Hello, friends! When I last left you, I was mass producing 120 place cards for my sister’s rehearsal dinner, which just happened to fall on the Fourth of July. I’m happy to report that we all survived the wedding extravaganza and everything came together beautifully—thanks to many helping hands.
Since the rehearsal dinner was on an old-fashioned paddle boat, a few of us were allowed to board early to set up the tables and decorations. We went with a nautical theme, but since it was the Fourth of July, there’s was also plenty of red, white, and blue to celebrate our nation’s birthday. When guests first boarded the ship, they were greeted by the place card table.
Once the guests picked up their place cards, they headed upstairs to the dining area. Along the way we set up another table where guests could leave a little bit of marriage advice on a journaling card and then slip it into a pre-made 6×6 album.
If you look closely, the God Bless America Canvas was featured in our recent Handmade Home Décor special issue. Thanks to designer Laura O’Donnell for not wanting it back! It fit in perfectly with our themed décor!
One of the cutest moments of the night came when we spotted my sister’s soon-to-be-nephew Trent writing his own marriage advice on a journaling card.
Upstairs we set up 14 tables. We found these candle vases and filled them with sand (finally, a free decoration!), starfish and candles. The table numbers we ordered online and backed with kraft cardstock and some blue and white striped patterned paper.
Upstairs we also set up a dessert table to hold 120 cupcakes (some wrapped and ready to take home), butter mints (with American flag wrappers) and Hershey Kisses (with printable sticker bottoms).
To keep my massive cupcake project as simple as possible, I went with my tried and true Betty Crocker Butter Yellow cake mix and Buttercream frosting (just ask the Paper Crafts team…I make this recipe A LOT for office birthdays!). But then my cousin’s wife offered to make homemade buttercream frosting. Her simple ingredients: two pounds of butter, two pounds of buttered-flavored shortening and 4-6 pounds of powdered sugar. YUM!
Then sweet Go-to Gal Kimberly Crawford came to my rescue and sent me her Sweet Hearts stamp set by Mint Motif that just happened to have the “Love is Sweet” sentiment. Just add navy cardstock, white ink, Fiskars banner punch, and some toothpicks and the rest is history.
If you think love is sweet, leave a comment telling me the biggest craft project you’ve ever tackled (the good, the bad, and the ugly). I’ll pick two lucky winners to take home Mint Motif’s Sweet Hearts stamp set (seen below). All comments must be received by Thursday, July 25th at 5 pm MDT.
Wishing you a sweet summer of paper crafting,