Have I officially turned into a party blog? Last one for a while, I promise!
There is a sweet girl at church who just turned 14 and she wanted me to help with the party decorations. I was super excited because for once the party was a theme that I totally would have done for myself. Frilly pink tea party things with ribbon and pearls and fresh roses. Happy day!
Unfortunately the party came at a really busy time for me so I didn't get to make as many things as I'd like to. (Although one could argue that I had weeks in advance to prepare, but that's not how I work.) :O)
We started out with making the invitations from things we had on hand. The pink vellum envelopes were leftover from my wedding! I can't believe I've kept them for 7 years. (See, husband? I knew I'd use them someday!)
Paige helping: (love her)
I made some roses out of strips of a plastic table cloth that I scalloped on the edge with scissors. I had to ruffle them by hand with a needle and thread because I think my sewing machine died. (Noooooo!)
Here is how you make them!
- Unfold table cloth and cut lengthwise along the creases to create long strips.
- Use scissors to trim one edge in scallops. (It's faster if you fold it up lengthwise first)
- Use a gathering stitch (straight stitch on the longest stitch length with top thread tension at highest setting) along the long, flat edge of each strip.
- Pull one thread to gather the edge up all the way.
- Roll the gathered edge up and glue in place.
It should look like this when you're all done!
A few scraps of lace ribbon and Ruffle Fabric made the table pretty. I also scattered pearl beads and hand stamped fleur di lis confetti. It turned out lovely. :O)
Isn't their house just gorgeous? Every time I go there I want to come home and redecorate. Their family is even more beautiful than their home. They are absolutely extraordinary people. I am so blessed to know them.
So that was the simple little tea party! I love a simple party. Where the hosts aren't stressed out and everyone knows each other really well and enjoy each other. My favorite.
The decorations were all from my stash except the $1 plastic table cloth and the balloons. So the whole thing cost me $2, which is always nice. :O) Oh wait, no, that's a lie. I did buy the flowers, too.
Did you see the garland of big white circles? That was supposed to be a pearl necklace, and actually, I went to a great to of effort to make it. I hand cut the circles, then put a small circle of glue on each one and sprinkled white glitter to make it look like the pearls were reflecting the light. Then I strung them on white cotton string which I knotted in between each pearl so make it look like a real necklace. It took forever, and when I hung it up and stood back...it looked like a row of white circles. Whatever. :O) Crafts are funny that way.
Love you guys!