I've told you all about the October 2011 Brown Bag night. We talked about the decorations and set up, the people, the food, the prizes, and even how to make the Simple Bows.
But we haven't talked about THE actual Brown Bags.
So let's hit it!
Each Brown Bag contained the following:
1. Business card/ coupon for 30% off a photoshoot with Belle Photography
2. A (super basic) instruction card on how to make the Simple Bows
(Made from old cereal boxes.)
3. A flyer for the upcoming November Brown Bag (yippee!)
4. Business card for Each Peach Boutique
5. Business card for Sew Much Ado
6. Free exam and consultation for Lane Ave Chiropractic
(I love my chiropractor, what can I say?)
7. Adoption cards from Richard and Emily
(see their adoption profile)
8. Cookies for the husbands (printable below)
9. Business cards with a sample button from my shop, From The Red Kitchen
11. My personal business cards
12. Brown Bag clothespins (printed by hand--tutorial below)
13. A Simple Bow
(Actually, everybody went home with two--one they made and one made by someone else.)
There's something really fun about getting lots of little samples, business cards, and goodies all bundled up for friends to take home. I loved the way my little sample cards turned out--such a fun assortment of natural tones and bright colors.
I also had fun decorating the "Brown Bag" clothespins and playing around with a fun new customizeable stamping tool I bought a couple months ago after reading this post.
Should you ever have any desire to print on clothespins,
here's a quick how-to:
You'll need a pack of clothespins (I buy mine at the dollar store), and this customizeable stamping set (I bought mine at Staples).
Arrange the letters backwards of how you want them to read on the clothespin.
Insert the ink pad into the stamp and test it out on a piece of paper.
Stamp onto your clothespin.
And you're done!
Some of my clothespins turned out better than others.
They all looked fine right after I stamped them, but the ink started to bleed on some of them after they had been sitting for a little while.
Through trial and error, I found that they turned out better if I pressed the stamp onto the clothespin just long for all the letters to be clear, but no longer (i.e. quick stamps here, people).
Also, I didn't re-ink in between each clothespin. It was just too much ink and that's part of what made some of them bleed.
If you do this yourself, just play around with it a little. You'll get the hang of it.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions though. :)
And, last but not least, I also had fun packaging up some goodies for each guest to take home to her husband.
I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies ahead of time.
Since I made the cookies slightly smaller than normal (Shh! Don't tell the husbands!), one batch made 60 cookies, enough for each husband to have two.
Or enough for the ladies to sneak one on the way home and still have something to give her husband. :)
I made these kind of as an afterthought, but I'm glad I did.
Several of the women told me that their husbands appreciated the cookies.
Apparently some kids don't go down to sleep so well when their moms are off partying and making bows.
Apparently cookies help make up for a miserable night with just dad.
My genuine thanks to all the husbands and dads who took over for the night so we could party. :)
Should any of you have a similar need to keep your friends' husbands happy so you ladies can party, you're welcome to use the free printable of my cookie tags below.
Here's a quick how-to for the tags:
- Print PDF (below)
- Cut tags using a 2" circle punch
- Use an 1/8" hole punch to punch the little hole at the top of the tag
- Insert string and tie onto cookies.
Please note that this printable is for personal use only.
Cookie Tags Printable (for Your Husband So He'Ll Let You Keep Coming!) - Made by Katie Lewis - Copyright 20...
All in all, it was a bit of work getting the bags together.
But it was fun work.
I had a great time testing out new methods and using fun new tools.
I'm really happy with how the bags turned out.
What do you think?