Speed Friendshipping invitations

April 20, 2009

It’s that time again for what’s becoming an annual church activity for our Relief Socity: speed friendshipping!

The concept is the same as speed dating. We spend a couple of minutes chatting with someone (we will have some questions prepared ahead of time, just to get the conversation going) until a timer goes off. Then, everyone switches partners to begin a dialogue with a new person.

If you’re interested in purchasing  ($10) a customized PDF file of this invitation in addition to a larger, “poster” size at 8.5″x11″, feel free to email me at jenniferkirk@gmail.com

The setup:
We held this in the Relief Society room to make the space feel more intimate. Long tables were placed in a U-shape with chairs on both sides. The tables were covered with a paper table cloth and we taped down paper arrows on one side of the table. This was to give the sisters sitting on that side of the table the direction to shift over to the seat on their right once the timer went off. The sisters sitting across from them remained stationary.

As for food, it was an after-dinner activity so we just had bowls of yummy snacks all along the table so everyone could snack and chat.

Some of our ice-breaker questions:
What do you consider to be your strongest character traits?
What traits or habits do you wish you didn’t have?
Do you believe people can change?
What do you consider to be the most important world events of your lifetime?
Do you think life now is harder or easier than when you were young?
What are you most proud of?
What are your hidden talents?
When was the last time you peed your pants?
At school, what were you like?
What were your hobbies as a kid?
How long did you date your husband before kissing him?
What TV show do you currently love?
How old were you when you moved out of your parents home?
Who makes you laugh the hardest and why?
A favorite movie or book?
What was the best trip you ever took?
If you could go somewhere you’ve never been, where would it be?
What are five things you couldn’t live without?
What’s the bravest thing you have ever done? The scariest? The dumbest?
What would I be surprised to learn about you?

25 Comments

  1. Comment by Chamaine on April 20, 2009 10:04 am

    Great idea! I will store this away for the next time I am in RS!

  2. Comment by Julie Radmacher on April 21, 2009 11:09 am

    You gals do the cutest, funnest things!

  3. Comment by leslie on April 21, 2009 7:36 pm

    this is an awesome idea!

  4. Comment by Amber! on April 23, 2009 8:35 pm

    As a newbie to my ward, this idea fascinates me! I’ll have to pass it along!!

  5. Comment by Jolie Musick on May 1, 2009 10:53 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea! I love it!

  6. Comment by Alicia on August 23, 2010 5:39 pm

    Would you allow me to use this invitation? We are planning a speed-friending event for September 22nd. I LOVE your ideas…. beautiful inspiration for my calling. Thank you!

  7. Comment by Jennifer on November 6, 2011 8:20 am

    I’m hoping you will let me use this invitation, too! You are amazing! I am floored with your talent! Do you mind telling me what computer program you use to create your graphic designs? Do you have certain websites you get your clip art from, or does it come in a program?

  8. Comment by Claudia on November 15, 2011 3:28 pm

    Love this idea! Did you spend the entire time speed friend-shipping or did you have a lesson of some kind? I have a feeling you came up with some really great questions, do you mind sharing?

  9. Comment by Danita on November 17, 2011 12:05 pm

    I would love if you could share what you did at your activity, this sounds like what i am looking for, we our planning for next year and we have several new sisters in our ward that we would like to do a get to know you night and this sounds perfect for us. I’m on board with the last comment, do you mind sharing?

  10. Comment by Jaime on November 21, 2011 6:17 pm

    I love your invitations! Im doing a Christmas activity about Pres. Monsons talk about a train and I really love this invitation. I would really love to use it for our upcoming RS christmas activity. Could I use it? Do you share?

  11. Comment by terica on December 31, 2011 3:24 pm

    Wondering the same thing…hoping to do this activity this month, do you share?

  12. Comment by Robbi Rowan on May 18, 2012 11:11 pm

    I would love to use this invitation too. Is it available somewhere or can you advise how you created. Thanks.

  13. Comment by Savannah Hawkins on May 21, 2012 8:58 am

    I know this was posted A LONG time ago, but I was wondering if you could share where you got the invitation as well… I really want to do this with my RS this next month!!!

  14. Comment by Stacie Smith on September 28, 2012 4:08 pm

    I was hoping I could count on you! We are having this activity soon. Thanks for the push in the right direction for the flier!

  15. Comment by Michelle M on December 11, 2012 1:19 am

    I would love it if you could email me the invitation/flyer for this! Thanks so much!!!

  16. Comment by Cristi Morton on December 22, 2012 11:40 pm

    I love this invitation could you email it to me to use for our visiting teachers conference. Thanks so much

  17. Comment by Jill N on December 28, 2012 11:40 am

    I stumbled onto this site earlier today and was struck by the sheer awesomeness of this idea. Considering that plagarism is a form of flattery – can I flatter you into sharing the invitation? Thanks in advance for your help and/or direction.

  18. Comment by Anth on January 8, 2013 4:40 pm

    I see many other people have left similar comments to the one I’m about to type…
    Stumbled on here from Pinterest. Super cute invite! I see a Speed Friendshipping activity in my ward’s future. :)

  19. Comment by Jen on January 10, 2013 9:14 am

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to use your invite/flyer for this event. Cute invite!

  20. Comment by Jennifer G. on January 19, 2013 1:07 am

    Please let me know if you share this invitation. I would love to use it for an upcoming activity.

  21. Comment by Vicki Boothe on January 20, 2013 12:54 am

    Can I copy this invitation for our RS activity in February?

  22. Comment by Desiree on February 5, 2013 11:19 pm

    A bit like a broken record I suppose, but am wondering as well: do you share/sell your invitations? We are planning to do this type of activity for the Birthday celebration and would love to use this invite. Thanks for letting us know your procedures!

  23. Comment by Robyn Williams on June 30, 2013 1:09 pm

    Can I use your invitation too? This is such a cute idea, I would love to use it for our Visiting Teaching Workshop.

  24. Comment by Robyn Williams on June 30, 2013 1:14 pm

    Sorry just re-read the blog and found the email address for the invitation, thank you!

  25. Comment by Tiana on March 30, 2014 3:49 pm

    We just did this for our RS bday bash and the sisters loved it. I wrote about it on my blog if anyone would like to see how I decided to execute it.

    W/a Smile, Tiana

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