For Maggie's bridal shower, the girls chose a Mad Men theme. Vintage-inspired cocktail appetizers, punch and of course, outfits! Erin made the cutest invitation using a Paper Source printable. Inside the mailing envelope she sent along a recipe card to fill out and bring back.
With no time to spare, we decided last minute to decorate a plain white chef's apron using the invitation and graphic orange spots. The idea was that guests would sign it, but with everything going on, it got lost in the shuffle once the party started. That's okay, she has a sweet apron for the kitchen.
It figures too that I decided to snap the how-to photos a bit late, but here's how I did it.
Using PhotoShop, I scanned the invitation, adjusted and then cut and pasted the orange dots onto an enlarged jpeg image canvas. I dropped some new text onto a few of the dots. Then I printed a test, fiddled with it again and finally printed the whole perfect page onto an 8.5 x 11" inkjet printer cotton sheet (Staples).
I peeled off the paper backing and ironed the printed cotton page onto a cut-to-size piece of Heat'nBond iron-on adhesive backing. With the paper backing still in tact from the HnB, I cut out the invitation with pinkers and used regular scissors to cut out the dots.
With the apron pressed and ready, I put it on the table and played around with a layout for the invitation and dots. I wanted them to look like they were cascading out of the invitation.
I peeled the backing away from the HnB and used the iron to press and bond the fabric invitation and dots to the apron front as planned.
Pretty easy and no surprises - everything did just what it's supposed to do! It would have been so awesome if her friends could have signed it and written things around the dots - or along the hemline. But it turns out that the recipe cards came back to her with lots of words of wisdom, lovely notes and favorite family recipes. Mo made a beautiful scrapbook with all the recipe cards. Maggie will cherish that forever.
And, without a doubt, the apron will come in handy because she LOVES to cook! (Hey- they can sign it when they come over for dinner ;)
Thanks for all the kind words about Mary's handmade wedding invitation. I knew you would like that. We're getting so excited! Doesn't she look fantastic? That's her grandmother Betty's beaded cocktail top from the 60's!
Sparkling! And happy - yes, she is so happy!