Birthday Party Favors

A Birthday Party for Sue

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

I was born into a household with 3 older brothers.  And I loved them.  A lot. But as soon as I was old enough to ask, I started requesting that my mom and dad add a baby sister to our family so that I would not be the lone girl.  And my mother’s response was always the same: “if someone leaves a baby girl on the doorstep, we’ll keep her.  How’s that?”  Finally, when I was 5 years old, my baby sister Sue was born.  And I adored her.  I spent countless hours playing with her, reading to her, and comforting her when she was upset.  So her birthday has always been a special event for me.  This year my daughter and I schemed together and organized a little birthday party for her.  We invited 2 of her best friends, and booked a gourmet olive oil/balsamic vinegar tasting party and luncheon at a local boutique.  If you’re not familiar with these, they are kind of like a wine tasting for foodies.  You can look at a link HERE.  Anyway, I wanted to make a little birthday party favor for each guest to take home and decided to put together a little file folder notebook so we could write down our favorite pairings, recipe suggestions and the like.

The base folder is made with heavy weight red cardstock.  I printed out the cute file folder design on the front from my Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen Kit, sizing it so that I could fit a junior legal pad on the inside.  Then I loaded them up with ribbon to make them really cute!

To keep with the kitschy color scheme of the project, I layered a double row of 5/8″ wide black plaid ribbon, using Scor-Tape to hold it in place.  I wrapped it around the sides of the file folder before I glued the front onto the base so that the edges would be nice and neat.   I added a layer of Red Canvas Color Band Ribbon in between the two rows of black plaid ribbon.  This was a quick and easy way to create a border on each folder.


The aprons were fussy cut from Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps and popped up on foam adhesive dots.  A pretty double bow made from 3/8″ Red Plaid Ribbon was topped with a loopy bow made with red and black burlap string.  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All to tie all my bows. And of course, I topped it off with a cherry button!

Inside, I created a slash pocket on the left.  I topped my junior legal pad with Midnight Waves Striped Grograin Ribbon. Again, I ran my Scor-Tape around to the back of the pad and wrapped the ribbon ends behind so that they look nice and neat and will not fray.

To create the base folder, I just trimmed my red cardstock to measure 8″ wide x 10 3/4″ I scored it on the long side at 5″ and again at 5 1/4″, then folded to form the booklet.  Easy peasy!

The ribbons and trims made this quick and easy project “party ready.”  Oh, and the party was soooo much fun!  Here a few pictures for you to enjoy!

Sue's Birthday 2015 01This is me, with my sweet baby sis!

Sue's Birthday 2015 02And a happy birthday kiss.

Sue's Birthday 2015 08Getting the food table ready.  I created a salad bar, and we had beautiful breads from La Farm Bakery to dip into homemade pesto or vinegar and oil.

Sue's Birthday 2015 04Everyone loved having a little notebook to keep track of their favorite oil/vinegar combinations.  And the wine was tasty, too!

Sue's Birthday 2015 05Here we are, all together.  My older daughter, Liz is on the left, then Sue’s best friend Laura, Susie and me.  Sadly, one of the guests was stuck at the airport and had to miss this fun event.  These grown up birthday party favors were a hit, and I hope you’ll have a chance to use the idea at an event of your own soon.

Thanks for stopping by!



7 thoughts on “Birthday Party Favors

  1. soozyb2013

    GREAT idea. Love to try it sometime, maybe with a journal or knitting group notes and things. 🙂

  2. JudyB

    Sweet idea Kathy. I had 4 sisters, but sadly 2 have passed away. That makes the last 2 very special to me. Nothing beats the love of a sister. I really love the cheery look of these cute little notebooks. Thanks for sharing.

  3. LuvtoKraft

    How much fun was that! What a super way to celebrate your little sis’s big day and the party favor notebooks are so cheery and pretty. What a loving big sis you are, Kathy!

  4. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, you are blessed to have a sister, I haven’t either sister or brother. A wonderful idea to have the tea party and favors, I love the note book to keep as a memorie.This is a darling kit. How did you know i would love the connection to the web for the special oils and vinagers? that add so much to salad and other foods. A super sister, an a super party, with super friends an family. bless you all..

  5. ncguygirl

    Thanks again, Sis and Liz, this was such a fun (and delicious) party! I thoroughly enjoyed it! The party favors were awesome, too, and will continue to be enjoyed! <3 you

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