We held our banquet last night, and I think everything went ok. I'm going to show you some of the items I made for the banquet.
First of all, our theme was "A Recipe for Friendship" and the color scheme was red, black and white. I played off the baking theme to come up with our decorations and favors.
The first thing I made was mini-recipe books. I had the ladies in the church give me some of their favorite recipes and I then typed them up and bound them into little books. Each lady received one as a party favor. Here's a picture -
I used the chipboard coasters for the covers and my bind-it-all machine to bind them all together. I used the "fat chef" from the Voila Stamp set throughout my decorations. I even put him on the invitation postcards I had made. It took me, with the help of my husband, daughter and mother-in-law about 4 hours to put these all together.
For the program, I made fans. The "fat chef" is again on the front and the program itself is typed on the back.
To decorate the tables, I ordered bud vases of red and white flowers with a black ribbon. I wished I had thought to take a picture of the table after they were all done. Anyway, I set the flowers in the center of the table and on one end of the table, I had small mixing bowls (red and black of course) filled with candy. On the other end of each table, I had either salt and pepper shakers filled with M&M's and a recipe holder or I put a small carton of plastic eggs. Here's a picture of the recipe holder.As part of the program, we had a scavenger hunt. The ladies had a list of items they had to scavenge in their purses for. The winner of the scavenger hunt received a prize. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture what it is - I used the same kind of bowl as I used on the tables for decorations, and I put in the bowl a dish towel (with the fat chef on it), I made more recipe books (only these had blank recipe cards in them), a wisk, and covered peppermint patties. I put it all in a cellophane bag and tied it up with ribbon.
And last but not least, I had to have a favor for all the girls that came. So I made these little tote bags and filled them with candy and a bracelet.
So now you see why I haven't posted in a while. Tomorrow night I have to go back to church to help get some things ready for our last night of Seekers (our kids program) which is Wednesday night. Then Thursday I have stamp club - that really sneaked up on me. So maybe this weekend I will have some time to catch up things.