Welcome to Party Tip Tuesday! Today we’re featuring Smita with The Party Wall. On The Party Wall, Smita shares her love of parties along with great party planning inspiration and tutorials (I love the comic book decoupage project!). Today Smita will share some decor ideas with us to help spark some of that creative energy you have inside yourself!
1) What is The Party Wall?
The Party Wall is a party inspiration blog that I started upon the insistence of my family and friends that I should share my party ideas and tips with others online. I wasn’t sure my ideas were blog worthy but the response I’ve received has been very flattering. Unlike many party blogs, my blog is not associated with any party good shop–I’m actually an attorney by day. Most of the parties on the blog are real parties that I’ve thrown for my son or for family and friends. The main purpose of the blog is to inspire others to plan fun and memorable parties for their families too. I love it when I receive emails from readers telling me how the ideas they found on my blog helped make their event extra special.
2) What are some of your favorite ideas for dessert table backdrops?
Honestly, anything can be a dessert table backdrop. You often see dessert backdrops made with fabric, ribbons, paper fans, lanterns, etc., which look great and are inexpensive to put together. Personally, I love to let the theme of the party inspire the backdrop. One of my favorites that I’ve made has got to be the skyscraper background for the Spiderman-inspired party for my son’s 4th birthday. I hand drew the buildings with permanent marker on foam board. It took a long time to make, but I love the comic book feel they create.
The backdrop from my son’s Lorax-inspired 5th birthday, with feather boa truffula trees, is also one of my favorites.
3) What are some creative items that people can use on a dessert table to display the food?
Again, I try to let the theme inspire me. Pretty much anything can be a vessel for food, with the right theme. For example, a cowboy hat makes a great chip bowl for a western theme or farm party, and boots can become centerpieces with the addition of flowers. In one of our Halloween dessert tables, I used paper witch feet to display chocolate dipped pretzels; in another, I used orange peels to make jack-o-lanterns filled with salad. I also try to reuse items I already have on hand or make inexpensive stands. White platters can be used over and over and made to feel unique with the addition of ribbon, patterned paper, or small candy to line the bottom. For the Spiderman-inspired party, I made cupcake stands using tin cans and cardboard cake circles.
4) What is a great way to spice up a plain white tablecloth?
White table cloths, like white platters, are a must have unless you plan to rent or buy coordinating colored cloths for each event. You can dress them up in so many ways. For example, I often use heavy stock patterned gift wrap to serve as a runner. In the pink and lilac baby shower, I used a flowery curtain panel I found on clearance. For the winter warmer party, I used a wooly scarf!
5) If you could give us one tip for decorating the perfect food table, what would it be?
That’s tough; I think creating a perfect food table is a lot like creating a piece of art; there’s not a “right” way to do it. I guess if you use principles of good design, such as symmetry, balance, limiting your color palette, and layering of items at different heights, you can’t go too wrong, but I’ve seen tables that do just the opposite of those things and still look fantastic. Most importantly, I think you have to just do what makes you happy, like any art. For me, that means making the guest of honor happy and tying it to their chosen theme.
We’d like to send a big Thank You to Smita for being featured in this Party Tip Tuesday! Be sure to check out the links to her social media accounts (on her right sidebar, mid-page) to keep updated on all of the creative ideas and party planning tips.
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