Friendsgiving 2013

IMG_4786

Every year my friends and I make a point to get together around the holidays to celebrate our friendship in the midst of family gatherings and the general busyness that occurs this time of year.

I offered to host Friendsgiving this year, choosing blue, orange and gold for the decorations. I made a few simple things that created a festive atmosphere for the grown-ups to sip white sangria and the littles to run around/lay about bringing joy to our growing friend-family.

IMG_4783

I used paint to add color to the setup, including the vase filler, gold accents on the orange votives, and giving a few little pumpkins a colorful makeover.

IMG_4774

IMG_4779

IMG_4778

I made the banners with brown card stock and paint, and found some pretty orange flowers to brighten up the table.

IMG_4788

Finally, I sent my friends home with simmer jar favors filled with oranges, cinnamon and cloves so they can continue the festivity in their own homes.

IMG_4764

I’m so thankful for the good people in my life. Enjoy celebrating with yours.

 

Graduation Party Decorations, To-Go

Best Pics

When my friend Jill asked me to make decorations for her sister Erin’s college graduation party, I was thrilled. The only problem was that I couldn’t attend- I had a wedding the same day! My challenge was to make decorations that would make a big impact, but that were also portable and easy to set up by Jill and her family. Challenge accepted!

I focused on decorations that would add color and festivity to the main party area, the food table. I decided on four main decorations: a banner, hanging paper poms, mini pom cupcake toppers, and appetizer flags.

Erin’s school colors were white and gold, and her favorite color is blue, so I used those three colors as my palette (I cheated a bit by using yellow instead of gold). For the banner, I liked the idea of having tassels hanging from the letters, which I created using strips of tissue paper.

IMG_3325

For the letters, I made accordion circles with colored paper and freehand-cut the letters.

IMG_3329

IMG_3331

IMG_3332

I used yellow, white and blue tissue paper for the large paper poms, and blue tissue paper for the pom cupcake toppers.

IMG_3323

IMG_3320

I kept everything flat for traveling, and then Jill and her mom fluffed everything up for the party. Huge thanks to Jill for taking these pictures of everything set up!

IMG_2828

IMG_0383

IMG_0396

IMG_0387

IMG_0397

I was so happy to contribute to Erin’s day from afar. Congrats again, Erin!