Sure, Labor Day just passed, but it made me stop and think for a minute about the amount of labor people typically put into celebrations, and into celebrating people they love. This is a great thing, to make people you love feel special, or just marking a special moment in time or family history with a fun party, or simple get-together. What really matters, after all, is the thought and love behind it all, and I think that sometimes it's easy to lose sight of that and feel like every celebration has to be a REALLY BIG DEAL and tons of work. The next time you are thinking of celebrating something, though, try remembering that your thoughts and effort speak volumes already, and a few simply DIY decorations, treats or favors will go a long way to show that. Here are my favorite DIY celebration ideas:
DIY invitations: You could just go on evite.com or Paperlesspost.com and send an anonymous looking invitation to people (or possibly to their spam boxes instead), but seriously, it's faster and much more heartfelt and fun to send a unique family photo and just mail people directly from your personal mailbox. Don't you think?
DIY cakes or cupcakes: I really struggle with baking, personally, but with so many ready-made mixes and frostings available, even including gluten or dairy free ones for people with allergies like my family, it seriously takes no more than a child to mix together a delicious, home-made treat that can be decorated in any number of fun and personal ways. And who does not prefer home-made? Even when my cakes are crumbly, people rave that they taste so much better than anything store-bought. And I know they are not lying because there is never any left!
DIY party snacks and food: Skip the pre-made items and just take some help from the store to whip up some super fast, easy, healthy and special party food, like chips with guacamole, bread or cheese sticks, mini pizzas, herbed biscuits, or wings with dip or BBQ sauce, and fresh fruit kebabs, just to name a few of my favorites.
DIY thank-you notes: Nothing says THANKS like a hand-made, hand written card. Whether you are thanking people for gifts they brought you or your kids at a birthday party, or thanking someone for inviting you somewhere special, taking 5 minutes or a little more to say thanks in your own words really makes people know how much you appreciate their gesture.
I ilke to browse websites like pinterest.com, realsimple.com, and marthastewart.com for inspiration and pretty, fun and simple ideas when I need them for any celebratory event.
Which celebration-related items do you "DIY"?