Personalised Party Bags

DSC_0001Another birthday party — I am feeling quite the party planner at the moment.  My two favourite parts of the planning process are the cake (I love baking and eating!) and the party bags. I always set myself a budget per bag and try to stretch it as far as possible.  My current thing is to try and make the bags themselves part of the gift, something to reuse.  I was really lucky that I could utilise the post-Christmas sales to find sweet little wicker baskets for my daughter’s birthday but my son’s birthday required a bit more imagination.

In my search for inspiration I stumbled upon the Carrier Bag Shop and found these cotton shopping bags, which were less then 50p each (when buying 25).  An idea was formed. Having fixed my printer the day before (it was broken for over a year and I finally found a small toy had been inserted deep into the feed tray – grrrrr!) I remembered some HP Iron-on Transfer printer paper I had bought ages ago and never tried out.  I just chose a fun font (Rosewood std for any Mac users) and bright colours and typed the name of each child as big as I could so it would stretch across the length of the page.  Then I flipped the image (it is important to do this so when it is transferred it reads the right way round) and printed.  Then all that had to be done was to iron it on — as simple as that.

I was really pleased with the results and each child got their own personalised bag for under a £1.

p.s. Love these stripy bags from Carrier bag Shop — so chirpy to make up little treat bags!

Mo. x


Comments (9)

March 18, 2010

Thanks for the idea! It’s great! t’s weird the idea of ironing paper, but I’d like to try 🙂

March 18, 2010

How do you Flip the image on a Mac?

March 19, 2010

Hi Jessica

I’ve been looking into this – I did it through Photoshop (I’ve just got Photoshop Elements, which is a slimmed down version but great for my amateur needs (and its well priced at around £70)) – anyway I’ve been having a play around to see how else you could do it – I can’t find a way to do it in iphoto but if you have Powerpoint you can do it – if you import the picture into a slide then bring up the formatting palette (under view), then choose the size, rotation and ordering tab – there is the option to flip an image horizontally or vertically under the rotation symbol – you want to flip horizontally to get text as a mirror image.

March 18, 2010

Great idea! I may just implement this for my daughter’s bday party in a month!

March 18, 2010

All it’s very nice and there are very good ideas….kisses

March 19, 2010

I have to say, this is a FAB idea – and for that price, really incredible! Thanks for the tip! x

March 19, 2010

Lovely idea!! Thanks!!!
Oh, and Jessica, it’s easy to flip an image in Photoshop, but not sure what other program would allow you to do it?

March 20, 2010

Great, thank you! I’m going to work on it this weekend! Thanks for the idea – I love it!

March 21, 2010

What a great idea! thanks for sharing.

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