Posts in the ‘Party Planning’ Category
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!
- 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 email@example.com. I'd love to show it off!
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...
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.
- 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.
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.
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...
- Unfinished wood candlesticks (any craft store)
- For toppers: unfinished wood circles, small saucers, paper plates, melamine plates or anything else
- Non toxic paint
- Mod Podge or another sealer
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.
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.
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.
Line the top of the candlestick circle with glue and then attach to the middle of your top plate. Let dry upside down.
You may want to use temporary glue dots for the paper plate idea, so you can easily remove the plate when finished.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.