The invitations for the bachelorette party have all been received so I can finally show them to you:
I was clicking through flickr, looking for party ideas and I found this gorgeous paper and fabric shoe. Inspiration hit me hard and I knew Laura's party had to have a Marie Antoinette theme. I really should have thought of it sooner because Laura loves all things MA (especially the shoes).
I knew I had to incorporate the shoe into the party and the idea to turn it into an invitation was too fun to pass up. I purchased these boxes and lined them with scrapbook paper. I used double sided scrapbook tape because I hate waiting for glue to dry.
The shoes are made from scrapbook paper and each has a picture of Marie Antoinette, a ruffle of tissue paper, a satin bow and a filigree decoration.
I also found some small fabric flowers at the craft store, threaded beads on the stems and hot-glued the bouquets inside the box.
Not pictured are the little scrolls of paper I tucked inside the shoes. The scrolls contained the party information and were wrapped with another mini bouquet to keep them from unrolling. I secured the lids with a satin ribbon, wrapped the boxes in brown paper and sent them in the mail. Apparently, they didn't even get crushed in transit.
I made these assembly line style but it still took about six hours to make five invitations. This included a little time for trial and error so in the future, they'd be much faster to make. Still, I don't think I'd ever want to make more than a dozen for any given occasion. Maybe no more than a half dozen.
The rest of the party plans are a secret so I can't really talk about them here until after the party. Just over a week to go...I have so much left to do!