In February we held our annual New Beginnings activity. This year we mixed things up a bit and had a “Game Night”. Here are the invitations I made up:
I left the date, time etc off the template. Simply place a text box in the open space to add YOUR info.
NOTE: The template is a photo of the tickets, just blow it up so the gray line meets the boarder of your page layout.
I made a similar layout for the program that we handed out at New Beginnings.
NOTE: I printed the invitations AND the programs on a cream opalescent card stock and it turned out awesome. It gave it a very vintage carnival feel. If you don’t want to invest in fancy paper, see if you have any cream paper in your closet, it really makes the design look it’s best.
In keeping with the general handbook on what New Beginnings is all about, we wanted to teach the in comming Beehives all about Personal Progress. We let the Young Women do the teaching via the game Taboo. I used to play this Milton Bradley game all the time in High School.
Directions: Divide the room into two teams. Send one representative from both teams. Team A’s to present the cards to their team while team B’s to make sure that team A’s rep doesn’t say any of the words below the line. Team A’s rep describes the word in turquoise but can not say any part of any of the words on the card. Once their team guesses the word in turquoise, they pull up the next card and continue until their minuite is up (we used a stop watch to keep time). Then pull two new reps, one from each team. Team B then gives the clues while team A buzzes the buzzer if they say a word on the card. For every card guessed correctly, that team gets one point (whew, I hope that all made sense, or that everyone has played Taboo!).
- We went through the cards twice so that each girl got the chance to either buzz or give clues
- The in coming Beehives were only asked to buzz since they did not know the program
- Make sure that EVERYONE guesses, some of the enthusiastic fathers were the funnest guessers
- Adjust the rules as you go, one smart YW said “Um, it’s the 5th value”, we made numbering the values illegal
- Have fun, everyone enjoyed letting loose a bit, it turned out a lot like a family game night and everyone had fun
Personal Progress TABOO
After we finished Personal Progress Taboo, we played a getting to know you game similar to the “Dating Game”. First, we gave a list of getting to know you questions to the in coming Beehives a few weeks before the activity. After they filled it out we assigned three Mia Maids to pretend they were one of those in coming girls. They were each handed the filled out questionnaire. I made a name tag to hang around their neck with the girl they were representing’s name. They sat on stools in the front of the room facing the audience. With a chalk board turned sideways, two other YW, one from team A and one from team B sat on stools, unable to see the Mia Maids or their name tags. The team representatives were each given the same list of questions and asked them directly to the contestants as they tried to figure out which Mia Maid represented which in coming Beehive. So it went something like this:
Rep A: reads a question off the sheet, “Contestants 1 and 2, what are your favorite pass times?”
Contestant 1: “Um,” looking down reading answer on paper “reading a book in my back yard”
Contestant 2: “Playing with my younger sister”
Rep B: reads a question off her sheet, “Contestant 3 and 1, what month is your birthday?”
And on and on. As soon as one of the team Reps could name which contestants were which girl, the game ends.
Why this game worked:
- None of the in coming Beehives had to stand up and be embarrassed in front of everyone
- The “actors” were getting to know each of the new girls
- The audience loved watching the whole thing play out
- When the team Reps got stuck, they asked what they were wearing tonight (the “actors” looked at the girl they were acting and told what that girl had on, hilarious)
- It kept things light and fun
Gift and Treat
NOTE: We also stuck these same labels on the mini water bottles from Costco with a striped paper straw coming out of each one. The labels fit perfect. The waters were served along side a brownie and ice cream sunday with bright colored sprinkles to keep with the fun carnival/game theme.
Although we used these games and labels for our New Beginnings, both could be used for other occasions. The Taboo cards would work great for an activity about Personal Progress, a class lesson, or a rainy day camp activity. The labels would best be used THIS year, so if your New Beginnings is over, consider printing them off for youth conference water bottles, or give out candles at a camp activity.