He Told Her His Story.... and what a love story!
A saved memento was the beginning of the invitation for our dinner cruise the night before the wedding.
Several years ago, Natalie had sent a text to Brent, which was short and simple. She said, "Tell me a story." Below was his response to her. She loved it and saved it, and the invitation was designed from her saved memory.
As I was brainstorming on telling a story, my mind first went to books, book pages, trivia, and pictures. Now, how to make that into a party theme? I had trivia that Natalie and Brent had given me to use, and since every centerpiece needs a flower or two, I decided to put the trivia questions on the paper petals of the flowers that would go at each place setting.
Old book pages was my paper of choice and I backed it with fusible interfacing, and then cut out flower petals. Next I used Tap Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley to iron a question on each petal. I then took coated floral wire and zig zagged that around the edge of the petals. The edges were brushed with a copper colored stamp pad, the polka dots put on - because everything needs polka dots - and black to be exact. They were then pinched together and wrapped with floral tape. I hot glued a button in the centers and they were ready to go, except for a vase.
Where to go for inexpensive vases? The Dollar Tree of course! I found these little plastic salt and pepper shakers were the perfect size for vases. Off with the lids and on with a a little spray paint, and they were good to go!
Now... how to incorporated photos of the kids. Up two flights of stairs to the supply gift closet on the top floor of the house to see what I could come up with. I found exactly what I needed! Thirty 4" cubes that spelled out different words. I had a plan for these once upon a time but ran out of time before the plan could happen. Good for me! They were perfect for fun photo centerpieces!
There were six tables to decorate and I ended up with 5 blocks for each table. That's when I realized that I needed something to raise them so that the 'centerpieces' had some height. Now what do I use??
Off to the Dollar Tree again! Did you know that the hard back books they sell only have the name on the spine and that the covers are mostly black once the paper jackets come off? Neither did I but necessity is the mother of invention, or so they say! Not only did these books give the centerpieces some height, they also became part of a fun game for the guests!
The books were put on the table with a note for the guests to come up with a creative title to match the photo on the front, and to write it onto the back of the books using the Silver Sharpies provided. They had a blast moving from table to table naming books. Brent and Natalie are looking forward reading all the different titles when they get home from their honeymoon. This was a hit and could be used for graduations, anniversaries retirements or wherever a story needs to be told.
This table is a little worse for wear... as everyone had started to pull books out and write.
Each table had five books, five photo cubes, a memo pad and pen, and a flower in a vase. That along with dinner, the bar, and a great view from the top deck kept everyone entertained with lots of mingling and mixing.
Loved spending time with our new extended family and sharing time and memories with lifetime friends.
All in all, I think it was a huge success!!
Natalie's mother, Sameeha and little Gavin at the coloring table. This is the table where I wanted to sit!!
Marcia and Bob were my employers at their jewelry store in Ohio when I was still in high school. We have remained very close friends - more like family - over the years and I thank them for my work ethic and their guidance and love.
Walt, my sister, Tracy, Lydia & Jason, and Mom. I'm so glad they could all come for the celebration.
This family is so precious. Next to me is Natalie's brother, Bishara, Natalie, Sameeha, and Natasha, Natalie's sister.
Top Right: Abdallah, Sameeha, Aviana and Brian
Bottom Right: Bish, Omar, Mara and Siham