WOW! First post of 2013 – I’m a bit behind, but I’m also a bit busy (that was probably obvious due to the lack of blog entries). This is most likely the latest ”HAPPY NEW YEAR” ever, but I’m still closer to the start of 2013 than 2014, I wonder if there’s actually a time frame for when you should just not say ‘Happy New Year’…Hmm…excuse me while I Google….
QUESTION: When is it too late to say Happy New Year?
ANSWER: (My fav on Google) “It get’s ridiculous when someone says it to you in February or March…” - So do I wait till April???
Ok, seeing as I’m ’ridiculous’ Happy CHINESE New Year!!! (Soon my pretties, soon).
Anyway, this isn’t what I’m writing about today. I’ve been looking for all sorts of funky, cheap, fun, colourful, did I mention CHEAP ways to decorate the garage for a Birthday party, MY Birthday party. It’s not till March but I like to prepare in advance, especially if I’m ordering things from overseas. I’m having a “Fiesta” themed Birthday Party with a very dear friend of mine, mainly because I wanted to wear a giiiiigantic hat, wear a dirty moustache and for once look like a bad a$s with a fake cigar hanging out my mouth. I have discovered a world of “free” printable’s, cheap and effective decorating ideas and recycling ideas that would never in a million years cross my mind, so I thought I would share my top 5 with all of you!
**THIS IS THREE DAYS WORTH OF RESEARCH PEOPLE, THREE DAYS!!**
In no particular order:
5. Home Made Photo Booth (say whaaaaaaat!?!): Get a refrigerator box, paint the inside, sparkle it up, stick material all over it, make a flower feature wall, whatever – let your creative juices spill out on the inside of this box, as long as it’s in theme. Find a nice little chair, or no chair and you have yourself a little photo booth.
Alternatively you could just have a ‘feature wall’ as the back drop to your photos like this AWESOME Sequin Photobooth…
and print off some FREE photo booth props like these and stick them on skewers. HOLY SMOKES! Look at how professional you look!
4. FREE Themed printable’s (You heard): There are so many of these free ‘packages’ around, they mostly consist of Invitations, Bottle Labels, Cupcake Toppers, Little flags for drinks or food, “Thank you” cards (wow, there’s a word a lot of people don’t know how to say, teach them while they’re young!) and some even have food labels, like my fiesta one’s have margarita’s and guacamole labels…Mmm….Margarita’s….
3 & 2. Giant Paper Flowers & Paper Rosettes: In these two blog/tutorials, the flowers were used for a wedding and the rosettes were used as a backdrop – I’m thinking I should mix it up and stick a whole lot of both of these to the ceiling in the garage and turn the lights on, that way there’ll be a ‘glow’ to some of the flowers and just enough lighting for a party mood.
1. Just to add a bit more colour and height/depth - Streamer Chandeliers: Umm, yea, it’s pretty simple really and I don’t know why i’ve only JUST found out about this now. Look at how effective they are in that giant marquee in the photo.
I also just remembered another idea for cheap party lighting - balloons with glow-sticks You can have these on the floor, floating in the pool, attached to string on the walls, hanging from the ceiling, wherever your heart desires that little glowing sack of air to be.
Go ahead, count up how much you’ve saved, you know you want to! And remember, these are just SOME of the money saving awesome idea’s I’ve found – If I have time to find these in between cakes and everything else, YOU have time to find yours.
The world is your canvas and you are the paintbrush – Ooooh how cheesy was that If you’ve got kids, get them to help out, if you’re a big kid (like myself) – get the other big kids to help out, I promise it’ll be fun and if you do end up making any of these, I would love to see them, so email them through to me and I may just slap it up here for the world to see…or on my facebook page – which is pretty much the world.