Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Young Women in Excellence Program {Be Not MOoOved}.

Last night was our annual Young Women in Excellence program 
and I must say....
we had a MOOOOvelous time!
{I apologize in advance for my puns. I just cannot resist.}

I  also must mention - I got this whole idea from my blogging friend Tiffany found HERE.  She is amazing and gave me ALL of the inspiration, including the invitation template, program template and poster. 

We went with the whole 'COW' theme - - and focused on the second part of this year's mutual theme:
"Stand ye in Holy Places and BE NOT MOVED".

If you'd like the DETAILS of the evenings events...keep reading.
{This post is FULL of em.  Plus lots of pictures!}

For refreshments, we went with a COOKIES and MILK bar.
LOVED this!!

We had each leader bring 3 dozen cookies and we had quite the spread.

Aren't these cow shaped sugar cookies adorable?
They're actually gingerbread men UPSIDE DOWN!

We served: chocolate chip, pumpkin chocolate chip, oatmeal, oatmeal chocolate chip, snickerdoodles and gingersnaps. And if you MUST know...YES...I sampled EACH one of them.
 {Do you BLAME me?!}

I found these darling mini jars at Wal-mart.
They needed just a little OOMPH so I put a strip of decorative washi tape on each one.
Easy. Peasy.

I also purchased flavored straws {chocolate and strawberry} and those can be found in the same aisle as the hot chocolate and Nesquick at your grocery store. A box of 24 at Walmart was about $4.

As for take home favors for the girls {I can't resist!}.....

We gave each girl an embroidered Gilbert, AZ temple handkerchief.

{FYI: The Gilbert temple is opening SOON and the dedication is set for March 2nd.  We live about 5 minutes away from this and to say we are excited is an understatement!  Our stake, along with 25 other stakes will be participating in the Multi-cultural Celebration and preparations have already begun!}

The date of the temple dedication {March 2, 2014} is also embroidered on the back.

Didn't those turn out darling?
I struck gold and found a gal that lives super close to me that makes them and GUESS WHAT? 
She said she can make them with ANY temple on them.
You can check out her facebook page and place your orders HERE.

As for our program.....

I'm all about keeping things to an hour tops.  
Proud to say that his program lasted 45 minutes - - EVEN BETTER, right?!

I had my Laurels class president conduct the evening.
I spoke for about 5 minutes and introduced the theme for the night.
{If you'd like more details on my talk, feel free to contact me and I can send you some more information!}

3 of our girls who received their Personal Progress medallions this year spoke for about 2 minutes each on "How completeing their PP has helped them to STAND in HOLY PLACES and BE NOT MOVED."

We had a special musical number, a short video and then a member of our bishopric spoke.

It was AWESOME!!!

MY 'future young woman' adoring all of the amazing projects!
 The girls all did such a great job with choosing projects to display.

Once the program was over, we had each girl take a picture in front of this:

Isn't that THE CUTEST?
I have an advisor who just so happened to teach preschool and have it all on hand!

The girls LOVED getting their pics taken in front of it and it was a FUN way to end the evening!

Gosh, I love these girls.
Such sweet young women.
Blessed, indeed!
Side Note:  I purchased all of our cow print plates, napkins, balloons and bunting from Hobby Lobby.  You can find it all in their party section with their western stuff. I felt like I had struck gold when I came across it all!


  1. Very cute! I live in Logan...Aggie-land! (What makes one of your YW an Aggie?) I just got released as YW president last month (of 45 girls)...and I thought I was going to have a mid-life crisis! Your ideas kept me going for 2 1/2 years! Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks so much Julie - I really appreciate that!! One of my cute YW got into Utah State for next year and she did a whole display for her Knowledge value. She's super excited!! xoxo

  2. Hey Marci, I showed the invitation to our YW last night and they fell in love with this idea, so we agreed we would go all out and use your ideas ... super, fantastic, ideas!!! I can't find the templates any where, your link back goes to your original post but no template. Can you help with that? We loved the gift bags and cookie lables, do you have down load for these?

    1. hi there! I'd be happy to send those files over…I just need your email address! Glad you liked everything! xoxo

    2. Thanks Marci ! It's

  3. This is by far the cutest idea i have ever seen! I live in a place where it would be the cutest thing for our Young Women. Thanks for such great ideas! I also love your blog. Thanks so much :)

    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate your sweet words! xoxo

  4. Hi Macy, Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. Thanks to you, our planning will be much easier for our YW Excellence night. God bless you.

  5. Do you mind emailing me a copy of your talk you gave that night? I love all your ideas:)

  6. I forgot to mention my email!

    Thank you so much!

  7. What is a Personal Progress notebook?

    1. It is a book that contains all of this info:
      It's aimed at helping young women set and accomplish goals in their lives!

  8. I would love your talk from that evening. I love all these ideas. We are doing our YW in Excellence around the cow theme this year. I know it is 2016 but I love all these ideas. Thank you so much! My e-mail is

  9. This is amazing and inspiring!! Just love it! Would you please send me a copy of your talk from this evening along with the gift tag and cookie label? Thanks so much!