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Pinterest

I haven’t been on the Pinterest site much over the past few months. I signed up for an account awhile ago and started to pin things and then sort of forgot about it. Until recently. I got an email saying that someone repinned or liked one of my pins. So I went on, because I was curious to see what was like or repinned.

My mom also decided to join Pinterest. The other day, I was teaching her how to repin some things from the site. She works in an office where the is always a party (tough gig right??) and she was looking for some new ideas. That got me thinking about how underutilized this site really is.

When you are going to make something for a party, where do you go for recipes? Most of the time, people just google what they are looking for and get a recipe from there. But, with Pinterest, you can get the same thing – but most of the time, you get better results. You can find boards filled with yummy ideas for food, favors, decorations, etc. Some people have party specific boards (Mexican food, wedding stuff, Do it Yourself Boards) where you can find a wealth of ideas.

If I am looking for inspiration for my projects, I often would look on YouTube. While this is a good resource for finding tutorials on HOW to make things, most of the time I am looking for IDEAS – and then I need to know how to make it! Typing in words to YouTube only makes sense if you know what you need help with. On Pinterest, I can type in scrapbooks or Christmas cards and a ton of new ideas come up.

The same is true for when you are planning an event. Just type in wedding ideas and see how many responses you get. When I was looking for a hairstyle for my sister’s wedding, I typed in wedding hair on Pinterest and got a ton of ideas! I could have easily typed that into Google, but then I would have had to sift through lots of different sites. With Pinterest, it’s all right in front of you!

I am just now beginning to see how much Pinterest can really do. At first I thought it was a waste of time and I did spend a lot of time looking at boards. I like to see what my friends are pinning. I like to be able to go to one place and get some new ideas for my projects. If you’re not on Pinterest, I suggest taking a peek at the site. You never know what you will find – a new recipe, crafty idea or a party theme you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of!

To give or not to give?

A favor that is.  Some people love them, others think, oh great – more clutter. How do you pick something that will make your guests think of it as the former rather than the latter?

Favors are generally given to show your appreciation for attending your event. The challenge is to come up with something people won’t think is junk but they will also use. I always try to tie the favor into the event’s theme or color scheme AND make it pull double duty!

For a shower I helped plan recently, we found something that was cost efficient, cute and had  more than one use. The theme was shoes and purses. When my mom and I looked online, we found purse shaped manicure kits that also matched our color scheme! (pink and black). I made tags on the Cricut so that another bridesmaid could print the guests’ names on them. These were not only used as the favors, but as seating charts for the guests. The wedding is a destination wedding, so the guests can also bring the manicure kit along since it is tiny. Triple duty!

Another great favor for your guests is candy. For a baby shower, I made diaper pins, baby animals and baby booties out of candy. You can find candy molds for almost any occasion at AC Moore or Michael’s. I placed them in the plastic bags that you can get at those same stores and then tied the end off with a ribbon. I also secured a tag with the mother to be’s name and the date of the shower. It took me maybe three hours to make the favors.  Get a bunch of people together who are helping throw the shower and it will take you no time!

These are just two ideas of favors that your guests will appreciate and actually use! I hope that it inspires you to be creative when you need to come up with a favor for your next shower or party. Happy planning!