My brother just got engaged to the most wonderful girl and I got to be in charge of the decorations for the diy engagement party! I was SO excited, until my mom told me the budget. Sigh.
I’m kidding! I knew that it would be a lot of fun to come up with a theme and decorations even on a small budget. Especially because I was planning it with the best party planner ever. And yes, I am referring to Pinterest. Pinterest is the best source I know of to get great ideas for just about anything for those of us who don’t come up with unique ideas ourselves but are really good at copying someone else.
Ashlyn, my brother’s fiancée has a favorite poem. For Christmas my brother hand painted a ukulele for her and put one of the lines from the poem on it. It’s called The Sun Rising by John Donne and the line is “Thou, sun, art half as happy as we.”
I decided to go with this theme for their party and I started digging through Pinterest to find some ideas. I thought about trying to make some sort of sun and clouds that could hang from the ceiling, and also have some treats that would go with the theme. Yellow was going to be the primary color we used in the food and the decorations.
I found all sorts of cloud ideas and quickly went out and got what I needed from Joannes so I could get started. And it didn’t work! So frustrating because I used up $11.26 of my budget and couldn’t return the unused portion of the batting. And just to be clear, batting does NOT work if you are trying to make nice fluffy clouds, no matter what Pinterest says…
Although I was really frustrated I was not going to give up. I got a great deal on some of those yellow tissue paper poufs with a coupon so the sun was going to be easy. But I still couldn’t find a tutorial on making clouds that looked like what I wanted. Then I ran across a site called ‘Curly Birds’.
Helen posts the cutest crafts and such for kids on her site and had a tutorial on how to make exactly what I had in mind! Of course, the fact that she named the blog after her adorable curly headed twin girls made me love her site even more!
Here are the clouds and sun that I made for a total cost of less than $10, if you don’t count the $11.62 cents I wasted buying the batting stuff that did not work! Still makes me a little mad. And by the way, if you need any cotton batting I have an enormous bag I will sell you for cheap!
Some of the treats that we served to go with the theme. We were able to keep costs down by ordering just a few of each item. Normally for a true DIY party we would have made everything ourselves but with taking care of my grandparents after the accident we just couldn’t pull it off.
We had a great time celebrating the happy couple and I was thrilled with how everything turned out:
So, in my opinion there are a few keys to a successful diy engagment party:
1 – Choose a theme.
2 – Be careful that the instructions you use will actually work (if I had asked someone they might have been able to tell me the batting wouldn’t work the way the tutorial said it would.)
3 – Get started in plenty of time because you might find that it takes a whole lot longer to do than the craft experts say it will.
4 – Have fun at the party!
Other than Pinterest where do you find your craft and decoration ideas?