Thursday, December 27, 2012
Poinsettia Fun- One way to celebrate 80 years of a wonderful life
My husband Dan's dad, Ed, turned 80 years young yesterday- the day after Christmas. His birthday has always been something of a combined celebration with Christmas that is eased by the fact that his beautiful bride, Pat, is born just a few days before Christmas. Since 80 is such a momentous occasion, the family planned a dinner celebration in his honor. Dan is the seventh child of this large family. Five of the children live here in the Phoenix valley with his mom and dad living a close (2 1/2 hours away) drive in Flagstaff, Arizona. Two brothers live in South Carolina. Though there hasn't been a lot of opportunities for the entire extended family to visit over the years, those visits are precious.
In an effort to celebrate this wonderful brother, dad, and grandpa's life, his bride purchase these photo mugs for all the family members (40 strong!). I had the great fortune to be asked to wrap up some delicious cookies to go into the mugs as a party favor. You might remember the Save the Date invitations that I shared earlier. So many of the supplies had leftovers that I've included a couple here in the favors. The burlap tag was a leftover and I picked up the kraft paper theme with Hobby Lobby's kraft tissue paper. A little navy hemp twine ties in the table colors and the poinsettia is a nod to Christmas. The poinsettia were cut using Brandy's Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die. I ran each of these through the Grand Caliber twice in order to create the final embossed look. Finally, I splattered watered down white paint (technique from SaintsRule! who first did this to great effect) using an old tooth brush to create the snow-sprinkled look on the poinsettias. I'm just so pleased to have helped in this way and super proud of the final result.
Happy Birthday, Ed!