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Saturday Night Live: Campfire BBQ

Our church has a series of five events after our Saturday Night services, called Saturday Night Live. These events are meant to attract people and help them have a good time while attending our Saturday night services. Each week, we have a different theme. Last week we did a fiesta theme. This past Saturday we had a campfire BBQ.

Our amazing design volunteer, Hannah Shin, created the graphics.

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We are so blessed with amazing people on our team. Caroline Cervantes was our event coordinator and she has been doing an amazing job pulling off these events. She is a professional wedding coordinator and really knows how to create an experience. A huge part is the decor, which adds such a wonderful element of warmth and delight!

Here’s a video to show what the event was like. (If the link below doesn’t work, go here to view.)

Since I was busy capturing video footage, I did not take as many pictures as I should have. So some of these are not the best because I took screen shots of the video in order to illustrate. My apologies!

The theme had a rustic feel.

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Caroline used plaid and the color red to tie the decor together.

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We had high boy tables in the lobby and these had plaid on them as well. The centerpiece was wood with a flower arrangement on top.

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We had created a backdrop (also designed by Hannah) where every week a live band plays. This backdrop uses the overall graphic for all of the events, which we call Saturday Night Live.

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In front of the stage, Caroline used the fake flame we had used for our Olympic torch. The torch is really silk, lit with orange lights and with a fan blowing up. She stacked logs around the fire to make it look real.

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It was a big kid magnet. They were utterly fascinated by the “fire.” Next time I think we would put it on the stage — it was super tempting for kids to mess with it!

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Credit: Saddleback PICS Team

Outside, our men’s ministry served a grilled meal of sausage, chili, and grilled corn. Yum!

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Inside, a big hit for all involved was a s’mores station. The stereo burners were in a crate. Not only did it look cool, but no one burned themselves.

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Here’s how the station looked in setup mode.

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I love the little wood logs that serve as sign holders!

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Here’s an example of how the chocolate was set up. I wish I had taken a picture of it before the event started so we could see the fully stocked table. It was very impressive!

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We also had an activity zone for kids. They colored wooden fish and made surrender flags. I don’t really know what the surrender flags were because I didn’t see them, but it was obviously a hit because later I found out we ran out of supplies. The kids really enjoyed the activity!

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The event was a win for people of all ages. Many thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make this possible! There were a lot of people involved.

Next week we are doing a luau. I can’t wait!

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