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DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member -- How to Make Crepe Paper Rose Pomanders

When I saw these gorgeous crepe paper pomanders Brittany from Grey Grey Designs made for her Diamonds and Damask Engagement Party, I fell in love.

What a great way to make a statement at a party.  And the best part is, they're something new.  You might have seen pomanders made with real flowers, but I bet not like this!

So I asked Brittany if she would do a tutorial on how she made them, and she so graciously said yes.  Our lucky day!

Here are all the details, as told by Brittany...

Recently, I was looking for an alternative to your run-of-the-mill tissue paper flowers for an engagement party that I was designing. I ran across some beautiful crepe paper rose pomanders from Danielle at Homespun with Heart .

So, I decided that I would try these instead, but I wanted to put my own twist on them by using party crepe paper and tying them with wide ribbon.

So today, I am sharing them with you! Beware, these are totally time-consuming, but also totally worth it!

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam balls of assorted sizes.  In this case, I used two 5” and one 6”.
  • Crepe paper in the colors of your choice, roughly 4 large rolls for this project
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Wide wired ribbon (2 rolls)
  • Floral pins

1. Take crepe paper and measure out lengths around 20” each

2. Fold strips of crepe paper in half lengthwise.  This will make the crepe paper longer as you do it.

3. Hold the end of the folded crepe paper around your pinkie finger.

4. Wrap crepe paper around your pinkie a few times to secure. 5. Continue to wrap around your pinkie, folding over as you do.  This creates the “petal” look.  PS, I really need a manicure.

6. Be sure to wrap pretty tightly, otherwise, the “rose” will unwrap. 7. Secure the end of the rose with hot glue.  It only takes a touch.  And be careful with the hot glue, I burned myself, oh, roughly 500 times while doing these.

8. Once the rose is finished, glue the rose to the Styrofoam ball.

9. Repeat this 1 billion times, until you fully cover the ball in roses.

10. I recommend cutting or tearing the crepe paper as you go, since you don’t know how many strips you will need upfront.  Plus, once you start on this project, you can pretty much eyeball the lengths that you need. 11. Dry overnight preferably. 12. Wrap the completed ball in the ribbon and tie off at the top. Cut to the length desired to hang.

13. Secure the top and bottom of the ribbon by inserting floral pins directly into the balls. This will secure that the ribbon does not slide off the pomander.

14. Hang with ribbon! And voila, you have created a rose pomander that will never wilt, and saved you hundreds! I spent $24 on this entire project, so this is completely cost-effective and a great addition to your next party, or even a little girl’s room!

These pomanders are beautiful!  Thank you, Brittany, for the wonderful tutorial.

To learn about Brittany and read more of her party tips and ideas, check out her event company, Grey Grey Designs.  Plus, you can see more of her parties here at Catch My Party.  Also, if you'd like some pomanders for your next party, but don't want to make them yourself, you can buy them at Brittany's Etsy shop.

Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you'd like to share?  Please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.  I'd love to show it off!

Garden Inspiration Party Favors

I was just in my garden,  and it inspired me to post these.  How sweet would these be as favors...

Plantable Tags with  Perennial Flower Seeds

Recycled Bag Seed Tags

Herbs in a Box

Sunflower Seed Bombs

Vegetable Seed Packets

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's part photo comes from

Christine K's Caitlyn's Mad Science Birthday Party

How cool does that bubbly green concoction look?  These girls are as captivated as I am.

To see the rest of this creative party click here.

Such Pretty Party Hats

Pretty things make me happy, so when I saw these party hats from The Polka Dot Pinwheel I had to post about them.  Twelve party hats for $29.95.  I think they're worth it.  See for yourself...

How to Throw a Kate Landers Style Event, Even on a Budget

No one throws children's parties like Kate Landers, owner of Kate Landers Events, LLC.

So when I recently spoke to her, I  asked her what makes for a great children's party.  And I really liked her answer.

According to Kate, it's all about creating an "experience" where the children feel transported to another world.

So, for example, she likes to provide costumes for her guests, like these custom caplets and hairbows for her Madeline in Paris Inspired Birthday Party.

She serves foods that feel authentic to the theme, like this "make your own trail mix station" at her Enchanted Woodland Fairy Party.

She transforms the physical space, like placing the table for her Woodland Party outside, and providing the children with gorgeous toadstools to sit on.

And she designs theme-related activities, like this "design your own floral masterpiece" at her Madeline in Paris Party, that the children find exciting and engaging.

Now I know we all wish we could have Kate Landers design us a party, but for those of us who can't, I asked Kate how someone can add those special touches on their own, without a huge budget.

And here were her recommendations:

  • Instead of using regular paper plates, invest in a set of nice white melamine or ceramic plates and some colorful fabric bunting to use over and over at all your parties.
For inspiration, here is some fabric bunting from Kate's Gingham Birthday Party.

  • Repurpose what you have.  For example, pull out your silver candlesticks and use them to dress up your table.  Hang an an old chandelier above your buffet.
  • Keep food to a minimum.  Schedule your party from 2pm -4pm and serve easy foods (fruit, veggies, mini sandwiches, and cake).  Forget making an elaborate dessert table.
  • Be careful with making things yourself.  A lot of times it can be a lot of work, and it might not save you as much as you think.
Thanks, Kate, for all your helpful advice and letting us take a peak at your gorgeous parties.

And if you have any interest in learning how to throw a party like Kate, she will be starting The Kate Landers Events, LLC, School of Children's Party Design, where she will offer webinars on everything you'll need to know to throw unforgettable parties for children.

DIY Tutorial from a Catch My Party Member -- How to Make Individual Dessert Pedestals

I love these individual dessert pedestals Kristy of The Purple Pug made for her Donuts and Dragons Party.

So when Kristy said she'd be happy to do a quick tutorial on how she made them, I jumped at the chance.

Here's how she did it...

Materials:

  • Unfinished wood candlesticks (any craft store)
  • For toppers: unfinished wood circles, small saucers, paper plates, melamine plates or anything else
  • Non toxic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge or another sealer
  • Glue

Some unfinished candlesticks


Some unfinished wood circles to use as pedestal tops

Unfinished candlesticks have a metal cup in them.   So gently pry out the cup with a butter knife and discard.   This will allow your topper to be attached to a flat surface.


Metal cup inside the candlesticks


Use a knife to get it out

Paint the candlesticks and toppers as desired -- neutrals, wild colors, or mix and match.   I found two coats worked best.   As an alternative to wood candlesticks, you could certainly use a crystal candlestick and omit the painting.


Starting to paint the candlesticks


The finished candlestick

You can seal any of the wood pieces with a sealant or Mod Podge at this point.

Place your desired top plate upside down on your work surface.


An assortment of plates and tops you can use

Line the top of the candlestick circle with glue and then attach to the middle of your top plate.   Let dry upside down.


After the top has dried

You may want to use temporary glue dots for the paper plate idea, so you can easily remove the plate when finished.


A pedestal made with a paper plate

Also, keep in mind that ceramic plates will make your piece more top heavy, so take into consideration what you are putting on it and how careful your guests will be.

Here are some different toppers, desserts, and ideas.  You can put a small doily on top, a piece of patterned scrapbook paper, card stock, flowers, or fabric. You can embellish with ribbon, rhinestones, fabric ties, pom poms, or anything you find around the house.

These pedestals are perfect for cupcakes, donuts, Ring Dings, mini pies, mini bowls of ice cream, one piece of fruit would be adorable -- anything you can dream up!


A ceramic plate pedestal with a doily and a Ring Ding


A melamine plate pedestal with a doily and an ice cream sandwich


A wooden circle pedestal with a doily and a Ring Ding


A melamine plate pedestal with a mini pie


A melamine plate pedestal with a donut


And how about mini bowls of ice cream

That’s it!  These individual dessert pedestals are a beautiful and simple way to add a charming element to your dessert displays.

Thank you, Kristy!

To see all of Kristy's adorable homemade party goods and get more great party ideas, take a look at her blog, The Purple Pug.  And while you're at it, take a look at the insanely creative parties she's added to Catch My Party.

TRENDS: Fun with Picture Frames

I'm a big fan of homemade photo booths at parties.  I think they're a great activity for guests, plus the host gets some nice memories out of it.

I also really like props.  Props instantly get people to relax and have fun.  Ask yourself, who doesn't love getting their picture taken in a big pink boa?

In fact, I've already written about my love of photo booth props here and here, but a photo booth trend I'm also a big fan of is the "empty picture frame."  Not only are they easy to make (just empty out a big framed picture, and you're in business) but I also think you get some visually interesting shots.

Take a look at these picture frame photos from some parties on our site and see what you think...

Tiffany N's Cupcakes + Cocktails Party

Kristy's Super Grover Rave

Mattie B's Roaring 20th Birthday

Ice Cream Cone Balloons

I  just saw this on Oh Happy Day and wanted to share.  This is from the Martha Stewart blog The Craft Department.  Just balloons and craft paper.  How simple.

TRENDS: Mason Jars on Catch My Party

An unexpected way to serve drinks at your party is in mason jars.  The nice thing about mason jars is that they're not too expensive (less than a dollar a jar), they're more interesting and homey than plastic cups, and they're easy to dress up with ribbons, straws, flags, or whatever you like.

For inspiration, take a look at how people on our site are using mason jars to add a warm touch to their parties.

Carey B's Cookie and Milk Party

Ashley S's Garden Baby Shower Luncheon

Tanya M's Red, White, and Blue Backyard BBQ

Claudia S's Tickled Blue BaByQ Shower

Kelly S's Pink Cowgirl Party

The Cricut Cake Decorating Machine -- How Good is it Really?

I'm fascinated by the Cricut Cake Decorating Machine.

For those of you who don't know what it is, it's a food-safe electronic die cutting machine that can be used for cake, cupcake, and cookie decorating.  It's the sister product to the original Cricut paper cutter that most scrapbookers swear by.

Looking into whether the new Cricut lives up to its hype, I found this review by Khris Cochran on DIY Bride and... overall she LOVES it (even with a few caveats).  To read her whole review click here.

And of course, who doesn't want to see some Cricut cakes.  So here are few I found.

But to really see how these things work, you might want to check out this video.

I have to say, I'm impressed.  The one thing that gives me pause is the price.  At $300 (with no extra cartridges) I better be planning to make a whole lot o' cake with it.

If you have any feedback on the Cricut Cake Decorating Machine please post.

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