Scrapbook Party Ideas
Have you ever though about throwing a scrapbook party? If you happen to have an entourage of friends that are all caught up in the art form you’d be crazy not to want to put together a scrapper shindig. If so you’ll certainly want to know what goes into it! Like any idea it takes planning though 🙂
One of the best ideas yet – with more than 26 million Americans who partake in the arts of snipping and trimming, you’re sure to find others to respond positively. As well as RSVPing! So let’s get into some great scrapbook party ideas so things go off without a hitch!
Scrapbooking Party Tips: Consider a Theme First
Many parties have gone off amazingly well when planned around a certain theme. That or a special occasion like a birthday, wedding, new baby or what have you. Themes can range from tropical islands to autumn leaves just to name a few examples -it helps to unify your ideas for decorations, ambiance and lighting, materials to use and yes even refreshments and food.
If not a theme -a special occasion is also great -like a birthday, anniversary, graduation. Depending on the occasion in question, all of the guests in attendance can each create a page of their own to include in the book – The guest of honor who will be the lucky recipient of the finished scrapbook album.
Make Sure To Create Some Really Good Invites
Don’t forget, you can use your scrapbook prowess equally to make some dynamite invites to send to everyone on your guest list. You can use a tool like Photoshop for the written tidbit part for the inside with info like the date, time and place, and whether or not to BYOB (bring your own book) as well as supplies.
Invites can be in the form of email and strictly electronic, or cards – I did the “rough and dirty” infographic above to demonstrate all the important elements of a good card invite to show how they go together. I used PicMonkey, my favorite graphic tool -there’s a gazillion layouts that would be perfect for anyone with invite cards in mind.
I talk about card elements more in an earlier post; but don’t forget the essentials, what should you bring and what will be furnished, and of course, a warm greeting too.
Creating an Atmosphere
Whatever the occasion or theme involved, don’t forget the ambiance is really going to make your party a big smash. Decoration should sync up with things that represent the occasion, and ambient lighting Don’t forget music too – the right kind of background music can help set the right tone for creative endeavors. I know I’m always listening to something when I’m working on a project 🙂
While we are on the subject of lighting, you can’t go wrong with this idea if you need one in a pinch! All you need are a string of little midget Christmas lights and some ideas to get started.
Favors, Games and Prizes
Offering incentives are another great way to add fun to the atmosphere. Include games in the lineup to motivate your guests a little and consider offering prizes to the best page that matches X category like funniest, most detailed, etc. Or you can include progressive layouts in which each attendee works on the pages of the guests one at a time the end result will be a great book with a page that everyone has worked on.
Favors are another great idea to include in your repertoire-who doesn’t like the thought of receiving a little gift? Offer each of your guests something special and small like a sticker pack, stamp, or card. Try to make sure your gifts match the theme or occasion of the party too. A little thoughtfulness of this nature can go a long way!
Don’t Forget Refreshments Too 🙂
If you really want to have an unforgettable time, make sure that you have snacks and sweet treats on hand! Be sure to have one table reserved as a buffet table for all your goodies as well as plates, utensils, napkins and beverages can go on. You’ll definitely be going the extra mile with a nice array of goodies to snack on and enjoy!
Sweet and simple can include a cake, pie, cupcakes (not many people are going to say no to dessert lol) and finger foods as well, things like mini quiches, cocktail smokies, homemade sausage balls (all of these are things I have made btw.)
Throw a Surprise Scrapbook Party!
Is a big mega-occasion coming up with a loved one, like a milestone birthday or anniversary (30th, 40th, 50th, etc.), retirement, or moving away? Consider hosting a surprise party – more will probably go into it that one that you orchestrate with invites, but the memories can last a lifetime.
You may have many more other considerations such as the location -like a conference or banquet room at a hotel, which would have to be booked. This is something that should probably be started a year in advance, giving you enough time to work out the kinks. Are you thinking of hiring a band or entertainer for the event? All of which are things that take special planning and preparation.
You can send invitations via email (also known as “e-vites”) which are a good way to get the ball rolling without the guest of honor not knowing. (Don’t forget, the invites are something that can be later on saved to include in the scrapbook!)
Don’t forget, photos of the event from start to finish, will become an endearing part of the scrapbook album and sure to be treasured, when the guest sees the lavish effort that went into the planning!
So I hope these ideas will provide you of what goes into a great scrapbook party. Be mindful as it takes pretty much the same amount of effort and planning as any other party event. If you’ve ever played hostess before some of these tips may come as no surprise as they are on the list of every successful party. Happy Scrapbooking!