Double post coming your way.
After being asked by Kannitha to create 75 luau themed housewarming invitations (back in December) I knew I had work cut out for me.
Luckily, the Life is a Beach cartridge from Cricut had graphics that fit the theme. A hula girl, piña colada, palm trees, Hawaiian flowers, a funky font amongst other things worked pretty well for what I had in mind.
The layered waves was a challenge to cut from the Cricut machine not only because of the small size and curves of the waves but both the knife and sticky mat wore out too quickly, in my opinion. After wasting a reasonably amount of paper, I ended doing 150 light and dark blue waves. So worth the effort!
To give some depth to the palm tree, I used small pieces of foam tape just under the leaves. I grabbed a screen shot of a pattern from My Memories Suite and used that along with their monogram on the hut as well. I thought it came out cute!
An added surprise was having Aloha printed on the front of the envelopes as a teaser of what was to come.
The grass table skirt used as the background from the photos above were used for the sweets table I planned on giving as a housewarming gift.
The cartridge, Ribbons and Rosettes (again from Cricut), was from Michael’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free special.
Ugh! Don’t you hate those type of deals? Of course, I couldn’t resist cuz:
- the cartridges were on a good sale price and
- the 3rd item was free
It’s my weakness.
So…….I had these ideas swimming in my head a week or so before the event and it was only last Monday (Feb. 6) when I started to get the ball rolling.
Within a week.
That’s all I’m saying.
It was a lot of work, a lot of paper and hot glue making these rosettes and banner but definitely worth it. I couldn’t have done it without my trusted assistant.
What better way to make it personal by adding their monogram on the rosette?
With all that cuttin’ and a-gluin’ done, a dry run of the table set-up is a must. The containers used on the table were:
- 8″x10″ acrylic photo frame (orange box)
- 11″x14″ acrylic photo frame (blue, green and black box)
- 3 goblets
- 16″x24″ glass cutting board (Salvation Army)
- Large and small cake stands (Salvation Army)
- 12″ round cake plate (Salvation Army, not pictured)
As you can tell, I love going to Salvation Army to look for hidden treasures on the cheap! I had my daughter, Alexandra, glue the flowers together that went on the rims of both cake stands. Thanks, AJ!
Brown craft paper was used as the background and hung on a couple of banner stands. The rosettes were simply hung using monofilament (fishing line).
I think the largest rosette (with the hula girl) measured 15″ in diameter and the smallest measuring 4″.
Now for the yummy part.
These Chocolate Covered Marshmallows On A Stick with Crushed Blue and Green M&M’s were super easy to make.
And so were the Oreo Truffle Balls.
These White Chocolate Covered Pretzels were sprinkled with red, orange and yellow Wilton sugars.
Again, super easy to do.
The glass cutting board was just too plain looking and needed a border to jazz it up a bit. The hula girl was extra and worked perfect for this.
And, yeah….those are Créme Brulée-filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache topped with a swirly design of white nonpareils. Mini versions of the marshmallows were used as fillers.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, more Oreo Truffle Balls annnnnnnd (one of my favorite desserts)…Yellow Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries (tons of it!) finished the sweets table. The only thing I was not able to do were the dessert labels. Oh, well. Maybe next time.
And there you have it!
As a side note, the Strawberry Cake did not photograph well (night time shot) so here’s a few taken in the morning. Ain’t it purty?!?
The cake plate was from SalArmy.
Love the design, low profile and price!.
Head on over here if you want to see more pictures of how this cake was made 3x within a matter of weeks.