Monday, 29 July 2013

Creative Centrepieces: Superhero Quartet ~ Iconic Faces / Motifs

Today, I will be sharing the 4 Centrepieces I have created ready for the long banquet table. I decided to go with Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Hulk. I feel the children are more acquainted with these heroes and also they have some great quotes!

First up, perhaps the most famous Superhero - Superman...

I went with a simple 'S' motif and a 'Wham!' super-word.

Next is Spidey...

Simply made using a cardboard face mask and a Bam! super-word.

Then Batman...

...Using the iconic Bat motif and Pow! super-word.

Lastly, the angry one - Hulk...

...Another face mask printout and a Krash! super-word. Hmmm, hope he doesn't scare the children!

The quotes for these 4 are...

I really love Batman's, gives me goosebumps :)

To make these centrepieces, all you need is a cardstock printout of the motif / face, glued onto a kebab skewer (coloured black with a pen.) Then to make the base...

...cut a rectangle of florists foam, place a pebble on top to weigh it down...

Insert your kebab skewer into the foam, (add a dab of glue),

...Then wrap the foam / pebble in silver foil.

Finish off by printing out some super-words and gluing then halfway down the kebab skewer.

Such a simple way to create super centrepieces!

In my next post I will be sharing how to make the quote scrolls used in the Princess' Centrepieces and the fonts used for them and for the Superhero quotes.

Thanks for reading and any questions just leave a comment.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Innovative Invitations: Handmade V Printed

My favourite part of the party-planning process, (after picking a theme of course), is creating Innovative Invitations. I believe that the party starts the minute the invitation is presented to the prospective guest, so why not give them a little taster of what's to come.

Now I have always handmade the invitations, but this time we were doing it on a grand scale so a lot of invitations were needed. I decided to fall back on my old online printing favourite - Vistaprint. I have used them before and always found their quality and prices good. This time by going with the 'flyers' option and using a stock image I was able to print 50 invitations in colour on the front and greyscale on the back for mere pennies, plus P & P. I am really pleased with how they turned out. I was able to change the font and colour on the front and the font on the back...

To add a little sparkly touch, a pink gemstone was added to the centre of the printed bow. I also hand stamped 'Let's Celebrate' postage stamps into the corner of each envelope and used a gold gel pen to address them.

If you only have a few guests to invite then hand making the invitations will always make a big impact. Some of my favourites have been...

A shaker style rustic beach invitation for the Vintage Mermaid and Faded Pirate Party

Lego Man with speech bubble on Mega Blok for the Lego V Mega Bloks Party

Scroll in leaf Invitation for the Fairy and Elf Enchanted Hollow Party

Teddy on Picnic Blanket Invitation for the Teddy Bear's Picnic.

Top Hat Invite for The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Whichever route you choose to go, remember you can always add that handmade touch with a hand stamped envelope, stick-on jewels or ribbon bows. Also fun poem-esque wording can be added to printed or handmade invitations!

So go on be innovative when it comes to your invitations - your guests will love it!