Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nine, ten...a big fat hen...

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.

OK.

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...

ummm...

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.

Sigh.

If you missed the previous post and you are not totally insane by now, you can click here to read it!

39 comments:

Kristin said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog the other day! I love the name tag you had made....sounds like your Dad's party is going to be great! I love the picture of your doggie....so cute!!

Theresa said...

Jenny, I didn't have a headache... but I do NOW! Girl, you are NUTS:) and I love it. The centerpieces are wonderful and have character. I wish I could come to this party. It sounds like loads of fun. Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow to see whatever it is you are going to show us.

Mari said...

I love those centerpieces, and the name tags are great! I know the party will be too!

Viki said...

Your centerpiece just looks wonderful. I bet your dad as well as your guests will enjoy reading them.

Deb said...

I love the way you think...you are always out side the box...great party ideas...will be planning a baby shower for my 1st grand baby later on this year...keeping notes...

Maggey and Jim said...

Well, looks like this party is coming along nicely.. What great ideas you have and I think, it is going to be a complete success.. Thanks for all the great tips.
Maggey

Terri and Bob said...

I totally adore the triangle centerpieces. I think you are right, those would work for any number of occasions. Thanks for the link for the paper genius. Those nametags are awesome.

Jana said...

I am always thoroughly entertained when I come to see you I cannot wait to see it all come together, I love the bio trifolds and the name tags!!! What a special time!

Chatty Crone said...

I see you are progessing nicely on your party - but I have to look up who he is. I have to run now to pick up my grandson, but I will be back to look more tonight!

Thanks for coming to my blog too!

Sandie

5thsister said...

me thinks someone is a bit manic these days! deep breath! the party's going to be great!

My name is PJ. said...

Stellar idea, Matlock! And, like you said, many interpretations/modifications/applications for them. What? You didn't say that?! Well, yeah, you did.

Stellar, stellar! And I laughed all the way through the post, which gave me a headache. Medic!

Linda said...

It is all coming together! #9(I would have gone with love potion number 9 but that's just me). I think the name tags are adorable. Love the centerpieces, very clever and good price and just the right touch for this event. You are right on budget I'm sure (Never mind what I heard your husband saying...)This is going to be such a great party for you Dad! You know i'll be back tomorrow for the next installment ( I heard a song there for a moment. Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I'll love ya...ah never mind)

Sweetly Sweet said...

Thanks for the blog love Jenny! Those center pieces are amazing, good job!

Kristin said...

That name tag is just adorable. What a fabulous addition to a party!

Catherine said...

What a party you are planning, it is going to be fabulous :)! I'm having great fun just reading about it.

Sarah said...

Jenny, I'm soooo impressed with all your party details, and I'm soooo happy you are sharing them with all of us. These are great ideas. It's always so much fun to see personalized center pieces like this. The gilders are a fun accent. Guess your dad was a pilot? Did I miss that in an earlier post? I'm not a pilot, but do have friends who are. One thing I learned about airplanes in hangers is: Beware of the wire sensors that hang down from the wings. A big time OUCH if you accidently knock into one of those. At least that's what I've been warned! LOL
Looking forward to Alphabe-Thursday! ~ Sarah

Country Dreaming said...

Looks like things are progressing well. Centerpieces look great too.
Your Dad is going to love it all.

Melinda

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cute post, Jenny... I just love reading your antics!!!! You really are creative --but you do have alot of good friends helping you. I like the way you did the bio--and I love the nametags... Seems like you are doing GREAT.
Hugs,
Betsy

mrs. c said...

After a tough morning with 20 four-year-olds your blog made me smile and almost laught out loud, on no if I laugh out loud it will wake up my 20 four-year olds during nap time!! I adore the name tags and I think that the bio is perfect for your centerpiece, it is not "sissy-looking" which is what you need. Can't wait for photos of the party of the year, hope you hae someone that can just go around and snap some shots

mbkatc230 said...

I love those nametags. They are the best ever! And I really like your centerpiece idea, you are so darned creative. I've already got my "B" post done, I was totally stumped and then we had a little "incident" last night that totally inspired me. You'll just have to wait and see... Kathy

Paula said...

oh the nametags are so cute! and the centerpieces! he's gonna love this! you had me cracking up girl, thanks for making me laugh out loud!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are the funniest. I think you and i are so alike. It is a hard job...dealing with our inner voices all day. Mine is VERY loud.
I love the name tags. The center pieces are amazing. You are so creative. You must only sleep an hour a day..what with your inner brain talking and talking and talking!!!

sheila said...

Wonderful ideas!!! Love the name tags, but the center pieces are really, really neat!

laterg8r said...

i love the centerpieces b/c they are all about your dad! fantastic :D

Callista said...

thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a comment. we don't play Uno much at home since it's just me and the hubby, but when we get together with extended family it sure is fun!

Love your centerpieces!

Martha said...

Oh how you made me laugh! How fun your event looks that you are planning ~ it looks like it will be so wonderful and special! Can't wait to read more:)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I've decided this is a great way to enjoy a party. You do all the work...I just read about it! I like the masculine look to the centerpieces. It is hard to do things for a man...well, you know.

It is coming together beautifully!

Sue

Deborah Ann said...

Wow Jenny! I'm getting tired just reading this. How on earth do you perform all these many miracles? When I turn 50, will you plan a party for me?

Speaking of parties, get your butt back over to my blog for a birthday giveaway. I have a feeling you have a good chance of winning...

Sares said...

The centerpieces look great and I'm sure your guests will love reading all about your Dad and seeing the pictures. I am sure you are right about the budget, after all it's not like you are taking out a fee for your party planning services, that should make up the difference right!

All My Yesterdays said...

Aww Jenny, here you go again, keeping us in stitches and awe at what you do! I hope everyone will appreciate all you've done. I'm sure your Dad will just love it! And look at all the memories...
Love your center piece idea, fits perfect. Thanks for taking time to come visit! I'll come see what transpires tomorrow after work...

Brenda said...

Hey party planner number 1! You go girl loving it all. Cannot wait to see pictures of all the happy guest and a very happy dad!

RNSANE said...

It has been such a delight, really, following this labor of love, Jenny, that has been the planning for your father's party. It's made us all so much a part of it, even if we can't be there. I wish I were a little closer to the candy table!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

This party is going to be great. When my cousins had an 80th party for their Dad they had people write after their name (on the name tag) what they were to the person. Like..."your name" I'm so and so's daughter. Or I'm Jane Doe and I'm so and so's childhood friend.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Precious nametags!

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