December 9, 2012

Party in a Bag

PartyBagIntroAs you will see, I've made this gift, especially for you.
It's a Party In A Bag - a party just for two.

You're meant to use it with a friend, a colleague, or your brother,
Sister, child, closest cousin, or significant other.

You can choose to celebrate at a time you think is best -
You win a prize, find your keys, or just avoid arrest.

Although there's no official mark on calendar or chart,
The day will be remarkable because it's in your heart.

The point here is, the time and place are yours alone to make.
So find a cause, unpack these goods, and take a little break.

And while you're making merry at your own unique event,
Take a selfie, message me, and tell me how it went.

Turn up the music. Laugh a lot. Kiss and hug a while.
And when you toast your special day, please think of me and smile.


Let's start with the bag.

I bought ornaments and a few small items at Sur La Table.
I asked the clerk to place each item in a separate bag. She even threw in a few extra for me (as I needed 12).
Labels were printed and pasted over SLT's logo.


Inside, the recipient will find:

two small bags of confetti,
two plastic wine glasses,
one bottle white wine,
one bottle red wine
one candle (tea light)
two noisemakers,
two plates,
two napkins,
two balloons,
two snack servings,
plus . . .

a pennant garland. garland

Pennants were printed on the computer. (Google images for a nice B&W or colored background of your choice. Put the background inside a triangle and add a big letter.)
Strips of card stock were glued to the back for reinforcement. You can, of course, eliminate this step by printing directly on card stock. However, the Strip-on-the-Back Method is much cheaper if you are making several garlands.
The excess card stock strips were trimmed, and the pennants were threaded on a plastic-type ribbon I found at Michaels.


The "hors d'ouvers" are cheese and pretzel lunch snacks with a new label taped to the top of the plastic container.
Noisemakes are spray-painted mini coke cans with gravel inside.

If you're feeling flush, you can jazz this up with two glass flutes from The Dollar Tree, a split of champagne and a small string of clear Christmas lights.
I'm linking to

Inspire Me Monday Week 49
Between Naps on the Porch


  1. OA those are just the cutest! What an original gift idea! (Kath aka Maximavswife)

  2. I love this idea! Would be a great New Year's Day party favor! (Or anytime for that matter!) I'm pinning this, and would love permission to use your poem. May I?

    1. Heather,
      You're right. This is a good present anytime. Easy to change the color scheme and number of party attendees provided for. Thought it might be a good thing to send a college freshman who might be spending their first birthday away from family.

      Of course, you are more than welcome to use the poem.


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