Happy weekend everyone. It's the time of year to soak up the sunshine, bust out the kegs, and find any excuse to feast with our friends. With the impending celebration of the birth of our nation, I thought it'd be fun to share 3 ideas for informatively dressing up your 4th of July banquet. Making labels for your spread isn't only way cute, it'll cut down on speculation from your guests, and if you're really concerned, you can put potential allergens on your labels too.
This is a typical tent style label (can be used for place cards/ escort cards too!).
1. You'll need a 3.5"x4" sheet of stock, scored in the middle to fold (I used this fancy glitter paper that was left over from a recent job I completed), a 3.25"x1.75" sheet to mat on the tent, and a 3"x1.5" sheet to mount as the face of the card.
2. Adhere all the pieces together according to size. (Once again all I was left with is the WORST Elmer's glue stick.)
3. Write in your dish. I used red ink to fit into the red•white•blue theme.
These watercolor tags are a little more time consuming, but you don't have to deal with any glue, and they are really lively and cute. There are so many variations to the shape and style you can experiment with.
1. I started with small scrap sheets about 3"x3". For these projects, I like to use overstock that I have laying around. If you are intending to so these in volume (say 150-200 as place cards) I would recommend using larger sheets.
2. Tear straight down the edges of the stock in the same direction all around. If you're tearing upwards first, tear upwards always. Depending on the upwards or downwards motion of the tear, there will be more texture on either side of the card. I like to use the more textured side. Since this is a small sheet, I just hand tore the edge. If you're making these in volume, use large sheets, a ruler, and water as a moistening agent.
3. Paint a light wash of color across the bottom of the card, gradually getting lighter as you reach the top. I drew little silver stars on mine as well, because, you know- freedom. Use the same watercolors as ink for your dip pen and script in your dish.
The flag is a fun shape and perfect for cupcake and dessert toppers. There's less room on this shape for elaborate names but it's great for little designs. It also doubles as a utilitarian tool - a toothpick.
1. Use a folded sheet (something thin-ish) and draw a flag shape on one side of the edge of the fold. I'm sure you remember this technique from paper-heart making in kindergarten.
2. Fold your sheet back together and cut out your shape. You'll be left with a mirror image, connected in the middle at the fold.
3. Decorate your little flag (I used red pin stripes and the letters U, S, and A for U.S.A.- obviously). Grab a toothpick, stick it all together with some glue, and shove it in some food before you give it to your friends. I guess a good thing about stupid Elmer's glue is that it's non-toxic.
That's it! There's nothing crazy about any of these but they add a lot of character to your party. If your food sucks, guests will still be enamored at your attention to detail. You can totally crank these out while those brownies are in the oven- just don't forget about them.
Now look at my lunch...
I hope this was as fun for you as it was for me. I have a dream, that some day I will have a real camera... and the skills to use it. Sorry for this week's sub-par pics. I'm really doing myself a disservice.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!