It is finally time to introduce Party No. 8! August's party was a SURPRISE birthday dinner for one of my oldest and dearest friends, Anne. Her thoughtful boyfriend, Chris, presented the idea to me, way back in July. I about died from the cuteness of his proposition, and immediately said "Yes"! I've learned that in times like this, I have got to say "yes" and worry about the details, like how you're going to pull off a surprise birthday dinner for your best friend without her finding out, later on. More about that process later. For now, I want to show you the place cards I DIY'd for each guest.
While wandering the aisles of Michaels one summer evening, I came upon a display of navy, coral, and cream party and scrapbooking decor. I knew right away that this was the direction I wanted to go, for Anne's dinner. I bought a few of each of the wood shapes; two different butterflies and two different flowers, leaving all the random feeling birds for someone else. I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but the price was right (.29 cents each!) to grab them and figure out their plan later.
Somewhere in between coordinating details like time and place with Chris, I decided to decorate the already beautifully painted shapes. I began by writing names of people that I knew would be at the party, like Anne, and Jason, and Andrea. I used a white oil based sharpie for the names and accents.
It was fun! It was relaxing to "color" free hand on the shapes. I'm pretty obsessed with fonts and hand lettering craze all over Pinterest right now, and this was my amateur attempt to take part in the fun. I traced over the names and some details with a gold sharpie, and loved the dimension it added.
I wanted to have something, even if it was small, that guests could take home with them, to remember the night. I love the idea of party favors that are beautiful and useful and I try to pick ones that will bring joy to the guest for time to come. I bought a roll of self adhesive magnet from Michaels, and hot glued pieces on to the back of each shape. I made sure to test the hold of the magnet on my fridge at home.
I love the way they turned out and can see myself using this same method in the future. Big thanks to Michaels for the assist with the pre-painted shapes.