Be Our Guest: Make a Guest Book to Commemorate Your Special Event
12 March 2009
Author: Dana DeCarlo
When I was younger, my Aunt had a house on a nearby lake that we all loved to visit. Each trip, I loved to thumb through her guest book, to see who recently spent time at the lake. When reflecting on memories of my family, I often look at our guest books; our wedding reception, my children’s birthday parties, and soon my daughter’s graduation party. Some of these albums have pictures of our guests; others are full of well-wishes and doodling. Thumbing through these albums brings back many treasured memories of our friends and family that celebrated each occasion with us. Here are a few ideas that will help you make a guest book for your next family celebration.
- Wedding – Decorate an album cover with papers and embellishments that coordinate with the colors or theme of the wedding. Ask each guest to sign and leave a bit of advice for the newlywed couple.
- Birthday – Cover a cupcake chipboard album with papers that coordinate with a child’s party. Decorate a pen with the same coordinating paper and have the party guests write the birthday child a little note.
- Anniversary – Decorate an album cover with coordinating papers and embellishments. Ask guests to bring photos of the couple to add to the album, and leave room for each guest to share their favorite memories spent with the couple.
- Graduation – Use a graduation cap accordion album for friends and family to sign. Need something with more pages? Decorate the cover of an album with the graduate’s school colors and mascot.
- Lake Home or Beach House – Decorate an album cover with embellishments that are similar to the surroundings, a photo of the view outside or seashells. Ask that each guest add a photo of themselves along with their entry.
Whatever the theme, make a guest book that you will treasure, as these will become just as important to you as your everyday scrapbooks.