On April 28 my Grandma turned 70! You would never think she was a day over 55 and people assume she is my mother all of the time.
This is the birthday girl and her great-granddaughter
She threw herself a little brunch shindig at a local restaurant/catering hall on the water. I surprised her with some centerpieces, favors and a sign-in book. My favorite kind of small, personalized details.
The party was at restaurant on the water and was boat/sea themed. It was also a brunch so I wanted to make something not to big or showy. Keep in mind that I designed/created these without ever having been to this actual location. I just looked at a few pictures online.
The first step was making some bling for inside the centerpiece.
The Centerpieces were glass fish bowls with a layer of sand and sea shells on the bottom. I glued teal ribbon around the edge of each small fishbowl and put the sand and shells inside along with the glittery Js (My Grandma’s name is Judy). They also look a little like anchors, so it all really came together!
Favors can sometimes be wasteful. Actually, they are frequently wasteful. And I hate waste. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I didn’t have a ton of time. But, who doesn’t like chocolate? I bought one really inexpensive chocolate “thank you” mold and some chocolate to make some homemade favors. Buying one mold saved money but it also took more time. Sorry, I don’t actually have a pictorial for making the chocolate.
- Melt chocolate.
- Pour into molds.
- Gently shake or bang on hard surface to even out and minimize air bubbles.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes.
- When they are sturdy/hard pop from mold and store.
The hardened chocolate melts very quickly. I took a finished one out to look at it and before I had time to put it back in the fridge I had smudged the letters. Handle with care (and preferably with gloves!). We (my husband helped!) put them in candy bags with a few M&Ms. Not the most environmentally friendly way to go, unfortunately.
Here are the items in action! This includes a sign-in book that I made but did not photograph along the way.
As a gift the grandkids chipped in and got the birthday girl a picture quilt from MyAddibel Personalized Quilted Creations shop on Etsy. I ❤ Etsy and the quilt came out great. Check out the shop!
Isn’t party planning and accomplishing DIY projects fun?!
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