Here is a recap of the process leading up to the party:
- Stack 8 layers of 20"x30" tissue paper together.
- Along the shorter end, fold up a 1.5"-2" flap.
- Continue to make accordion folds of the same size along the whole stack of tissue paper.
- Cut the ends of the folded strip with a rounded edge.
- OR (instead of 4) cut a sharp edge on the sides - I prefer this one.
- Tie a string or hanging wire around the middle of the paper. To fully assemble the pom pom, pull apart the layers one by one until all are separate and poofed.
The left one has the rounded corners and the right one has the sharp corners.
I liked the sharp corners much better so all the rest were made that way.
Here is a sneak peak at what they looked like on party day.
I also bought her a beautiful wooden chest to keep her blocks in:
Baby Boo's room and decided to do it in those colors. The lid was the bright plum/magenta/whatever from the tree in her mural, and the base was the light blue of her walls. Here are a few in between shots:
She added the hardware on the inside to keep it from slamming shut and wearing on the hinges.
Everything was wrapped on the cheap with random yellow crepe paper from a party long long ago, and brown paper that was part of some packaging. So by cheap, I mean free - awesome! It didn't look half bad though:
The next project I did was inspired from something I had pinned on Pinterest a while back. It is a party garland made up of monthly photos of the birthday child. Here is the original photo of inspiration that I found on Pinterest:
It originally came from this cute blog called The Macs.
I loved the idea of showing off the party guests how Baby Boo has changed, and I love that it isn't the predictable poster of photos too. So It got to work on creating my own. First I compiled the photos and edited them all to be black and white just for the sake of continuity:
Mpix and they arrived that week looking beautiful - Mpix is the way to go for perfect quality prints:
The last project I did that week was also inspired from Pinterest:
Originally from Striving to be More blog.
That about sums it up for the preceding birthday week. I had done pretty much everything I could ahead of time. Of course the food itself and setting up the party would have to wait for that weekend.
That week was a busy one, but the upcoming weekend would be even more hectic. . . but that's a post for tomorrow.