Entry Decor: As a parting gift for Michelle, I made this welcome mat for her new house. I looked up some tutorials for how to do it, and it didn't seem too difficult, so I gave it a try. I started with the outline around the sides using blue painter's tape to tape off the area. Then I used black house paint that I already had from our Ho Ho Home Depot monthly dinner and a paint brush to put the paint on. The tape did not stick well to this uneven surface, so I was nervous it would bleed, but it didn't!! Just go slowly and carefully. I did 3 coats.
For the letters, I used my Cricut to make stencils and measured carefully where to place them on the mat so that it was spaced properly. This took the most time. Then I used the brush to paint on again.
I love how this turned out. I can't wait to make a mat for our front door someday in all my free time!
Table Decor: I used a red tablecloth and cut out the state of Texas from a map I got from AAA. Everything else I used on the centerpiece I borrowed.
My mom had the red, white, and blue flowers. My neighbors used to live in Texas, so I asked them if they had anything I could borrow. They had the license plates (perfect) and the coasters! Another friend of mine had a "Don't Mess with Texas" deck of cards, so I set some of those out on the table.
For place cards, I used my Cricut to cut out the state of Texas large enough to fit inside my dinner plates. I added each of the guest's name and a heart for the area in Texas where our friend is moving.
Check out my napkins! They are just plain blue napkins that I set a piece of red and a piece of white cardstock on for the stripes. The star is a party favor I helped my mom make for her last UMW meeting. It is just two 2" white stars I cut out with my Cricut, a 1"x 4" strip of white cardstock folded into a triangle, and then I glued the stars to the front and back of the triangle. I stuck a Hershey kiss inside the triangle for added fun. Then set it on the napkin.
With the leftover map sections from the AAA map, I made a Texas Bound banner. Nothing fancy -- it even has the folds of the map still in it, but it worked.
Instead of wine glasses, I used mason jars to fit with the theme. I cut out small California and Texas state silhouettes in red, white, and blue for wine charms. I tied them around the glasses with twine and added a gingham ribbon bow.
The wine bottle labels I made to match the theme as well. Nothing too elaborate, but I like the Texas-shaped wine glass and the Texas flag wine bottle.
Menu: The menus was some finger-lickin' Texas BBQ. My husband grilled chicken and we lathered it with BBQ sauce. He also grilled some ribs after I added a rub to them. I used a delicious Texas-Style Dry Rib Rub. Mixed it together and rubbed it on the ribs right before placing them on the grill.
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Slices of watermelon added a sweetness to the meal.
For dessert, I wanted to stay simple and light, but still match the theme. I bought frozen pie crust and cut it into stars before sprinkling it with cinnamon and sugar and popping it in the oven to bake and crisp up. I then topped it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a strawberry, and a couple blueberries. Simple and delicious.
Favor: My mom always makes a homemade Chex Mix when our family travels anywhere. I have started to do the same for my family's road trips. For the favor, I filled mason jars with this Chex Mix, but I renamed it TEX mix. A gingham bow and label on top, and the favor was done.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please comment, so can hear your favorite touches from this party!