I helped my friend Garin with a party for her husband last evening. They are in the middle of packing up to move to California, so I offered to bring some of my serveware and my glass water bottles along to the park. It's amazing how some lovely serveware can dress up a card table in no time! I think one of the reasons I love to entertain is because my serveware does all the work- I just swap out the linens or add a few paper crafts, etc. It makes entertaining fun and easy, to be sure.
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I think Garin would agree that the details that made this gathering special were simple ones... matching serveware, a little bit of decorative paper, glass beverage bottles, balloons, and a simple favor (instructions below). It didn't take much time or effort, but the overall effect was fantastic.
We made these really simple favors by filling poly bags with candy, cutting the bags down, adding a paper topper (width same as the bag, height according to what looks best proportionally), and added decorative touch with a white circle cutout. Garin traced and filled in a letter "B" on top. We glued the circles to the toppers and then sewed along the bottom edge to attach the topper to the bag and seal the candy inside. I will definitely stick with sewing the favors next time I make these (I've tried staples, hand sewing a button on, and a glue gun, but this was by far the cutest and the easiest).