#1 PHOTO BUNTING
The photo bunting idea I actually nabbed from my friends who did this for my 30th. It's a great way of displaying loads of photos of the person, and it's also a nice little present for them to take away.
- Thick quality paper
- Pinking shears
- Hole punch
Scan in your photos / print / cut out a bunch of triangles / punch two holes in the top / thread through the twine.
We also pulled out the bunting I made for our wedding. Instead of punching holes in the fabric and threading with twine I used bias tape to enclose the top of the triangle and then sewed in place
#2 NAME TAGS
The Bot's mum is famous for her cakes, so when I saw this cute idea using washi tape I knew it would be ideal.
- Luggage tags (buy in bulk from eBay...so much cheaper than Paperchase!)
- Washi tape
- Black biro
- Something to write the names on with - I used the Dymo embossing label maker (love this sh*t)
Cut three pieces of washi tape, each one shorter than the next then place them on the tag with the largest piece at the bottom / draw on your cake base and candle sticks / dip the pin head in glue and put a blob at the top of each candle stick / pour glitter on top and shake off the excess / add your name.
#3 DIY FLOWERS
If you're just hosting a small do, DIY flowers are perfect. Especially in spring when you don't really need to do much to make them pop!
- Jam jars (or mason jars to our overseas friends). Top tip: if like me you're short on time and can't face eating your way through 10 jars of beetroot in a week check out your local freecycle as people are always giving away jam jars
- Milk bottles
- Washi tape (this stuff is the nuts - get a load of rolls now as you can use them for pretty much anything!)
- A selection of fresh flowers. I used freesias (the really colourful looking ones), hyacinths (the purple ones), goldenrod (the little yellow ones mixed in with the hyacinths), daffodils and narcissus (mini daffs). Top tip: get your flowers from your local market and/or supermarket. I stupidly got the hyacinths from a florist and they cost £7.50 a bunch - at the market they were 2 bunches for £5. Meh. Still, they were beautiful. And the best thing about all these flowers, in addition to their cheery nature, was the smell. It was incredible!
Wrap some washi tape around your maekshift vases / arrange your flowers / admire your skills. These also make nice little presents for people to take home at the end of the night.
Told you these DIYs were easy :-)
Of course we completely forgot to get a proper picture of me and the Bot but in case you're wondering, my dress is from Ted Baker (and yes, you'll probably be seeing it again as it's my official 2013 wedding dress).