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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Grippy Socks
Great Dance Floor Gifts and Party Favors
Bar and Bat MItzvah grippy socks are one of the most popular guest gifts around. While many party hosts have used them as dance floor give-aways, those who weren't dancing soon wanted these items for their own use at home.
They work well for both functions, as they have a grippy material on the bottom of each sock that keeps those who wear them from slipping. There are a few things to consider when choosing and creating your socks. We will review tips on selecting the color for the socks and imprint. You will also learn how to determine the best design.
Finally, there are some ideas for making your own, especially if you need just a small quantity for your party.
How do you want your socks to look?
The design is one of the most important aspects of your socks, so it is important to think about the design you would like on the grip. If you have a theme to your party, you can incorporate it into the design. You will want to stay with thick letters, as the threads of the socks can separate and break up any fine lines. Also be sure to include graphics all over the sock, so there is a good grip on all parts of the feet.
You will see how nice the font on the Broadway theme socks looks because it is thick. A cursive font that is thin doesn't look nearly as nice. You will also notice that there are stars and a marquee around the writing. This is not only a design function, but to ensure that there are little spots of grip throughout the sole of the sock.
What color socks should I select?
Socks come in a variety of colors, so you will want to keep the following things in mind:
1. What colors are part of my Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Many times there is a general color scheme to the event.
2. What colors will my guests want to wear? Girls and women will wear just about any color. Purple is a favorite. Men and boys tend to like navy blue and red.
3. Which colors show the dirt? Even though white socks are very popular, they do show the dirt the quickest.
What color imprint will look good?
The general rule of thumb is that the darker the sock, the lighter the imprint should be. The opposite is true for a light colored sock. A dark imprint looks best. So just have a strong contrast between the sock and imprint colors and you should be set.
How can I get an idea of the quality?
Not all grippy socks are created equal. It is important to request a sample pair of socks, so that you can examine the socks and how the grip looks. (Companies do offer them at no charge.) It is natural for the grip to be a bit fuzzy, as it is adhered to loose sock threads.
How do I distribute the favors?
If you wish to use the socks as a dance floor give-away, place them in a container for guests to use at the party. A large basket would be ideal. Most likely all of your guests will want and use them long after the Bar or Bat Mitvah is over, so you can have them in a container near each table is an option.
Some party hosts are hesitant to put them at the place setting because they are socks (which typically don't belong at the table.) However I have seen them on tables at a casual affair.
Make Your Own Grippy Socks
If you only need a few pair of grippy socks, you may wish to make your own. Here are some steps to create your own masterpieces.
1. Determine the color of the socks. Many times it is cheapest to purchase white socks. However, you can get some great deals at Walmart, Target and Costco for bulk colored socks.
2. Purchase fabric paint in contrasting colors.
3. Experiment with a variety of puffy fabric paint and a plain pair of socks. Based on the advice of some mother's who make them for their children, it is best to test your designs on wax paper or paper towel before potentially making a mistake on actual product. (You can't erase fabric paint.)
I have seen a variety of different paint used including Scribbles permanent fabric paint and tulip matte paint shown below. You can also find these in individual bottles at a craft shop.