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    Rockin' Party Ideas on a Realistic Budget!

Cool Confetti: Who knew?

Confetti and parties, such a lovely combination.  As I was researching a bit for this confetti blog entry, I found so much more information than I ever could have imagined.  So, I am going to run through a few ideas for using confetti for weddings primarily, but use your noodle, and I am sure you can get so creative with what I am about to share.
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This particular entry is inspired by a bride on a budget,  Because she was having trouble making he tables look fab without having a lot of cash, she decided to use circles cut from paper in three different colors.  Brilliant.  Big color impact for  little coin, you gotta love that. 

Next, I found a site that sells confetti of every size and shape, and oh, yes confetti cannons. 

BUT WAIT!  What would a confetti blog entry be without a confetti launcher youtube tutorial.  Holy cow, this dude shows the mechanically inclined how to construct their very own confetti cannon.  How cool is that!  I am not suggesting you try this.  I just thought, hmmm, super cool.  If I share this with hubby, I wonder if he would make one for me.  Hey all you bar owners, maybe for your New Year’s Bash?  Hmm.

So that’s my confetti wisdom for the day.  Party on.

Paper Chains: Beauty & Simplicity Linked

I am in the middle of toying with inexpensive wedding decoration ideas that are both beautiful and simple.  As always, the goal is to create a stunning effect and keep within the budget of the bride.  This past weekend, I came up with an easy winner. 

While looking at some gorgeous papers that I couldn’t bear to watch go to waste, I was reminded of my childhood.  My mother and I  would get out the construction paper, tape and scissors, sprawl it across the dining room table and create.  Sometimes it would be hearts, or christmas trees, or butterflies.  Other times we’d spend hours making snowflakes and paper chains.

So that’s what I did.  Scooping up the scrolly patterned paper and my scissors and tape, I made a home at my dining room table, and commenced to create a paper chain.   Only this time, I played with the width of my links, and the ends of the chains.  I think this would be a gorgeous way to grace the ends of pews, or to adorn the tops of tents.  The most beautiful part of all is the ability to completely customize it to your wedding, event, or even your Christmas Tree.

Here are the results.

Paper Chain Closeup

The Paper Chain Goes Posh.

 I only had a few matching ribbon pieces to tie to the ends of the paper chains.  But imagine how graceful this could look with ribbon tails, and a centerpiece swag.  Gorgeous.

Granted, the photo below was taken in my living room, it was the only place I could find to display this for picture taking purposes. 

These pictures don’t come close to doing these justice.

 

 

 

 

paper chain possibilities

Imagine the Possibilities. A gorgeous bouquet in the middle with ribbons streaming down the ends.

 

Fruit Bouquets

fruit bouquet
Cute Fruit. Care of Allrecipes

  Here’s the link! http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Make-a-Fruit-Bouquet/Detail.aspx

I just found this at the ever famous AllRecipes.com.  I guess I didn’t even realize you could make your own fruit bouquet.  Duh!  What appeals to me most about the idea is, I think it would encourage more kids and grownups to make at least one healthy choice. 

One of the rules I try desperately to enforce is if you’re feeling hungry, make sure you have some water and a healthy snack.  If your family is anything like mine, you know that easy is good.  If it involves getting out a dish, cutting something, and heating…oh my.  This is too much effort.  Heaven forbid we lived in the Colonial Days!  We’d be some skinny suckers.  So anything that is healthy and easy to grab and eat…I’m all about it.

My mom and I were kidding each other that this fruit bouquet would cost about a hundred bucks to make.  But why not sub out some of the fruit.  You could skewer on some angel food cake bites on the top.  Or, you could just cut the sticks shorter. 

Anyway, I just thought I’d share this fruit bouquet.  Cute for entertaining.  Healthy and quick for the kiddos…and mom.

Centerpiece Idea: Eye Poppin’ & No Leaves Droppin’!

the Untraditional Topiary

Eye poppin', show stoppin' & no leaves ever droppin'. Love that!

 

I love all things bloggy.  And whenever I am travailing the big bloggy world, I almost always stumble across someone really special.  Sometimes, I am totally unable to recall the path I took to get there, but I guess that isn’t the point. 

Most recently, I was at one of my usual haunts, Mom Bloggers Club. checking out who was on the scene.   I just love to go check out the creative mom minds in cyberspace.  This trip found me at The Untraditional Topiary.  Yes!  This is what it’s all about.  Finding that thing that makes you YOU and going with it.  Shelley started making these stunning creations and before she knew it, she had a full blown business going.  On a visit to her etsy shop, I found out she will customize these for you.  Oh, the possibilities.  Go check out her blog, and her shop.  Maybe you’ll get a little inspiration, or maybe a little help with your next party!  You know you’ll be getting some great comments with one of these little gems on display.  It’s always fun to have a unique attention grabber, and this definitely fits the bill!

Halloween Tree Part 2

This is part two of my Halloween Tree instructions.  See the Halloween Category to the right for part one. 

For the base of the tree I have set the tree in Plaster of Paris.  You just mix the Plaster of Paris with water according to the instructions on the box (they sell this stuff at Walmart btw).  Once you get it mixed up in a container that will fit your “tree” it’s time to place the tree.  You might want to do this in a place where it can be held up by a rope or something shile the Plaster of Paris dries.  I propped mine up with the ceiling (big tree).

Halloween Tree sitting a Plaster of Paris bath.  Pretty 2 liter holding it in place.  I'll be hiding that sucker later.

Halloween Tree sitting a Plaster of Paris bath. Pretty 2 liter holding it in place. I'll be hiding that sucker later.

 

After this dries (it took about an hour and 45 minutes, maybe less.  I’m not sure, I went to the store while it was drying.)

Halloween Decorations care of Dollar Tree

Halloween Decorations care of Dollar Tree

Hang any decorations you like on your tree.  I do not suggest putting lights on here because it’s not very safe.  Your regular lights in your house will still provide a little sparkle with the glitter.

Halloween tree, my final versioin.

Halloween tree, my final versioin.

I am going to place the base with the two liter bottle in a planter.  I’ll just cover the two liter up with some fabric.  Hmmm, maybe some of the fabric I dyed with those walnuts I picked up along the road.

Halloween Party Idea: The tree part one.

This project makes a great addition to your Halloween Party decorations because it is virtually free, and if you don’t have the supplies on hand, you can get them pretty cheap.

Supply List:

  1. Large branch that has several mini branches that would look like a Charlie Brown Tree. (Free, just find one)

  2. Black Paint ( I used spray paint) ($3 at the most)

  3. A surface to paint on (I used some black plastic) Free, whatever you have.

  4. Gloppy Craft Glue (comes with the glitter but you could use Elmer’s  we’ll say $1 Dollar Tree)

  5. Glitter in your choice of color(s)  ( I used red) ($1-$7 depending on where and how much.  I recommend Martha Stewart Glitter at Michael’s Craft Store and if you buy the three pack, it comes with the glue.  And you can go to the Michael’s site and print a 40% off coupon.

  6. Anything you want to hang from the tree. (I’ll get to that in the next post)

  7. Plaster of Paris (You can get a big ol’ thing of this for about $5 at Walmart in the kids craft department.)

  8. A container to put your tree in, something junky because we’re holding it up with plaster of paris.  This will be at the base of your tree.  I am going to put mine in a milk jug, and then sink the jug into an old planter I have.

This whole project might run you around $15 assuming you have none of the supplies.  My mom called me from a local hardware chain where they were selling these for $70.  So, I’d say $15 ain’t bad.

Here’s how it’s gone down so far.

 

This is my bare Halloween tree.  Look for something similar with little branches on it.
This is my bare Halloween tree. Look for something similar with little branches on it.

 

Spray paint it black in a ventilated area, Put something down to protect the surface.  Allow to dry.

Spray paint it black in a ventilated area, Put something down to protect the surface. Allow to dry.

Gather glitter supplies.  I keep my glitter in a coffee filter so I can scoop it w a spoon & let the excess fall in the filter.  Or use a bog ol piece of paper for larger areas you plan to glitter.

Gather glitter supplies. I keep my glitter in a coffee filter so I can scoop it w a spoon & let the excess fall in the filter. Or use a bog ol piece of paper for larger areas you plan to glitter.

Brush a branch with glue.  I just do the tips. You'll want to work from the inside of your Halloween Tree out.

Brush a branch with glue. I just do the tips. You'll want to work from the inside of your Halloween Tree out.

Spoon the glitter onto the glued branch.  Make sure to catch the excess in a coffee filter or on a piece of paper.

Spoon the glitter onto the glued branch. Make sure to catch the excess in a coffee filter or on a piece of paper.

several branches glittered.  This is definitely the situation where more is better.

several branches glittered. This is definitely the situation where more is better.

In the next post, we’ll sit this bad boy up, and add some decorations. 
It’s going to make an awesome focal point.
You can actually use this idea in a lot of different applications.
I’ve done one for christmas, in all white and hung Christmas Ornaments that had our friernds
names written on them in gold marker.

 

 

Halloween Decoration via the Old Nasty Tshirt

Just keep cutting.

Just keep cutting.

The other day when I was dying my paper for the Halloween Party invites, I also threw some old nasty t shirts into the dye (btw to make these color fast you can use vinegar, I didn’t bc I don’t plan on washing these EVER.)  Why?  For Halloween decorations, of course!  I had one batch of boiled onion skin dye, one pot of coffee dye, and one crushed walnut dye.  Actually the onion skins made a nasty pinkish dye that works rather well for Halloween.  The best part about these Halloween decorations is that they were FREE!

Here’s what happened.

The Nasty tshirts and towel.  Pink onion, ecru walnut, and dingy coffee.
The Nasty tshirts and towel. Pink onion, ecru walnut, and dingy coffee.

The shirts after their dirty dye job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First I stretched out the shirt and cut it into strips.

First I stretched out the shirt and cut it into strips.

 
 

 4 inch strips are gonna work better.

 

Little ones curl in on themelves.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You'll actually have loops, not strips, so you need to cut one end of the loop.

You'll actually have loops, not strips, so you need to cut one end of the loop.

 
 If you have a rotary cutter, now’s the time to break that bad boy out.  It’ll go a lot faster.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can braid the strips and use as garland.  Add some yarn for texture, or anything else you have hanging around.

You can braid the strips and use as garland. Add some yarn for texture, or anything else you have hanging around.

 
 
 
 Some black or orange tshirts, maybe even red might be fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then just hang loose.

Then just hang loose.

 
 
 Imagine a mummy or spider, or skeleton standing underneath.  Nice.  OR that cool Halloween Tree I’m going to show you in an upcoming blog entry!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OR fun to add a little mystery as you walk in.  You could even cut up trash bags for this.  My photos kind of stink.  This is really a cool thing.  You could use the strips to make your mummy costume.  You could tie a bunch of stuff together with them, like a pile of plastic bones.  Or a cute little bow on stemware.  Vesatile suckers for a free item!  Love that. 
Tie them on a stick, or in this case, I used a table leg.  Now they are a spooky curtain.

Tie them on a stick, or in this case, I used a table leg. Now they are a spooky curtain.