Wed, White & Booze: Joint Bachelor(ette) Weekend Favors

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I’m going to age myself a little bit here, but my husband and I are coming up on our 12th wedding anniversary this Fall. Back when we got married (before Pinterest, gasp!) it was common to have a bachelorette night out on the town. Some brides and grooms might even have taken a quick weekend trip to Las Vegas to celebrate their last single days. In more recent years though, it seems like it’s more commonplace to have a full-on vacation with your best friends before the big day. Destination bachelorette “parties” are definitely a fun trend and I’m a little bummed I missed out on it.

This favor project was put together for a bride and groom that are planning a joint destination bachelor + bachelorette party in Austin, Texas. Members of the bridal party are traveling from both coasts, so they decided to meet up in the middle to celebrate the impending nuptials. They rented an amazing house that’s big enough for everyone to stay in together. The house is perfect for entertaining and even has a gorgeous pool that will inevitably be used for a wild pool day for the entire crew.

When the maid of honor asked me to create a logo for this unique bachelor + bachelorette celebration we talked about a western theme to honor the destination for the trip. Because this was all taking place right around the Fourth of July, the color palette naturally leaned towards patriotic with red, white, and blue. We settled on the theme “Wed, White & Booze” for a fun spin on those colors that is totally appropriate for this event. For the favors we wanted to create something memorable that would also be useful during the trip. Each favor tote bag includes a magazine for reading poolside, bottled water, themed cups for cocktails, snacks, and a Wed, White & Booze Survival Kit.

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I used wedding favor boxes with a heart cutout from Oriental Trading to package the survival kits. I taped a coordinating printable to show through the little heart window, but that’s completely optional. If you want to create something similar, here are some ideas for items to include in your bachelor or bachelorette weekend Survival Kits:

  • mints or gum
  • hair ties
  • pain reliever
  • natural hangover remedy
  • drink mix: iced coffee or electrolyte sports drink
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm
  • candy or other small treat

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After I put the survival kits together, I popped them into individual tote bags with the other gift items. I think the cowboy boot mugs and wine glasses are hilariously awesome and I hope the guests think so too. To finish things up, each tote bag got a printable tag with the event logo tied to the handle. The contents of this fun favor bag should make the bachelor + bachelorette party guests a little more comfortable during their stay in Austin, TX. I hope they all have a blast celebrating the last fling before the rings!

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Styling, Printables, and Photography: Party a la Mo  | Favor packaging, Cowboy Boot Cups, etc. : Oriental Trading Company | Survival Kit contents: Target

Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

Wether you’re Irish or just Irish for the day, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate. My daughter is 5 and loves to celebrate all holidays, big and small. When she recently asked me what we do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I was a little stumped. I told her that we wear green, but I felt like that was an inadequate answer considering that our family’s heritage does include quite a few ancestors from Ireland. I decided that we needed to make things a little more festive around our house for St. Patrick’s Day. I also teamed up with 8 other bloggers to share ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Visit all of the blogs to explore different kinds of holiday inspiriation for everyone’s favorite day to be Irish. You can also enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a $1oo Visa gift card. May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

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Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

To make my family feel special for St. Patrick’s Day, I styled a fun green and gold St. Patrick’s Day tablescape in our dining room. I wanted them to know how lucky I felt to be their mom and wife! A balloon garland, a quick centerpiece, individual Irish soda bread loaves, and printable cards at each place setting did the trick.

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For a simple centerpiece, I filled a gold basket with some small honeycomb tissue decorations and a paper clover garland I purchased at Target. That’s it! Nothing fancy, but it brought some great color and texture to the table.

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The balloon garland looks fancy, but it’s also fairly easy and inexpensive to put together. I admittedly have a bigger balloon collection than most people, so I had an assortment of different greens as well as gold and white balloons available. You can search for tutorials on how to make a garland using a balloon decorating strip like I did this time. Alternatively, you can save yourself some trouble and purchase a kit like the ones I love to use from One Stylish Party.

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Each place setting featured little details like a shamrock coaster that was really just a foam shape that I purchased in a pack from the dollar store. Personalized tent cards let each member of the family know how lucky I am to have them (download your free printable version below). Irish soda bread is one of my favorite traditional recipes that I remember my grandma making each year. I used her recipe and made them into individual loaves instead of the usual big ones. They looks so pretty wrapped up on each plate.

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If you’d like to use these place cards on your own table, you can download the free printable with 16 different version for husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, etc. Click here for your file.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

Now go check out the 8 other bloggers participating in this St. Patrick’s Day blog hop and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $100 gift card. I hope you’re inspired to create your own St. Patrick’s Day celebration for friends or family.

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Lucky You Party by Elva M Design Studio | Top of the Morning St. Patty’s Day Breakfast from Happy Family Blog | Lucky Me I have You! party by The Party Porch | Festive Holiday Breakfast from Giggle Home Furnishings | Shamrock Drink Station + Pinch Me Punch from Legally Crafty Blog | St Patrick’s Day Celebration from AK Party Studio | Follow the Rainbow Treasure Hunt + Pot of Gold Pancakes & Parfaits from Jolly and Happy | Lucky Charms Sweet Cart from Pretty Twinkle Party | Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape by a la Mo

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Busy Bag Swap

11_lacing_card_busy_bagsBusy Bags are not something that would be on your radar unless you have a toddler or preschooler in your care. If you do have a child in that age range you’ll definitely want to know all about these self-contained, educational activities that are designed to keep your kid busy. These activities are great for distraction when you need to get dinner together, have a quick phone conversation, or maybe even go to the bathroom by yourself. Unlike turning on the tv, there is no guilt with busy bags because they are entertaining and educational. I should mention that they are also ideal for long car or plane trips with the kids. Best of all, you can have them made up ahead of time so they are ready to go when you need that spare 5 minutes of peace and quiet.

So, you ask, who has time to search the internet for ideas, buy supplies, and make 20 different mini-activities to have ready at the drop of a dime? Not me, that’s for sure! The perfect solution is a Busy Bag Swap (or Exchange). If you belong to any sort of play group, chances are that you know a group of moms that would be just as interested in this busy bag idea as you are. If you each find one brilliant busy bag idea to make for each other, your workload and costs are cut down significantly. In my group we had 20 moms that wanted to participate. That means that I found an activity that I liked (lacing cards), bought the supplies, and made up 20 bags of lacing cards. I brought my bags to the exchange to give out and left with 20 different busy bags (well, 19 different bags plus the one I brought). As far as my 3 year old is concerned, we have twenty new toys to explore, learn, and play with. Well worth the time it took me (along with my Grandma, Aunt, and cousin) to create 20 lacing card busy bags for the kids.

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Our gracious Busy Bag Swap host chose to organize our exchange as a Mom’s Night Out (MNO)… brilliant if you ask me! This way it’s for the kids, but it’s also for the moms. We got the bag swap out of the way as soon as everyone arrived and then broke out the tea, wine, and desserts and had some grownup fun. I know a MNO is not always practical though. In that case a play date swap with the kids would work just as well. I just imagine it would be slightly more chaotic and there wouldn’t be wine. See some of my tips for hosting a Busy Bag Swap below:

– If your group is large and the idea of making 20 (or 25, 30, etc.) busy bags is daunting, then set the required number lower. So if 20 guests each make 10 bags, they will each get to leave with 10 different bags. Not everyone will get one of each activity, but it does lessen your workload.

– If all participants can’t be present for the swap, ask them to drop off their busy bags before the event. You can coordinate a time with them to pick up the swapped bags after the exchange.

– To avoid confusion and duplicate busy bags, have one person collect the ideas from each participant. Our host used a Pinterest board to pin each busy bag idea to and tagged it with the person responsible for making it.

– Set up bags or boxes for each participant in one area of your swap location. The container should be big enough to hold the number of bags you are expecting your participants to bring. Then you can ask everyone to deposit the busy bags they brought into each container when they arrive. Voila! Your bag swap is complete.

– Have an activity to keep your guests entertained and to get everyone talking and mingling. Our host planned her family’s version of a Yankee Swap to keep us busy. It was so much fun and I went home with a bottle of champagne that I won along with my busy bag loot. Not bad for a night’s work.

– Wine! There should be wine! Unless you are having a weekday morning play date swap. In that case, wine might be frowned upon.

If you need a place to start for ideas, I’ve created a Busy Bag Swap board on Pinterest. Twelve of the bags that I left our swap with are pictured above. You might notice that this post could have also been titled 101 Ways to Use Popsicle Sticks. The name and resource (if I have it) of each item pictured are listed from left to right:

  1. Uppercase and Lowercase Matching
  2. Spelling- My Small Potatoes
  3. Color Matching- See Vanessa Craft
  4. Felt Chain- Testy Yet Trying
  5. Button Snake- The Activity Mom
  6. Stringing Beads
  7. Popsicle Stick Puzzle- Motherhood on a Dime
  8. Shape Building- Mama Papa Bubba
  9. Pattern Puzzles –Learny McLearnerton (Free Printable!)
  10. Popsicle Matching Game- See Vanessa Craft
  11. Paperclip Color Sorting- Motherhood on a Dime
  12. Felt Board- Sun Scholar

You can also find the details of the lacing card busy bags that I put together for our swap (plus a free printable label) on this post.

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