I was so proud of the "party favor" that Noah gave out at his Pirate Party that I had to share!
Disclaimer 1: I did not come up with the idea of monogramming a beach towel :) I borrowed it from Kelli @ Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM!
Disclaimer 2: I absolutely did not sew the letters on the towels. I have zero sewing abilities, although I have tried on multiple occassions to master sewing. Maybe one of these days I will take a class and figure it out but for this project I had to outsource to my mom. I just knew there was nothing else she'd rather do as she wrapped up her summer vacation :) I do think it's very ironic that the only two pictures I took of the towels before I packaged them up were "T" and "J" which happen to be my mom's initials. I love when stuff like that happens!
I did, however, come up with the idea and execute it myself for the bag tags! Any chance I have to use my Cricut machine, I am all over it. I love that thing even though I really don't know its full capabilities. It is very easy to use and Noah loves to experiment with it right alongside me. We even got a Batman cartridge!
I thought long and hard about how to package these up. Last year we also gave towels (but they were just generic towels from the waterpark where we held his party) and I just tied some ribbon around them. I wanted to do something different this year but time wasn't on my side. I ended up grabbing a bulk pack of brown gift bags from Michaels and they worked out perfectly!
Here is the finished product on the day of the party:
I got the towels from Target for $3.25 a towel. They're just large bath towels and they worked really well in my opinion. I would have rathered beach towels but I didn't have a lot of time to run around looking for them and after trying three other stores, I gave up and took the easy route. With a little more time, I could have ordered beach towels online and they would have turned out more like I envisioned but I was really happy with the finished product regardless!
I found the fabric for the letters at Joann's. Clearly I am clueless when it comes to measuring fabric because I thought I'd need two yards for the 13 towels we made. Let's just say I have most of it left over. I probably only needed a half of a yard. I'm sure Noah will find a use for the rest.
The little stickers on the bag say "Pirate Treasure from Noah". I ordered these from tinyprints and I love them! This was my first time ordering from tinyprints but it definitely won't be my last. I ordered the invitations, address labels, thank you cards and party favor stickers from there and I can't say enough about each item. High quality and exceeded my expectations! I will say that they are a bit pricey but I was really happy with their product so it lessened the blow ;)
Thanks for the idea, Kelli! Noah's friends (okay...really Noah's friends' moms) were raving about them!