I enjoy hosting parties… especially girly ones so when my friend, Suzanne got engaged recently I volunteered my nest for some wedding shower fun.
First, the garland. I believe this sets the tone for a festive environment. Whether it’s party pennants, paper streamers, or puffy posies… stringing this happiness through the house says ‘party time’.
I chose to make my pretty puffs with tulle. I’ve made poms with tissue paper before, but honestly using tulle was quicker and it’s less fragile so I’ll be able to use this garland again at future functions. For 7 inch puffs I wrapped the 6″ wide tulle ribbon around a 7 inch book 16-17 times and tied it in the center with yarn. 20 yard spools of tulle will give you 3 puffs.
After tying in the middle leave the strings long so you can tie it on your garland. Cut each side of the tied tulle and fluff. Repeat accordingly. Then tie your puffs to the yarn or ribbon you plan hanging them on. String wherever you want a bit of happiness.
Flowers also always fancy things up a bit and I was so happy it was zinnia season because I scored 4 giant bouquets at our local farmers market for less than $20! These pretties looked perfect in aqua tinted mason jars and I gave a few of our guests these arrangements if they scored a lucky plate with surprise markings on the bottom.
Now on to more crafting… Suzanne’s wedding colors are coral & aqua. So the original plan was to have all the shower guests apply washi tape to clothespins to create this memory wreath. I played around with it at first to make sure my vision would work and quickly realized that I better do it ahead of time instead.
It’s easy enough to apply the washi tape to the clothespins, however positioning and gluing them to the embroidery hoop was where technical difficulty occurred. Even after drawing out the 10.5 inch circle size on a pizza box and testing out the spacing… it was still tricky hot gluing the 56 clothespins on. I tried to stay consistent in where I glued each pin and also staggered every other one so the clip part was facing in and then out.
It did end up turning out okay but some pins were definitley more slanted than others. I hung it with a ribbon tied through the top of the embroidery hoop and had each guest write down a few words or a sentence about a special memory they had with the bride. We clipped them to wreath for a lovely keepsake gift. There are plenty more spots on the wreath to clip future memories or blessings the bride will want to remember or celebrate.
Since Suzanne was a guest at a baby shower I hosted last fall, she did have a couple requests for her special gathering — one of them involving crafting. This gathering was considerably larger than the previous baby shower so I did some serious pinterest perusing and found something hopefully everyone would feel comfortable doing. I came up with these diy favors. Everyone got a pack of 4 colorful blank notecards (one card already washi taped up), 3 clothespins with magnets adhered to the back (one already covered in washi tape) and a party pennant pen.
I did up a variety of card designs so the guests would have some ideas with what to do on their other 3 cards.
Each table had a bowl of assorted tapes and scissors and I was totally impressed with the creativity of our guests! The clothesline design won my blue ribbon… how cute would that be for baby card!? I also love that Suzanne’s mom’s flower card totally matches her blouse ;-)
Since all my crafting got a little out of control, I delegated the dessert to a few of our friends who graciously offered to help out. I remember seeing this ‘cookie bar’ idea for graduation open houses and thought it was so clever. So I we had six different delicious cookies the guests could indulge in. Knowing we would have many left over, I purchased cello treat bags they could fill up and take home with them along with the recipes of all the cookies offered. Steve was hoping to come home to feast on these leftover sweets, but I have to say the gals only left him a few crumbs. This worked great as an additional favor for our guests.
Other eats included fruit kabobs, chicken pasta salad, artisan greens with feta, strawberries, grapes, candied walnuts and dried cranberries with poppyseed dressing, berry cups and lemon blueberry muffins.
After dining & crafting we returned inside for a silly game of mustaches and tiaras. Another friend worked out all the game details and I transformed kabob sticks and fun foam into amusing props our guests needed to participate.
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