I recently helped host a surprise birthday party for my sister in law, Heidi. I was in charge of decor and the photo booth – two of my favorite aspects for party planning! This party was truly a group effort – because it was a milestone birthday, Heidi was on the look out for clues that a party might be in the works. But no one let anything slip, so she was very surprised!
We found a lovely city forest building to host the event, which worked perfectly with our woodland fairy theme. The space came equipped with a beautiful, working stone fireplace, but we also had to work with picnic tables. Instead of covering them in tablecloths, I purchased a large roll of brown kraft paper (from the painting section at Lowe’s!). I can’t believe how much I got for just over $10. This kraft paper would be great for kid’s crafts or wrapping paper, too! To set off the centerpieces, I set out a burlap “placemat.” Vases of curly willow were the central arrangement. We also attached butterflies to each curly willow bouquet. Additionally, each table had two flower bouquets – one of baby’s breath and one of purple stock and scabiosa pods. For the flower vases, I used Mason Jars and leftover jars from my kitchen (salsa and spaghetti sauce, mostly). Mr. Lemon thought I was crazy until he saw them all together and he loved them! Moss balls, mini mushrooms, butterfly confetti and candles completed the table centerpieces.
On the bar, I used a green tablecloth with a centerpiece to compliment the main tables including curly willow and butterflies, candles, butterfly confetti and two vases of baby’s breath. However, I also included a framed invitation. Stripey straws set off the Mason Jar glasses perfectly!
The photo booth backdrop was made of dyed muslin ripped into strips (did you know that muslin rips in a straight line??? sooo helpful!) – this was a little tip I picked up over at Ms. Awesome. Unfortunately, it got too dark to take everyone’s photos outside, so many were taken inside. However, the chalkboard signs still worked inside! I had planned on more of a DIY for these, but when I found mini chalkboards for $3.50 from JoAnn’s, I knew it would be hard to make them myself for much better than that (did I mention I also had a coupon to make them just over $2 each?). I simply glued the chalkboards to paint stir sticks (free!), added a cute ribbon, and voila! Instant hand held signage! Interactive elements are always popular for photo booths!