Monday, March 25, 2013

Dean's Dance Party: Mood Board

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Well, it's certainly been a while! I have so much to share from the past few months of parties and projects. Right now I'm happily focused on my next party, which is for a very important client indeed: my younger son, Dean. My sweet BABY will be TWO in a little more than two weeks, and I am dealing with all of my motherly denial by party planning obsessively.

Like a lot of toddlers, Dean loves to dance. Any hint of a song or a rhythm, and he is immediately shaking his tail feather and moving to the beat. Based on this, I thought Dean's Dance Party would be a fun theme for his big day.

I put together this simple invitation in Publisher:


I chose the colors based on things I have on hand--a lot of turquoise and lime card stock, a silver disco ball, and some black tablecloths. 


 
1. I'm going to make a backdrop for the table out of a piece of black foamcore that I salvaged from a previous party (that stuff is great to use over and over--you can flip it over, cover old projects with fabric, and even sometimes paint over it).  I'll attach some letters as Dean's unofficial birthday banner. The black backdrop and table cloth will serve as a good contrast for the disco ball we already have (my husband used to be in a band, and this hung in their practice space).  On the table, we'll have some snacks displayed in the galvanized pails I used for Dean's first birthday and for Graham's 5th birthday (more on that later!).

I also have a dozen mini disco ball ornaments that I want to incorporate--maybe in garland form across the front of the table. A lot of my party decorations do double duty as Christmas ornaments!

2. I want to try my hand at the DIY marquee letter trend I've seen all over the place. I'll either spell out "Dean" or "Dance," or maybe both if I'm ambitious. (Image source.)

3. My one splurge purchase for this party was a couple lengths of silver fringe curtain from Oriental Trading. It wasn't expensive, but I do consider it a bit of a splurge because I don't know if it's sturdy enough to use more than once. I am really excited about it for a dance backdrop for my little performer and his brother and cousins. I plan to haul the ancient big screen TV out of the basement into our back yard, hook up the Wii to it, and let the kids play Just Dance and Glee Karaoke to their hearts' content while the disco ball spins.

4. Cake pops are one of my favorite things to do for birthday parties (So cute! So yummy! So portable!), and this time around, I'm going to attempt microphone-style ones. I found these two on CakesDecor.com and DreamDayCakes.com. The main differences are the shape of the ice cream cones they used for the base, and the finish (sprinkles vs. sanding sugar) on the rounded part. I may borrow a bit from each style to make mine.

That's all I have so far. Wish me luck for a cute party that's big on fun and low on funds. And stay tuned for a very overdue update from Graham's 5th birthday party, as well as some client parties I've styled in between then and now. Pin It

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