Besides any of the little parties I’ve had in the past, this was the first “large” party that I’ve planned. It was an anniversary party for a good friend of mine. It turned out amazing and I’d like to say it was all due to my planning, but as you’ll see from the pictures, their home is not only beautiful, but is the PERFECT party venue. Very different from my 800 sq. ft. apartment. Oh well…
Every good party starts with a great invite. No, they don’t really live on Blah Blah Lane.
I embroidered different modern tablecloths for the cocktail tables and made these origami flower centerpieces. Of course, tablecloths aren’t cheap. I mean, they’re not crazy expensive, but buying one for even $10 is a bit expensive in my opinion. The solution – Ikea sheets. For these, I just bought three $2 flat sheets, shortened them with hemming tape and my iron (I didn’t have a sewing machine yet), chose my embroidery design, and voila! The centerpieces are made out of old book pages (almost an entire book per flower) and an accent color paper. For the vases – Dollar Store variety and spray paint. At the last minute, we decided to throw in some LED lights to give a little more ambience.
I also created an illustration of them as a gift. I tweaked an existing Adobe Illustrator vector image to create a personalized depiction of the anniversary couple.
Some other little fun things I did were creating different stickers for people to put on their disposable stemware (side note – I HATE plastic party stuff, but I found some really cute glasses and the cutlery that look like the real thing). That way, no one takes a swig out of my glass and I wind up sick the next day. Gack. Here are a few choices that I offered:
We also set up a photo booth using my Mac, a table, chairs, red velvet backdrop and props, of course. I brought hats and wigs and made a few moustaches (thanks Martha Stewart website template!) Needless to say, it was a huge hit.
The finished interior. Like I said earlier, amazing venue generally.
For the backyard, we hung about 50 different sized paper lanterns. Instead of getting LED lights specific for lanterns, I found a little cheat that includes purchasing small LED bulbs and watch batteries which you can tape together to make a cheap and fantastic lantern light. I also used embroidered tablecloths on large round tables, including (not pictured – grrrr) centerpieces of paper lanterns with branches and paper airplanes.
All in all, it was a fantastic party and I was very happy to be a part of making it.