Our Laurels were in charge of coming up with a theme this year. They chose Alice in Wonderland—so I went on the search for a way to tie it into personal progress and found this quote by President Monson:
Let us not find ourselves as indecisive as Alice. You will remember that she comes to a crossroads with two paths before her, each stretching onward but in opposite directions. She is confronted by the Cheshire cat, of whom Alice asks, "Which path shall I follow"
The cat answers, “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”7Unlike Alice, we all know where we want to go, and it matter which way we go, for by choosing our path, we choose our destination.
So there we had it, personal progress helps us choose the right path! Consequently this is the topic one of our speakers used—and we also sent it out on the invitations.
We decorated with hearts, books, and teacups hung from the ceiling to make them look like they were "falling down the rabbit hole." And one of my Laurels did the flower center pieces. She purchased white roses and actually "painted the roses red" by brushing red craft paint on them.
Also signs and arrows were posted around the room pointing in all directions. (We should have had some that listed the values, oh well.)
A second speaker used a quote from the Doorknob character above.
Food was all purchased from Costco: Muffins cut in half, Madelines, Aussie bites, Crackers and cheese, and fruit drink. We borrowed the tea pots from members of the relief society who were glad to lend them to us.
The girls had a great time! One of them told me it was her favorite Young Women in Excellence so far.
I can't share any of the graphics with you, as I purchased them from Dollar Photo Club, a stock website. But at least this can give you an idea to do your own. And I am however, including PDF sheets for the decorations—the lines are thin so as to use very little ink.