Welcome to the Hybrid Corner! Fall is my favorite season of the year – the changing of the leaves, children back to school, the kick-off to the holiday season. Lets do a quick run through – Thanksgiving in Canada, Halloween, my birthday (yes, everyone should be celebrating that), Thanksgiving in the USA, then the onslaught of Christmas parties. And no it doesn’t end there – we have New Year’s parties, Chinese Christmas, Ukrainian Christmas – I digress. With all this parties, festivities and gatherings, that’s a huge opportunity for decorating! In July, Melanie did a fabulous tutorial on banners; if your party requires a banner (and what party doesn’t) check out this thread. So lets get creating.
There are some fabulous templates in the store- my favorite is Lets Party by Krisi’s Kreations. Lets Party is a fantastic template package because it takes the guess work out of what scale items should be. Also, Krisi creates complete templates – just by simply clipping your papers to her templates and printing you will end up with a beautiful finished project. I’ll show you some minor changes that will let you add your personal touch to your parties decorations. I’ll be using my birthday as a theme for my decorations.
I’m a big fan of napkin rings as they can also double as place cards. In the kit, there are 2 sizes of napkin rings, but I chose to add a little flair with some ribbon. Instead of trying to stuff my napkin into the ring, I’m going to center the ribbon on the back of the name tag and tie the loose ends in a bow to affix the napkin ring to the napkin. To stiffen the name tag, I’ve added a small piece of cardboard. Since it’s on the underside, I didn’t feel the need to embellish is further.
There is nothing worse than grabbing someone else’s drink at a party. Help your guests avoid that awkward situation by providing them with straw decorators. These also come in handy to help remember the names of the other guests!
If your party has drinks that don’t require straws, check out the wine glass labels in Label Me Up: Bottles and More.
Finally, when I head to a party, I worry about what food is going to be served – will I recognize the dishes? Help ease this anxiety for your guests by adding food tags to your dishes. To make my food labels re-useable, I plan on laminating them. This way I can make any last minute changes to the menu using a dry erase maker. How you incorporate the food tags into your menu is dependant on the style of serving dishes you’ll be using. I’ve taken some tags and punch 2 holes in them and weaved a straw through the holes. Or you could also punch a hole in the corner and using ribbon tied the food tag to the serving spoon handle.
Thanks for tuning in. Check out next weeks Getting Hybrid Challenge where we complete our party decorations with party favors. Today’s projects were made using Celebrate by Elise’s Pieces.