Thursday, May 30, 2013

DIY Hot Air Balloons

I recently threw a baby shower for one of my high school friends. A mutual friend and I came up with the idea to throw her a whimsical tea party. I really wanted to make something unique that would really capture our theme. I found this website and these wonderful hot air balloon decorations. I simply had to make them.

They are super cute and not all that difficult. Here’s my step by step:

I got all of my supplies from Michaels –

You will need:
·      Paper lanterns (I used 12 inch)
·      Buckets/Totes to use as the basket
·      Ribbon
·      Hot glue gun

 The first thing I did was cut 8 pieces of ribbon into 18-inch strips.

Each balloon needs 4 strands of ribbon, so set 4 ribbons with each balloon. Next, glue  one end of each ribbon around the balloon evenly spaced and 1 ¼ inches inside the balloon.  Do this for each balloon.

 Then, glue each ribbon to the inside of the bucket. Make sure it evens out and the balloon hangs straight. I did this by letting the basket suspend slightly so I could see if all the ribbons were equally taut. Do for the two remaining balloons.

Let them dry for a couple hours.

I chose to hang mine with ribbon but you can hang them with fishing line, twine or anything you have on hand! It’s whimsical right? So get creative

Suspend your balloons and enjoy!

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Whimsical Tea Party

One of my good friends from high school is having her first baby and I was so excited to throw her a baby shower. I got together with Kati, one of her friends, and we and we thought that “A Whimsical Tea Party” would be a great way to celebrate a little girl coming into their family. I had images of decorative books, teacups, hot air balloons and of coarse fresh flowers running through my head. I started collecting teacups and made some DIY hot air balloons, which I love how they turned out! Kati ordered some macaroons from a place in Orem Utah called le petit macarons. These are probably the best macaroons I have ever had and everyone needs to try these! I loved our pink nail polish party favors and I loved the heart that we had all of the guests take pictures in front of. I was so happy with how everything came together.

I will be posting my DIY on the hot air balloons soon. 

I thought I would leave you with a little tip: you can repurpose a lot of the decorations from other parties you have thrown so hold on to all the decorations you are really proud of!