So, guest books are fine. But, you know, EVERYBODY does guestbooks. And I’ll tell you what – I never ever look at the guestbook from our wedding or showers. So I set out to come up with some fun DIY guestbook alternatives.
And I think I found them. Dum. Dum. Dum.
You may have noticed these two little beauties in the bridal shower post yesterday. They were fun little additions that could take the place of a guest book. And both are quick and easy DIY projects.
First, the platter. Ryan and I actually had a signature platter at our rehearsal dinner and it’s still displayed in our hutch to see every day. I thought it would be a fun addition to a kitchen shower, but I knew I wanted to try it myself. It’s not perfect, but for less than $2, I think it’s a win.
First, my mom found the dish – it’s a Mikasa brand. (Check out secondhand stores and the Dollar Tree for great, inexpensive options. There are also great larger platters at Target for under $10.)
I simply traced the design with the Sharpies.
When I gently pulled off the contact paper, I had some seepage. (Again, I think that stencil vinyl would have been much better.)
So, I just used my Sharpie and freehanded the edges to get everything clean and crisp. If you mess up, you should be able to scrape it off with your fingernail. (Don’t ask me how I know that.) Voila.
The other DIY guest book alternative is a customized recipe box. I tucked a recipe card into each invitation with instructions to bring to the shower. (I purchased the recipe cards and enclosures from Sunny Side Print Party on Etsy.) When guests arrived, they could file their card in the pretty new box for the bride-to-be.
I also printed and added a baking conversions printable from The Cake Blog, because I figure that’s always handy to have. I love the wood tones of the box and plexi top. It’s pretty enough to leave on the counter all the time.
I hope that these guestbook alternatives don’t gather dust. The beauty is that you can use them (almost) every day.
Linking to Serenity Now Weekend Reading.