I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday weekend! David worked Saturday & Sunday and is off Monday through Wednesday this week, so we are *unofficially* still celebrating! As many of you know, we threw a large party on Memorial Day and I have been promising to share some snapshots with you!
---------This is the invitation that we sent out to all of our guests (you can click to enlarge if you like). We invited 18 families, so I kept them simple by designing them on the computer and printing them on a nice quality matte photo paper. As a special *paper crafty* touch I added little rhinestones to the centers of the stars.
David and I just love entertaining. There is something nostalgic and heartwarming about inviting people to your home to share food & good company. Just so the mood was set as soon as our guests arrived for our Memorial Day event, we added a little patriotic decor to the front of the house.
We had lots of fun things planned for the kids attending. One of which was firefly catching. I made each of the children their very own firefly catching jar, complete with a personalized label. Cases of canning jars were the perfect, inexpensive container. I adhered the labels onto the jars with tacky tape from Provo Craft.
The majority of our event was planned around evening activities including making s'mores over a fire & a fireworks display. This is one of my favorite shots I took during the party. You can see all of the guests back lit by the warm glow of both the fire and the strings of lights hung around the deck.
To make s'mores roasting a little easier, I decided to put together s'mores kits. They were really simple to make and it made it so much easier to divvy out the three necessary ingredients for the special fireside treat; marshmallows, chocolate & graham crackers. (I wanted to give a quick shout out to my friend Amanda who took the treat bag group photo during the party for me. She is super talented with a camera. Be sure to stop by her blog and see some of her amazing work!!!)
Each kit contained enough supplies for two s'mores. It really helped everything run smoothly since people didn't have to fumble in the dark to find separate ingredients. They just grabbed a kit and they were good to go! The kit contents fit perfectly in Papertrey's small frosted tin tie bags.
I have formatted a few downloads for you of the different design elements I created for our party so you can use them yourself next year. They are even appropriate for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. I have included completed versions for the s'mores kit and blank elements for the remainder of the items so you can just add a text box with your own information. If you want to recreate what I did, the fonts I used were Aviano Sans & Chopin Script.