Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Wednesday Wishlist : It's a Keeper! {Party Backdrops and Decorations}

This week’s wishlist is bought to you by Greenpeace.
Just kidding. However, I have been researching party decorations and backdrops recently and really started noticing how much of what we use for celebrations is disposable.

Make no mistake about it, I’m entirely in favour of anything that makes throwing parties easier - particularly when it comes to cleaning up afterwards! But it does seem an awful waste of time, energy and money for absolutely everything to be thrown out after the big event. Especially as, with a little thought and planning, decorations and props for a party can make great keepsakes, or become part of the guest of honour's gift for a special occasion. 

So, here are a few ideas for party decorations that you won't be able to bear to part with afterwards.
Remember…Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!


1. Framed Button Initial

Bridget's lovely cake by Cakes by Sandra.

I’m very proud and excited that the first amazing item on the wishlist this week was made by my sister for my niece’s first birthday. Bridget’s party was a "cute as a button" theme because well, she was. (And as my sister has just rightly pointed out, still is!!!) Also, she absolutely loved her Dolly from Toy Story doll at the time, whose button dress tied in with the theme perfectly. So, the "B" was made as a backdrop for the cake and lolly buffet table, but also as a decoration for Bridget’s room afterwards.

I'm assured the initial is extremely easy to make. Here's how:

1. Find a font you like online, and print out the letter you need, in a size to fit your frame.

2. Trace the letter onto your fabric, which has been cut to size with 1 to 2 inches of overhang over the frame. This one is made with undyed linen.

3. Use fabric glue to attach buttons on to the fabric, starting with the outline of the letter and then filling in the rest. For a large frame like the one above, you will need about 200 buttons. Bags of assorted buttons are available on ebay, or if you are in Australia, Spotlight have them as well.

4. Frame your masterpiece by stretching the fabric over the inlay of the frame and gluing into place, then add the glass and surround. 

2. Name Garland

I recently come across these beauties from Love Pretty Garlands (also available on Etsy) and can’t wait for someone I know to have a christening so I have an excuse to order one!

In the meantime, I think they would look gorgeous hanging over, or across the front of, a party table. Then, of course, kept as a room decoration afterwards. The colours and fabrics they are available in could easily be tied in with a cake and other party decorations. Or, if you have a theme in mind already, possibly made to suit your chosen colours.

3. Commission Personalised Artwork

Another idea for a party centrepiece would be to commission an original artwork from the array of handmade stuff you can now find on line at really reasonable prices. Such as these gorgeous pieces from Love Paper Scissors.

How good would they look hung on the wall behind a party table? Again, complimented with partyware in the same colour scheme and patterns? I’m especially in love with the dandelions and the dragonflies. Come to think of it, that would make a great theme for a party!

Finally, a quick word about The Wednesday Wishlist. This is purely a collection of random finds for a great party. No gifts or payment is received by P11 for including them on the list. If your item is listed above, I'd love to hear from you - and thank you for making and selling such great stuff! 

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