Today I thought I would share some photos of the occasion. Be WARNED... there are lots of photos although I have tried to make some composites.
This is the pretty invitation Emma put together
It is a green scroll topped with a frog on a stick and a ribbon and tag for the recipient. The invitations are all hand delivered and the inside contains the information about the church and the venue for the party. Our daughter had a fairy tale prince theme in green and blue with frogs and crowns for the after Baptism celebration. The baptism took place in Crete where it is usual to make something that the Greeks call Bouboniera. These are "favours" containing sugared almonds. and she chose THE most difficult bouboniera to make!
A Frog on a stick like the one on the invitation (remove the frog and the raffia bow and discard the stick)
60cm of heavy guage wire
70 cm wide turquoise ribbon
35 cm green organza ribbon
35 cm yellow satin ribbon
35 cm blue cord
50 cm medium turquoise ribbon
4 x 10 cm squares of green netting
4 x 25 cm lengths of blue cord
1 yellow bead
1 little eye charm to ward off evil
4 sugared almonds
and a key ring
REPEAT 240 TIMES AND ALLOW 100 HOURS FOR MAKING!!!
Just in case you didn't get that - Emma spent days cuting the 240 lengths of the wide turquoise ribbon and making the hoops by winding the wire around a candle and I needed to cut 240 lengths each of the thinner turquoise, the green and the yellow ribbons, 960 squares of netting and 1200 pieces of blue cord!!!
Emma made most of the hoops and glued on the frogs and bows in advance of our arrival but Tom wound ribbons around at least 40 of the hoops and I stuck on the same number of frogs and raffia bows.
Cutting ribbons and cord and threading the beads and charms took me two days and I had bandaids on four of my fingers by the end because the cord was cutting into them.
Emma wanted the green and yellow ribbon to have a little loop at the top before tying the cord with the bead and charm on it around. I found a broom handle came in handy for this.
After glueing the ribbons to the hoop, one of the local lads helped us for a while tieing the almonds into the netting.
Then I had to tie them individually to the hoops before adding the final turquoise ribbon with a keyring.
Here are the finished articles all hanging prettily on two trees.
Tom painted some wicker balls on which Emma strung ribbons and we hung from the trees
Emma filled some vases with coloured gravel, netting, candy canes and more sweets.
She bought candle holders for the tables but because the colour of some of the embellishment on them was the wrong blue - she painted them turquoise over the top!!!
She tied 240 ribbons around napkins topped with a punched crown and she had even painted blue and green "gems" on the crowns!!! There were wooden frogs and crowns for added decoration and Emma also made large hoops with a central froggy image festooned with ribbons, you can see them hanging from the trees in the final photos which are taken at the venue which we decorated with fabric and some really spectacular balloons. The entrance also held a stand (made by our son-in-law) for a guest book, and lanterns all decorated by Emma. Here are the final piccies:
Our Grandson with his proud parents (his Daddy is holding him), the Godfather and priest. The baby didn't even cry!!!
The party venue:
Emma looking out of this world beautiful
Tommy and me
Even the wine bottles were customised, courtesy of the photoshopping skills of our son-in-law.
I did warn you that there were a lot of pictures!!!!
Sorry I haven't been visiting recently...now you know why!!!