Summer has always been magic for me because the season began with my birthday in June. It’s a season of happy celebrations – the last day of school, graduation, Father’s Day, the 4th of July, swim parties, backyard movie nights under the stars, and family vacations.
For three glorious months I see every weekend as an opportunity to invite friends and family over for a party without any specific celebration needed. It’s summer! That’s cause to celebrate all on its own.
When thinking of a summer party, certain things pop into mind – fun, color, ice cream milkshakes and malts. And what makes those creamy treats so special? A tall glass, sprinkles, whipped cream with a cherry on top and fun, colorful retro paper straws that brings back memories of summers past. For me, ice cream and summer go together like paper straws and milkshakes. *happy, happy, happy*
When I saw the Stately Straws Invitation, I found my inspiration to design party favors that could also serve as place settings to complement the theme of the invitation. In my party planning world, the tone of the party is set with the invitation first. The Stately Straws Invitation design said to me “summer is here, come treat yourself”.
Not only do I love retro paper straws for their nostalgic appeal, but also for their versatility in other creative uses.
For the party favors, I designed and decorated cookies that looked like milkshakes and baked the paper straws into the cookie to hold the flag name tags for the place settings.
The tags were easily made by printing on standard white copier paper, cut and taped onto a strip of colored paper a little larger in width to wrap around the straw. Double stick tape makes this very easy to put together.
To bring even more festive flair and color to the table, I cut over-sized confetti rounds from layers of tissue paper where I had traced 1.5 inch circles. If the party is held outside, you can tack them to the table surface with a small piece of double stick tape but I like how they catch on the breeze and float around the yard. I would recommend both, some stationary and some able to float freely. It’s a delightful effect and could possibly create a pick-up game for the younger children at the end of your party. Hopefully.
At the party, I like to display the invitation as a decoration on either the beverage table or on the dessert table. It makes a nice little vignette by placing it on an easel giving it the attention it deserves.
For more ideas and information on entertaining, lots of decorated cookies and recipes, please visit my blog, Pink Martinis and Pearls where you might find some inspiration too!