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 www.digileachdesigns.etsy.com.

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.

Setting the Tables

You can get disposable tablecloths and napkins (and even plates) from a number of places in order to make your Court of Honor extra special. The local dollar store (we use The Dollar Tree), Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, Party City as well as many other stores carry the rectangular tablecloths in standard colors, in addition to plates, napkins and cutlery. Hobby Lobby and Walmart carry some round tablecloths as well. If you are looking for something a little different, the best place I have found online is at www.partyatlewis.com. They carry round and rectangular covers as well as rolls of disposable covers in about 30 different colors. Ones I would most likely use for a Scouting event are the red, brick, navy blue, ivory, white, silver, hunter green, sage green and gold. They also sell napkins, cutlery, and placemats, all at relatively inexpensive prices. In the Memorial Day and Fourth of July section are a great variety of flag inspired patriotic disposables. Of course there are other places online, but this is the site that has been most useful for me so far.

Is it a smaller more personal, yet formal event? I found that it is cheaper to buy nice linens instead of renting them. Renting costs around $11.00 each tablecloth. You can purchase them from www.linentablecloth.com for $5.00. I’ve purchased both black and white in rounds and rectangles, and use runners as my accent colors. You can get them online from the same place for around $2.00. However, I got a whole set of red runners from The Dollar Tree at Christmas time for guess what? One dollar each!