How To Create A Party Backdrop

HOW TO CREATE A PARTY BACKDROP WITH PINWHEELS & PAPER FANS

Today I am going to show you three easy ways to create a party table backdrop using paper or tissue hanging fans or what many like to call “pinwheels”. . . which I will correctly define right now-

These spinning fun designs above are actually PINWHEELS

And these circular paper or tissue designs are actually HANGING FANS

I just had to clear that up. . . whatever you call them is fine but the one question I am asked often is what do you do with them or how do you display paper and tissue fans at a party? Today I am going to offer some instruction and inspire you to create a party table background or a photo backdrop with your hanging fans.

Oh look- here are some pinwheels and hanging fans displayed together!

While there are plenty of DIY tutorials on how to make these hanging fans –

There is not much available instruction on social media explaining how to actually get them on the wall to display.

There are a few different ways to put them up that are super easy.  So grab a cup of coffee- or tea – or wine and let’s get started!

The easiest way to display them is to simply hang them- they are technically called, “hanging fans” so this is the most common way to display them. You can hang them directly from the ceiling or you can use a curtain rod or tension rod to hang them.  Generally just using tacks and pinning them to the wall is easiest way to get them stationary on the wall- if you don’t need them floating out from the wall.   However, if you prefer not to add holes directly to your wall you can use the Command pee-able strips.  If using the Command strips, your fans will probably not be reusable though, as they will most likely be damaged and ripped when you pull them off the wall- so keep that in mind.   I prefer the method shown below of using a freestanding background board.

There are lots of different materials to use- if you are only doing a very small area, a large cardboard or white foam board backing would be okay, as long as you are not adding too many fans like this one below-

When using some type of board backing, weather it be wood, a sheet of drywall, or foam board- it is the easiest way to put your display together because you can actually assemble it on a table or floor.  You can either use sewing pins or flat tacks if using cardboard or foam board but if you are using wood or a heavier material, you’ll need to use a glue gun and hot glue your fans.  See how this larger wood backed fan display was all laid out on the floor and all the fans were hot glued down before putting it up-

And here it is installed-

I definitely recommend a heavy wood or drywall board if you are creating a large display background like this or your are going to layer it with many fans.

However, if your area is small enough, you can also use a large picture frame

You can see the corners of the black picture frame in the set up above.   You can even go to your local thrift store and buy the largest picture or painting, no mater how ugly it is, as long as it is large and framed and just cover it with fabric by wrapping it around the front and stapling the fabric to the back or spray paint the whole thing one color- pick a color that matches your dominate color of fans. If it has glass- you can either paint right over the glass, with a glass paint or remove the glass and replace it with cardboard or foam board- and foam board comes in an array of colors, so you could go with a color that matches your party color scheme.

This is another way to display fans- add them to long wood stick stands or floor poles, shown here in this jewelry company promotional product display, and simply stand your fans up behind or on the back of your party table-

So there you have it- the how to on getting your fans up and displayed at your next party!

If you are not into making your own hanging fans or need me to help you with a party backdrop, feel free to browse all my shops by clicking the links below-

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Birthday Party & Wedding Trends 2016

BIRTHDAY PARTY & WEDDING TRENDS 2016

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It may seem a bit late to be covering the 2016 wedding and birthday party trends in July but actually this is the height of wedding and party season.  Although, we can’t all be lucky enough to have a birthday in the summertime (Oh how I always wished for a summer party- alas, I am a winter baby!), these party styling trends are perfect for many other celebrations and events too.  I work with many event planners all summer long for promotional events with charities and big companies and wedding planners helping their brides count down the days until they walk down the aisle.  So this is a roundup of the most requested items from my shops this summer. Right now is the perfect time to share what is popular at birthday parties and at all events.  Let’s count it down –

1. Confetti & Confetti Balloons – Balloons have always been popular at events but now the oversized clear balloons filled with colorful confetti is way better and makes an even bigger statement.  They look great flanking either side of a party table or lining an entryway or bundled up in a bouquet with some smaller confetti balloons.  Big balloons in bright colors or big polka dot balloons are also trending at kids birthday parties and confetti in every design and style sprinkled here and there for a splash of color- so go for it and add some giant sized POP to your next party!

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2.  Tissue Tassels – As full garlands, hanging from balloons, or anywhere at the party.  Use them behind the party table or draped in front of it, at the photo area, hang them vertically at door entrances- or just about anywhere.

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3. Pinwheels – Yep, they really never seem to go out of style at a party and are the perfect fun activity for the kids in the summertime.  Be sure to add some XL size spinning pinwheels in the yard and some varying sizes at the party table as a table centerpiece to add some height.  Wedding pinwheels are perfect for the non-traditional bride too.

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Pinwheels now come in so many coordinating custom designs to adorn every party theme – even a Dr. Seuss party!

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4. Rainbow Colors – Who needs a party theme when rainbow pretty much covers it.  No need to worry about finding flamingo food picks and everything else in a pink bird design. . . when you go with Rainbow you can have an art coloring party, a Very Hungry Caterpillar party, a My Little Pony Party, a Candyland Party, a Crayola Party. . . or just a Rainbow Party with everything you need down to the plates, cups, favor bags / favor boxes and decorations in a vibrant mix of many colors.  Using rainbow colors is the easiest way to decorate your next party.

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5. Metallics & Glitter – Gold was so last year. . . yet, gold is still very popular but the new metal is rose gold and copper. Tissue tassels in gold and silver are super hot right now.  Everything glitter is still the way to go too- from cut letter banners to cupcake toppers – in any sparkling glitter color.

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6. Laser Cut Party Items – Everything from cake toppers at weddings and birthday parties to individual cut letters on a banner, to drink stirrers, and even small customized designs and shapes for your theme added to anything at the party.  Cut from wood or acrylic is the rage but the knock offs in felt fabric and cardstock are just as wonderful too.

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Everything personalized in custom laser cut designs and in custom designer prints is huge right now and you can get just about everything in any cut font lettering or print pattern- even party hats!

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7. Yacht Rock Music – Okay, you are probably not going to play this at a kids birthday party but this lighter rock from the 70’s and early 80’s is huge right now at adult parties and especially at wedding receptions.  Why?  It is fun but also relaxing, yet upbeat, and every generation can dance to it.  The cover bands are so into it right now that most dress in either nautical attire or 1970’s clothing to add to the theme.

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8. Succulents – Yep.  Even at a children’s party.  Especially at an outdoor party.  They look stunning, are very affordable, and can withstand the heat.  At a birthday party – they make a nice added live floral touch (if you can find them blooming, even better) at the table, anywhere around the outdoor seating area – or they make wonderful guest gift favors at a wedding or at an adult party.

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9. Hanging Fans – These are not really new for 2016. . . but they are still being utilized at just about every bridal shower, baby shower, and at kids parties.  They are the most affordable way to create a larger backdrop or photo background and come in soooo many designs and colors.  You can buy them in individual colors and layer them to coordinate to your party or shop around for designs in any theme – including flowers, western, and rainbow.  Hanging Paper Fans are so versatile too – they can be adhered them to a wall with removable and peelable sticky tabs or simply hanging them in a row or randomly from the ceiling.

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10. Black Chalkboard – It has been around now for a while but guess what?  It is still very ‘in’ and very utilized at all kinds of events and particularly at weddings.  Black chalkboard labels are the least expensive way to incorporate this trend at an event but now it can be found sewn into tablecloths, made into placemats and table runners, and cut into fun designs and shapes as party decorations and favors.  Actual boards painted in black chalkboard paint are perfect for signage and decorating any way you want at your next event.  So black is the new black for 2016 and you can’t go wrong adding it somewhere at your party.

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11. Butterflies & Flowers – These are not just for little girls anymore.  Although, yes, very popular still at First Birthday parties and all age parties- they can now be seen on wedding cakes and at baby showers as banners and edible favors.  So many ways to decorate your event with them too! They are available in felt fabric and paper.

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12. Bohemian Outdoor Everything – There was a moment when I thought Boho was just about on the way out as a trend . . . and then summer 2016 came with an abundance of teepees, feather garlands, and dream catchers at so many parties.  I love this theme because it is laid back and chill. So go ahead, get your hippie on and hang in the outdoors!

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Boho Party Decorations

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Remember to stop by all my shops for all your party decorating designs –

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

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Free Spring Printables

FREE PRINTABLES FOR SPRING AND EASTER

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Hello friends and followers, if you have not noticed, spring has arrived.  To celebrate, I have a FREE printable for your upcoming spring and Easter event.

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These FREE prints are so adorable!  Add them to cupcake toppers or on long wood sticks tucked into flower arrangements or even on napkin rings at your Easter celebration.   Before I share the link for these FREE spring printables with you, here is what is new in the Etsy shops-

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New spring prints and wall art for the home, as well as, spring decor in the ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS shop.

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Pretty Pinwheels in spring pastel solid colors or fun Easter patterns and so many more bright and colorful twirling pinwheels in the PINWHEEL PRETTIES shop!

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Trendy custom made to order letter banners in spring prints or glittery gold in

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

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. . . and so much new party decor, plus favors, party boxes, goodie bags, balloons and more stylish party decorations being added to the shop everyday!

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Are you a 2015 bride planning your wedding?  Let us help! Check out our wedding decor and wedding guest favors in the I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS shop.

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And now click HERE  for the FREE spring printables to help you get ready for your spring gathering!

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Thank you for stopping by The Party Fetti Blog today.  Have a GREAT spring weekend!

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