I’m not one to plan out every detail to a party. I prefer my parties to be fairly laid back and casual. To me the perfect party has a few activities, lots of good food and great drink, and a planned out party space that encourages mingling. However, when I am doing more structured events, events venues that I’ve reserved for a certain amount of time, or events on weeknights, I tend to plan things out just a bit more clearly. My recent Hey Girl – Ryan Gosling themed birthday party was on a weeknight at a friend’s house. I knew that having it over at a certain time would be good for everyone involved. I also wanted to draw attention to the different activities that I had planned, so I created this agenda to work partially as an extra decor item as well as pointing out the evening plan.
The first item on the evening’s agenda included leaving the guest of honor a note in her guest book! I love guest books and variations on guest books because they give the guest of honor a way to remember the people at their event.
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I found this amazing “Hey Girl” Flexi Journal by Chronicle Books on Amazon and bought it up right away. The journal is filled with little drawn images of Ryan Gosling with quote bubbles. I encouraged guests to write messages in each of the quote bubbles so that in the future, as Macey filled out her journal, she’d be greeted with happy messages from friends!
When I got to thinking of the whole “Hey Girl” Meme for the Ryan Gosling themed party the ideas sort of over-took my brain. I wanted to do SO much. But, as I advise every bride/diy event planner … I started out with lots of ideas and then began to narrow them down. The favor idea was one of my FAVORITE ideas, so I spent some time figuring out the best way to go about it. I loved the idea of giving guests tea towels (who doesn’t need more of those!?) that were a simple black and white that had a “Hey Girl” message of “Hey girl, let me dry those dishes for you.”
My first attempt at making these tea towels did NOT go well. I was determined to screen press the tea towels. I borrowed my friend Suzannah’s Ryonet home screen printing press and tried following her tutorial and the Ryonet YouTube tutorial. The whole process is very, very involved. The kit included everything I needed and the instructions were great! But, I didn’t give myself near enough time or room for error. It was one of those DIY fails that just really sucks. After I dried my tears of frustration, I scrapped the screen printing idea and went with the iron on transfer method.
I typically don’t enjoy the way the iron on transfer looks on fabrics. There is usually a line around the image that is slightly more glossy than I want. When the paper gets too hot it can yellow. Also, I never know how long it will last. I was pretty thrilled with the way these tea towels turned out though and would recommend the iron-on transfer as an easy way to make these. Follow the instructions on the iron on transfer paper.
Download my Hey Girl Tea Towel print and get started! Image of Ryan Gosling was licensed under CC 2.0 — sourced via Raffi Asdourian . I then modified the image. Tutorial coming!
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And, just because I thought this would also make for a cute framed print above a drying rack in the kitchen I also made an 8×10 printable. Click here to download you own free Ryan Gosling themed printable!
Love the idea but just don’t wanna make your own tea towels? These sketched tea towels by Dear Colleen are AMAZING and would make for a fantastic gift! They’d be a better quality and have THREE images of Ryan Gosling… so, there is that too!
(PS. I will give screen printing a shot again sometime soon.)
(PPS. Ryan, if you’re reading this… first, EEEEE! Second, we share because we love your work and enjoy the meme. Will take down with a note from you! )
Remember the lovely couple that got married at VooDoo Too!? We wanted to all get together a week after the wedding and celebrate the union. We decided to have a casual get together with a bit of a comic book theme. I wanted bright colors and lots of quote bubbles throughout the party. We also really wanted to play off all of the bright colors from the wedding and include the wedding photos that I shot.
I only used items that I found in my own house to create the party. We used post-it notes, scrap paper, yellow sticker paper and my printer for most of the DIY decorations. Below are some of the photos from the party. Enjoy!
The decor was all DIY from items that I could find around the apartment. My favorite part of the party was the post-it wall background for the food table. Using a tutorial found on-line I created four bright colored hearts from post-it notes alone. (The tutorial was from Mental Hygiene and was for something much more complicated then what I did!)
I also decorated with good old fashioned paper chains that I created with scrap paper and glue. I made the chains with cardstock and hot glue to make them more sturdy (they are now hanging above my bed as a type of free-form art piece!)
The banner was made using the font “SF Slapstick Comic” found on DaFont.com.
Dessert was mini cupcakes decorated in an array of neon colored frosting and comic-style cupcake picks. They looked adorable stacked up on my homemade cakestands.
The bar was decorated with photos from the wedding along with Comic-style signs. I used cardstock to create frames for the photos and gave the framed photos as favors to guests.
And, the really give the party a bit of fun I added silly signs throughout the party in quote bubbles to help guide guests around the food table.