Miss Party had to split this post, so this is a continuation of “GLAM Your Glass!”, Part 1.
When you have a pretty firm idea of your guest count, it’s time to make a run to the craft store. Have a rough estimate of your budget in mind for your station. It’s pretty hard to contain yourself once you’re in the store! You can do a full-blown embellishment station that includes both embellishments and wine glass charms, or just offer one or the other if you want to keep the cost down, or just don’t have space. Figure most ladies will use 3-5 embellishments and do 2-3 wine glass charms, men 1 embellishment or 1 wine glass charm. How much you spend can vary widely, as with so many projects. Be sure to check clearance areas, too!
Definitely have available:
2 or 3 boxes of 1/4″ glue dots, allow 3-5 dots per guest
gold and silver 3/4″ wire earring hoops with loop closures (in jewelry findings section), allow 3 per female guest, 1 per male, plus some extra
1 small needle-nosed pliers (in jewelry tools section)
Suggested embellishments to look for:
Round beads 3mm-6mm size in your party’s colors or home decor colors, jewelry charms (themed or not), alphabet letter beads, scrapbooking paper, fabric or ribbon flowers, mini butterflies, jeweled “doo-dads”, paper leaves, typewriter letters, scrabble letters, scrapbooking antiqued metal objects, self-stick jewels, flat-backed buttons, or flattened glass marbles (you’ll come across lots of other options, too). Martha Stewart’s new spring line of paper flowers are exquisite and absolutely perfect for this activity, albeit a titch pricey. (Just get enough to mix in with everything else to get the look.)
*Miss Party suggests you stay away from paper-backed stickers (three-dimensional paper stickers with a small double-stick strip or dot are perfect though, they’re what you DO want) as they will be difficult to remove, as opposed to glue dots which are very easily removed from glass.
4. Purchase or gather supplies for the station:
small bead containers, one per type or color of beads
1 platter or tray with a small raised lip or edge for the wine glass charm set-up to use as a work space and to catch runaway beads
containers, plates, or platters for embellishments (a tiered plate rack works very well for guests to see their options easily)
1 4-7″container for waste
1 3-4″container to hold rolls of glue dots
For the most cohesive look, limit using different types of containers as much as you can. Using only one or two colors of container does the same job. Something like these plastic mini serving bowls will do the trick nicely.
5. Several days before your event, remove all the packaging from your embellishments and organize your supplies. Miss Party also recommends prepping as much as you can ahead. Gather everything you will need for this station and set aside until the event.
6. On the day of the party, set up your station next to your glasses, do up a few sample glasses so guests get the idea. Provide a small trash container. Replenish supplies and clean up glue dot backing papers as needed during the party.
Do up really fun glasses for yourself and any other host/hostesses ahead, you won’t have time once the party begins. Doing a few ahead, also encourages your guests to participate in the activity. At the end of the evening, pull off the embellishments and save what you can for future projects. If the glue dots give you any residue trouble, use a goo-remover type of product and residue will come right off.
If you give this a try or already have, post your ideas and tips to think about! Miss Party would love to hear your details!