Friday, March 18, 2011

Relief Society Birthday

I hope the ladies had a nice time last night.  It's hard to tell when you're running around like a maniac.  Luckily my two favorite things seemed to be everyone else's too. The centerpieces and the cake.  In all my planning and blog surfing, I always end up on wedding blogs for ideas.  This has to be the cheapest centerpiece ever.






 Glass pie dishes, a little potting soil, food storage wheat sprouted, and 2 bunches of daisies, $4 each.  Now what to do with all this wheat grass on my coffee table.



 The day before the event the bishop's wife, a saintly lady with the same name as me, and I spent all day working on this cake.  It was huge.  16 inch bottom layer and 12 on top. I made chocolate with chocolate mousse between the layers and ganache over the top.  She made white cake with peaches and whipped cream between layers and white ganache over the top.  I got the emblem printed at the bakery, edible ink on edible paper.

We kept running into legal issues. After trying to get around it, I found it's surprisingly easy to get a copyright release from the church. Like they're going to sue a bakery for a Relief Society cake! Anyway.  The other Helena wanted the state/relief society flower, the sego lily, on the cake. Some wild bulb that won't bloom if you try to plant and whose flower is illegal to pick.  She made some out of marshmallow. They worked better than the ones I spent many hours on.  Tracing with royal icing.



So let me know if you need sego lilies or wheat grass.  I've got them coming out my ears.  Along with table cloths that need to be laundered.

7 comments:

Sarah Flib said...

You are awesome. I'm impressed you even thought of having a bakery make that RS emblem, much less figure out how to really make it happen. So what did you guys do for the actual event?

Helena said...

I just found the printable emblem idea on google searches. Found it on a cake decorator's blog and emailed her. For activities I thought it would be fitting to do service, so we had fleece blankets to tie for the women's shelter downtown, I guess they have a need for those. The lady in charge of volunteers also needed Thank You notes, so some ladies made quite a few of those. I had 3 ladies talk about RS (their callings, or experiences, testimony of) during dessert.

Anna said...

Sound like it went great. I'm going to keep my wheat grass for a while! Looks so fresh!

Robnz Fam said...

I'd love some left over cake, but sounds like it was too good for having any left overs :0). Great job Helena!!

Jeanne Anderson said...

How great is that?! I love the wheat grass center pieces! And you can never go wrong with ganache...mmmm! Fantastic work Helena!

Kim said...

Wow, sounds like you did an amazing job with the RS Birthday. I love the wheat grass center pieces. The cake looks amazing and I bet tasted delicious. Too bad I don't live closer. I would have liked to have been there and help out. Great job!

Kristyn said...

Helena, it all turned out so great! Now you can have your life back! :) Tomorrow night is our big RS act, and we're reusing some pom poms I made recently for a shower. It's all aboutthe 3 R's when it comes to RS decorations! I seriously love your idea for the centerpieces.

And can't you eat wheat grass? I could be wrong, but I thought they go good on sandwiches? Wai,t I just googled it aftere I wrote that last sentence, and you can even put it in smoothies! I'm thinking it's an aquired taste though.