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Free Bachelorette Party Invitations

We’ve created some free bachelorette party invitation templates for the bad-ass chicks out there that are getting married. You know who you are. You can spot these mommas at roller derby on a Friday night hanging with all the other rock stars.  They’ve inspired us to put together a party invitation that plays to their less-delicate sensibilities. We did a little research and found that for a that last night of craziness, the only invites out there are flowery and nice and sweet. Not anymore just download the templates below, print them, folde ‘em, and send ‘em out.

Bachelorette Party Invitation 1

Download the Badass Invitation Template

Download the Ring InvitationTemplate

Bachelorette party invitation vintage

Download the Vintage Invitation Template

DIY: Eco Funky Fused Plastic Table Numbers

Recycled Table NumbersEco is chic. We asked James from Plasctic Rapt(yes, he’s the same as James from FireFly) to teach us how to make recycled table numbers from fused plastic bags. These are great for an eco friendly bridal shower, bachelorette party, or even your wedding. It’s time to dig out those bags sitting in that drawer in your kitchen!

We’ll be fusing the plastic bags together then cutting out the numbers. Half the fun of this project is finding some funky plastic to decorate them with. You can use almost any type of plastic bags for this project. I chose a regular grocery bag for my base and then prettied it up with a target bag. There are sooooo many possibilities with fused plastic. Especially, since you can sew the fused plastic sheets as though they’re fabric! Now keep in mind that “used” bags are more in the spirit of “econess”. So don’t go to the store and grab a few extra bags ’cause that kinda defeats the “eco” part of all this. =]

To prepare for this project you’ll need to find the materials below and spend a moment on the computer. Make a print out of the numbers you’re constructing that you can use as a template. I like to print them out in grey to save some ink. There’s also no reason (unless you’re not artistically inclined) that you couldn’t draw the numbers out by hand.

IMPORTANT: Do this in a well ventilated area

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Ingredients:

  • Tape (scotch or masking)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Parchment paper
  • Number template
  • Wedding Magazine (or any other kind, heavier the better)
  • Spiffy blue Vespa key chain(optional)
  • Can Do Spirit (not optional)

Step 1: Take the grocery bag and flatten it out in front of you. Fold the bag in half so the handles overlap.Take your scissors and gather both handles together and cut them off. This is to square the bag up and helps keep it symmetrical.

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Cut the bottom of the bag off as well. This gets rid of the extra gathers and folds in the bag.

Step 2: Fold the bag in halves until you’ve gotten to a size just large enough to lay your number template on top of it. The size should be slightly larger than the number you plan to cut out since the plastic shrinks a little bit.

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Step 3: Tear off 2 sheets of parchment paper that are larger than the folded bag. Place the folded up plastic bag between the two sheets of parchment paper.

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Step 4: Set your iron on a mid-level heat setting. I use the Rayon setting on mine. Anything hotter at this stage will be too hot. If the iron is too hot, holes can appear in the plastic or it can shrink and distort. Using a steady back and forth motion, run the iron over plastic (which should be between 2 pieces of parchment) with a firm pressure. Do this a few times then turn the parchment/plastic over and repeat on the other side.

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Once you’ve done both sides turn up the heat on your iron a couple of clicks. Again run the iron over the plastic a few times. After you’ve ironed for a few minutes, take a magazine and place it on top of the parchment. This is to help the plastic lay flat as it cools. Cooling only takes a few moments.

Step 5: Check the plastic for adhesion. Are the different layers beginning to fuse together? If not, keep ironing and gradually raise the temperature. I wouldn’t go past the cotton setting at any point though.

Step 6: If your layers have fused together, grab the decorative plastic. In this tutorial we’re using a target bag. Those little targets are a great visual pattern. Place this on top of your fused plastic sheet. Cover them with the parchment and again, starting at Rayon, iron the plastic sheets. After the first few passes raise the heat and iron for a few more. Once fused, trim off the excess material.

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Step 7: If your sheets are now fused, grab your number template and tape it to the plastic sheet. Using the scissors cut the number out of the plastic sheet. Once the cutting is complete, peel your number template off.

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Step 8: Look at your new masterpiece with a heightened sense of self worth and accomplishment. Smile! Now calculate how many more you have to do and get to work.

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The numbers aren’t incredibly stiff, but would look pretty cool if you hung them from a tree branch or used a bamboo skewer to hold them up. Get creative!

Recycled Table Numbers

Extra Notes: White plastic bags as a base make the colors you put on top of it more vibrant.  A great source of some colored bags are the pooper scooper bags the city puts in parks. I have found that the plastic in Target bags is very easy to work with.

Heres another number I did from the scraps on this project. I just covered it with a thin yellow bag I had in my bag stash.

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DIY – In Case of Emergency – Don’t pull hair

Wedding Emergency Kit

We know as MOH you have a lot of responsibilities, so we thought we’d ease your burden by listing out a great emergency kit that you can put together for the bride – she will love you for it.  These are hings that she might not have thought of or forgotten to bring on the day of the wedding like a sewing kit, mints, or fabric spot cleaner.  You can buy most of these “just in case”  items at the drug store, Target or Walmart.

If you pick a cute basket to hold everything the bride can reuse it once the wedding is past.  Here’s our starter list, we’re sure you’ll have some fun items to add to the list:

  • Headache pills
  • Mints/pocket listerine
  • Clear Nail Polish / File
  • Dental Floss
  • Hairspray
  • Deodorant
  • Needle and Thread
  • Kleenex, for the emotional tears
  • Lint remover
  • Q Tips
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Shout Pen/Wipes / Chalk
  • Hand Sanitzer
  • Tampon
  • Glue/ Double Sided Tape
  • Granola Bar
  • Visine
  • Tums
  • Imodium
  • Hair Elastics / Hairspray / Hair Pins
  • Baby Powder
  • Lotion
  • Instant Hem & Cuff Fabric Tape

I found a lot of great boxes at the Container Store, click on the pictures below for more ideas.

For the Bachelorette Party, it’s a sweet gesture to put together a token gift for all the girls for the day or night out.  It’s a little something extra from the bridal shower gifts.  You can get a little more creative and artsy when putting together this emergency kit.  You can package them up in cute gift bags or boxes that match the colors of the wedding.  You can add a little message to each item, something funny or personal.   These are just suggestions to help you as you select items for you your kit.

  • Lip Gloss
  • Mints/Gum/Strips
  • Headache pills
  • FireFly Event Trip Sheet (Maps, itinerary, phone numbers)
  • Condoms (safety first) – for all those single girls
  • Candy necklace
  • Tissues
  • Emory Board / Clear nail polish
  • Band Aid
  • Hair Ties
  • Shot Glass and small bottle of alcohol

I found a few cute bags on Etsy that are reasonably priced to put all your goodies in. It’s a lovely gift which is also a nice keepsake for the girls.

Click on the bags below to find out which Etsy Store they belong to.

If you would prefer to buy a kit already made, we have found this great site Classy Girl Gift Co. They also have kits for the bride on

100 Layer Cake held a DIY competition, one of the finalists was Meredith’s Bachelorette Survival Kit – which we think is adorable.

Bachelorette Party Props

There are a few things that you might want to bring along to the bachelorette party, to let the world know that your best friend is getting married.

  • A Headpiece – Either a veil, tiara, bride hat or a hilarious wig.
  • Burlesque – A feather boa
  • The Dare to List – Get all the girls to write down some dares for the bride to do while on her bachelorette party (we will include one at a later date)
  • Design a T-Shirt – All the bachelorette guests can design their own t-shirt, or one for the bride – something funny (a picture from the past or a funny one of the groom) or a cute one
  • Blow-up Doll – A blow up doll that the bride has to carry or handcuff to herself, dressed in a funny outfit.
  • Disposable Cameras – About 2 of them, this means the cameras can be passed around during the bachelorette party, you want to make sure you get a record of this once in a lifetime event. You can even hire a photographer – we have some great packages on our site.  They will be able to document the event professionally.  What an amazing memory.
  • X-Rated paraphernalia – need we say anymore – there are lots of bachelorette party sites or adult stores that you can purchase naughty gifts.

DIY – Light up your Life

I am obsessed with lights,  candles, and lanterns  so I am sure there will be plenty more lighting DIY posts at later dates.  With a company name like FireFly we have to represent the lighting. Here are a few DIY twinkling light projects to illuminate you.

Save all your tin cans and you can make these great lanterns or table numbers.  A perfect way to recycle or upcycle.

Fine Gardening has a good tutorial on how to make them.

100 Layer Cake has a great way to number all your wedding tables using Tin Cans

Have you ever wanted to make your own paper lanterns, well Once Wed posted this tutorial up.

Here is a simple way to hang candles using mason jars.  Lifehacker have posted this inexpensive way to add some mood lighting to your next outdoor party

Love these Vintage Tea Tin Pendant Lights from Meretricious Creations on Junk Market Style.

Color Me Genius

I find it really difficult to make decisions. Try going to a restaurant with me and you’ll see that very clearly!  One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when planning your wedding, shower, or any party is what color theme to go with.  I have my favorite colors but I’m unsure what colors to match them with, whether they are too overwhelming, etc etc. Then a light bulb went off – James designed and built our fab website and when choosing our colors for the design, he gave me these three savior websites to play with. They are GENIUS!!!

I wanted to share my new found gems!

Kule is my fave! You can pick a single or a couple of colors and it will show you the tertiary, complimentary, and other graphic mumbo jumbo colors essentially making a color palate for you. You can also browse through other people’s palates(say that 3 times fast).  This rocks for picking invite colors, wedding colors, shower colors, color colors, and more colors.

Kuler

Kuler

Here are a couple of other great sites for picking colors, palates, patterns, and more.

Colour Lovers

Colourlovers

Color Schemer

ColorSchemer

DIY: Getting Dirty with a Garden Theme

Despite good gardening genes(mother owns a landscaping business) I don’t have much time to get dirty in the garden.  I barely have time to water myself much less a poor defenseless plant! Despite my non-gardening lifestyle there is something about a garden themed bachelorette party or shower that appeals to me.  There are a lot of little things you can do to bring a garden theme to life.  We’ve collected a few below that are easy to make yourself and look great. Know any others?? Leave us a comment!

This Potted Banana Bread from Style Me Pretty has my mouth watering. The little terracotta pots are perfect for this!

We also loved this idea from Mrs Lollipop, really cute gifts, the test tube bud vases look great on the fridge WeddingBee Blog

Another gem found on the fabulous Style Me Pretty Blog are these Custom Seed Packs

Now that we’ve planted the seed it’s your turn to make it grow!

Have Fun!

Nadine

DIY – CupCake Bites: Smaller portions = less guilt

It’s just asking for trouble making cupcake ‘bites’. Cupcakes are bad enough! It’s  waaayyy too easy to stuff these scrumptious adorable little confections in my mouth. Sigh… baked goods are always a great idea for gifts – everyone loves something sweet to eat.  Why not take those sweet things and create  fun packaging that matches your wedding colors or includes your own personal message?! From the frosting to the cake wrappers you there a bazillion ways to customize these little yummies. You can make them as favors for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or  as wedding favors.

These easy cupcake bites are from Bakerella Click on the link for the recipe and directions.

They have some other fabulous goodies:
Cake Pops



Red Velvet Cake Balls


We also found these adorable Brownie Pops on Intimate Weddings Check out their site for the directions.

Or if you would rather buy these gifts, Mindy makes adorable cakepops.

We were just at Michaels Arts & Crafts store, here in California,  and found that they carry baking pans perfect for these projects.

Brownie Pops Silicone Mold - http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=sc1134

Silicone Brownie Bites Pan - http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=sc1136

Over at Wedding Unveiled they found a couture maker of cupcake wrappers. Theses gems are faboulous! Check out their post then check out Bella Cupcake Couture.

So ladies fire up your mixers and start making the next bachelorette party trendy treat. Your friends will thanks you, your tastebuds will thanks you, but we won’t mention them to your waist.

Enjoy,

Nadine

DIY Gift: Pucker Up Dirty Girls – Making Lip Balm & Soaps

We love the idea of making something homemade for the special girls in your life, for either the bridal shower or the bachelorette party.  Each week we’re featuring  a few goodies that are easy to make – even for a craft challenged individual like myself!!

Lip balm is cute, useful, and sometimes yummy  so we dug around and found an easy recipe for you at Craftbits: http://www.craftbits.com/project/lip-balm-apricot-lemon

Lip Balm – Apricot & Lemon – For directions Click on the Craftbits link above.

1 tsp Calendula oil (5 ml, moisturizing oil)
1 tsp (5 ml) Beeswax
1 tsp Apricot Kernel oil (5 ml) (found at health food stores)
3 drops of lemon essential oil
Small Jars to store in

Once you’ve whipped together a batch of lip balm, find a small container that’s easy to open and will stay shut in your purse.  Fire up the inkjet printer and make some cute product tags to glue to the top.  Something related to the wedding date or a personal thought would be fabulous.  To take it a step further grab some thule bags or the small plastic candy bags that craft stores sell. These are perfect for packaging small gifts!

Since we’re into lovely fragrances and smelling good, another great project that gifts well is homemade soap.  We found some great recipes for soap over at Make-Stuff. You can find them here: http://www.make-stuff.com/formulas/soap.html

Here’s one of the simple recipes from their site:

Vanilla and Almond Soap

Vanilla gives it a delicious fragrance and the ground almonds provide a beautifully textured soap. (Makes one bar.)
·    1/3 cup whole almonds
·    1 4-ounce bar Castile soap
·    1/4 cup distilled water
·    1 tablespoon almond oil
·    1/8 teaspoon vanilla fragrance oil

Grind the almonds to a fine powder in a food processor or coffee grinder and set aside. Shred the soap and set aside. In a heavy saucepan bring the water to a boil; then reduce heat to a simmer; Remove the pan from the heat and add the almond powder, almond oil, and vanilla fragrance oil, stirring until well blended. Spoon the soap into a mold and let set for five hours or until hardened. (shelf life of 2-3 months)

Be sure to check out their Peaches And Cream Bath Bar

Half the fun of a fantastic soap creation is wrapping in fantastic packaging.  Ez at Creature Comforts has put together a great tutorial for packaging soaps and personalizing them – we love it, so we thought we would share.

DIY Gift: Gorgeous Homemade Raspberry Jam Pots

Gorgeous Homemade Raspberry Jam Pots

I saw this great gift for your bridal shower, out of town guests, or favors for the wedding on one of the fantastic blogs we follow – Intimate Weddings.

Christina made this fabulous homemade raspberry jam and did an amazing job with the packaging, so we wanted to share.  Christina has posted great photos and descriptions on how to make these gems. The cute tag was from Fog and Thistle

Here is another way to dress up those Jam jars.   Domestifluff have put together a ‘How To’ including fabulous tags that are free to download.

Enjoy!

Nadine