Tuesday, February 23, 2010

{Our Parties} Trains, Planes and Automobiles - A Transportation Birthday Party

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I have an engineering background (crazy, I know) and so I am type A in a lot of ways - which helps with the need for being detail oriented for a party plan.

A few things I always do for my parties:
1) I like my invitation to set the tone for the party - everything from the theme, colors and "feel" of the invitation will help me decide how to decorate, what activities to do and what PAPER products to have ;-) (most importantly)

2) I like to use elements from the invitation to make logos, favor tags, stickers, food tents, cookie seals, envelope seals, etc.
At AndersRuff.Etsy.Com we sell a custom logo to match your invitation. That logo can be used for all of those elements in a really simple way!

3) Logos are GREAT for favor tags. See my example in the photos below. Its a great way to personalize your party and make it really special, all while tying in to the theme and feel of the party!

3) Thank you note - I always tie in the thank you note with the party. I pull out key elements from the invitation and put it with my child's name personalized on it. I also like to use the logo as a sticker seal on the back of the envelope, or printed on the envelope itself!

So hold on to your hats, lots of photos to come.... I mainly am showing how I used printed logos/personalized paper products to tie the party together. I may have thrown in a few cute pics too... ;-)

This example shows how to utilize our invitations/logos and thank you notes through AndersRuff.Etsy.Com to make a perfectly flowing party! This was my son, Pierson's 2nd transportation birthday party.

Here is the logo that I used on my invitation as well as throughout the party.

Used a version of the logo on my envelope to send out the invitations:

Thank you note: (paired this note with a chartreuse envelope and sealed the envelope with a LOGO sticker!)

here I used the logo elements to print out luggage tags to tie on the favors.

Again, I easily printed the logos on stickers and put them on the cups for guests to drink the "petro punch" out of.

We also used the logo on a little sticker that I put on the "airline boxed lunches". It had a description of the type of croissant sandwich inside. (Ham, turkey, tuna)

Inside the box lunch was a bag of chips, croissant sandwich and a fruit cup. On top of the fruit cup, guess what was on the lid? You guessed it - a party logo!

Logos could also be used for food cards/tents. In this case, I didn't use the exact logo because I had a punch that I used, but I would have used the logo had I thought of it!
"ships ahoy" cookies:
Train Track Trail mix

Junk yard (cake, cookies and other sweets) - again you could use your logo at the top of the cake!

Again, the logo was used for the cookie wrap to seal the top of the bag.

Here is my little birthday boy. Yes, I appliqued a little jon jon that I made. Yes, I am anal. Yes, his car does match the car on his logo. I am showing off now,... sorry.

Bye for now! ;-)

Bonus round - here are some fun things I did for the party:

Baggage Claim (favor pickup)


Meet the RUFFS! Sweet little Grayce didn't want to be photographed that day but you can just see how stinkin adorable her family is!
.. and meet the ANDERS.... You can tell we are all pretty wiped out! Peanut especially (Peanut is Pierson's nickname)



Allison said...

I LOVE all of your ideas. I may have to "borrow" some for my son's train b-day! What was in your railroad snack mix?

Anonymous said...

That is just too stinkin' cute! You should sell the decorations as a kit! Unless it's crazy expensive that is. :)

Anonymous said...

That party sucks

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