Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Paint and String Initials - more engagement party decorations

In my last post I showed you the jute wrapped initials we decorated for the engagement party. Today I have a variation on that idea.
By the time I got to the last of the decorations I had almost run out of jute so I needed a way to tie these initials into the theme that didn't need so much string. With all the curves on the ampersand it would have been a challenge to wrap the whole symbol with jute anyway, so running out was a stroke of luck!

I decided to paint them red, white and blue, the theme colours for the party. It was quick and easy and with the exception of the blue paint, it used materials I already had on hand.

Once the paint was dried, I selected areas of each letter/symbol to wrap with string and secured the beginning and end with hot glue.

And all it needed was the addition of the roses and a bit of ribbon to tie it into the theme..... simple and effective.

The roses are made from copy paper using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.

We hired a huge marquee for the party - it was middle of summer and we wanted to make sure the guests had plenty of shade to mingle in. Sadly, the weather was against us and we had four days of torrential rain and it was blowing a gale. The marquee threatened to take off several times before the party even began and to say we were stressed would be an understatement. We had to relocate the party inside and rethink the decorating too.

Bunting which was to be strung in the marquee was now placed above windows, in doorways and arches and across the room in any way we could find to attach it. The balloons were tied to the handles of kitchen cupboards, the backs of chairs, pendant lights and even sitting on the stereo speakers. We really had to get imaginitive in a hurry but in the end it all looked great and the party went off well despite the weather.

And the dessert was wonderful too. The chocolate fountain was a big hit and was like a magnet for all the chocoholics.

Perfect to go with the strawberries....
and the other goodies for dipping....

It was rather fortunate that the party was just a couple of weeks before Valentine's Day because we were able to re use some of the decorations to set the mood for a romantic dinner that night. I love it when you can get more mileage out of your decorations!

'Til next time.....

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