I’m confessing right here and now, I cheated! I designed my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree invitation entirely from upcycled materials and leftovers.
I’m famous for “shopping” my garage, crafting supplies, catering equipment/decor for anything I can scavenge to incorporate into my current party’s theme. Sure, I’d love to run to the craft store and buy a bunch of new stuff. But at the rate I entertain, I’d go broke, real fast!
As I was perusing my pretty paper supply, I stumbled across one of the invitations I designed and crafted for the 90 guests invited to my youngest son’s travel-themed “Fantastic Journey” bar mitzvah.
Hang onto your hat, he’s 27 now, so this invitation and the leftover supplies have been moved twice in the last 13 years since that life-cycle celebration. I also have the leftovers from the realistic passports I made as place cards. Remind me one day, I’ll show them to you.
I’m kind of a pack-rat. Okay I am a packrat! I stow away anything entertainment related, including fabulous “props” for the various themed parties I host on a semi-regular basis. It’s truly the bane of H.H.’s life. Poor hubby, I’ve actually asked my Mom to keep her eye out for any “good stuff” she sees at the thrift shop where she volunteers.
Just last month I scored a set of four really fabulous brass candlestick holders shaped like magnolia flowers. They got cleaned up and tucked away for some party in the near or far future. Who knows? I can hear H.H. groaning!
I used the brown kraft-paper stock card “shell” that I previously sponged to look “aged” for Brad’s invite. Using a dozen travel-themed stamps to customize them, I had also included his name stamped within the design of the front cover. I figured the sponged invitation’s shell would work well with the forest theme. Check!
Then I found the remnants of a lovely floral pressed-paper variety pack that included both cream and lavender sheets. My brain was vibrating by then, oh boy, I thought, I could print the invitation copy on the cream paper and use a larger lavender piece underneath as a border.
Now I’m cookin’ with gas! (I grew up hearing that in our home and it stuck with me)
As you can see, the original design included a black ribbon. (it had to be manly!) I just rummaged through my ribbon collection and found a nice moss green that worked well with the brown paper card stock.
I’m not that picky, and I probably would have liked to have found some shade of purple to match the inside, but I couldn’t see buying more ribbon when my stash currently resides in three different storage containers, sorted by color. Moss green it is!
LATE UPDATE: I FOUND MY PURPLE RIBBON, BUT ALAS, IT WAS TOO LATE, THE INVITES HAD ALREADY BEEN DELIVERED! (it was misfiled!)
At that point I felt like the invites just didn’t look “finished”. So back to my craft stash I went. This time I found some lacy ivory leaves left over from a wedding I catered. I tried one on the inside of the cover and another on the front. They were just what the invitations needed. Fini!
I also unearthed a package of 12 floral pressed paper note cards with envelopes which would have worked perfectly also. When I work a theme, I pick and choose where I want to put my energy.
I could have easily used these cards as a base, added an attached insert with the invitation copy, and maybe embellished the front or inside front cover. It would have been a 45 minute project from start to finish. Anything goes when you’re “workin'” a theme for a great party.
That’s the way I generally will create a project. I get a picture in my head, work out a rough design and then go from there, creating as I go along. Sometimes a project won’t end up looking anything like my original “vision”. As you let your creative juices flow, all kinds of new ideas will pop into your head.
As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m more of a “crafty dabbler” rather than a seasoned “maker”. They can run circles around a sewing machine, work a Cricut with ease or hand-paint on a near-professional level.
But, having said that, I’m a bundle of creative energy. I find I can hold my own when it comes to designing and crafting for both my home’s decor and my personal entertaining.
I may be a bit unconventional in my methodology, but I should score a few points for ingenuity, shouldn’t I?
What I’m really trying to say is this. Whether you create something out of your mishmash “stash”, or if you design your invitations as you walk the aisles of your favorite craft store.
Ingredients For A Fabulous Life is all about discovering and exploring your own personal style!
Some gals like to follow “directions” and exact material lists, while others will start a project that way and go off their own little tangent. Whether your “Sally Straight-Lace” or “Freewheeling Frieda”, it just doesn’t matter.
What really matters here is this. Fully engage your creativity and make something that is completely you and lets your “personal style” shine through.
An astounding array of resources are available on the internet today. You can download templates, graphics, or print some of your digital pictures to use in your party craft projects. The sky’s the limit!
If you’re a member of the Ingredients For A Fabulous Life community, you’ll probably guess what I’m going to say next, right?
Now that I’ve kind of “lectured” you about using your creativity, imagination and leftover “stuff”, I’m going to let you off the hook!
Once I mailed my Fairy party invitations, I decided that this post really wasn’t playing fair! What about those of you who aren’t interested in the least in crafting. How was this post helping you? It wasn’t!
That’s exactly why I created this trio of fabulous printable invitations you can use for your own Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree. (aren’t they pretty?)
Now who’s cheating? You know I’m teasing, don’t you? Once you get to know me a bit better, you’ll get used to my slightly warped sense of humor!
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I don’t think you’re going to want to miss reading the master post for my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree.
You’ll get the whole scoop on how I hosted an intimate dinner party to celebrate the last days of Summer.
Each time I publish a new “theme party”, I’ll be posting a group of related articles simultaneously. They’ll include the gathering’s theme decor, menu, recipes, invitations, theme craft projects, guest favors, and everything else you’ll need to tap into your own creativity.
Each recipe and craft project come with their own printable “how-to” cards for your convenience.
Here’s some of the fabulous things you’ll find in this theme party’s posts:
I’ve put together an incredible party to help you and your friends celebrate the last waning days of Summer. Go forth and celebrate!
I like to think, that if you unleash your creativity and use my recipes and tips that you can host and enjoy your own Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree this summer too.
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