Posts Tagged ‘Dessert Table’
Hello party folks! It’s Melissa, your budget party gal, coming to you today with a fast and fun Valentine Theme backdrop tutorial.
You know how some people get so excited when they find that PERFECT pair of jeans or THE pair of shoes they have been looking for? For me, I get that rush of adrenaline when I find that PERFECT crafting item and find it on the cheap! Today’s tutorial is a backdrop for a sweets table that only cost me $ 4.00! All items shown are from the Dollar Tree! (and you would never know)!
Supplies List: 2 pieces of white foam core board, 2 strands (9 feet each) of felt heart garland (can you believe these were only a buck?) and some wrapping paper. (I scored big time with this striped paper since I can use it for a baseball theme or carnival party also! Triple SCORE!)
First I taped together the two boards in the middle.
Then I “wrapped” them in the paper (only 1 side) – taping to the back of the boards.
Since these garlands were so long, I cut them to a few different sizes and utilized the wire “O” ring in them to attach them to the top of the boards. Using my hubby’s Awl tool I put a small hole in the top every 10 stripes. I attached the garland using the same method you might put your keys on your key ring.
That’s it! Used up all 9 feet and only 1/3rd of the wrapping paper. Now once I use this for my Valentine party, I can also tear it down and use the boards for my next function! Reuse my friends, reuse! And here's the finished backdrop! So simple and so pretty!
Until next time, my friends – Party On! Thank you, Melissa, I can't wait to see how you use your backdrop! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion and find her on Facebook or Twitter.
Tell me this isn't super cool!
When I saw this tutorial I had to repost. To see how to make your own, head to Honest to Nod. It's just plastic cups and a glue gun.
How amazing would this look hanging above a dessert table!!
Ooh la la! I saw Heather L's Pink Parisian Patisserie Party and I was swooning -- all that pink, all those treats, all those fluffy pom poms!
Then I noticed the budget... $75! Can't be done, I thought. But I was proven wrong. Here's how Heather pulled it off...
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE to throw a party! I have so many ideas running through my head, it can get overwhelming at times. However, I get a reality check every time I think about actually implementing all of my crazy plans when I remember the “B” word – BUDGET.
As a stay at home mom of five, with a hardworking husband who has recently started his own business, I feel that it is my job to keep a very strict budget when it comes to party planning – but still make those in my life feel special and spoiled! Over time, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for creating a fabulous party on a budget. Here are a few ways I saved money but still managed to get the look of a more extravagant party.
Use what you have, borrow what you don’t! This is my favorite tip, and I cannot stress this enough. For this particular party, my daughter wanted a cupcake/bakery theme. As I was thinking of ideas for the party, I realized that a French bakery theme would be cute – especially since my daughters’ shared bathroom is decorated in a pink/black Parisian theme.
I simply borrowed some items from their bathroom – like the metal Eiffel tower, a small painting, a cute poodle, and much more! I also pulled many things from both daughters’ rooms. If it was pink or black, I grabbed it =)
I had a ton of tulle on hand (that I have kept since my 12 year old daughter’s fourth birthday!) so I used tulle on everything. For NO money, I had instant party décor. As you are deciding on a theme, think about what you have in your house that matches your colors – maybe there is a red bucket, a cute aqua shelf, or a pink bird cage that would look just PERFECT dressed up for your party. Additionally, borrow what you can – for my Paris party, I borrowed several serving plates/platters as well as both tablecloths I used.
Don’t plan your party during a meal time. I purposely planned our party for 2:00 – 4:00 pm. I knew that I couldn’t afford to serve a huge spread of food, so I kept it light and simple – and it was perfect for little tummies!
I served cupcakes (baked at home using boxed mix and canned frosting that I piped on to look more “professional”), sugar cookies I baked and decorated myself, marshmallow pops (I already had the marshmallows and just purchased pink candy melts with a coupon), a little candy, and some grapes and pretzels to balance out all the sweet stuff. I already had the grapes and pretzels on hand for my kids’ lunches, so I only had to purchase a few items. Our drinks were inexpensive “Shirley Temples” made with Sprite and grenadine.
The kids had plenty to eat and most even took some treats home with them. If I had served lunch, I would have busted my budget for sure.
Start planning early. I always start planning my parties well in advance. One reason for this is that I just can’t help myself – I’m always looking forward to the next party =)
The main reason, though, is so I can start looking for items that are deeply discounted that go with my theme. You can find cute buckets, frames, serving pieces, scrapbook paper/supplies, etc. on major clearance at craft stores if you know what you are looking for. It might be on sale six months before your party, but if you know your theme ahead of time you can purchase it at a great price.
Use party printables (reasonably priced ones). In my opinion, cute party printables really do make your party. However, you have to factor in the cost of purchasing them as well as printing them. If you purchase a very expensive party printable package and then go to the office supply store to get it printed (or use up all of your own very expensive ink!), you might be shocked at how much of your budget is gone. Shop around, and find a reasonably priced printable package.
I was able to find a great one for my Paris party for only $10! Even if you can only afford to get one printable item, such as cupcake toppers/party circles, print a bunch of them and use them everywhere. Other than cupcakes, you can use them as favor tags, to dress up store bought party hats, or even glue them to ribbons and have them hanging from your chandelier. For my Paris party, my very talented mom embellished the already adorable banner that I printed, and it looked like a million bucks!
Do it yourself. People tell me all the time that they “can’t” make things, or they “aren’t crafty.” Well, let me tell you – if you have a small budget, you’ll figure it out quickly =)
Every single party I do, I make most of the decorations. There are SO many tutorials out there in blog land – just Google what you are looking for and you are sure to find instructions on how to make it. Everything might not be perfect, but my kids don’t care – and they are SO proud to tell their friends, “My mom made that!”
For this party, I wanted a beautiful floral arrangement for my front door, and while I do consider myself pretty crafty, I am NO floral arranger – at all! But, I was determined, so I purchased five bunches of flowers at the Dollar Tree and played around with them in a door bucket I already had until I achieved the look I liked. I tied a little ribbon and tulle around it, stuck in a party sign (and a cute little poodle) and voila! I can only imagine how much I would have paid a professional to design that bucket for me. Certainly more than the $5 it cost me =)
Here is the breakdown of the cost of my party. (My mom purchased the adorable little macarons from Trader Joe's as well as some of the candy):
- Printables/printing - $15
- Paper goods - $12
- French cupcake tags (used as party décor) - $4
- Flowers (from Dollar Tree – five bunches) - $5
- Candy - $6
- Poodles (party favors – purchased from Oriental Trading) - $15
- Craft supplies - $9 (I already had many supplies on hand, such as ribbon, glue, tulle, rhinestones, etc.)
- Baking supplies - $8 (had some on hand, only needed to purchase candy melts and some extra canned icing)
Just amazing, Heather! Thank for sharing all your smart tips. It shows that with a little ingenuity, you can add lots of special touches without spending a fortune.
If you haven't already, check out the rest of Heather's chic party.
Need something yummy for your next dessert table? We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to Superior Nut Store.
Superior Nut Store sells every kind of nut you can think of, but that's not all. They also sell chocolates, dried fruit, candy, and gifts. Take a look...
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here telling us what you're favorite item is on a dessert table. That's it! We'd love to hear what you think.
We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, December 18th at 10:00 (PST). We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email..
We've just added "dessert table" to the showcase section on everyone's party page. When you're adding a new party (or editing an old one), please drag a photo of your gorgeous dessert table into the "dessert table" box.
This way it's easier for me to show off all your lovely dessert tables in my blog, and for people to browse through them in the "browse photos" section of the site.
Also, please let me know what you think and if there are any other categories we should be adding.
I'm starting a new SPOTLIGHT feature, where I ask a Catch My Party member to share about a party they recently threw.
So I asked Pamela to share about her Mustache Bash, and here's what she said...
Who was the party for and how did you come up with your theme?
The Mustache Bash was created for my son, who was celebrating his 11th birthday. He was actually the one who came up with the idea of having a Mustache party after we had fun one day this summer making our own props for a family photo shoot.
How long did your party take to plan?
This party didn't take too long to plan, maybe a week or so total. I contacted Jen from Blush Printables in hopes that she would create images for me to use for the cupcake picks. Once Jen sent me the super fun images the party everything just fell into place. It was so easy to design the party around her designs.
What was the most fun part of planning the party?
I think the best part of planning this party was that it was something new! It was exciting and inspiring to have to think outside of the box.
What was the most difficult part?
Boys don't need a lot of fluff, so trying not to go overboard with decorations was probably the hardest part.
What DIY elements did you do?
I created the mustaches that were attached to bamboo skewers as photo props. I assembled the cupcake toppers and made the family's matching t-shirts (I asked permission to make the t-shirts first) using the images I purchased from Blush Printables. I also spray painted the large red letters, baked and molded all of the treats .
What food and beverages did you serve?
I served lots of sweets as it was right after lunch. Cupcakes, chocolate lollipops, sugar cookies, licorice and other candy & vanilla ice cream cups. We served cold bottles of root beer with some fun vintage red and white paper straws.
What, if any, activities did you have?
This party was very laid back, we all sat around and chatted as it was mostly family. We used the mustaches on sticks to take photos which the kids enjoyed. My son didn't want to play party games, so really everyone just enjoyed each other's company. Very relaxing!
What was your favorite moment during the party?
My favorite moment was probably trying to get our family together for a photo since we all had our "Mustache Bash" t-shirts on. With a family of 5 trying to get everyone to smile and look in the right direction is a challenge...this time was no exception.
What a great party, Pamela! Thank you for sharing.
To learn more about Pamela and check out the wonderful party favors, decorations, and accessories she designs (they're gorgeous), please check out her blog, Party Starters.
(If you have an interesting story to tell about a party, one that you think our members would enjoy in a SPOTLIGHT feature, please email me at email@example.com.)