As much as I hate to admit it, summer is winding down. The only good thing about that is that it means it’s almost time for us to host our annual chili cook-off with our friends! This is, without a doubt, my favorite party of the year, because it’s so fun and easy and the food is always terrific. After last year’s party, I shared a bunch of ideas and tips for hosting a chili cook-off with you, including my downloadable voting ballots and scoring worksheet, and a fun idea for making scoring/sampling trays.
This year, I’ve got a new party item to throw into the mix — invitations that look like a crock pot full of chili!
Assembly is really easy. Start by printing out the above template onto white cardstock, and then cut out the pieces. Each invitation has two pieces — a crock pot and a lid — and each printed template will be enough for two invitations.
With the pieces cut out, go ahead and fill in your party information on the lid half of the invitation, and list any rules for your cook-off on the back.
You should have an opening that looks like this:
Now you can tuck your lid piece right into the slit you’ve just cut.
Isn’t this adorable?
This invitation is ready to be put into a standard size 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″ invitation envelope and delivered to your guests. When they open it up, they just pull up on the lid to reveal the party details!
At this point, you can choose to take it one step further, and mount the invitation onto a card. Start by cutting some coordinating 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock (I used dark green) in half and then in half again, resulting in four pieces that are 4 1/4″ x 5.5″, which just so happens to be the perfect size to fit in those same standard invitation envelopes.
Now flip the invitation over and take some VERY thin double-sided tape (I used 1/8″ red-liner tape) and put a piece on each side and on the bottom, taking care not to touch the lid insert piece. Peel the backing off the tape.
Flip the invitation over and stick it on the cardstock.
The invitation operates just as before, and the lid piece will slip in and out of the slit in the crock pot piece.
If you’re hosting a chili cook-off this fall, we’d love to hear all about it! Here are a few of our picks for decorations for this year: