Aren’t Homemade Gifts Much Nicer…Maybe, But also a Pain!

So we just had a 20th wedding anniversary party for me and the hubbie! All went well, and it was a great evening for everyone (I think). I certainly enjoyed myself, and the girls certainly did – running around all the guests and showing off in front of our visitors – good thing they’re cute!

Anyway, this blog post is about the run-up to the event, and how we had a great idea, that turned into a not-so-great mess! You see, we wanted to give a small gift out to all our friends and family as a thank you for coming and celebrating with us. Then our eldest, Maisie, saw a TV programme where the family had some personalised mugs printed. “Wow, can we do that?” came the question. I actually thought it was a great idea, nice, cheap enough, personal, and something me and the girls could do together.

So we got looking on the internet, found a guy on ebay who does personalised mug printing. Then we had to find what we wanted on, so we chose a great picture of the 4 of us. I’m still not sure people will want a picture of us staring at them when they have their morning coffee, but hey ho, at least they won’t forget us! 😉

However, this is when things started to go a bit wrong! The girls decided to add their own touch, and wanted to decorate the mugs with glitter and glue as well. So all the mugs came, and we got some supplies. Maisie and Norah (the youngest) were so excited, especially Norah, as it was going to be given to everyone at the party!

We tried to do similar patterns on each, but then we used too much glue which smeared, or too little or too much glitter – it was frickin everywhere! Every mug ended up looking a total mess, with a picture of us buried underneath – not exactly what we had planned at the start. However the girls were still loving it as I was pulling my hair out! It also took forever. Any idea how long it takes to draw glitter glue patterns on 40 mugs? A long time is the answer, a very long time!

When we finished, we had 39 bright, sparkly, and a little messy, mugs. (yes, 39, Norah dropped one by accident!). There was also one extremely bright and sparkly mummy, and two very glittery and giggling girls. So i was just about to relax and take it easy, when Maisie asked a very simple question: “Mum, what are we putting them in to give to people?”. Boom. Eyes wide open in panic – NO Boxes!! We had guests coming the next day and no boxes for the mugs! Whoops!

I got on ebay again and found a really nice mug packaging shop, gave them a call and they agreed to FedEx them for a 24 hour dispatch! Which was great service and put my mind at rest – Stampborne packaging was their ebay shop. So, we got those just in time, and the girls had fun packing them up!

So in the end all was well – but it makes me laugh how running a small business can sometimes be so easy, especially when compared to those simple, fun tasks that you think will take 5 minutes. At least the girls had fun, children seem so unaware of impending timescales!

Our mug packaging crazy party band!
This is the band we had for our party – no they didn’t get a mug!

Hope you enjoyed that, I promise I’ll have another business related article soon! 😉

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