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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Staff Luncheon Invitations

A good friend of mine is in charge of our PTO's staff luncheon this year.  A day that we set aside to show the teachers, administrators, and staff at our school how much we appreciate them.  She had the idea for a picnic theme and asked for my help with the invitations.  Of course, I went straight to Pinterest to gather some ideas.  (What did we do before Pinterest?  I guess we had to be creative on our own. haha!)  I found this free printable from Hello Lucky and liked the idea. But the card didn't quite work for what we wanted to do.

So I went to work.  Now, I'm not a digital designer.  I think it is a very cool thing and wouldn't mind learning how some day.  But I didn't have time to learn before the invitations needed to be distributed.  So I did my sample the old-fashioned way.


I took a piece of cardstock, adhered a strip of red gingham scrapbook paper to it, and adhered some ant stickers I found at Michael's randomly around the card.  Then I scanned it into my computer, opened the jpeg file in Photoshop Elements, cropped it to the size I needed, and added the text.  Once I was happy with the way it looked, I arranged them 4 per page and printed them.

To make the RSVP cards, I just resized the original scan to about the size of a business card, arranged them to a page (I think I fit 9 per page), and printed them also.

Once they were all printed and cut, we stuffed the brown lunch bags with the cards.  We folded the brown bags to look like envelopes, wrapped some red gingham ribbon around them, added an ant sticker or two, and placed the name tag on the front.


The tags were cut out by my Silhouette Cameo.  This was the first time I tried the print and cut feature.  Now that I have a printer that works, I expect I'll be using that feature over and over again.  It is very cool.

If I'd had more time, I probably would have inked the edges of the tags before adhering them.

(You can see I blanked out some information.  Names, etc.  My friend probably wouldn't be too thrilled to have her information posted to my blog.  And, yes, I know that May 6th is a Monday.  I didn't catch that until after the invitations were distributed.  Ugh.  Thankfully our guests didn't mind our error.)


Then I had this large Ball jar and a spool of the red gingham ribbon that wasn't going to work for the invitations (wired and too wide).  So I wrapped the ribbon around the jar, attached the tag, and placed it in the school office for an easy way to RSVP.

The luncheon is on Thursday.  We will be preparing what food we can tomorrow and the rest Thursday morning.  And we're praying it doesn't rain on our picnic!  Otherwise we will have to move it inside.  Right now there is a 40% chance of rain on Thursday.

We hope the teachers and staff enjoy this special day!

Linking with Kleinworth & Co., Project Alicia, In the Moment with ..., and Live and Love ... Out Loud.


SKC said...

These look fantastic. Great work.

Laura said...

Ooooh! Cute!

Tamar SB said...

That is so precious! the teachers must have loved it!!

Kim Cunningham said...

These are so so cute! You did a great job and it all looks so charming! I'm sure the teachers feel honored and appreciated by all the hard work!

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

These are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!! I love them!! How clever. I really need to get a silhouette. They are so handy.