Some days, I must reflect how nice it is to live in the age of Martha Stewart. You’ve got to hand it to her; she has a way with a glue gun. With my daughter’s recent first (and golden!) birthday party, it should be unsurprising that the good lady would provide some inspiration for the big event. Dearest Martha actually has a whole collection of butterfly-themed crafts. What really piqued my interest were some party favor bags. Here’s the image from her site (and you can click through if you’re looking for additional butterfly-themed goodness!)
The basic premise behind this is that you have two different colored paper favor/lunch bags. Party City has a great supply of a variety of colors of just such favor bags — they’re a little brighter in color than what Martha used, but for my little munchkin’s party, bright, happy colors were just what I wanted anyway. In any case, the outer bag (green) gets trimmed to look like 3D grass over the under bag (white). To save time, I cut all of my green bags while they were still flat. The key to doing this is keeping all of your cuts in the paper above the line where the bottom gets folded up, otherwise, you’ll be cutting into the bottom. This allowed me to — shall we say — mow the lawn — of the front, back, and sides of the bag all at the same time. When you you have several bags on the docket and lots of little pieces of grass to create, this makes for an important time saver. Once cut, you put a little bit of glue, of the glue stick variety, to the bottom of the inner white bag so that once placed inside of the grassy exterior, they will stay together.
In my previous post on my butterfly-themed high chair decor, I mentioned that I had oodles of butterfly clip-ons that I would put to good use. In addition to the high chair, this was one more way that I made good use of all of my clearance-priced butterfly decor that I purchased from Michael’s. I also decided to make a slight adjustment to Martha’s original design. I’m never a big fan of unnecessary empty space, and the white void seemed to be the perfect canvas to tie into the original design that I made for munchkin’s butterfly invitations. Basically, it seemed like the bag needed some loop-de-loos to me. So with the help of my handy permanent marker, I added in my swirly dotted lines and affixed the butterfly to the side where the motion line ended. Here’s my finished project, looking rather like a rabble of butterflies, taking flight from my countertop.
To fill my bags, I opted to bake some cookies — butterfly-shaped, of course! I found a big butterfly cookie cutter at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and enlisted my mom to help me bake them up prior to the event: sugar cookie butterflies with pink frosting for my little munchkin. Also, I filled the bottom of the bag with some raspberry chocolates to boot. Also, I cropped the picture wide so that you could see another example of my usage of some of my butterfly clips. I had a bevy of different styles of butterflies. The ones that I used on the favor bags had more fabric-y of wings with sequins affixed. As seen on my cookbooks (and elsewhere about my house), I dispersed larger paper-cut-out type butterflies anywhere that I could to further extend the theme throughout our party area. I was going for a subtle and classy, yet fun-filled way to extend my theme throughout.
Still to come: more details on decor and food, all in a butterfly-motif!