Friday, August 12, 2011

Happiness is an old fashioned bon voyage party


Do you know somebody who is relocating? It’s obviously on my mind these days and it sounds like a wonderful excuse for a party,  don’t you think? Here are some pictures for inspiration.

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An invitation sets the tone. You could also incorporate color copies of a map showing the new location on your invitation….

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Or use an old photo with simple buttons and fabric.

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I love sprucing up old fashioned crepe paper. It’s cheap and colorful and so happy looking!

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Or, you could use balloon garlands…

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Here’s a simple garland using vintage postcards. You could use postcards with your party theme, maybe images of the new city? Or you could buy a bunch of postcards and have guests write messages on them. Later you can send these to the guest of honor at the new place.

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This is a cute idea. Incorporating a vintage typewriter for guests to add their personal wishes. Placing these in an album with photos from the party would be a sweet gift.

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You could set a colorful table outside if weather permits. Bright ribbons are used to tie the silverware and  mismatched placemats and lots of pillows create an old fashioned, comfy look.

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And don’t forget the food. What about these ideas for an outdoor party?

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And don’t forget to decorate with pictures. Here’s one idea if your setting is outside, plus, the guest of honor can take the pictures to their new home.

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Now, if only I had the time….

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