Start With Your Invitations

invitationsProbably the quickest way to coordinate your Court of Honor in color and theme is to starting with the invitations. Matching invitations and program covers can set the whole tone. Keep in mind that you don’t always have to go for the traditional bold red, white and blue either. Try out more muted versions for an antique look. Go for something completely different and use the olive green and red Scouting colors or even greens and browns for a rugged, woodsy or outdoor feel. There are lots of options. I have an assortment of designs in my Etsy shop in all of these themes and colors at

Taking Your Own Photos for Invitations

If you don’t have your Eagle Scout’s portrait made professionally, you can create a keepsake of your own by taking the photograph yourself to include on your Court of Honor invitation. Perhaps you even have a friend who loves photography that might really enjoy taking the photographs for you. First of all, make sure your camera is on the setting that allows you to take a photo in the highest resolution possible. Find your location. Seek natural light if possible. This could be any place (indoors or out) meaningful to your Scout. Consider using the troop’s flag as a background if you take a photo in the Scout hut or meeting facility. Maybe you would like to take the photos with your Scout’s Eagle Project, or at a favorite setting outdoors. Be sure to take several shots. Probably even more than you think you need. Try different angles, poses, and camera positions. Take some close up shots as well as full body shots. You might even want to have your Scout standing, sitting, and kneeling. Make sure you have some photos taken horizontally as well as vertically. Leave plenty of spacing around your subject to allow for cropping in the design process.