We had a quick make-and-take using the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP), which happened to coordinate beautifully with my Succulent Garden theme for the night. By the way, I also used the Bitty Butterfly punch and the Elegant Butterfly punch on my card -- both are retiring so you may want to purchase them quickly if they've been on your wish list!! Actually, there are a lot of things on this card retiring: the Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon and the Succulent Garden DSP (low inventory!!) as well! Luckily, the All Things Thanks stamp set is around for another year!
I purchased little pots of succulents from Michaels for the table centers. I know Gerber daisies aren't succulents, but I improvised and threw a couple of large Romaine lettuce leaves into the bouquet. You know ... garden-like I guess?! LOL!
My favors for the evening were a lot of work to prepare but oh, so pretty! I got the idea from Meg Loven. She made a small gift box using the Tiny Clear Treat Boxes from Stampin' Up!. I changed up the cardstock colors but that's about it! Oh yes, and I forgot the ribbon! I decorated the inside and top with a bit of Succulent Garden DSP, and then layered several die cuts from the Succulent Framelits Dies. I used Mint Macaron cardstock for the larger petals, sponging the ends with Sweet Sugarplum ink. The smaller "flowers" were Sahara Sand cardstock (c/s) sponged with Emerald Envy ink. The clear treat boxes are 2" x 2", so I discovered that if I scored the designer paper every 1 7/8" (1 7/8", 3 3/4", 5 3/8" and 7 1/2", it fit perfectly inside the box. That meant that I had 1/2" remaining at the end that I just tucked inside the first score line. Just a hint for the future!! By the way, I tucked tiny packages of M & M's, a Reese's PB cup and some Robin's Eggs inside the little box!
We played Bingo and Heads or Tails to determine prizes which were mainly Sale-a-bration stamp sets that I had acquired over the 3 months.
Lastly, before everyone left, I gave one more treat: 1 sheet of each color of the Glimmer Paper that was available during the 2nd half of Sale-a-bration (I loved that paper!!), with approx. 2 yards of the gold and silver glimmer ribbon that was available. I packaged it up in the 4" x 6" and 6" x 8" cello bags with the beautiful gold binder clips! Presentation is everything, but the sparkle inside definitely helped!
A special thank you to all of my ladies! Would you like to come next year? It will be a while coming again, but I'll definitely be doing this again next year!! Stay tuned...!