As promised, today I will share the ideas or techniques I used for creating the Paris themed party feel!
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 RosettesThe 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.
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).
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 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.