Since I had a little extra time, I decided to tackle a project that I wanted to do, but wasn't dead-set on: a flip flop basket.
Most women wear super sassy shoes to a wedding, but when it's time to get on the floor and cut a rug, the shoes end up sitting next to your chair at the table. At this point you have a couple choice. You can A.) dance around in your bare feet (ew), B.) bring a pair of socks and rock out like you are back in the 8th grade or C.) snag some complimentary flippity flops.
Really? Is there even a choice?
Michael's had a sale on flip flops so I grabbed a bunch in black in varying sizes
I printed up the sizes on cardstock, and used a silver dollar to trace a circle around the letters and individually cut them out. (Truth be told, I'm sure I could have gotten some sort of Martha Stewart gizmo that would have made perfect circles but
Next, I punched a hole through the circle and threaded a ribbon through to create a little tag.
I fell in love with this cute patterned ribbon. I like how it the aqua and tangerine mimic our navy and orange theme, but it's a little more playful!
I added a little sign on the front of the basket with the punch line "Kick Off Your Shoes" and then listed the sizes. For some bizzare reason, Michael's flip flops come in Small, Medium and Larges and not numbered sizes.
The dotted line on the ribbon reminded me of those old school dance diagrams, so I added on for kicks and giggles.
Total Cost Breakdown:
Shoes: $22 (@ $1 each)
Patterned Ribbon: $2 (@ $1 per spool)
Solid Ribbon: $4 ( I splurged a little on this one)
My Guests' Comfort Level: Priceless
Advice to Brides who want to do this:
1. Wait for a sale. Michael's has them on sale pretty much all summer long. A.C. Moore has some cute printed flip flops on sale every once in a while.
2. Not all sales are created equal. Old Navy usually has their coveted flip flops on sale for $1 around Memorial Day, but be prepared- the doors open at 7 a.m that day and by 7:15 a.m there WILL be a line around the store. Also, there is only 5 per customer, so bring your bridal party/friends/ family/ pay some strangers.
3. Have a good variety. With a guest count of 130ish people, I bought 22 pairs of flip flops. Michael's sizes run from XXS (about a 3/4) to XXL (12). I purchased 2 XS, 5 Small, 10 Medium, 5 Large. Review your guest list and judge accordingly.
I have to say this is probably the easiest project I've tackled so far. There was really nothing to it, and I think it will be muchly appriciated!
How about you, readers? Would you partake in complimentary flip flops at a wedding? Or are you the sensible-shoe type?