This next event was my boyfriend's graduation dinner from the Culinary Institute of America. He is also a big poker fan so I decided to theme the night around poker. We had the dinner at Double O Grill. For the invitation I made mini poker tables. The front side was felt and I made mini cards to put at each 'place setting'. For poker chips I used multi colored sequins. Even thought each one took about 30 minutes to make it was well worth it!
|Front of the invitation.|
|Back of the invitation. The invitation says Eveready Diner however, the venue got changed after the invitation was made.|
I was on a low budget for decoration so for flowers I bought red mums and left them in to plastic holders but simply glued ribbon around the outside. I also sprinkled the table with poker chips and hung playing cards from the ceiling. I was able to find mini playing cards that I put into the tops of the cupcakes and also glued them to the outside of the favor bags. The cake had hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades.
|Dessert and Favor Table|
The next event was Thanksgiving 2006. I found these awesome charge presenters at the Christmas Tree Shop. From these charge presenters I designed the rest of the table. The invitation color matched the presents. The other part of my theme was acorns. On the invitation there was an acorn, the place card was embellished with a stamp of acorns and each napkin holder had two acorns on them. The napkin holders were actually hand made by my grandfather. I told him what I wanted and how they should be made and he did it!. I had red candles that lined the table and fall, rusty colors for the flowers. This particular thanksgiving I also did a lot of the plating and cooking my self.
|This was the outside of the invitation. I sewed felt together to make it into an envelope and cut out a little peep hole. Through the hole you could see the acorn stamp. To read the invitation you simply pulled out the piece of the paper.|
|Inside of the invite|
|Place card detail|
|Long Table View|
|Candles and Flowers|
|Pigs in a blanket! Ultimate Classic|
|I placed lemon slices inside of the over sized martini glass|
I love doing baby showers! This next one was for a friend that I worked with. I along with a few other girls planned this. I designed and made each welcome and menu card that was placed on each table. The theme of the shower and the nursery was lady bugs so the colors were red, pink, and white. I also painted rocks to look like lady bugs and put magnets on the back of each of them as part of the favor. We also found chocolates that were wrapped in foil to look like ladybugs. So we bought little mesh bags to put the chocolate in. For the flowers we used Gerber daisies and on the outside of the vases I attached wooden lady bugs and ribbon. Finally, I also made clay lady bugs and attached them to skewers that I inserted into the floral arrangements.
|Welcome and Menu|
|Flowers with the clay ladybug peeking out|
|This was the head table where the mommy to be sat!|
My good friend from high school called one day saying "Help! I need to throw my mom a shower in a week." The problem was that my friend was in the city and the shower was to be the Hudson Valley. So in a week I put together favors and flowers. I loved how this small shower turned out! The bride and groom were both getting married for the second time and the wedding/shower was in the spring time. So I potted flowers in mini vases and put a nice tag on it which said 'Starting Fresh' with their names and the date on the back of the tag. All the flowers were white but to at a touch in the tall vases I added apples. The floral budget was that large so I supplemented the flowers with wild Lilly of the valley.
|Favors, the front of the tag|
|Back of the tag|
|Flower arrangement with the apples|
|Lower arrangement for the buffet|
|Small bouquet of Lilly of the valley|
In 2008, over the summer I got asked to make invitations for a baby shower. The theme was Winne the pooh. I loved how these came out. In addition to the actual invitation that they chose to go with I made other samples that came our great. Here are the pictures!
|This was the final version. The three Winne the poohs on top of the menu were raised up with round sticky foam|
|This was one of the sample invitations that I created. The white paper was attached at the top and was loose on the bottom|
|I can't get them to be the correct way?! But the was the table|
|Details of the place setting|
|I used orange roses (for Harley Davidson) and white mums|