The streamers and "best night ever" garland came together first, but what's a photo booth without some great props? Next on my list- gather ALL THE PROPS.
I made the party hats a couple days before the party, after finding a template online, picked up a pack of poppers at Target, along with the party beads. I did my best to throw together some props on skewers but I think they turned out kinda 'meh'. Except the picture of LC with the kissy lips: That one turned out amaze.
Behold! My first handmade photo booth backdrop! What started out as a simple concept, (of course) turned into the most time consuming piece of decor for this party. I saw the gold and silver streamers sorta hiding in a party aisle at Target between Thanksgiving and Christmas and grabbed 2 packs each, because... hello, gorgeous. I didn't have a plan for them, but knew I didn't want to pass them by. I saw a tutorial for the fringe technique, somewhere on the internet, with tissue paper and used as a ceiling decoration, and eventually decided I would put the two ideas together for this backdrop. I figured I would need a lot of streamers, but did not realize I would need 3 or 4 rolls of each color. This meant a day-of the party trip to Target with crossed fingers that they would still have the exact same product. (They did!) I'm just glad the final result turned out so magical looking. I folded and snipped away at these for a few nights in a row, while binge watching the entire series of "Call the Midwife" and the latest season of "Downton Abbey". <3
Follow along for the simple instructions.
- Cut a section of streamer .
- Gently fold in half length wise (or hot dog style).
- Cut tiny dashes all the way, along the non folded half of paper.
- Unfold and spread out your fringe, as desired.
- We taped our streamers up to our wall with double stick tape on their back sides.
This concept could work with bigger streamers, different colors, patterns, etc. Although it was time consuming, I am so happy with how it turned out. So happy in fact, that I saved most of the pieces and rolled them back up to use again in the future, should they be needed.
After I began nailing down what I wanted our party to be like, I knew I needed to get the word out to our guests. For the people we wanted to include, making a private Facebook event was all we needed. Plus, everyone was able to share what they were bringing, along with their excited RSVPs. Easy Peasey! I tried to set the tone via the cover image, shown below.
The day of our party I posted the following image in the FB event. Part reminder/part warning. :)
I used to hold a LOT of expectations around New Years Eve being a perfect night. (Heads up, perfect isn't possible.) For the most part, Jason and I have had good NYEs as a couple. And this year we agreed that hosting our friends over for a night of drinks, food, and fun would be just the way to say good-bye to 2014. I knew right away I wanted our guests to be comfortable. Ingredient #1: loungewear, pajamas, sweats. But I also felt like being fancy; because, duh. Ingredient #2: sparkles, champagne glasses, silver and gold decor. The final result? a paGLAMa party.
Check out the pins I used as inspiration!