Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fun Times in the First State (& how to decorate a bachelorette party like it's your grandma's birthday)

I just got back from an awesome weekend in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Random, I know, and even more random when I tell you that I was there for a bachelorette party, but trust me. Awesome.

So awesome, in fact, that I don't have any good pictures from the weekend.  I shrugged off all blogging responsibilities and spent the past few days celebrating with one of my favorite friends, drinking champagne, laying on the beach, and, yes, playing some competitive flip cup.  Here are a few shots from my phone of some of the crafty little items I made in preparation to get weird in DE.  They're pretty crummy photos.  Sorry.

First, I made a banner congratulating our favorite bride-to-be. I made it out of paint samples in her wedding colors. I cut out the letters freehand, but if you aren't so confident with scissors you could trace them out first...

Now here's where the "grandmotherly" decor comes in. I made this banner out of yellow paper and doilies. I don't know why I thought it would turn out a little more badass than this, but somehow I pictured this being bachelorette-appropriate. It would be perfect for a 90-year-old birthday party or maybe a yellow-themed baby shower, however, so I'll share it with you...

I also made a batch of cupcakes for weekend snacking.  I spent, no joke, about an hour wandering the craft store looking for inspiration.  Did I want to make little mini flags?  Do something heart-shaped?  (Something about bachelorette parties and bridal showers makes me want everything to be PERFECT.  Like I'll never have a chance to show my love in crafty form for my friend again.)  In the end, I chose a package of sunflower stickers, popped them onto half-toothpicks with a little bit of glue, and stuck them into each green-frosted cupcake.  Melissa likes sunflowers.  Melissa likes cupcakes.  Problem solved.

Finally, I made a bunch of wine charms for us to use throughout the weekend. In order to minimize drink confusion in our rented beach cottage, I scoured the Facebook for pictures of our bachelorette and each guest. I cut them into circles, "laminated" with clear plastic tape (lesson learned: not exactly waterproof), and hung the circles onto hoop earrings (found in the jewelry section of the craft store) with some beads.  They were a big hit and while they won't last forever (some didn't even make it through the weekend), it was a fun, personalized touch.

(Not pictured: the 30-ish empty bottles of wine & champagne that we recycled at the end of the weekend)
So there are a few ideas for non-bacheloretty bachelorette party decor.  Can you sense a theme?  Stay happy, homey, & hungry in Delaware and beyond...

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