DIY Chalkboard Wine Glasses

My little sister got married three weeks ago (aaah, I can’t believe it’s been that long already!!).  Since I was the matron of honor I was automatically put in charge of planning the Bridal Shower.  Fortunately B had seven bridesmaids in her wedding so the planning/work/decorating/cost was much better than I could’ve hoped for!  I went into details about the beach-themed shower itself in my last post, here.  This is where I’ll give instructions on the Chalkboard Wine Glasses we handed out to the guests as favors.

Since there was obviously going to be alcohol at the bridal shower (it really is the only thing that makes them bearable isn’t it??), I figured that we’d kill two birds with one stone and have the favors be wine glasses.  And we could jazz them up/make them even more convenient by dipping the stems into chalkboard paint so there wouldn’t be any confusion as to whose was whose at the shower.  I’m brilliant, I know.

First step was securing the wine glasses.  Although the Dollar Tree sells nice large ones for $1, the guest list was in the 30s and I didn’t want to shell out that much money for favors.  We were headed to the DC IKEA to check out some furniture anyway and I saw these online, 6/$4.  Once I got there and looked at them I decided they were way too small, and purchased the SVALKAs instead; 36 glasses for 79 cents each.  Not quite as cheap as I was hoping to go, but still already had chalkboard paint at home from J’s Art Activity Center.  I purchased it off of Amazon about 2 years ago and still had 3/4 of a can left.  diy-chalkboard-wine-glasses-3Last but not least:  some clear cut instructions.  I headed to my go-to, Pinterest.  This tutorial from Scissors and Spatulas had all of the information that I could possibly need.  Armed with some Scotch tape, 36 wine glasses, chalkboard paint, some leftover cardboard, parchment paper, a “paint stick” (which was just an actual stick I found laying in the yard) and an old towel I was ready to rock and roll.

I started by wrapping Scotch tape around the bottom of the cup, where it and the stem meet.  diy-chalkboard-wine-glasses-8I taped the first 6 glasses there, and then decided that was using up entirely too much paint.  The next box of 6 I taped at the bottom, where the stem and flat part (??) meet.  After dipping that box of 6, I decided tape was completely unnecessary.  It was easy to just dip it in and leave it as is.

Instead of pouring the paint into a disposable container and dipping the glass in, I just dipped it straight into the paint held the glass over the paint can for several minutes, waiting for the paint to drip off.  I also used my finger to wipe a bunch of paint off of the underside of the flat part since a bunch of paint gathered in the crevice.  Not only was that a waste of paint, but you don’t look at the bottom of the glass anyway.  That helped the drying process quite a bit.

I was having a lot of problems with bubbles.  Like a lot.  After I pulled the glass out of the paint I looked at it immediately.  If there were a bunch of air bubbles on it, like below, then I would grab the towel and wipe off as much paint as you can tell by the state of my towel, I had to wipe off quite a few glasses before I finally got the bubble situation under

I stirred the paint vigorously with a stick for 25 seconds (it took a lot of trial and error to find the exact number of seconds to stir) and then dip the glass in the paint immediately.  That seemed to do the trick.

After enough paint dripped off I placed the glass right side up on sheets of parchment paper.  diy-chalkboard-wine-glasses-5I let them dry for about 30 minutes and then moved them to a different part of the paper so they wouldn’t stick to it.  I shifted them to different spots 3 times before they were dry enough to flip upside down to dry the rest of the way without how some of them are super messy around the bottom?  This is the reason I started wiping the excess paint off of the bottom.  Otherwise there was way too much and it pooled while drying.  That and I probably left a couple in the same spot for a bit too long, haha.  After they were completely dry I just took some sandpaper and smoothed around the edges.

I ended up doing the wine glasses in 6 batches of 6, which ended up being a brilliant idea.  I learned so much from each batch and was able to make the changes so by the time I got around to the last box I had it down to a science.  These are the things I learned:

  • no need to dip up the whole way up the stem.  It’s a waste of paint and I think the ones with just the bottom done actually look nicer.
  • no need to use tape, especially if only dipping the flat part.  Eyeballing it worked perfectly fine.  And peeling off that tape was a pain in the ass.
  • Bubbles!!!  Swirl swirl swirl, then dip immediately.  And if they do appear, it’s simple to just wipe the paint off with a towel really quickly and redo the glass immediately
  • wipe off the excess paint from the underside of the bottom.  Since the glass kind of tapers up in the middle where the stem is, the paint tends to pool there.  And not only does it take longer to dry, but it drips everywhere.  And if you wipe it off with your finger the paint spreads out thick enough and you can’t even tell it was wiped off.

That was it!  We picked up some paper umbrellas from Five Below to go with the beach theme, threw a baggie of chalk down and the favors were finished!   And they turned out nice enough that people assumed I bought them like that and were astonished when I said I made them.  There’s no bigger compliment!diy-chalkboard-wine-glasses-1




Beach Bridal Shower

My little sister, B, got married about three weeks ago.  Since I was the matron of honor I was in charge of planning the Bridal Shower back in June.  Luckily since she had seven bridesmaids this actually wasn’t too overwhelming or difficult!  It came in handy when dividing up all of the duties, but not so much when making decisions.  That part was actually pretty painful because no one had much of an opinion about anything.  But we eventually got it all figured out…once I sucked it up and just started making decisions myself (which I hate doing!).

The first thing we all agreed on was that we wanted to do a beach theme.  Invitations were first.  After browsing and other websites, and being completely and totally unwilling to pay $40+ for invitations, I finally decided to just design my own.  I found a nice sunset picture I took while we were in Hawaii a few years ago and made that the background.  I added all the pertinent information and bam, done!  I was able to put 2 on a page, emailed my proof to the closest UPS store and picked up my invitations later that day.  Less than $20.  Much better.

(They did not have the grids on them, FYI.  I made the cards in my Silhouette program, and then saved the file as a PDF to send to UPS.  For some reason the grid appears in Preview on my Mac, but not when actually printing them out.)

Before I could make the invitations we had to decide on food.  For awhile I was floating around the idea of doing a “potluck” type shower.  Each guest would bring her favorite entree/appetizer/side dish/dessert, along with a copy of the recipe for the bride to keep.  I liked two things about it:  one, it would give B a recipe foundation; and two, it meant a lot less work for the bridesmaids the morning of.  The one thing holding us back was that when we originally landed on the beach theme we were excited about doing tacos, chips and salsa, etc.  We had to decide ASAP, because if we were doing the potluck I’d need to put it on the invitation.  After a lot of teeth pulling (seriously, all I wanted was a yes or no vote!!) it was finally decided that we would stick with the original menu.

Since the bachelorette party and bridal shower were rolled into one weekend we didn’t have much time to prepare everything.  Instead of doing the traditional “go out and get wasted” thing, we took the bride-to-be up to a nearby lake and spent the weekend at one of the bridesmaids cabin, out on the boat.  It was perfect.  However, we didn’t get to my parents’ house to start preparations until 9 Sunday morning and the shower was kicking off promptly at 1 pm.  Thank goodness Mexican food is quick and easy!

We served hard and soft tortillas, chicken and beef fillings, Mexican rice and the necessary taco toppings:  cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, onions, and jalapeños.  We also had bowls of mango salsa and tortilla chips at each table for the guests to munch on.beach-bridal-shower-food-2beach-bridal-shower-food-4I had two ideas for dessert:  either make a “wedding dress” cupcake cake (like this) or just decorate your own cupcakes.  After a lot more teeth pulling, it was finally decided to go with decorate your own cupcakes.beach-bridal-shower-food-3The next thing we decided on were the decorations.  This was where having a huge bridal shower came in really handy–dividing up the tasks!

Two of the bridesmaids put together the most amazing sign.  They handprinted it!!!  And down in the bottom left corner is a chalkboard square so the bride-to-be could change the countdown.  They didn’t put any specific information on it so that way she can pass it on to future children if she wants to!  What a neat idea.  They also made a sign to cover the bottom board so she could use it at the ceremony as well.  I didn’t take a picture of it, unfortunately, and of course I can’t remember exactly what it said.  But I remember seeing it at the ceremony so I’m sure once she gets her pictures in I can update it.  beach-bridal-shower-sign-2Another bridesmaid was in charge of the “take home gift” for B.  She bought two bottles of champagne, painted them and brought markers to the bridal shower for the guests to sign.  Then the bride could save the bottles for the wedding night or honeymoon or just a random Thursday…whatever!beach-bridal-shower-bride-favorThe next two bridesmaids were put in charge of centerpieces.  One took mason jars, put pictures of the bride and groom inside, then filled them with sand and seashells.  They looked fantastic!  She also took a large piece of twine and used clothespins to hang pictures of the bride and groom throughout their relationship.  I don’t have a close-up of it unfortunately, but you can see a bit of it in one of the photos below, going across the garage door.  The other one decided to do a two-for:  part centerpiece/part prize for the guest who won the bridal shower games.  She bought a few buckets and filled them up with beach type things–shovels, sand toys, beach scented lotions and candles, etc. beach-bridal-shower-tables-2I was in charge of the party favor for the guests.  We I decided on chalkboard wine glasses.  You can find more information about how I made them in my next post, here.  I figured that since we were going to serve alcohol (the one and only way to make a bridal shower actually bearable), the wine glasses would go well.  I added paper umbrellas I found at Five Below, filled them with Strawberry and Mango Margaritas, tossed some chalk on the table for the guests to decorate them and they were a hit!beach-bridal-shower-chalkboard-wine-glassesFor tablecloths, silverware and balloons we just stuck with simple:  grey and pink, the bride’s wedding colors.  I picked up a roll of burlap from Michaels and we spread it out on the tables to make them look more “beachy”.  J, my daughter, has an entire bucket of seashells saved throughout the years that I meant to bring with me to spread out on the tables as well, but I forgot them.  Oh well.  I also found leis at the Dollar Tree–2 pink ones for $1 for each of us and a colorful one for the bride.  Score!beach-bridal-shower-tablesbeach-bridal-shower-giftsThe final decision to be made were the games.  I didn’t want to do the stupid cliche bridal shower games that everyone despises, so I found a few that were slightly different.  First we had “Guess B’s Age!”.  I used my Silhouette to cut the letters out of card stock, bought a fishnet from the Dollar Tree, found 7 pictures of B at varying ages and used clothespins to hang them.  I designed a quick scorecard.  Which I could’ve saved a lot of paper and ink on that one if I would’ve done the same thing for it that I had done with the invitations, and shrunk it down so two would fit on one page.  Oh well.
beach-bridal-shower-age-game-1beach-bridal-shower-age-game-2We also did the “Bubble Gum Game”.  Earlier I called the groom and asked him these 29 questions and wrote down his answers.

  • Who was Ty’s best friend growing up?
  • When was your first kiss together?
  • How many kids do you want to have?
  • What is the theme of your wedding?
  • One word to describe Bre.
  • What is Ty’s favorite holiday?
  • Which one of you is better with money?
  • Which one of you is better with kids?
  • Which one of you is better at cooking?
  • Which one of you is better at dancing?
  • If Ty could go anywhere in the world, where would he go?
  • What is Ty’s dream car?
  • What is Ty’s favorite movie?
  • What does Ty love about you the most?
  • What is Ty’s favorite meal that you make him?
  • French Fries, baked or mashed potatoes?
  • If Ty had to pick a number between 1-20 what would it be?
  • Where was your first date?
  • Ty’s favorite football team?
  • What’s Ty’s least favorite chore?
  • What year did he graduate high school?
  • Name one of Ty’s nicknames for you.
  • Name one of your nicknames for Ty.
  • Name something Ty is afraid of.
  • Favorite pizza topping?
  • What president is on the $5 bill?  Did Ty get this question right?
  • Does Ty still have his wisdom teeth?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • McDonalds or Burger King?

The bride had to guess what the groom’s responses were, and for every one she got wrong she had to shove a piece of bubble gum in her mouth.  When we first started going through them we were a bit worried that the questions were waaaay too easy, but she ended up with a rather large wad in her mouth by the end.  It was pretty funny.beach-bridal-shower-bubble-gum-game-2beach-bridal-shower-bubble-gum-gameYou’ll have to excuse the bride’s fat lip.  The day before one of the bridesmaids “misstepped” when trying to get into the tube from the boat and elbowed her right in the face.  It bled for quite awhile and didn’t exactly look pretty the next day (or the day after that…or that…).  This was one of many times that it came in handy that B is the most laid back person on the face of the earth, and she was like that throughout all of the planning and execution of the wedding.  I doubt she would’ve been so forgiving had it been the day before the wedding, but she took it all in stride!  I don’t think many women can say they would do the same…

Once the bridal shower started we realized that we didn’t have enough games where the guests participated, so we threw one together in under 15 minutes while everyone was eating.  We asked the group these questions, one at a time:

  • How old were they when they first got together?
  • What is Bre’s idea of a romantic date?
  • What’s Tyler’s idea of a romantic date?
  • Who would win in a boxing match?
  • Who can handle their liquor better?
  • If they had a booth at the Grange Fair what would it be?
  • If they could live anywhere where in the world where would it be?
  • Who would Bre say is Ty’s celebrity look alike?
  • Who is Ty’s best childhood friend?
  • What’s Bre’s favorite outfit?
  • What is Bre’s favorite ice cream?
  • What is Bre’s favorite position ;)? (This question was requested, and asked by, the groom’s grandmother, which was hilarious.  The answer?  “Head on the pillow…get your heads out of the gutter!”0

Whichever guest had the most correct answers by the end of the game would take home a bucket.  Worked well for a completely impromptu game!

The final game we played was hands down my favorite.  I was laughing so hard I was crying.  As my gift I bought the bride a suitcase.  We filled the suitcase with random items of clothing:  gloves; boots; sunglasses; granny panties; beach hat; scarf; and a robe.  We blindfolded the bride and she had to put on all of the items in the suitcase.  Freaking hilarious.beach-bridal-shower-suitcase-gameMy favorite part was when she made the colossal mistake of putting the winter gloves on first, and then was unable to pick anything up.  One of the bridesmaids pulled her out of her misery quickly, unfortunately, and told her to take them off.  My second favorite was the granny-panties-as-a-large-bracelet.  Brilliant.

All-in-all it was a success!!  It was as entertaining as bridal showers can possibly be (man, someone needs to come up with something for the gift opening portion.  That part is just painful), especially due to the Suitcase Game.  B seemed to have fun, we didn’t have any major catastrophes, it looked fantastic and we were all exhausted afterwards.