Being a Maid of Honor isn't just about privilege and support, it also is about responsibility. In fact, one of the most important parts of the bride's experience is on the shoulders of the Maid of Honor, the bridal shower. In this month's newsletter we've already suggested some helpful hints to get you started, like using old items as an inexpensive alternative decoration and favor/prize. Because, let's face it, when you decide to create your own decorations it can be time consuming. But don't fret, by using the items you recreate as door prizes and/or favors as decorations, you save time and money! Below are too easy-to-do DIY projects that will ensure your bride's shower is customized just for her.
This first example, photo frames as decor, is quite simple to accomplish. The first step is deciding what you would like to frame. To continue our example of an Irish Blessing themed shower, we chose to use Irish Blessings in the frames, which will be strategically placed around the venue lit with tea candles. Second, find a great antique mall like SAM and buy frames. Don't be afraid to have them mix and match in size, color, or material. We do recommend having some consistency to keep theme. For example, if you decided to have all different colors and sizes, you may want to have the same material. Third, print, cut, and place your inserts into the frames and you have beautiful, meaningful decor that can be sent home with your guests as favors or door prizes.
The second project, mason jar glasses, is a little more labor intensive, but not much, and it is so fun and the results are so cute you won't even realize your working. Just like the frames, the mason jars can be used at the shower (to hold beverages), but sent home with the guests as favors. It's easy as can be to take a plain old, mason jar and turn it into something personalized. First, a chalkboard label was placed on the jar so that guests can write their names on their drinks and keep track of them. Then, just a few accent buttons around the sticker were added. Lastly, a simple hemp bow was tied around the neck of the jar. The result is an adorable drinking glass that will always remind the bride's family and friends of that special time.