I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but it’s finally beginning to feel like spring here in these parts. What better way to celebrate the warmer weather than with part two of our floral tea party mini series? Last month we focused on the decor for your springy bridal shower, so let’s move on to invitations! In this DIY, you’ll see how to assemble cute and easy invitations that all your guests will love.
- 4″ x 4″ x 4″ kraft paper boxes (one per guest, available at Michaels)
- Crinkle paper nesting
- Various ribbons
- Metallic cord
- Scotch tape
- Glue stick
- Assorted markers
- Assorted scrapbook paper
- Sugar flowers (available at the bulk food store)
- Vintage tea cups (one per guest, in coordinating colours)
1. The first step is to assemble the cookie packages. If you have a favourite cookie recipe, bake as many cookies as you have guests. However, if you don’t have as much time on your hands, there are plenty of adorable store-bought cookies out there. The cookies pictured here are Earl Grey All Butter Shortbread Thins and Vanilla Belgian Waffle Sandwich Cookies, both by President’s Choice Black Label. Cut a piece of cellophane for each cookie; the size will depend on your cookie, but for the cookies pictured a 7″ by 7″ square worked well. Place the sugar flower on top of the cookie and carefully wrap the cookie in cellophane, similar to how you wrap a present, using a small piece of scotch tape to secure at the bottom.
2. Use the metallic cord to tie around the package, being careful not to break the cookie.
3. Time to make the actual information part of the invitation. You can use whatever colours of paper and markers that you like, and if you’ve already made the floral mobile from last month it’s ideal to keep those colours in mind when doing this step. Cut out as many 3 1/4″ circles as you have guests; if you have a circle cutter that makes life easier, but tracing a circle and then using scissors works too – just be sure that whatever circle you trace has a diameter less than 4″.
4. For the invitations pictured, I planned the layout of the text on scrap paper first to make sure all the information would fit, leaving the back blank. Be sure to let your guests know to bring their tea cups to the shower! I used a bronze marker for the title and accents and a brown felt-tip marker for the rest – it isn’t a bad idea to write the text out first in pencil. If you’re tech-savvy and prefer a more modern look, this part could be done on the computer instead and printed.
5. Now that all the pieces are ready, it’s time to assemble. Fold open the kraft paper boxes and use a glue stick to attach the paper circles into the inside of the lids. Put a little bit of paper nesting into the bottom of the boxes and then set the teacups on top. Put the cookie packages in the teacups and add more paper nesting to fill up the boxes. Close all the boxes and use your ribbon to tie bows on each box.
Additional Tips and Tricks
If you won’t see some of the guests in person before the party or some guests live too far away to deliver the invitations, you can give the boxed tea cups to the guests as they arrive (but of course send the invitation to them ahead of time!)
I hope you had fun with this DIY – between the ribbon, the tea cups, and the cookies there are lots of ways you can customize them to make them your own. Next month is the final part of the floral tea party mini-series – you’ll want to check back to see why your guests should bring their tea cups with them to the bridal shower!
all images: Kathleen Ballos
My name is Kathleen – I love reinventing the ordinary and think everyday is worth celebrating. Check out my blog Snowdrop & Company for more DIY crafts for parties, holidays, gifting, and the home.