I need your help, creative folk of AOW and Twitter and surrounding continents…Bex, Anna, Laura – I’m looking at you, you disgustingly artistic, capable, talented and LOVELY ladies – and anyone else who can translate exactly what is it my crazy, pregnant brain is trying to say.
I’ve taken on a wee maternity leave project, you see. A very wonderful family friend (one of those people you call ‘Aunt’ or ‘Uncle’ even though you’re not related to them, they’re so close to you and yours) turns 50 at the end of January and her equally amazing husband has asked my Mum and I to help plan a ‘surprise’ party for her. Mum is in charge of All Things Logistics, including venue, food, timing, suppliers…all those things I suck at generally, never mind when I’m full of baby. I’m going to use some of my (slightly indulgent) 7 weeks of maternity leave to do the invites and prepare the decor.
The latter I’m quite happy with, it’s going to have to be pre-assembled and easy to arrange as there’s every chance I won’t even get to go to the party itself (due date – 1 week before party. Spanking timing, as ever.) I’m going with my special brand of flat-bottomed pompom, seen here at Anna’s 30th earlier this year…
…I’m going to make one HUGE one for the centre of each table, with a cluster of helium ballons floating up, affixed to a hidden weight in the centre of each pompom. Smaller poms will then be strewn casually around the place to be stolen at the end of the night and used as footballs on the dancefloor. At the moment I’m thinking pinks and purples, but that could just be because I have a humongous collection of girly tissue paper already amassed and awaiting pompomification for the nursery…
Pompom rambles aside, it’s the invites I need help with. The kind of help that even Pinterest couldn’t *really* give me. I knew sraight away I wanted to do fabric invites. I don’t know how or why or what kind but I know I really really really want them to be fabric. And I’m not so good at the compromising right now. So, fabric it is. I just need to figure out the other 99% of the project.
Am I using fabric pens or paint? Am I going to cross-stitch? Should it look like bunting, or be lace? DOILIES! VINTAGE HANKERCHIEFS! SECONDHAND TABLECLOTHS! OLD PANTS! I’m joking about that last one, sort of. But you should be able to gauge the pottiness of my stream of invite consciousness, from that snippet of weird right there.
Someone, please. Give me a concrete idea that is beautiful, memorable, practical and doesn’t take a day per invite. I have 40 to do and I currently think this is totally achievable so no shooting me down in a fire or realism, please. Thank you. I really do want to use fabric, money is not an issue (but fur/antique wedding dresses/alligator skin etc aren’t really the kind of things I’m looking to spend the money on) and as long as 40 invites can be handmade in 3-4 weeks, without my leaving the house more than once for supplies (heavily pregnant+Christmas shoppers=On Your Bike) I’ll be a very happy girl.
It’s worth pointing on that I actually am quite creative. Maybe even artistic, on a good day. It’s just, to be honest, right now I can’t even decide what knickers to wear without holding a conference with Phil and the cats… so Big Decisions are really not my forte. But they are yours, right?