the invitation - a 'winning ticket' which is tied to each game bag
the ticket is a four-layer build with metallic papers
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it seems appropriate to comment on my own recent overindulgence – the invite that threatened to blow my tiny mind right out of my head. Sometimes my enthusiasm for a project clouds my better judgement and I just keep adding on stuff, totally forgetting that I will have to actually produce the dang thing! I should have remembered my mother's chastising when I over-loaded my dinner plate with Thanksgiving fare and then proceeded to eat only a small amount. Less is often best . . . especially when 100 invitations have to be put together in five days!
muslin draw-string bag with iron-on transfer label
yes, I wrote the rhyming copy
That being said, it was fun to go wild and find all the perfect elements for this Hanukkah party invitation. Couldn't have done it without several people: Cate (my friend and favorite 'worker-bee, who wields the tape gun like a pro), Jason (the laser wizard at TCC printing), Sarah (Toysmith), Alice (Packaging Specialties) and Bob (my sweet husband, who even tho' he was out-of-town for this project, is always my biggest supporter).
In each bag we placed: old fashioned pick-up sticks, a deck of miniature playing cards, a Light the Menorah ball game, miniature bowling and a barrel of monkeys.
wooden pick-up sticks in their boxes, waiting to go into the bag
miniature deck of playing cards, each in it's own little slide box
we made these from scratch using glass-topped tins,
a cute menorah graphic from IStock, foam core (under the graphic)
and copper bbs - it's a challenging game to play
nightmare to open - a special thanks to Peema at Earthues,
who carefully unwrapped most of the game elements
ah, the monkeys – each barrel had to be taped shut
so that the 12 monkeys wouldn't get loose in the muslin bag