I know that doesn't tie in really well with my party planning post of the day but I wanted to talk about finishing up number 9...and it was either that or Love Potion number 9 which didn't make any sense either.
Hey, quit laughing at me.
I'm true to my inner muse.
And my inner muse is stupid. Some days anyway.
Number 9 was finish up nametags and I was going to do some boring, cheesy nametags BUT I found Lorell's really sweet blog and for a measly ten dollars she made me the most wonderful, wonderful nametag ever developed in the history of nametags. No, I'm not being dramatic...see for yourself... Isn't that cool? I totally love it. If you need some paper designing stuff done (I suspect there is a better word for that) check Lorell out. And Lorell, if you are reading this, Thank you!
Number 11 which wasn't technically on the list yet but was going to be the next thing was to finish up centerpieces for the round tables.
First I have to tell you that the tables are set up right among the airplanes and some are going to be right under the wings! I am soooo excited about this and I am soooo gonna put a reserved sign on the best table under the wing. For me. Heck with my Dad. He gets this party. And that is enough. He can sit somewhere else. (just kidding)
And because I have followed my budget to the penny on this party (if my husband comments differently I'm just going to say right now he is lying! My version of the story is ALWAYS the true version)
rats....lost my train of thought...
oh yea. Budget. So since I am following the budget to the penny and since I figured flowers don't really go with planes unless they are huge and extravagant which wouldn't fit into my budget I needed to think of something else.
(You're getting scared aren't you? Scared because you are now starting to follow my circular logic patterns...You're welcome!)
So genius Lisa came up with the idea to use pictures from the little bio I wrote for my Dad BUT I tried it and it looked kinda/sorta skimpy.
So I thought up another modified idea.
To be sure it worked I set up a fake table outside...you have to kind of use your imagination here because this table is the wrong size, tablecloth is the wrong color, I didn't have any planes assembled (except the one), there are no cat eye glasses on the table AND I was too lazy to get out the ration cards which I'm also going to put on the table. But even with all these things wrong I didn't hate the idea... Instead of fabric squares I decided to use printed vintage-y scrapbook paper around the little triangle picture thing and I like the look...it's kind of propeller looking almost. And clean looking. And I can re-use the paper that doesn't get Singapore Slings spilled all over it.
I think you could use this idea for a lot of parties...add lace, sparkles, grommets, etc. to dress it up or down. And it was super cost effective. Each table will cost me about $6 AND I will have some supplies left to re-use.
I took my Dad's bio to Kinko's and ran color copies of various pages. Then I took some inexpensive black card stock and used my little scorer to score a 2 inch margin. I only know about scorers because of my beautiful cousin Allie who taught me everything I know about papercrafting. She will be embarrassed I said this because I'm not very good at it!
For each centerpiece I scored three black letter-size sheets of cardstock. Please disregard that old persons hand in the photo. I don't know whose that is. Sigh.
Then I just used this fancy little stapler thing my cousin gave me to staple on the pictures. I actually did try grommets first but it was a pain and would have taken too long and I have a thing about staples. After I stapled on all the pictures I used double stick table on the seams and attached all three panels together like that. And then I took my fancy little stapler and put two staples close to where it would fold. I did try using some ribbon and stuff but it looked too fancy. I just wanted it to look sleek and plain. And then I put double-stick tape on the last edge, folded it, made it into a triangle and put the last staples in.
I like them. I think this would be neat to make for other events...you could put cute copies of valentine prints on pink card stock and make them all frilly, put a glass jar inside the triangle and fill it up with flowers...a kind of paper looking pedestal.
So, anyway, that is number nine looking fine!
And today I am going to make a huge personal sacrifice and photograph something you've all been curious about. But I'm not telling what it is.
I'm just saying one more day of party planning will be revealed tomorrow!
So come back.
If your headache is better.
And be thinkin' about Alphabe-Thursday, too! We're doing the letter "B"... And no, that isn't the old Beatles song.
Did you get that?
See, I told you my inner muse is stupid.
If you missed the previous post and you are not totally insane by now, you can click here to read it!