Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Double the Fun: "DoubleMint" Party

Since my husband's birthday and Mother's Day happened to fall on the same day this year, I wanted to give our combined family brunch a special flair. I spent a day brainstorming ideas, and (albeit a bit cheesy) the "double the fun" concept kept popping into my mind. Here began the creation of the Doublemint Party theme.

Invitations

For lack of more sophisticated design software, I created the invitation in Microsoft Publisher with inspiration from the colors and double-arrow logo of Wrigley's Doublemint packaging. I borrowed the tag line of "double the fun" to complement my own byline:  "Please join us for a doubly joyous celebration . . . "


I wanted to jazz up the envelope with my own version of Paper Source's adorable decorative strip labels. Green paisley paper, double stick tape, and a basic Avery label did the job in Doublemint fashion! Although the stamp's red background throws the green and yellow color scheme for a loop, I have to give kudos to the USPS for the adorable design. This picture doesn't do this awesome stamp (which celebrates the Chinese New Year) justice. Mr. Postman, keep the cute stamps a'comin.


Favors

Although a simple concept, I am in love with the cellophane-bag favors I've recently seen in posts like this. I purchased classic green, dark green and yellow M&Ms in bags packaged in individual colors from Party City (these can also be purchased at Jo-Ann's and in bulk at various online sites). These M&Ms and a pack of Doublemint gum served as the treats for my bags. I adapted the logo from the invitation to create the "Double The Fun" design in Publisher, and transformed it into a sticker with my handy Xyron machine. Using more green paisley paper and double-stick tape, the favors were complete!

Decorations & Details

I used simple bud vases from Crate & Barrel and a lovely off-the-shelf bouquet from Whole Foods to arrange three tiny bud vases for our table.


Each bud vase was adorned with a tiny green bow.

I used custom-made coasters to anchor each bud vase on our table (see picture below).  Just another brilliant use for a Third Coast Sisters product! Check out our Etsy site here.


The "Happy Birthday & Mother's Day" sign
(the celebrations of the day listed in no particular order!) . . .


The key lime pie (compliments of The Lucky Monk restaurant) played on the green theme, and the "2" candle showed that even dessert was double the fun!

Confetti for the table made with a scalloped circle punch and various specialty paper to match the theme . . . too bad it got lost in my party bag and didn't actually make it onto the table!


Merely a coincidence, but the yellow mimosas really made the table pop!

7 comments:

  1. love it! i am totally inspired by your creativity! xoxo

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  2. Love the flowers you selected for the little bud vases. Sunny : )

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  3. May I have permission to use the pictures of your party favors? I am making a list of twin baby shower themes for my twin parent community and "double-mint" is one of the themes on my list.

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    1. Hi Jill - Yes! You are welcome to use my pictures. Thanks for including me in your post! ~Abby

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    2. Can you provide step by step instructions on how to make the keepsakes? Please

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  4. Do you have a template for the gum and M&M label. I tried to duplicate but was unsuccessful? Thanks Cathleen

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  5. I can't see the pics. Can you please post the pics?

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