Thursday, July 16, 2009

Piece Meal

Yeah, StrawberRay made the obligatory mention in Monday's post about National Puzzle Day and he even threw in a word search puzzle to appease me. Still, the whole thing felt kind of tongue in cheek - a mockery of sorts.

So, I'm back.

I'm back today revisiting puzzles... puzzles with ice cream and a cherry on top.

Matthew and I agreed it would be criminal to let National Ice Cream Month pass without hosting at least one neighborhood ice cream party. Immediately we set to work arranging the day, the time, and the invitation list. While it is true ice cream is fun in and of itself, we both agreed the party would we be made that much more fun with an invitation worthy of such an occasion.

Then it was outside to the garage where, together, Matthew, Jack, (Katie), and I painted large ice cream cones on white butcher paper. Once dry, we used markers to include all the necessary information.

Flip over the ice cream cone and draw puzzle shapes on the back. Cut out.
Load puzzle pieces into a mailing tube; a handmade, over sized envelope; an empty plastic container; or any other fun mailing "vessel" you can think of. Address, mail, and sit back, knowing you'll make someone smile AND that ice cream is in your future.

Yes to ice cream, but you have an even better invitation idea? Share. OR, like the invitation idea, but don't love ice cream? For what other event could you make a puzzle invitation and what shape would it be?

One more thought. The recipient of the invitation pictured above is a reader and sometimes-poster on highlowaha. Let's live the Spirit of 218 and treat her to some extra mail this week. Use the address listed above to send a fun note her way.

Signing off until tomorrow...

13 comments:

Heather said...

I wondered what that ice cream cone was for! How much fun is that?!?

I'll be sure to send Misty some mail now the question is what to send.

Alright I'm off to take Lily to daycare.

Peggy said...

wow, great idea! how fun is this?

Cheryl said...

Too cute! And if I remember correctly, I think Misty likes puzzles because she gave them at the Potato Soup Party!!

I'll think on creative invitations and come back.

Cheryl said...

What about doing a crossword puzzle... not sure on the logisitics. You could do a word find. Or a slider puzzle.

You can use puzzles for invitations, greeting cards or announcements....

How about next Valentines: a word find using words about love: Amore, adore, affection, cherish, dig (As in I dig you), and the list goes on...

Peggy said...

Just like the word search there is a crossword puzzle maker site

http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/CrissCrossSetupForm.asp

I used this before when I assisted 7th grade students when making reports and for school newsletters adding clip art for clues.

In the card making world, you can make pop up cards, or slider cards for putting hot choc. or tea packets, you can use pennies to make interactive cards. It's just a matter of follow a template and having basic supplies.

Katie K said...

Since I'm a 'numbers' person, I always thought those word seraches with numbers were the best. It would be neat to use an invitation with one of those. Instead of using words to invite them, use numbers. Or maybe with a sudoku, you could highlight certain boxes in yellow and once they solve the puzzle, the numbers in the highlighted boxes are the numbers they need to understand the invite.

Claudia said...

I love Halloween, so could we make big pumpkin cut outs and paint them?

Chaotic said...

this is a great idea!! I am off to airport to pick up friend from Asheville... we have a Memorial Service Saturday to attend... more later!

heather said...

Hello...hello...hello...hello out there...there...there...there....

Where is everyone today?

Is everyone off making their own puzzle invitation?

Claudia said...

Agreed. We like it better when we hear from you. Anyone, Anyone?

Kat said...

I like word scrambles, so I think it would be fun to do an invite where each of the words is scrambled. The puzzle idea is great too! What I like about it is that you can make it as simple or difficult as you want.

Lauren said...

I know my post is late, but it has been a busy day at work.

What about for a baby shower? Somehow in the "puzzle" the host can indicate if the baby is a boy or a girl…or something along those lines. Perhaps a riddle or a word jumble, where the circled letters give a clue to the sex of the baby.

Cheryl said...

Or give your husband, grandparents etc a puzzle to announce that you're pregnant.

I will never get to use that idea but the rest of you are welcome to it.