I first encountered the game of Stump years ago in New Hampshire when a few college classmates of mine cajoled me into joining them at their creekside, gully-shaded shack for an evening. The plan was their usual Saturday night: dinner, an outdoor fire, a few homemade ciders and a game of Stump. This game, clearly a vestige of a more rugged era, involves nails, the throwing of hammers, and, if you wish, a ritualized issue to drink your mugged beverage.
The ease and romance of the evening, along with the simple joy of throwing a hammer, launched this new-to-me pastime into the range of activities as great as taste testing pies, jumping on trampolines and dancing at house parties. Over the years I’ve played more games than are worth boasting about, owned several stumps, taught the game to dozens of friends and even, by a few strokes of luck, won what may have been the first Stump tournament in Portland (I also had the great advantage of being the only sober player).
So, as it was up to me to throw the 2nd annual Stump tournament, an ironic formalization of the event was in order, I thought—something that says, take my silly party as seriously as you want. Custom self-mailing postcards from Evermine are beautiful, classy and yet inexpensive, as far as paper invites go. Plus, everyone likes to get something good in the mail.
I used the Champagne style in stone, uploaded a photo of my own backyard stump, and requested a font change to the main font from the Chalkboard style, to give it a little more of a rustic feel. I also ordered custom buttons as a party favor with a special request to adjust some of the art elements in the design, to emulate the famous “I heart NY” concept. They were a hit, of course, and the party was a smash/bash/pound!
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