It should be no secret by now that I love how parties allow many opportunities to get crafty. Between the invitations, activities, menu planning, decorations and photo booths, parties are a great chance to stretch your creative wings and DIY to your hearts content. I'm all in favor of buying things pre-made, especially when it's something that I don't have the time or resources to complete myself. I believe that DIYing should not come at the cost of the planner's sanity. For me, DIYing is a chance to try out something, or practice a new hobby. Also, it's my way of adding personality to my parties, making things special and one of a kind is a way of showing how much I care!
Let's get into all the ways I DIYed "Fiesta Style" for my Pepere's 75th birthday!
DIY No. 1- Custom Online Invitations: We used Paperless Post for our free emailed invitation suite. I enjoy using websites like Paperless Post (and Evite) for sending virtual invitations, especially for larger parties. These websites have tons and tons of party themes to choose from. I chose the maracas because they were on-theme and I like how simple the design is. Guests were able to RSVP through their email, get directions and info about the party directly on the website, and access photos from the party in an album that we shared the day after. I will absolutely use this service again: it was easy to personalize, and more cost effective than mailing out 30+ invitations.
DIY No. 2-Tissue Paper Tassels: I made a BUNCH - seriously, look at them all - of gold tissue paper tassels. I ended up hanging them from the bottom of the railing, at an angle, over the drink table. The colorful fans are from Party City. I think gold and/or silver adds sophistication to any color combo, especially the bright fiesta shades we chose for this party. Not one to shy away from adding more color wherever I could, I also made tassels in the fiesta colors and hung them in a pattern under the bar/island.
I made extra of everything, because I wasn't "on location" and had no idea how many of what I would need. I hung the extra tassels vertically on the front door and on the door to the bathroom. I've made fringe tassels before, (Party No. 1 and Party No. 2) but this time I used my new rotary cutting tool and mat, which made the process exponentially faster, and the finished products more uniform in quality. (This tutorial is very close to how I execute this craft. However, I use hot glue or washi tape to secure my tassels.)
DIY No. 3- Mini Tissue Paper Tassels: Originally, I was planning to recreate these cute and colorful mini terra cotta planters on each table. I picked up a bunch of tiny pots at my Dollar Tree and brought extra supplies with me when I drove to my parents to set up the party.
The pots didn't look right just sitting there, with no plants in them, so I scrapped the idea. I was able to whip up some adorable mini tassels the night before the party, and onto small mason jars they went. These pops of color and "fiesta" were perfect additions to the tables that didn't have the tissue paper runners on them.
I followed the same basic technique for how I make the full sized tassels. Check it out below!
DIY No. 4- Flower Arrangements From Trader Joe's: I was able to run to Trader Joe's the morning of the party and grabbed about $50 worth of mixed bouquets and other filler flowers. I didn't have a solid plan when I was picking the bouquets, but I knew I wanted some bright flowers with a bohemian vibe. Once home, I separated every bouquet, grouped together flowers of the same color, then doled out each type into the vases, until they all looked similar both in shape and amount of each color flower. I was able to mix bouquets together to create 6+ centerpieces and 10+ smaller bouquets. I like how the mixing of different floral types created a more unique texture than what was premixed.
DIY No. 5- Fringed Tissue Paper Table Runners: The piece de resistance of this party's DIYS are of course, the fancy table runners! I'm so happy with how they added just the right amount of texture and color to the plain white linens.
I was inspired by this post, and with the help of my rotary cutting tool and mat, the fringe texture was easy to create. I worked in sections dictated by the tissue paper sizes, and eyeballed the correct size of each color. I layered 3-5 sheets per color, on top of each other. I ran each section of three colors through the sewing machine, and hot glued those pieces together at the end- not perfect, but certainly good enough.
These Fiesta-style DIYs were so fun to make, but even more fun to see all together in the space. The best part, is always seeing guests enjoying themselves amongst my crafty creations.
Stay tuned for this Fiesta's final post about our DIY Photo Booth and a fun wrap-up video.