Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Posh Paris Party Decorations

Bonjour à nouveau (hello again)!
As promised, today I will share the ideas or techniques I used for creating the Paris themed party feel!

Birthday Sign
The birthday sign was created using the Cricut Storybook Cartridge.  I did a shadow of each letter in black and then did a regular sized letter for each using this pretty black and white paper pack I had.  I added grommets to each letter so that I could easily string the letters together and keep them from tearing at the same time.

Paper Rosettes
The rosette idea came at a perfect time in a post from Chickabug Blog. When the post arrived in my inbox, I knew I needed to use this idea for the Paris party.  I added 10's, Fleur de lis and Eiffel Tower pictures to the center of my rosettes to emphasize the theme.  I displayed the rosettes in front of the kitchen window and along the fireplace.
http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2012/12/how-to-make-paper-rosettes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Chickabug+%28Chickabug%29
  

 Pictures of the Eiffel Tower
I am fortunate to have a friend who visited Paris in the fall.  She shared her picture files with me and I framed them using frames I already had or after Christmas finds (the chalkboard frame pictured below).
  

Paper Shoes
When I stumbled upon the paper shoe idea I was so excited because I wanted to try and make them, plus I thought they would go along great with the Paris theme.  I used two different templates to create the shoes.  I never finished adding details to them (especially the black one) but they still looked pretty displayed on the table.
Shoe template from: http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/2010/12/paper-shoe-template.html
The template for the black shoe was from http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/10/28/paper-witch-shoes/ (the original idea was from: www.ellenhutson.com )

  
 
Other decor and party goods!
The paper lanterns, plates, napkins and cups were ordered from www.birthdayexpress.com .  I am always happy with the party supplies that I purchase from them!  My daughter used her Harumika dress forms to create some decor with style with fashions she designed. http://www.harumika.com/
 


The Eiffel Tower (last but definitely not least)
The  idea came from many images I saw of cardboard Eiffel Towers.  My husband and I have been creating birthday party decorations with cardboard boxes for years now. (castle for a princess themed party, Mr. Hooper's store for a Sesame Street themed party - her birthday is right after Christmas - there are always tons of boxes available).  I was determined to make an Eiffel Tower.
 1. Using some math, a yardstick and pictures of the famous structure, I began to draw it out.  There I am working on the masterpiece.  I also included a picture of the two parts sketched out (bottom and top).

 2.My wonderful husband cut out all the little pieces and then traced through to the other piece of cardboard ~ the other side of the box (we left the box intact).  He then cut out those pieces.  This gave us a front and a back to our tower.  
3. Now of course, I thought it would stand up, no problem.  My husband knew better and reinforced the structure with wood.  
4. We painted it black and then added lights for effect!  Voila ~ The Eiffel Tower!  Great as a prop for taking pictures!

Hope you enjoyed learning how I created our party decorations.  Comments are appreciated ~ would love to hear your "posh" thoughts. 

Happy decorating!
Leslie




13 comments:

  1. Woooow!!This is spectacular!!! That Eiffel tower, oh my gosh...awesome!!
    Like I said before: you did an awesome decoration job!! Gonna try to make some paper rosettes!! TFS!! ;)

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    1. Thank you Lenny! I am one of those mom's that goes ALL out! Have fun making the paper rosettes. Would love to see how they came out. Please share.

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  2. Hi Leslie, wow, what a big job - looks great. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks for follwoing. Will check out your blog soon! Thanks for visiting. Glad you will come back.

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  3. Your rosettes turned out just perfectly! I love the papers you chose, too : )

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    1. Hi Heather. Thank you for checking out the rosettes and sharing how to make them. So glad you stopped by.

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  5. What a fun party! That Eiffel tower is quite amazing - what an awesome photo prop. My daughter still talks about her Paris party - it was her fave! :)

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    1. Hi Amy. I apologize if I haven't responded to this. Thank you for stopping by and for your inspiration.

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  6. Hello!
    Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady is LIVE! I’d love to have you share your post!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-2

    Kathie

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  7. All these party decorations seems ideal for my forthcoming celebration. I would like to organize a get together with my buddies. Thanks for posting!

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  8. My daughter was looking for a replica to make! after googling ideas we came upon yours!! Very Very cooL!

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  9. your pictures are misleading.

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