Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Budget Friendly Patriotic Party 2012

Budget Friendly Patriotic Party

It's hard to believe it's been a year since Amelia from Her Royal Heinous and I worked on a Budget Friendly Patriotic Themed Party. We started off with an idea of using a more muted, classic American theme. I designed the printables and we were off. Dollar store finds, previously purchased items and a lot of baking ourselves. This party can be used for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day or a Welcome Home Party which is very close to our hearts as Amelia's husband is in the Air Force and returned home from deployment in December. With a few minor changes this theme can even be used for a baseball party. This party was also featured on Pizzazzerie and Courtney added a few of her own party tips too!

The collection is available in my shop and can be personalized with your party copy. Purchase it here today! We'll also have a limited FREE collection available soon on the Scribd site.

Originally we discussed covering the entire table with a white cloth - but that would have hidden the charm of the picnic table. The flags were left over from Amelia's husband's return home from Baghdad but you can find them anywhere now during this time of year. A few $1 tins from Hobby Lobby, some sand and the flowers from a local store created a great backdrop for the all American party.

The apples for the garland were half off at Hobby lobby, just threaded with some twine through and added ribbon accents to the end. The white tableware and burlap table runner for the main table were already owned. As well as the Dollar tree sink shelves that was sprayed white and used for almost EVERYTHING now. It makes a PERFECT table riser to display anything! Clean and simple.

For drinks we had Pellegrino, cane cola with printable bottle wraps and lemonade served in traditional mason jars. The food was traditional, hot dogs, potato chips, sugar cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and a Cherry Pie complete with a printable USA cake bunting. The hot dogs were wrapped in pattern sheets from the printable collection and tied with twine.

The dining table was covered with a white table cloth and some burlap fabric. Again our dollar store finds of placemats, napkins and tin buckets added the perfect pop to our table. Place settings were topped off with more printables tied with twine and completed with favor bags filled with bubble gum and peppermints.

Paper printables: Magnolia Creative Co.
Party styling and photography: Her Royal Heinous
Apples, paper flowers on chairs, burlap fabric, glassware, flag garland and ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Placemats, napkins and baskets: Dollar Tree
White plates: World Market
Place stand: Layla Grace
Ketchup, mustard and relish holder: Pottery Barn
Red, white and blue buckets: Target $1 section
Red and white straws: Hey YoYo

Friday, May 4, 2012

Fringe Lantern Tutorial

I want to share with you my tutorial for Fringe Lanterns. I'm sharing this today on Pure Joy Events Blog too! This is a fun little addition to brighten up any party!

I regularly read the blog, Oh Happy Day and just fell in love with her DIY Surprise Lantern tutorial.  I planned to make them and place them in our outdoor party tent for my son's first birthday party - A Bayou Bash! So I set off to my local craft store to purchase the supplies. I couldn't find the required crepe paper sheets so in desperation I bought three different colors of crepe paper streamers and the Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors and decided to change up the tutorial just a bit.

Crepe Paper Streamers
Paper Lanterns - even ripped or slightly torn ones work great because your covering them up
Scissors - I recommend the Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors, they just make it easier Double Stick Tape

First take your scissors and cut little slits to make the fringe. Cut only about halfway through the streamer because you'll need the space for the tape. It helps if you unroll a lot from the spool. It's ok if you run out because you can always cut more and the seam will always be covered up with all the fringe. If you use the Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors I HIGHLY recommend putting a little WD40 in the hinge because the pure weight of the scissors can make them a little hard to use after a while. So the looser they are the better for your hands.
After you've cut some streamers run strips of double stick tape along the seams of the lantern. Make sure the tape runs the whole length of the lantern. It's just easier than having to add more while you're trying to work with the streamers.
Start adding the fringe streamers at the bottom of the lantern. Be sure to press down on the streamer to make sure it's fastened to the tape. Start going around the lantern. You can use the "ribs" of the lantern as a great ruler to help you place the streamer. Work your way around the lantern in a spiral until you reach the top. Use a little bit of scotch tape at the top to secure the streamer.

Fluff up your lantern, hang and enjoy. I used a safety pin through my lantern then tied a little sting to it and tied it to my chandelier. Have fun!