Monday, July 13, 2009

DIY Picnic

Whether it's your wedding reception, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday, etc., what better way to celebrate summer than with a picnic. Of course if you have it catered, most caterers will be happy to package the food how you ask. But if you are the do-it-yourself type, here are the supplies you will need to create this picnic lunch:
1. Full sheets of label paper, purchased for $5 at Office Supply Store

2. Colored Tissue Paper, purchased for $2
3. White Food Bags from Paper Mart, the cost is only $.10 each!
4. Gable Boxes from Paper Mart at $.45 Each
5. Ribbon from Paper Mart for $3
6. Labels for lunch box from Office Depot

Step 1: Design Most of the work is done in this step. These designs were made on Adobe Illustrator using different royalty-free images. You can go to websites like or your local library or bookstore for designs to reference. If you have a designer or a friend that is a designer it is great to have someone with expertise help but Adobe also offers 30-day free trials of their software so if you really wanted to do it yourself and learn the software program, that is an option too. Although they aren't as detailed there are other programs like Microsoft Paint that can get the job done.
Step 2: Print The labels were printed on label shapes but for the larger label on the gable box, print the design on a full sheet of label paper and then cut them out with exacto knifes. The paper bags can be fed directly through your laser or inkjet printer just like you would print an envelope.

Step 3: Assemble If you are having your caterer help, make sure they understand your vision. It's always good to have one assembled beforehand so they understand what you want. If you are doing it yourself, call your friends and family and have a get together a week or two before the big day so you can apply labels. The day before, the food can all be assembled and refrigerated.

Step 4: Sit back and relax! Watch the guests as they enjoy all the extra special touches.
Of course the colors can be changed to coordinate with your event.

Peace and Blessings,

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