So I umm-ed and ahh-ed and generally drove my loved ones crazy trying to find The Perfect Venue for the Berries’ birthday. A spot that was pretty, with parking, that we could reserve, etc etc. And then it rained, biblically, and everyone squeezed into the not-so-big-when-it’s-full-of-kids-big-new-house. I guess they gave it a pretty good christening… Needless to say I won’t be throwing a kids party this big ever again! So, dear reader, please humour me by imagining all my little crafty fancies hung from the delightfully gnarled and ancient branches of morton bay fig trees, with the afternoon sun glinting and dappling each shiny thing, and happy children frolicking, instead of this grey old inside day.
AKA an excuse for lots of photos of pretty flowers. Mirrored runner from IKEA. Orchids $10 from Kings Cross markets. Ivy stolen from the end of the street. Giant silver baubley lantern thingies, DIY here.
Happy almost new year, peeps. Don’t suppose you need some last minute decorations? Bigger is better when going last minute party shopping according to my subconscious, I always get suckered. These were actually made for our deck-warming but wanted to get them posted just in case there are some crazy crafters out there looking for last minute satisfaction for 2012.
Step one, head to your nearest $2 shop, dodgy party warehouse or newsagent. You’ll need a couple of packets of crepe paper per lantern and some double sided tape. I actually used a hot glue gun since I was out of tape.
Cut your crepe into strips, then add notches in each strip. Keep in mind, you’re deciding the butchness of your lantern now. I went pretty chunky (also faster).
Then add your double sided tape along the “seams” of the lantern, or dot glue along the first rib. Simply follow the ribs with your crepe paper, keeping in mind you want to strips to overlap. Like most crafty things the first bit is dodgy then you get the knack and the process speeds up. Sadly you’ll need to start at the bottom, which is most visible. That’s why you serve shots. Drunks don’t nit pick.
So round and round you go until you’re ruffle-tastic. I mixed mine up with some shimmery show-girl lanterns courtesy of a giant role of foil garland I picked up at Reverse Garbage months and months ago. Still going strong, it’s endless.
Now, want to really razzle your ruffles? I stole this idea from Oh Happy Day, except she pimps her lanterns with confetti to make pull-string pinatas. Fill with anything fairly light and pull at midnight. Good clean fun (well, depending on what you fill them with).
So, the damn deck. Which Mr B will use to effectively quash every future sigh I make over dilapidated terraces and decrepit farmhouses. The project that taught us we are NOT good renovators. But, it’s (basically, almost) finished and it adds a whole “outdoor room” (thanks Jamie Durie) to our home. We’re focussing on the enjoyment bit after the long, long, long stressful building bit, which of course meant throwing a party. And since I’m a space cadet by 3pm, twas a brunch.
Food on offer: churros and dulce de leche that went so fast there wasn’t even a chance for a photo, some guac and chips, a super yummy and super easy apricot parfait that deserves its own post coming up, and some equally successful skewers of chorizo and prawn that gave Mr B a chance to christen his new Weber. I made a big jug of watermelon punch, plus some limey pina colada shooters for the brave. Turns out our friends are getting soft in their old age. Not many takers for shots at breakfast. Very sad state of affairs.
So, extremely late, here’s some shots from lunch last Sunday. There’s a tree dropping absolutely stunning autumn leaves just on our corner. The Berry and I spent a late afternoon picking the “pretty leaves”, a relative term for the two of us. The little macrame vase holders were inspired by/nicked from this gorgeous wedding. Might post some tutorials and recipes later.
These ones got to go home with mum, pretty good for a grocery store bunch, hey?
A few shots from the little bit of styling done for Arti’s Hens drinks. Terrible lighting – I’m pining for a proper camera to elevate me into serious blogger-nerd territory. Until then, it’s trusty iPhone photos I’m afraid.
Basically, we’re talking a yummy drink, a few mirror balls, and a box of falsies to enhance the evening’s flirt factor. Fun in application increases with every sip!