A night in Bethlehem


Last weekend I helped a few ladies from my church plan our wards Christmas party: A Night in Bethlehem. We wanted to create a Christmas experience that celebrated the life of Christ. I’m on the enrichment committee, so part of my job is to help with the ward activities (best calling ever).  I thought this night turned out fabulous, so I wanted to share some of the pictures with you. :) Everything for this event was borrowed or purchased at Goodwill. We used LOTS of fabric to create the displays. There were so many people that volunteered to set up for this event and it really turned out so amazing. The pictures do not do justice.

a night in bethlehem

When the ward members arrived at the event they brought a can of  food (which we donated) and in exchange were given a bag of pennies. The kids went around to each booth (meat, cheese, bread, lentil soup, pastry, etc) and “bought” the food with their pennies. The kids really enjoyed that part.  Here is the fruit booth I decorated. We used old sheets for the tablecloth and we placed a bed skirt around the top of the tent to add a little detail. The baskets and fruit is really what made the whole display.

a night in bethlehem

This was the pita booth…which btw those were the best pitas ever! I need to find the recipe for you guys!

My favorite booth… the pastry booth. Lots of yummy goods!

The wise men passed out gold frankincense and myrrh (mini chocolate chips) to all the children.

I loved the water well. It was filled with water bottles. They did a fabulous job on it.

Our ward acted out the nativity and it was so neat to see everyone who participated in that. Everyone brought blankets and sat on the floor with their families.

We had such a great time. I’m so grateful for my Savior and that we can celebrate His birth and the life He lived.

Hope you all are enjoying this holiday season. Xoxo

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kristen B. posted on December 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm (#

    This is so neat. Great displays! I would love to attend something like this.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am (#

      Thank you Kirsten! Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Keshakeke posted on December 15, 2012 at 3:50 am (#

    He is a WONDERFUL Savior! This is a neat idea! What a great way to celebrate CHRISTmas!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:56 am (#

      Yes He is! Have a wonderful holiday. :)

  3. Jill posted on December 15, 2012 at 6:13 am (#

    What a GREAT job you did decorating! i love the bedskirt! I remember doing that when I was little! SO fun! Have a great weekend! Smiles, Jill

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:56 am (#

      Thanks Jill! Gotta love goodwill. ;) Have a great day!

  4. Trinity B. posted on December 15, 2012 at 6:44 am (#

    You all did a remarkable job with this! I love how you used all the fabric to make it look exactly what it must have looked like all those years ago. It’s also refreshing to see a Christmas celebration focusing on the REAL reason for this Season. I imagine the guests at your party felt felt very special that you all went to such lengths to make everything so beautiful. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:56 am (#

      Thanks Trinity! :) Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. Carrie posted on December 15, 2012 at 7:19 am (#

    I think 90% of the blogs that are related to home/family/budget are LDS women! I am too. :) We did an activity like that several years ago and it was amazing. You did a wonderful job with it-but no surprise there! :) I love your blog!

    • Pam posted on December 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm (#

      How amazing!!! I too am grateful and dearly love our Savior and older brother, Jesus Christ. I would not like to think of my life without the Gospel; but am thrilled everyone has the Light of Christ in them. There are wonderful people of all cultures, religions, etc., in the world. I am definately suggesting to our ward doing this next year (of course, that means I’ll be in charge…..hmmm….maybe I can get someone else to suggest it…ya think?). Thanks for sharing this beautiful memory and your testimony!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:55 am (#

      Thanks Carrie for you sweet comment. :) I hope you have a happy holidays! xo

  6. MeganM. posted on December 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm (#

    Such an awesome idea for a ward party! Everything looks amazing!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:49 am (#

      It was definitely the best ward party I’ve ever been too. So many fun details that went into the evening. I hope you have a happy holidays! xo

  7. Kim Felton posted on December 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm (#

    I read lots and lots of DIY blogs with endless amounts of wonderful ideas. I was so stopped in my tracks when I came across and read this post in my inbox.

    I attend church about 20-30 times a year, not enough and have certainly seen my fair share of christmas plays and performances. The decorations and the costumes that you created are just wonderful. Almost a shame that it only gets to be seen for a short time once a year.

    Thank you so much for your post on this topic and for showing us your wonderful ability to decorate “a booth”. Blessings to you this holiday season.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:47 am (#

      Thanks for your comment. It was a wonderful evening. I hope you have a happy holidays! xo

  8. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:19 am (#

    wow. so well planned and executed. looks like an awesome time to really celebrate and think about the meaning of the season!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:44 am (#

      Thanks Jessica! Everyone there did such an amazing job. I hope you have a happy holidays! xo

  9. Ashton @ Something Swanky posted on December 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm (#

    This looks amazing! And ohmygosh– there’s Sister B! How fun :)

  10. Valena posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm (#

    Hi! I just found your blog when researching how to pull of this party for our ward party this year. I am in charge of doing the party and I just love this idea. If you have time, would you be able to email me? I just have a few questions on details about the party… Any help would be so appreciated. Noone in my ward has been to a party like this and I think it would be so wonderful! You guys did a great job!

  11. Valerie posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm (#

    Wow, I found this on Pinterest from my friend in my current ward in Utah and saw my friend from my old ward in Washington in one of the pictures! Small world in the church. Love this idea. I remember something like this when I was very small in my ward in California.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm (#

      Wow, it really is such a small world! The night in Bethlehem was such an amazing experience, I want to do it again!

  12. bouncinbobbin posted on March 30, 2014 at 11:21 am (#

    These look so Awesome Jamielyn. We are planning a Nativity display – second year – with advertising this time, in late November. I would love more “booth ideas” We will only use the primary room for this, as the gym will hold the 160+ nativities we have to display. Any other suggestions would be so helpful.

    • Jamielyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:05 am (#

      Hi! We loved our Night In Bethlehem activity, such great memories! Some booth ideas I can think of are to have a booth where the 3 wise men are handing out gold, frankincense and myrrh and a booth for the children to color pictures of the nativity! Check on sugardoodle.net, they have a lot of really good ideas too! :)

  13. Kim W. posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:17 am (#

    Do you have the pita recipe? We are doing this at our church.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm (#

      Hi Kim! Somebody else made the pitas so I’m not sure what recipe they used! I’ve seen a few good recipes from allrecipes.com, maybe check the reviews there! :)

  14. Mindi Moris posted on October 28, 2014 at 2:50 am (#

    How did you make the tent frames?

    • Jamielyn posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm (#

      Hi Mindi! We made them out of pvc pipes and connectors. :)

  15. Mindy posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:42 am (#

    Hi!  I also love this idea.  Out of curiosity, what did you serve as a main dish?  Our ward has always done a ham, but not feeling like that is really appropriate for this theme.  Fish would be awesome, but pricey.  

    • Jamielyn posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm (#

      Hi Mindy! We didn’t have a big meat dish. We served soup, pita bread, appetizers, and desserts!

  16. Jill C. posted on November 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm (#

    I know this event was a long time ago but can you give more of a description of the food that was served?  Thank you!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm (#

      Hi Jill! We served soup, pita bread, appetizers, and desserts!

  17. Liz posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm (#

    I know this was a while ago, but how did you make the well? We are looking to make one for a Women at the Well production.

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm (#

      Hi Liz! I’m sorry but I didn’t make the well, someone else was in charge of it! :)

  18. Ivony Kuwamura posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:48 pm (#

    Hi Jamie, 

    Love your set-up! I’m sure the kids had a great time! I was wondering if I could get instructions to how your team created the well…we want to do something similar and would love to imitate what you have.


    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm (#

      Hi Ivony! I’m sorry but somebody else was in charge of that part so I am not sure!

  19. Isha Samuel posted on December 10, 2015 at 8:05 am (#

    It is so amazing, i gonna suggest this to my church pastorate committee so that we can also celebrate christ this way .

    thats so brilliant.

    Merry christmas

  20. Joy posted on December 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm (#

    How was the water well built? It’s lovely! 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm (#

      I don’t know how they built it, but I agree – they did an amazing job!

  21. Katherine Lambourne posted on October 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm (#

    Hello, I think you did such an incredible job on the so long ago ward party. This year my ward, in Utah has assigned me to do this. Will you please share with me how the well was made? and perhaps how the base of the tents was made?
    I would love to hear back soon as I’m already gathering everything. thanks so much.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on October 29, 2016 at 9:26 am (#

      Hi Katherine!

      I loved helping with this party! The tent base was a quick shade tent (like this) that we covered in fabric. I’m afraid I didn’t help with the well – but I agree, they did an amazing job on it!

      I hope you have an amazing ward party this year!

  22. Katherine Lambourne posted on October 30, 2016 at 8:42 pm (#

    Thanks so much for answering me back. I’ve been already collecting the tents. Thanks again I loved seeing your pictures.