Thursday, March 4, 2010

Island Themed Party

Ok, this one was wedding related too, but it was the rehearsal dinner so at least the theme was different!  I created an island theme - here's a couple of the details that I made.

Centerpieces: Sand Castles
How I did it:
I found the receipe for a permanent sand castle here.
I mixed up the appropriate amount of sand, and then my sister and I got to work!  It was fun remembering how to make castle components from our family beach trips as kids.  We made two castles, and adorned them with things I had laying around in my craft closet (shells, marbles etc).  Then I made little flags out of cardstock and toothpicks and drew our initials on them.  I put them on these cardboard bases - they are a little brittle when they're dry, so try not to have to move them much after you make them.  If you break a piece off, a hot glue gun works nicely to put it back together.  When I put them on the table, I covered the base with extra sand and added a few candles to the table.

Variation: What if you made a flat piece of sand, kind of roundish, fading out to thinner on the edges, then wrote something in the sand before it dried?  Like W+J=Love, or just a heart, or something else that's meaningful to you.  You could either display this flat, or try to prop it up (remember, it's not the most stable stuff so it probably wouldn't stand straight up unless you glued it to something or if it was really thick)

For the candles (which I didn't take pictures of) I bought regular votives in my colors (lime green and bright blue), and molded some of the sand mixture around the bottom half.  Then I pressed some shells into the sand and let it dry.  They turned out really cute.

Placecards: Treasure Chests
I thought I had saved one of these to take a picture of but I can't find it!
How I did it:
I bought these little cardboard treasure chests from Oriental Trading Company, which is an amazing resource for all DIY'ers.  (I also bought flower lei's and several other things here)
I painted the boxes with regular acrylic paint, watered down to try to make them look a little weathered.
I then painted each person's name on the front in my same bright blue color. (You don't have to be a professional calligrapher, just make it readable!)
I filled them with crinkle paper, which you can usually find in the craft or gift wrapping department.
Then I added things specific to each person, including mini liquor bottles, chocolate coins, etc.
When I put them on the table, I propped them open a bit so you could see both the name on the front, but also the goodies inside!


How I did it:
I designed my invites myself on MS Word.  I strongly recommend searching for new, fun fonts to make your design custom.  A great site for this is Urban Fonts.
As with my programs, I printed these out on regular paper, then took them to the local copy store to have them photocopied onto my cardstock (since my cardstock kept jamming in the printer).
Then I cut them apart and pasted them onto another color of cardstock.

Food Place Cards

I'm a big fan of telling people what they're looking at in a buffet.  So, I usually try to make little signs to go in front of each dish with a clever name (but not so clever that they can't figure out what it is).  (Side note: At a bridal shower that I threw, the bride was an active Weight Watchers participant, so I put the names of the dishes, and also how many "points" for each piece/serving.)
I printed these out on cardstock with my same font from the invitations, then cut them apart and used placecard holders to hold them up.
A note about food: If you're having a smaller party, try to find out if any of your guests have special food needs.  I had two guests at my rehearsal dinner who are allergic to gluten, which seems to be in almost EVERY food we eat.  I think most people who have major allergies like this are used to planning for themselves, but I created a menu with several options they could enjoy, which made them feel comfortable and able to eat with the rest of us, and I didn't have to sacrifice anything that I would have wanted (sometimes all you have to do is change the receipe a bit to avoid an allergy, and the taste stays the same). 

1 comment:

  1. I loved the WW points at Meg's shower! :) Also, I of course VERY much appreciate listing ingredients/allergy information on dishes, I hope more people start doing that! Fun blog!