“Oh hey there stranger”.. Most of us can fess up to using this passive aggressive statement at least once via mouth, text, email, Morse code or carrier pigeon. Regardless the medium, it is a fantastic way to render the receiver speechless, thinking up excuses explaining why they have been totally MIA. Now if you are really sneaky, you can throw this phrase out to detract from the fact that it has actually been YOU who has -POOF- disappeared from your social life or, in this case, the blogosphere. So, uhhh yeah hey there stranger…
The real reason I boarded the lame train this month is because… I GOT ENGAGED! LET THE PARTY PLANNING EXTRAVAGANZA COMMENCE!
Oh dear. You can practically see my wedding Pinterest board imploding in my brain.
This year is sure to be filled with TONS of wedding planning juicy goodness, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get down with some spray painted plastic horses now does it? This next party will bring you back to those innocent days spent at Kennywood.. a time when eating dip-n-dots until you vomited was socially acceptable.
Carousel Brunch Party!
This scrumptious party was thrown for my fiance’s 2 year old niece, Elizabeth, and quite frankly, it was one of the classiest toddler parties I have ever had the pleasure of decorating. Buttery brioche and a fully stocked prosecco bar acted as the main adult attraction while the kids sat in awe (and surprisingly silence) of the live puppeteer show! Not only was this party a blast to plan for, but it also forced me to learn how to spell “Carousel,” which, in my defense, looks a lot easier than it actually is.
Festive Fabric Garland
What you will need…
- Approximately 1-2 yards of 3-4 different fabrics of choice (raid the discount section at your local fabric store)
- Twine or rope at a desired garland length
Isn’t it awesome when there is no adhesive involved?!
- Begin by cutting each piece of fabric in half, giving you two seperate pieces of each type of fabric
- Using the ruler, measure and cut 1″ slits down one side of any piece of fabric
- Using the ruler, measure and cut 2″ slits down one side of the the second piece of matching fabric
- Only using your index finger and thumb, quickly tear each slit of fabric until it reaches the other end of the fabric, resulting in several shreds of fabric
- After doing so with both the 1″ and 2″ sections of fabric, repeat process with the other colored fabrics
- You should end up with 2 differently sized shred piles per fabric
- Simply loop a piece of fabric onto the twine and pull the ends through the loop, forming a secure knot
- Alternate colors and fabric sizes to your liking!
… and behold, ze most adorable fabric garland (and fabric garland maker) the world has ever seen
Carousel Drink Flags
What you will need…
- 2-4 Sheets of assorted scrap book paper
- 1/8″ Wooden sticks
- Glue or Hot Glue Gun
- Using one piece of scrapbook paper, fold a 2″ section down one side of the page
- Using the fold as the open end of the triangle, cut the remainder of a triangle into the fold
- After your perfect size triangle is formed, use triangle as a stencil to keep all other triangles at the same size
- Cut 5 triangles into the folded side of the scrapbook paper
- Fold a 2″ section down the other side of the same piece of paper and repeat!
- Repeat with all other colored scrapbook paper
- Using the scissors, cut each stick down to the desired flag pole size (don’t forget to leave space for the actual flag to be glued on)
- I began adhering the flags using the pictured glue sticks but found it unsuccessful… time to whip out the big guns. Using the hot glue gun, glue one stick onto the crease of each flag
- Place a dot of hot glue at the pointed end of the triangle and fold, making sure it is completely even and smooth!
After making this little army of flags, pop open some prosecco and get the vitals together for a mimosa and Bellini bar! Champagne flutes, fresh fruit, peach and orange juice should do just the trick but you can make it as simple or elaborate as you like. I personally feel that all children’s birthday parties should provide at least one alcoholic beverage per person/hand/minute…
What you will need…
- Dollar Store Plastic Animals!
- White Spray Paint
- Glitter Gold Spray Paint
- Cardboard Box
- Set down newspaper and place cardboard box on top: This is your spray paint safe zone
- Spray each plastic animal with an allover even coat of white spray paint and let dry
- Now here’s the fun part: After the animals have dried, spray paint each animal with an allover even coat of glitter gold spray paint (ooooh did someone say glitter?) and let dry!
You are now left with cheap and totally chic, kid-friendly decor!
Now I can’t really pretend like I knew what I was doing here. An old, stained lampshade proved to be an adorable asset to my decorating needs! A fresh paint job and stenciled letters turned this trash into a darling table centerpiece.
I raided my local Trader Joe’s for all of the gorgeous flowers pictured at this party!
And did I mention that the birthday girl rocked the flyest outfit at the party yo.
Happy Birthday Lizzie and a special thanks to Vanessa for letting me take over the decorations!!
(I owe you a glass)