Entries Tagged as 'Signage'

Irish Place Cards and Table Numbers {Free Printables}

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Since Pete and Sarah’s rehearsal dinner had an irish theme, Megan wanted the paper products to have some sort of irish symbol, potentially in the form of a gaelic knot.  I found this gaelic knot paintbrush that seemed perfect for the place cards that we paired with an irish font requested by Pete’s mom Susan.  For the table numbers we thought it might be better to go with the same wreath paintbrush from the lovely Besotted Blog that I used for the Thanksgiving printables instead of another gaelic knot because we didn’t want it too literal (i.e., all of the irish things everywhere).  I think they turned out quite lovely, particularly with a touch of lavender.  I’ve included the pdfs for the blank place cards and table numbers (1-8) for you guys to print for free just in case you have any irish festivities coming up.

Irish Table Numbers 1 and 2

Irish Table Numbers 3 and 4

Irish Table Numbers 5 and 6

Irish Table Numbers 7 and 8

Irish Placecards






Easy Ideas For Entertaining

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sometimes…okay most of the time, when I entertain I can go a little overboard.  Particularly when it is Halloween.  I often say I am turning into my mother but much much worse.  I can remember my mother wanting us to dust when company was coming over and I always thought she was completely nuts.  Now I totally understand.  Although I still can’t really get behind dusting.  It just seems so dumb.  When people are coming over I want my house clean, obviously, but I also want it to be welcoming and for people to feel special.  I have literally lost sleep over this.  I don’t want you guys to be as crazy as me.  So Colleen and I came up with a list of a few quick and easy things that will automatically make any event seem more special.

1. {Make a Signature Drink}  And call it something cute.  If you have the foresight to buy one of those big drink dispensers or another type of large pitcher, it makes it even easier because you can just dump a bunch of junk in before the party and call it a day.  Sangria is perfect for this.  There are plenty of drinks that just use wine or sparkling wine/champagne and some fruit juice and jazz.  No need to even hit the liquor store.  The drink we made for the occasion shown in the pictures was called Sarasota Lemonade.  It was pink, which was enough for us.  Here is the recipe that I got from a blog called The Pampered Jes.

– 2 bottles Moscato
– 1 pink lemonade concentrate
– 3 C of Sprite (more or less, depending on your taste)
– Fresh raspberries

Empty all the liquid ingredients into a pitcher and stir.  Then mash around half the raspberries and put them in.  Use other raspberries as garnish.

2.  {Pretty Straws}  This is mega easy.  Buy them (in advance) and stick them all in a cup or glass of some sort in the vicinity of your beauty drink.  Some people will use them.  Some people won’t.  Either way it will make your party more festive and cute, and then you can use the ones that are left for your next event.

3.  {Signs for Food}  You can write on card stock in your most favorite pen and either fold over or punch out and place in a placecard holder.  Or you can buy some chalkboard placecards to have on hand that can be re-used and written on with chalk.  I like these.  Making little signs doesn’t take any more than a few minutes, especially if you just choose a few special items (like maybe the appetizers or dessert), and it definitely adds to fanciness.

4.  {Big White Platter for Appetizers}  Now we have watched Martha and the Barefoot Contessa enough to know that colorful food always looks best on white plates.  But sometimes if you have a bunch of small plates all together on the counter it can look cluttered.  That’s why we like the idea of trying to fit several different appetizers on one large white platter.  It looks pretty that way, right?  This is the platter we use for everything, which Colleen received as a bridal shower gift.

5.  {Fresh Flowers}  Pop them in a vase, put them on the table or counter and you are done.  As something a little different, we like the idea of colorful vases with white flowers ala our Paint Dripped Mason Jars DIY.

6.  {Create a Playlist}  We have no picture of this and it is always something I forget about until the songs coming on the radio or Ipod is terrible.    Then I want to kick myself.  If you take the time to make a playlist with songs you actually like, you can pretty much have it on stand-by for every occasion.  Then you don’t have to worry about any mortifying situations in which that crappy Paris Hilton song that you downloaded years ago at a moment of weakness pops up on your shuffle.  Not that this would happen to any of us.  Particularly not me.  I pinky swear.



Happy Birthday Signage {DIY + Free Printables}

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Since this year was a super special birthday for Meg, our friend Lauren and I wanted to do something a little extra for her birthday get together at her favorite mexican restaurant.  We decided upon some cute signage to add to the table as well as decorated cupcakes from her favorite cupcake shop.  I am a bit of a Photoshop novice, but my girl Pugly Pixel taught me how to make confetti, and I thought it would be the perfect addition to help design the paper products for Megan’s birthday festivities.  Lauren also made some of these adorable paper dot garlands using Oh Happy Day’s tutorial.

Birthday Place Cards and Wish Cards {Printables}

While brainstorming ideas for paper products, Lauren and I decided to have little place cards for each guest as well as a card for each person to make 3 wishes for Megan’s 30th year.  I was actually quite surprised by how excited everyone was to make their wishes for Megan.  It was a really sweet addition to the party.  This is not really a DIY because well, I’ve already done it for you :).  Just print the printables on card stock (preferably recycled) and cut out.  I punched a little heart in each card and tied them together with baker’s twine to be placed on every plate.  The only catch is that the Wish cards can only be used for someone celebrating their 30th birthday.  The place cards can be used for any birthday party.  Just write out the guests names in the little green square.

Birthday Place Cards Printable

3 Wishes for Her 30th Year Printable

Happy Birthday Bunting {DIY + Printable)

I also made a little Happy Birthday Bunting to decorate the cupcakes (which we may or may not have recycled and used on Megan’s birthday cake on Sunday).  I once again designed it using my beloved confetti shapes and the same color scheme as the other printables.  Making the bunting is slightly more complicated than printing out the printable on card stock – but just barely.

What you’ll need:

– White card stock.  Extra credit for recycled :).

– Scissors

– Hole punch

– Pie pop sticks.  I found mine in the baking section at Michael’s.  You can also use straws.

– Baker’s twine or ribbon.

– Glue stick or fancy Martha Stewart glue pen (I just can’t resist her packaging).

What you’ll do:

1) Print out Happy Birthday Bunting pdf (below) on card stock.  Cut out all of the squares.

Happy Birthday Bunting Printable

2) Each square should have a twin.  Match them up and glue together, making sure each side is face up.  Flatten with a book if the glue makes the letters a little wonky.

3) Punch a hole in both top corners of each letter.  Be careful that you don’t punch out the sides.

4) Thread twine through each of the letters so you have a separate strand for Happy and for Birthday.

5) Tie the ends of both strands to pie pop sticks (or straws).  Place in cake and admire your hard work.  Then proceed to eat said cake or cupcakes.





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