Work is slow in the Summer so I decided to host a picnic party for the family one Sunday. It wasn’t perfect, but we had fun.
Click here to download invitation template
We visited a few parks and settled with Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The park was huge, but beautiful. The park had a lot of trees spread out making it great for picnics and/or barbecues especially on sunny days.
We went to the park the weekend before the picnic to find a good spot and figure out how soon we need to get there to reserve it. We found the perfect spot with a view of the lake, and close to the parking lot and bathroom. We got there around 11:30am and luckily the spot was available!
We have set up a “Pack-Your-Own” picnic where guests get a basket each, fill their baskets with food, find a spot on the grass and enjoy their lunch. I have created a welcome poster describing the concept.
Click here to download poster template. Poster is 15″ x 21″ and can be printed on 4 letter-size paper. When printing, check the option to tile large pages.
I covered the table with red and white gingham tablecloth. I bought baskets from Paper Mart for guests to use. I lined the baskets with red and white gingham fabric that I bought at the garment district in NYC. I decided to use wooden forks and knives (I love them!) and tied them to Tekla dish towels from Ikea that I was using as napkins.
I couldn’t find generic foil-lined bags that are not labeled, so I bought foil lined hot dog bags instead for the pork shish kabobs (pork bbq). I then printed labels to cover the “hot dog” text. I used the kraft take-out containers for the burgers. I ordered wood boats for the corn and bratwurst.
Here are photos of my cousins’ baskets filled with food.
I think every crafter should have a Silhouette SD. It looks like a printer, but it’s a cutting machine. Unlike other similar machines, there are no cartridges. You can use TrueType fonts on your computer. You can purchase designs online one by one for cheap. If you don’t want to spend, you can create your own!
You can read a review on the machine at one of my favorite blogs, Giver’s Log. Happy crafting!
If you want to share your own favorite thing/s, please leave a comment.
Silhouette is a cutting machine, similar to the Cricut. What I love about the Silhouette is that it allows you to create your own design. It’s perfect for what I do. Click here to enter the giveaway at Giver’s Log. Contest ends 11/29/10.
In the beginning, I was planning to DIY my centerpieces. Recently, our plans changed and decided to hire a florist instead. But I totally forgot to show you the mock-up I did when I was still planning to DIY the centerpieces. So here they are…
I love decorative boxes. They’re great to keep little stuff in like photos, little trinkets, letters, etc. So I set out to find DIY instructions to create them and I found a great video from The Scrapbook Lounge via Elizabeth Anne Designs.
I just don’t do a project just because. I’m doing it actually for the wedding. Well, I’m not gonna say what it is for yet. Just stay tuned .
Template The card measures 4″ x 5.5″ and contains 4 pieces wrapped together with the belly wrap.
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Directions Print and cut on solid lines. Assemble with top-left card at the top, then the top-right card right below, then the bottom-left card, then the bottom-right card at the very bottom. Wrap them together with the belly wrap.
If you want a crisper image (bridesmaid), print this file first on paper that you plan to use for your card. Personalize this 2nd file, then print it using the paper you’ve printed the first file on. Make sure you print on the side where the image is printed.
Insert assembled card into envelope and you’re all set!
I have tried Hydrangeas, now it’s time to try Carnations. They’re very affordable and I love the fullness of the blooms. Please pardon the visible rubber bands. I ran out of floral tape and I didn’t get to wrap the bouquet handle with ribbon before I did the corset-type wrapping.
Unfortunately, to get the bouquet size I wanted, I had to use a lot of carnations which ended up being more expensive than the Hydrangeas I used earlier. I spent $15 for 50 carnations.
The biggest advantage of using Carnations is that they last long. They lasted more than a week just being in a vase with water (no flower food).