Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Seriously Unplanned Holiday Goody Bag....

Sometimes the perfect party ideas and inspirations come from totally unexpected places....

I created a sweet new item to my shop a few months ago-♥Heart Art♥  The basic idea is- your little sweetheart creates the art, I glitter embellish and use the completed masterpiece to create one-of-a-kind, meaningful and beautiful favor packaging. ♥

I was very excited to use the Heart Art for some kind of Holiday Packaging for my sons' holiday parties and gifts. Both of my little guys drew an adorable little snowdude. My younger son has a huge kindergarten class, so I create his Heart Art as personalized stickers tags and affixed them to cellophane bags. No problem-they looked adorable. My 2nd grader son has a very small class, and  I decided I would take his snowdude art and create handmade tags to hang with ribbon on cellophane bags. I was excited to be able to make the tags with my own child's artwork.

I created the tags. I glitter accented the little snowmen in the colors my son had drew him in. I had the crystal clear cellophane bags..I had the patterned ribbon ready to go. Each child in my son's class was getting a Hot Wheels Car and a Color Coordinating Candy Cane in the cellophane bag, wrapped with the beautiful ribbon with hangtag. Each of his five amazing teachers were to get their gifts wrapped in the same beautiful way.

The plan...the presentation was beautiful...The night before the school party, I asked my son to help me assemble these bags for his friends & teachers and something important and unexpected happened. He wanted to put each child's name on the tag. I told him no way. I told him they were glittered and and textured paper and he could not write on the tags. He became very upset. He said he needed to put each child's name on the tag because he wanted to pick the special color Hot Wheels car he knew his friend would like. He wanted to make sure he gave each of his classmates something they would be so happy to get because he wants them to be happy. I paused, listened to my beautiful boy and I heard him. I understood. We got a black Sharpie and he tried so hard to write on the cellophane bags and they just smudged. Smudged and black ink all over. There was no time to go to any store, so I had to use what I had on hand. White handled bags were the only thing I had available that we could really use.

My sweet little boy took his time and wrote each of his classmates' name on a bag. He sorted through the Hot Wheels cars and picked out the perfect one for each child. I attached each tag to the bag with colorful baker's twine. The completed goody bags were not what I had envisioned-they far exceeded anything I could ever envision, design or create. My son is an extraordinary little boy with a heart so thoughful and loving. If you know me, you know my son and will know why this is so meaningful to me on so many levels. These are simply the most beautiful gift bags I have ever seen.




Heart Art tags by Griffin
tied on with fine twine by The Twinery

Tied on with Baker's Twine from The Twinery:)

8 comments :

Melissa C said...

Sooo adorable!!!!!!

Cari @ Socially Circled said...

I absolutely LOVE this! You're son is so sweet and thoughtful. I know how hard it is to let go and let them take part, when we have a vision of what WE want it to look like...it turned out PERFECT! This was such a heart-warming post. xoxo

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

I absolutely love this...it's such a great/sweet idea.

The Party Muse said...

This is so sweet Kristy. I love the bags so much, the little names written on there so carefully by your little boy is just the best!

PartyMom said...

Your son's desire to ensure that each an every one of his classmates is completely happy with their gift is a testament to your kindness. Not only are you spreading niceness all over blogland, but in your family as well. I can only hope that my children become as sweet as yours!

Piggy Bank Parties said...

You listened. The greatest gift you can give a child. Bravo!

Jen @ Party Dreamz said...

They turned out absolutely perfect! What a sweet boy you have!

Tini Posh said...

I beyond ADORE!! They are soo perfect..he is so thoughtful and sweet : )