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Party on a Penny

February 7th, 2011 at 01:16 pm

One party down, one to go. We opened house to the neighbors for the Superbowl and kept it frugal!

As one of the 'oldtimers' said "We don't need much except some grub, the game and a few friends."

But I played it up just a little more.

Decoration: Usually I forgo putting up party decorations because they are disposable and not a good use of money and I feel are wasteful environmentally. Not to mention I kinda think the matchy matchy plates/cups/table cloth are silly (I am just NOT a girly girl).

But I sorta got inspired and had some fun. Just using some colored construction paper, I made a couple things for the walls...

You know what it says. I bought a HUGE spool of curled ribbon for $2.50. Thus the Steelers colors to start it off!

(ps the vase of calla lilies is from the yard)

Another construction paper banner went over the doorway to the adjacent room...

Yellow and green, um, detect a theme here?

I cut out some football shapes, including some bumpy parts for the stitches and hung over the food table. And finally, tried to be really smart and replicate the team helmets near the viewing area. (I like the graphic on Monday NIght Football where the 2 helmets bang into each other and sparks fly out). My attempt...

Look closely and you'll see the Steeler's logo on the left helmet and the Greenbay logo on the green helmet. And YES, I know the colors are not perfect. I WAS NOT GOING FOR perfection. Just a 'can I do it' attempt!

Next weekend is my kid's bday party and we'll do similar decorations, with a little more pizzazz such as balloons (we'll blow up ourselves) and more curly ribbon streamers from the ceiling.

I love that this paper stuff is very recyclable.

Use this idea for your next party, easy and costs almost nuthin! Just start with a pack of colored construction paper and a spool of curling ribbon.

my only question is...will I have a box of construction paper around when my kids are grown up and not in school anymore???

11 Responses to “Party on a Penny”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Awesome job! Love it!!!

  2. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    I love your creativity and how good you are with your hands !

    I wish I was more like you :-)

  3. Petunia 100 Says:

    I think your decorations are very nice. Good job!

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Looks like fun!

  5. snoopycool Says:

    I like it!

  6. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    apprentice bh-the more you try stuff, the more ideas will start coming easily! It took me some years to get the right brain working after years of technical work! Just go for it!!

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    The decorations are cool, but the green living plants are WARM! How surprising to see fresh calla lily on the table and green, seemingly deciduous plants right out the window. Hard to believe I live on the same continent.

  8. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    oh we are the only kid on the block with a vermiculture box (worm composting), extensive vege/fruit garden and loads of native plants.

    The first thing immediately outside the window in that last pic is a ficus tree which outgrew a pot. Not the smartest to put next to your foundation as it may go too big in another 20 years but the leafy'ness is a great view.

    Just beyond on the ground next to the patio of pavers is a patch of yarrow instead of grass.

  9. crazyliblady Says:

    I have a box of construction paper and don't even have kids!

  10. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Thanks for the advice ! I do feel like I lack creativity and would love to explore that side of my existence. Thank you - some day I'll be as expressive as you ! :-)

  11. -Jerry- Says:

    I agree, construction paper has to be one of those staples where you have some insurance of a box in the drawer, whether there are kids around to use it or not... it can lead to decorations as you showed, yeah, but it is also just fun to mess around with. Smile I have a five year old, we use it a lot!

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