My grandmother recently celebrated her 85th birthday! Family and friends gathered for lunch, looked at old photos, and played Telestrations with secret words relating to my grandma.
It was a pretty low-key affair, but I helped spruce it up by making some table centerpieces.
The components, from the bottom up:
- Books form the bases
- Children’s Fables she gave to me and my sister as children
- A dictionary–she’s a writer
- River of Grass–she loves nature and has visited most of our National Parks
- A copy of Heidi Grows Up that was hers as a child
- Doilies on top of the books
- Stemless wineglasses, which I already owned, for vases
- Blue and white decorative rocks for inside the vases
- Assorted small bunches of spring-like flowers, bought from Jo-Ann Fabric
- Tags from Creative Memories’ Simply Beautiful collection
- “Happy Birthday” with Scrabble tile letters, made digitally using CM’s Vintage Chic alpha set in Storybook Creator 4
I was going for form AND function, something that would look pretty but simple, and would also have meaning. I wanted them to be cheerful and springlike, since we are still having snow here in Ohio. I wanted them to not be obstructing any views around the table. And most importantly, I wanted them to have special meaning for my grandmother, which is why I tied in all the books and the Scrabble tiles (she loves word games).
I used a lot of supplies I already had, and the things I did buy at JoAnn were 1) under $20 total and 2) able to be re-purposed for my own crafts or decorating.
The party was great fun and it was nice to be able to put my crafting skills to good use!