As an Event Coordinator/Planner, everyone thought I was going to throw a big, semi-formal, dinner party. I threw everyone off when I sent them their invitations and asked them whether or not they’d be playing on the court or cheering on the sideline.
Before the party, my husband and I created rosters for everyone who RSVP’ed. We had enough for 3 teams!!! (Yes, I have a large family) My mom went and purchased a referee shirt and kept the players on their toes! We had an awesome half time show to get the kids involved. The little girls had a cheer that one of my aunts helped them make on the spot as the boys ran around the gym throwing out beads and candy to the fans, TJ <tommyjam.com> performed a few songs, and my little brother played “Happy Birthday” on his trumpet!
After the games/tournament, we awarded the teams, crowned the MVP and Ball Hog, then finished with one last OPEN play game for everyone!
DETAILS: We rented a court at *North County Recreation Center, we served everyone *lunch in individual, already made brown bags (turkey/chicken sandwiches with a side of pickles, mustard and mayo, chips, Hawaiian Punch single packets), the *favors were bagged Epsom Salt for the adults to go home and soak in, we provided *bandanas for all the players so they would remember who was on their team, each team had their own *coach (who were the Ref’s big sisters and didn’t mind speaking up on bad calls), and instead of a *guestbook, we had everyone sign my volleyball!
My daughter turned 8 on Election Day and was pretty disappointed that she couldn’t celebrate her special day with her classmates since school would be closed. We thought of the perfect way to include her classmates and her family…a costume party!!! What kid doesn’t want another chance to wear their Halloween costume and what Mom do you know that doesn’t love a good Halloween clearance rack?????
Here was the invitation
Kaylen’s guest were welcomed with a lunch bag of goodies to eat (a sandwich, chips, juice with a mayo packet & napkin). Even though some came in costume, all were welcomed to make their own masks! This was a huge hit with the kids!
We purchased the masks online at Oriental Trading.
After the masks, it was time for more fun with “Guess Who?”! We taped a popular tv/sports/music character or person on each of the kids’ backs so they couldn’t see it and had to guess who was on their back by asking everyone else questions! For the smaller kids, we gave them a little help.
We later played Bingo (we customized all the items on the card to be things Kaylen’s favorite things…. “B-swimming”). Kaylen had the chance to call out the Bingo words…until she lost the call sheet (NOTE: make a backup sheet).
Kaylen and her guests enjoyed themselves at her Post-Halloween Birthday Bash!!! At the end of the night, she thanked her guests and their parents for coming out and gave everyone a copy of one of her favorite CD’s – TJ’s World! (You can download a copy, too – www.worldwidemixtapes.com/2012/10/lil-tj-tjs-world/) It’s fun and great for car rides!
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Round up your troops and get to tying! Making your own guest favors adds personal flavor to your event and can save you money. Your favors can also tie in your event colors or theme. And don’t forget about the display, setting up a favor table surrounded by fun decorations can be highlight of your room. Of course, you will spend lots of time on this project but you can make the best of it with your loved ones by making an evening of it.
Here are a few ideas for your favors:
Fun favors for a campout party or a wedding couple who loves camping!
These are easy and fun to make!
Sweet inside and out!
Great for a brunch get together!
Fun for a sleepover or another brunch idea…too many guest for personal spoons?…leave off the beads.
Not a big fan of large floral centerpieces? Looking for some creative, non-cookie cutter centerpieces for your event? In light of our DIY week, here are a few ideas for you to consider:
Okay, I know I said no flowers, but I couldn’t resist putting this first!!
How cute!! To pull this off: use on smaller tables or surround with votive candles.
Adorable for baby showers or birthday parties
Upside down glasses are becoming a popular trend and easy to do. (Just be careful with the open flame votives, be sure your venue allows it)
Fun centerpieces for sports fan or athlete
For more ideas, visit our DIY Centerpieces Pintrest board
In honor of our DIY Week, we invited one of our previous clients to interview with us and tell us more about designing her wedding invitations. Tammy Bishop is not only one of previous brides but a graphic designer and owner of Golden House Creative. Here’s how our chat went:
Tammy handmade each of her wedding invitations!
KayDi’s Events: How long does it take to make your own invites?
Tammy: The time it takes to make your own invites depends on the complexity of your design. It took me about four days to make 100 invitations. The design that I created was complicated. Each invitation featured a hand painted flower on acetate. Stick to a level of complexity that you are comfortable with. Get a friend or two to help.
KayDi’s Events: What type of person makes their own invites (ex: at home moms, crafty, etc.)? Who shouldn’t make their own?
She also designed her Save the Dates!
Tammy: Being a Graphic Designer, I was determined to make custom invites. Being your own client is fun and making your own invitations is trendy right now. I’d say, if you are artsy, go ahead and give it a try. Just be conscious of your time. If you are a procrastinator you want to leave it to a professional. Patience is also needed; it is important to make each invite look as similar as possible. So if you are making handmade details or complicated folds, schedule some time to get your project complete. You want to make sure to give yourself time to mail them off, too.
KayDi’s Events: Where is a good store to purchase DIY items for invites?
Tammy: I shopped at Art Mart, Micheal’s and Hobby Lobby to get inspiration and to look at special papers. Although, I found my envelopes at cardsandpockets.com. Cards and pockets are reasonably priced with great styles in a large variety of colors and finishes.
KayDi’s Events: How do you get inspired to make your invites?
Tammy: An invite should embody your personality and set the tone for your event. So the inspiration should come from within. Look at yourself and your mate and choose what would best describe you both as a couple. Be inspired by your hobbies, charities or special interests. Don’t be afraid to have fun.
After reading several magazines & blogs, your mind is most likely set to have the most
Shauna’s hard work paid off with her DIY runner full of flower petals!
unique event of the year. The secret to having a unique event is all in the details. Event details are what brings out your personality and style. The most creative details most likely will come from a DIY project. But before committing to a huge project, take a small self-assessment test to be sure DIY is for you. If you answer ‘no’ to more than 2 of these questions, you may want to consider an alternative route…
?Do you have love browsing sites like Pintrest and Martha Stewart?
?Have you used a pair of scissors or a hot glue gun in the last 3 years?
?Do you have someone to help you if you become overwhelmed with your project?
?Do you plan ahead?
Now if DIY is for you, here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Get your tools ready!
*If your project consists of more than 5 items, buy supplies for only 1 item and determine whether or not you want to move forward. This helps you to get a feel for 1) how long each item will take and 2) how much the entire project will cost.
*If DIY makes you cry, don’t do it!! If that one item took over an hour to make and you want to make 100 of them, it’s time to go to Plan B!
*Don’t wait until the last minute! DIY projects are time consuming and full of surprises, plan ahead! And they may not come out the way you want so have enough time to make other arrangements.
*Share the fun! If you have crafty family and friends, invite them over to help…don’t forget to entice them with a cocktail or two
We’re always game for a fun DIY project here at KayDi’s Events!! Next week, we’re covering several exciting creations. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Designing your own invitations with Goldenhouse Designs
- Creating a dream venue from scratch
- Designing your own centerpieces
- and Designing your guests favors
Stay in the loop!!!