Sunday, September 21, 2014

Make: Roaring Twenties Birthday Party

For this month's Cricut Design Space Star Challenge, Team 12 decided to throw a Roaring Twenties birthday party for one of our girlfriends. Because my friend Emily of The JetSetting Fashionista is celebrating two years calling San Francisco her home this month, I decided I would throw her a "birthday" party.


Roaring Twenties and Art Deco always bring the 1920s silent film Metropolis to mind. So I had to look no further than the San Francisco skyline for inspiration where I found the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The hotel has levels of gorgeous art deco windows that I wanted to replicate through layering in my design.


Making Your Favor Bags and Menus


This project is a little tricky. Because you're cutting multiple materials and lining them up, you need to make sure you get the bag lined up correctly so that the two arches are centered one on top of the other.


  1. In Microsoft Word or another text editor, layout two copies of your menu onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Your Text should fall at least one and a half inches from the top, be centered, and end at least an inch from the bottom. Each row of text should be no longer than two and half inches.
  2. Print out your menus onto your landscape 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
  3. Launch Cricut Design Space.
  4. Import the ArtDecoTieredGiftBag_v3.svg design.
  5. Assign the two arches to different mats and go.
  6. Print as many menus you need by adjusting the number, this will line up two menus per landscape 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
  7. Cut your favor bags. Specify the number of bags you want to cut.
  8. In Cricut Design Space, move the arch so that the top of the arch is 4.5 inches from the bottom of the mat and go.
  9. Place favor bag you want to use as the base on your mat offset horizontally from the origin (0,0) by a quarter of an inch. NOTE: Favor bag should be at least 6" wide.
  10. Open your cut favor bags and insert a smaller uncut favor bag. Place the menu between the two bags.

Making Your Placecards


This project is pretty easy because all the cuts and the scoring are on the same mat.


  1. Launch Cricut Design Space.
  2. Import the ArtDecoPlaceCards.svg design.
  3. Set the two lines at the bottom of the arch to Score.
  4. Set the other lines to Cut.
  5. Attach all of the design (Cut and Score objects).
  6. Cut as many place cards as you need. The design cuts 3 across.
  7. Handwrite your guests' names on the place cards. Or, if you don't like your handwriting, use stickers.
  8. Fold the place cards.


The Menu

I absolutely love the fall and ever since living in East Lansing, Michigan, have come to associate its crisp autumn air with apples. As the apple harvest is in full swing in California, I created a Fall Harvest men featuring apples to serve at Emily's birthday party.

Do you love apples?

To give everyone time to arrive, I always start a meal with passed appetizers. For Emily's Two Years in San Francisco Anniversary, I'll be serving Apple and Mushroom Spring Rolls and Lamb and Apple Stuffed Mushroom Caps. I'll follow the light appetizers with a breaded pork cutlet topped with sauteed plums, apples, and onions (recipe coming soon to this blog) with a summer squash and apple slaw. We'll finish our meal with an apple crumble (a variation on my mom's chopped apple pear cake) topped with pistachio ice cream.

genuinely eden

Credits: All layouts designed by and images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.

DISCLOSURE: For my participation in Cricut's Design Space Star competition, Provo Craft gave me a Cricut Explore. All opinions presented are my own.