We often have a 'group' over when we entertain. Not only is it more fun with a variety of colourful personalities, but it eases up the hostessing responsibilities for me. Not the work part, although my friends do help in the kitchen, but the talking part. Now I love to talk, but sometimes it is tiring to be the conversation-carry-on-er at a party.
But enough of that.
This post is for something completely different. I'd like to share a little hostessing tip for helping your guests remember which glass belongs to who. I have tried the ugly masking tape ... YUCK ... for picnic Styrofoam cups we let everyone write their name with pen or marker ... but for something a little special ... I have always wanted Wine Glass Tags. (Just as a side note, we don't actually drink alcohol, we just enjoy using the pretty glasses).
I have been researching Glass Tags for some time now, and never could wrap my wallet around purchasing them. Specular ones are about $15 for a set of 4. Dollar Store cheap-o sets are ... well ... a dollar or two. The idea of glass tags was perplexing ... What if I had more than 4 guests which was our entertaining case most of the time? Do I purchase many different sets? But each set only varied in colour not design. Then it hit me. Why not make my own and have EVERYONE of them different? Easy to add to the set because they are ALL different.
First I collected 'wild' costume jewelery from my favourite thrift stores. Three pairs of earring for $1 and bracelets for 25 cents each.
Get a pair of snips, and cut apart the jewelery to produce a collection of beads and trinkets.
For $4.99 I bought a package of 60 wire hoops of assorted sizes. Normally they are used for earring creations, but you have to think outside the box if you want to save $$$.
I will still be looking for more bobbles to add to this collection, but who doesn't love a good garage sale or thrift store hunt!