- Cup tags made with a picture of the birthday girl (in a sepia tone) and attached using brown and white baker’s twine. Guests wrote their name on the back side to help identify their drink.
- Repurposed Frappucino bottles used to hold milk with a bag of cookies attached. These were the favors and cleverly incorporated the number “1” in the labeling (1% milk/1-year old).
- Also attached to the favor bottles were the to-die-for animal print straws!! These were a random find in the clearance bin of JoAnn’s fabric store. That’s what I call sweet serendipity!
- Flip-top bottles were used to serve milk in, as well as an old family jug from the attic! Flip-top bottles can be found at some home stores, IKEA, or do what I do: I bought Lorina sparkling lemonade from World Market, TJMaxx, Trader Joes, etc.; after drinking it, wash and re-use the bottle to serve any beverage at another event!
- This final trick is sheer GENIUS! Anne has stocked up on plain white plates and stamps them for each event to give them a personalized look. Here’s how – Using a new, un-inked stamp pad (making sure it has never had ink on it), she soaks it with gel food coloring (use a knife to spread it all over the pad). Then use a rubber stamp which coordinates with your theme (again, one that has never touched ink) and stamp it into the gel pad and onto the plate as usual. The key is to go straight down and back up so as not to smudge the image. If it does smudge it is easy to wipe off and start again. These are food safe and you will never have to buy a themed paper plate again!
Thank you so much Anne, for letting me share this party and all the great ideas!