Salad
Scones
Assorted Tea Cakes (cookies)
Lemon Petits Fours Glacés (Harris Teeter – they were fantastic and they gave us a great deal)
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (we purchased the strawberries and dipped them ourselves)

Our schedule:

Prayer and Welcome
Tea Time
Special Crafts and Photos
Story Time (for little ones)
Speaker 1
Speaker 2 (feedback was 1 speaker was plenty)
Prayer and Dismissal

Favor: Custom made tea bags with our theme, verse, and logo (no longer available, but I love the ones here and here).

Favorite Feature: Photo Booth – one of our women let us borrow a large box of fancy, tea/derby type hats. Our decorating team set up a beautiful backdrop with white chairs. We uploaded the photos online for all to see.

Photo booth at our Mother's Day Tea event #womensministry

Icebreaker Game: Pass the Package (Mother’s Day Tea cards in separate PDF)

Crafts for the kids: Paperfolding Victorian fans and tea-themed coloring pages

Looking back there are always things I would do differently… one of our time slots was much lower in attendance than the other. We definitely should have removed the extra tables so it didn’t look quite as empty.

Our photo booth was a HUGE hit – it was so fun to see women share photos on Facebook, but it needed to be a little taller and a little wider to hide the fellowship hall wall.

Does your group host an annual Mother’s Day event?

Please share your experiences and ideas in the comments section or as a Guest Post.

You may also want to read:
Photo Booth Ideas
Mother’s Day Left Right Story
Mother’s Day Game: Pass the Package

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