Organ Transplant Anniversary Party Favor Inspiration & Cricut Tutorial
Celebrate another healthy trip around the sun by throwing an Organ Transplant Anniversary Party & making these custom party favors for all your guests!
I can think of few things more worthy to celebrate than another year of life!
But no, I’m not talking about celebrating another trip around the sun with a birthday party here, folks.
I’m talking about an Organ Transplant Anniversary Party!
NINE years ago, my lovely friend received an organ transplant and is now in wonderful health. She celebrates the yearly anniversary of her organ transplant with a party she refers to as her “Liver-versary.”
If this isn’t reason enough to celebrate, I don’t know what is!
Why is it that as a child, there were so many reasons to celebrate, but as we get older, it’s as if we have to go searching for them?
Ever since I attended my friend’s Liver-versary, I’ve been on the hunt to celebrate the little things in life. I am lucky enough to be living the good life, so why not celebrate it?
And if celebrating is the name of your game, be sure to check out the amazing bloggers I’ve teamed up with to bring you all sorts of party inspiration. Scroll to the end of my post for links to their blogs!
TAKE A PAGE FROM THE PLAYBOOK
Even if we are lucky enough to walk through life without having to experience an organ transplant, there are still so many things to celebrate if we open our eyes.
This concept of an organ transplant anniversary party can extend to all sorts of life events like:
- Remission parties – I’m willing to bet we all know someone who has battled and beaten cancer. It’s worth celebrating every year! (The concept of a remission party falls along the same lines at the organ transplant anniversary party and can – and should – be celebrated yearly!)
- Empty Nest parties – You did it! You kept the kids alive all those years, you deserve to celebrate!
- Animal Adoption parties – Has your household grown by four paws this year? Gather some friends and toast your new addition.
- Potty Training parties – I don’t know about you, but it is taking my son for-freaking-ever to poop in the potty. No joke, when the day comes, you best believe I’m throwing a party to celebrate!
- Paid-off Student Loans parties – I admit, I didn’t do this when I paid off my student loans, but I totally should have. What a labor of love to celebrate!
I guess what I’m getting at is, if you think there is even the smallest chance to celebrate something, DO IT! Blow up some freakin’ balloons and celebrate!
Be that little kid that wants a party for losing his first tooth.
Be that teenager who was a late-bloomer and whose mom threw a period party. (Yes, it’s a thing. I remember the cake.)
Be that 40-something entrepreneur who just quit her day job and really needs some support and a BIG night of recognition.
Celebrate all the things.
Organ Transplant Anniversary Party Favor Tutorial
Anyway, back to the Liver-versary (aka the organ transplant anniversary) party…
This year for the 9th anniversary of her transplant, my friend asked me to make custom cozies and wine glasses to give to her guests as party favors. I couldn’t say “YES” fast enough. (I believe my exact words were “Yes, yes, yes!!”)
This friend happens to love the bright, bold floral prints by Lilly Pulitzer. When she found this fabulous LP-inspired vinyl on amazon, I about died! It was just too perfect.
I’m giving my friend all the credit here. She literally did all the research and shopping for supplies and even delivered it all to my door.
Easiest order ever.
All I had to do was design the decals, use my Cricut and apply the vinyl.
Do you like the look of the cups and cozies? Want to make your own? Here is how I did it…
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TO MAKE YOUR OWN ORGAN TRANSPLANT ANNIVERSARY PARTY FAVORS:
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
For the can coolers (aka cozies or coozies):
- Blank insulated can coolers – we did placid blue and hot pink
- Green holographic heat transfer vinyl
- Silver holographic heat transfer vinyl
- Cricut EasyPress 2 – 6″x7″ (or a standard iron)
- Cricut EasyPress Mat – 16″x20″ (or thick towel)
For the wine glasses:
STEP 2: DOWNLOAD FONTS & UPLOAD THEM TO CRICUT
I wanted basic fonts for this project because I felt the holographic htv and the floral vinyl would make the letters hard to read if the font had too much flourish. I ultimately settled on a combination of Galderglynn Esquire and Signature fonts found on dafont.com*. If you’d like to use these fonts too, here’s how to add them to Cricut Design Space:
- Go to Dafont.com and search for the fonts by name (or use the link above) and click on the gray “download” button to the right of the fonts.
- Once the zip file downloads to your computer, open the file and double-click on the TrueType font file to open it.
- Then hit the “install” button at the top of the document.
- Once the install is complete, open Cricut Design Space and select your new font from the font drop-down menu. (If you are already working in Design Space, you’ll want to refresh it or log out and back in so you can see the new font selection).
*Always double-check the licensing for the fonts you download. I am using this font for personal use and will not be selling these personalized items for profit.
STEP 3: ADJUST FILE AND FONT SIZES
Once the font files are uploaded to Cricut Design Space, play around with the sizing.
For all the can coolers and wine glasses, I tried to keep the overall size to 2.5″ wide.
Once you are satisfied with the design and sizing, you’ll want to “weld” the signature font together so it cuts at one continuous piece of vinyl.
Otherwise, if you skip this step, you’ll end up cutting each individual letter out and it will not look like cursive.
FOR THE HEAT TRANSFER VINYL FOR THE CAN COOLERS: MAKE SURE YOU “MIRROR” YOUR IMAGE.
FOR THE REGULAR VINYL FOR THE WINE GLASSES: DO NOT MIRROR YOUR FONTS!
STEP 4: CUT, TRANSFER & ADHERE
Using your Cricut, cut your projects. As I said before, you’ll want to make sure you mirror and cut your htv, but not your regular vinyl for the wine glasses.
For with wine glasses, use Cricut transfer tape to transfer the image to your plastic wine glass.
For the can coolers, weed your vinyl and use your heat press or iron to transfer your htv to the can coolers. I used my Easy Press for 30 seconds at 315 degrees.
STEP 5: ENJOY THE FINISHED PRODUCTS
Not the Intended Parting Gift
My friend’s gift to us was much more than the personalized cups and coozies we took home after her party.
Her “Liver-versary” party itself is a yearly reminder of how precious life is. I personally appreciate how her party gives me pause each year to stop and give thanks for my own health and the health of my loved ones in addition to her continued health.
So, what do you have to celebrate this year?
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
I’ve love to hear all about the fun – and maybe less mainstream – party ideas you have in the comments below!
AS ALWAYS – IF YOU NEED HELP BRAINSTORMING OR CREATING A CUSTOM GIFT OR PARTY FAVOR, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME! I’D LOVE TO HELP!
More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…