Globes and garlands, travel and tassels, + flags, banners, and more!
Warning: Party No. 9 is full of some seriously awesome, not to mention crafty decor.
But before we get to the new stuff... those gold and silver tassels might look familiar. I made them way back in December for Party No. 1! They've been hanging in my "office" since, and I'm glad I kept them because they worked great with this party. [More on keeping vs. tossing the crafts and decor from these parties in a later post. I have no hard and fast rules, so it will be interesting to see what I've accumulated after 12 different parties and what I choose to keep long term.]
I looked high and low for the right globes to use as decoration around the house. The big globe in the photo above, is from Cost Plus World Market. They had a ton of options when it came to globes, and this one was perfect, because of it's size.
The taller globe came from Michaels, and the third one on the main table came from Target. I got lucky that globes are currently so popular in home decor!
For the food, I wanted to have little flags that corresponded to each dish's country of origin. I guessed which countries my friends were going to represent in their meal choices, and laid those flags to the side. I attached them, with tacky glue, to skewers that I spray painted gold, and ended up sticking them in floral foam (painted with silver) to keep them upright. I didn't love the way the floral foam looked, but the flags stayed up, so they did their job.
All the flags came from the printable world flags on Mr. Printables' website. 100 different world flags ready for personal use = jackpot for this international themed party! I turned the rest of the flags into a garland that you can see in action in the first photo.
That really cool wooden map came from Michaels. I bought it over the summer without a specific purpose in mind, because I loved it's look, and low price tag.
It's hard to see in this photo, but I used our own passports, travel books and mini statues (my Eiffel Tower, and London phone booth!) as props around the drink station. I love finding stuff to use for a party, among items I already own and use around the house.
Now to the good stuff.
That atlas was originally a college text book of mine! I took as many history classes as I could, while in school, including an ancient civilizations course. We had map tests every week, based on the maps in that atlas. I loved the colors and the way the pages laid out, so I kept it after graduation. It hung out in my stash of craft paper, for all these years, knowing I would use it for something, someday. That day finally came, when preparing for Party No. 9! I used my heart punch, and recycled this old text book into a colorful garland that hung above the mantle.
I also found a great vintage map motif in the paper aisle at Michaels. At the last minute, I got the idea to make drink tags that mimicked luggage tags. I used the shimmery gold paper as a backing, which made them more sturdy (and sparkly). I punched a hole, and added some black ribbon, then wrote guest's names in silver. They turned out cute, and I saved ours to possibly use as Christmas ornaments.
To go along with the travel theme, I wanted to incorporate some paper airplanes. I originally envisioned a mobile of sorts, maybe hanging from the chandelier in the dining room. Plus, what better material for paper airplanes than maps of the world?
Turns out I'm not very good at making paper airplanes. I knew this already, but I assumed I could teach myself with the help of YouTube. No matter how many video tutorials I watched online, I couldn't quite figure it out. I knew I had enough going on already, and the airplanes (although cool) would distract from everything else.
I guess you could say, the paper airplane idea just never got off the ground.
Check back next week for all the photos from the party itself! Thanks for reading, and liking, and sharing friends!