Victoria’s secret… for a great Mardi Gras party

Victoria & Me

Victoria & Christy (me)

Last weekend, my friend Victoria threw quite a Mardi Gras bash with her then-boyfriend/now-fiance, Steve – “title change” the result of a lovely Valentine’s Day marriage proposal yesterday.  “Party bling followed by an engagement ring” is how this last week will go down in history.  And that’s a tough act to follow, people! :-)Victoria is a woman who has got it all together.  Or if she doesn’t, you’d never know because she sure does seem to pull off parties with ease and finesse.  And I have the pictures to prove it.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I shared the idea of draping plastic tablecloths on your ceiling to add festive color to your room?  Here they are, Mardi Gras style, in green, purple, and gold.  One of the first things you saw as you came through the door, it certainly said, “Let’s get this party started!” Mardi Gras Ceiling Tablecloth Decorations

Victoria also created a fabulous “mask and bead” board to display Mardi Gras accessories for guests to wear upon arrival.  After draping fabric across an inexpensive paneling board bought at Home Depot (you can hot glue-gun or staple the material in the back), she then used double-sided tape and hooks to hold the masks and beads.  Functional (albeit temporary) art – my favorite!Mardi Gras Mask and Bead Display Doors (2)

I can see similar approaches for other celebrations, with different color schemes and party favors (e.g., New Year’s party hats/horns, Santa hats/reindeer antlers, Hawaiian leis, Halloween masks).

I could share many photos to make all of you “wish you were here,” but I will limit it to just a few more so that you can get the flavor of this party and steal some ideas to replicate or alter when left to your own devices.

Dessert AreaDifferent angle of table centerpiece

 

 

What did you do for Mardi Gras or Valentine’s Day this year?  Party photos, crafts, or great recipes?  Victoria shared her secret(s).  Now you share yours!

Pretty in… plastic?

Like many, I love to entertain.  Also like many, I rarely have the time or money to throw elaborate parties (but still want to at least give the impression that I do!)  One way to add some pizazz to your gatherings is to use simple, inexpensive plastic tablecloths — and not necessarily in the traditional way of placing them on your tables.

Plastic Tablecloth Ceiling TreatmentTake a look at this easy idea of draping them across your ceiling, canopy-style, with a few balloon embellishments and streamers.  What a great way to add color and texture in a dramatic, eye-catching fashion, with few dollars and little effort.

 

This decorating technique could be used for a variety of parties — celebrating birthdays, baby or wedding showers, and holidays (e.g., Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas) –and could feature any number of color combinations to support a range of fun-to-elegant themes.

tablecloth door entrancePlastic tablecloths can also be used to create a festive entrance to your party room, by draping them, in swag-curtain style, from your doorframe.

Use bows, ribbons, tulle or any other thematic or seasonal flair (pine cones? baby rattles?) to complete the look.  Again, you can use one color or many, depending on the design you’re after; and these can be pulled to one side only… or hung so that they drape both sides of your doorframe.  Maybe you want to drop them all the way to the floor so that they “puddle” like fabric draperies.

 

Last but not least, who has parties without photos, right?  Whether people are taking them for casual Facebook posts or to eventually print and frame as a remembrance of the occasion, snapshots are a given. How about using plastic tablecloths to make an interesting backdrop for your guests?  rainbow-photo-booth-backdrop-11Whether you go a bit whimsical with a rainbow design or opt for something more subtle, alternating light colors, this is sure to delight your party-goers.  You’ve not only created a conversation piece but a pseudo photo booth!  Add an empty picture frame or other props if you want to allow for more variety.

 

Whatever your party purpose, plastic tablecloths are an inexpensive and versatile way to add a temporary design to your room(s), without taking hours of preparation to deliver an interesting and memorable effect.  What are you waiting for?  The Dollar Store is just a few minutes away…

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Photo credits:  Ceiling canopy photo provided by Toni Roberts (DesignDazzle.com) .  Doorway photo provided by Jaime Costiglio (ThatsMyLetter.blogspot.com).  Backdrop photo provided by Camille (Makoodle.com). For details on the “how to” behind these projects, please visit these sites.