Bridal shower place cards can also make for unique party favors. Instead of folding paper card stock, opt for colorful journals or notebooks. Write each guest's name down on decorative paper, and attach it to the front of the journal with double-sided tape. Slightly open the book, and place it on its side in front of the place setting.
These easy felt cards come together in a snap and their soft texture and bright colors ensure they'll stand out from the pack. To create, use pinking shears to cut a 5" x 7" dark-gray felt rectangle for each card. Next, cut colorful felt into assorted holiday-themed shapes and glue onto card base. Finish by stitching on holiday greetings which have been printed onto paper. Image courtesy of Melanie Blodgett.
Much like the printing station, designating a mailing station will save time and unneeded frustration. Gather various envelopes, stamps, return address labels and note cards in one place. Sending a thank you card will be easier than ever!
Create a miniature paper tree village in the dining room or entryway. These are easy to make using card stock, wooden dowels and glue. Once complete, simply place inside glass cloches for a more permanent display.
To create the curled paper buds, cut the card stock or construction paper into 4-inch-by-4-inch squares, then fold the squares into a cone shape. Next, secure the cone-shaped paper to the wreath form with hot glue, ensuring each one is placed directly up against the other until the foam is completely concealed.
Turn vivid images of favorite places into coasters or refrigerator magnets with a decoupage stone application. To make, print images on paper using a laser printer. Next, place them on top of small stone tiles, then secure them in place with decoupage glue added to the front and back. To protect the color from fading, use a spray sealer once the decoupage glue has dried.
Search the gift wrap, school supply or arts and crafts section for chalkboard paper, card stock or ID tags. To outfit them as napkin rings, cut them into 3-inch wide by 3-inch long strips, then make 1-inch slits with scissors. Wrap the chalkboard paper around the napkin, then secure it in place by tying ribbon through the slit.
The same rule of three (main colors, that is) that applies to selecting an indoor color scheme also works when planning an outdoor party. Choose three main colors to create a theme then carry those colors throughout with accessories like napkins, plates, place cards, paper pom-poms, pennants or balloons.
Construct a mini gingerbread house for each guest, attached to a cardboard base with icing. Make it the centerpiece of each place setting. Then, just add a beverage, a personalized name card and a few decorations. For a simple, disposable place mat, use a 12x12 piece of decorative paper. To continue the theme, you can also add a gingerbread man or woman for each guest to eat or use for decorating.
Turn your summer memories into fall decor by creating leaves with your favorite photographs. Print the photos you want to use in black and white or sepia to give your photos a vintage feel. Shape wire into a few simple leaf veins, place the wire on the back of your photograph, and secure by gluing a blank piece of paper to the back. Make sure to cover all of the wire with paper.
Make whimsical tree toppers from foam spheres, card stock, glitter and paper straws. To create these, cut several straws in different lengths using scissors. Update a basic foam sphere by painting it a color which coordinates with the tree decor. To play with light, consider adding a layer of glitter over the paint for a sparkling effect. In order to attach the spheres to the tops of the trees, make connectors by shaping and cutting card stock into conicals, then pushing them up into the foam spheres. Next, randomly attach the straws to the spheres, then place the toppers on the trees.
Invitations for your pet party set the festive mood and serve as handy reminders for details such as when, where, and what to expect. Easily create custom invites, using this downloadable template designed by Fig.2Design. Print these 4-1/4 inch by 5-1/2 inch invites on brown Kraft paper and cut to size. Cut teal cardstock to add an inch to invite size. Glue invites to cardstock and place in envelopes made from wrapping paper. If hand-delivering the invites, attach a treat for the four-legged recipient.
Displaying oysters doesn’t have to be boring. Although I love a great metal basket and burlap, for a modern take on an oyster roast, feel free to add a touch of whimsy. Pick colors and products that compliment oysters. You can use a silver china plate from a yard sale or spray a little metallic paint on a white plate from a discount store; these are perfect ways to display your oysters. For variety, select an assortment of oysters, with information about them on note cards placed next to them. You can create these note cards by applying a fun print or a picture taken with your phone to card stock.