Mastering Party Favors

My friend Kathy is one of those wonderful people who can elevate any celebration beyond the norm, make everyone feel special and magically make it seem effortless.

Kathy’s sister, Debbi, was preparing to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband, Steve. They had recently lost both of Steve’s parents, so the pending celebration became more than just their anniversary, but rather a celebration of family. All of Debbi’s and Steve’s six siblings and spouses (plus a few extras) joined them for a long weekend in Bermuda.

Kathy & Debbi’s parents could not attend due to their own health issues, so be sure to check out my Flat Family & Friends post to see how Kathy included Bill & Betty in the party.

Kathy wanted to surprise her sister with a special way to mark the occasion. The expected would be a highlight video. But remember, this is Kathy we’re talking about. So….

At dinner, at each place setting was this:

When the moment was right, Kathy instructed the party to open their party favors in unison and – VOILA! – customized viewmasters with pictures of the happy couple’s life together!

What a fun way to tell an abbreviated story of Debbi & Steve! No technology required, AND everyone gets a souvenir to take it home.

Kathy raves about Image3d, a family-owned company in Oregon.  She was thrilled that it took just 7 pictures to build a reel.

See Debbi and Steve have three teenage sons. We can all imagine the dubious results of asking teen boys to find some old snapshots, scan and e-mail them to their aunt, and, oh, do all this without Mom or Dad’s help or knowledge.

Kathy added all the text she wanted while also choosing the font and color. She chose the color of the viewmasters and had the face imprinted to mark the occasion. They arrived a few short days later all beautifully packaged in individual white gift boxes. All Kathy had to do then was add a bright festive ribbon around each box.

LOVING THIS!

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