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
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.
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
Our Grandson with his proud parents (his Daddy is holding him), the Godfather and priest. The baby didn't even cry!!!
The party venue:
Even the wine bottles were customised, courtesy of the photoshopping skills of our son-in-law.