Jane Austen Birthday Party: Paper Fan Making

So as I have been saying in every post, I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and when the lockdowns happened last year I began to grow worried that I wouldn’t be able to have it. But luckily we moved down a tier, I had it, and we all had such a wonderful time.

Party time!

So in my previous posts I went over the invitations, the prizes, and the decorations. The next step in my party planning was activities. I had planned for three games, but I also had four little girls coming and needed something to occupy them; along with those who didn’t like playing games. I had thought about doing a tea blending, but the weather was supposed to be warm with wind. I looked about on Pinterest for ideas, and found fan making on the PennyWise blog.

Hmm…?

I love fans! They are so pretty and useful and I thought it would be perfect for the girls to make with their moms, or for any party guest to make if it grew too hot. With my party being the first of May, weather in California can either be extremely hot, medium hot, cool, or occasionally cold. I figured fan making would be something fun all can do to add to an outfit or a useful tool in the sun.

Austenland (2013)

So I didn’t follow exactly what they did in the PennyWise blog as I didn’t want to pre-make anything, and I also didn’t want to worry about having to supervise glue gun usage. So I took her idea and made a few changes.

Supplies:

  • Colorful Paper (Scrapbook Paper works best)
  • Stickers
  • Clothespins
  • Colorful Tape/Craft Tape
  • Stapler (Optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add stickers to scrapbook of desired.
  2. Fold the paper back and forth, making accordion folds.
  3. Staple the bottom part together and then pin by the clothespins or just pin the ends together with the clothespins.
  4. Cover the clothespin with the Craft tape.
  5. Add ribbon or other notions if desired.

Here is my example:

I then left everything out on a table so people could choose what they want and do it how they like.

This was a lot of fun. Only one child made one, as the rest had my friend make them for her. Then when it grew really warm, a few other of my friends decided to make some as well. My one friend is super artistic and made an extremely beautiful one. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture but she is fantastic at everything she sets her hands to.

This wasn’t too expensive, the thing that cost the most was the Scrapbook paper. I wanted a pack of paper that looked more vintage, to go with the Regency style of everything. They had cheaper ones, but not the style I wanted and I went with the more expensive one at Hobby Lobby (80 sheets for $19.99). The clothespins were $2 a pack. I bought three different types of craft type: two came in a pack of 2 for $1 and the other a pack of 3 tapes for $1. The stickers I already owned.

As only a few made fans I had a lot of paper left over. You know how much I enjoy making my own cards, so I used them to make thank you cards and have lots to choose from for any future ones I design.

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, and even though the party has ended I will be continuing to share all my other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize One

For more Jane Austen party ideas, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: Decorations

For more Jane Austen crafts, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: Teapot Piñata

For more on Northanger Abbey, go to Northanger Abbey Audiobook Narrated by Anna Massey

Jane Austen Birthday Party: Invitations

So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and I’m not letting the Coronavirus get in the way. I had always planed a garden party (social distancing check), trying to keep it small (small groups check), and our county is moving a tier down. But even if everything gets on lockdown again and it turns out to be just me, I’m having it!

Party time!

Those who follow me on Instagram have seen that I already started by collecting tea cups which I plan to use for people to drink out of and take home as their favor. I started early on that as I wanted plenty of time to get enough.

After that, I moved on to invitations. Emily Post recommends that invitations should be mailed out 4-6 weeks before the event. I had planned a weekend to work on them, but things didn’t go quite as planned.

My life motto right there…

So I was getting close to the 4 week mark and needed to get invitations out. I found a couple cute ones on Etsy. One by PaperColada was nice looking and a good price, but I struggled with editing it. So I ended up giving that one a pass.

Another one by AgentKat was gorgeous, but the price was a bit too high as I still needed to pay for printing them. I gave that one a pass as well.

There were other paper ones that could be made and fit the style and price I wanted, but they wouldn’t be ready in time.

So I tried making my own cards. After visiting CVS, Staples, Walgreens, Zazzle, and VistaPrint-I ended up settling on Walmart. The cards weren’t exactly what I had envisioned, but they still came out cute. I made three different ones with free Regency pictures I found online. This one photographed the best.

The invitation says:

You are cordially invited to a Jane Austen Garden Tea Party

In honor of Miss L—- Twenty Ninth Birthday (I wanted to do Nine and Twenty, but I wasn’t sure everyone would get it.)

“It sometimes happens that a women is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.” -Jane Austen

Please RSVP with haste at —

Costumes are not required but encouraged

I can’t wait to share some of my other plans with you all.

For more Jane Austen parties, go to Jane Austen Bridal Shower