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Mermaid Party DIY Project

DIY Project For A Mermaid Party

Today I am sharing an easy way to brighten up your Mermaid party and add some inexpensive colorful seashells!  While you could go with regular seashells straight out of the ocean- why not give your shells a color make over?  This project is super easy too!

Before we get to the how to tutorial on how to dye your seashells, feel free to stop by any of my Etsy Shops for all your mermaid decorations.

Browse my shops by clicking on the links below for all your party decor –

The Party Fetti Shop

Ready Set Craft Kits

I DO Wedding & Bridal Designs

Pinwheel Pretties

How to Color Seashells
If you live near a beach or are vacationing at the beach this summer, fill up a bucket of shells and bring them home.  These would look great in a bucket at your mermaid party- or make something with them- add them to craft projects, wreaths, or a table centerpiece.  If you have no plans to go to the beach this year, no worries, you can purchase shells from most arts and crafts stores too.

Here’s What You’ll Need:
White Vinegar
White or Light-Colored Seashells
Food Coloring
Small Bowls
Spoon
Paper Towels
Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

1. Gather your shells and supplies.


2. Fill small bowls with a 5-6 drops of food coloring, one color per bowl.
Add about ⅓ cup of vinegar to each bowl.
Use a spoon to stir the vinegar and food coloring until combined.
Submerge your shells in your desired color and allow them to soak in the mixture for 1-3 hours.  This process is much like dying Easter eggs!


If you want lighter colors, shorten the soak time. If you want darker, more saturated color, leave the shells in longer.

3. Remove them from the dye and allow them to air dry on a paper towels, no blotting or rubbing is necessary.


Once completely air-dried, arrange your shells  anywhere at your mermaid party!

They look great in a clear glass vase, a bowl, glued to a wreath or party sign, or anywhere at the celebration!

You may notice that The Party Fetti Blog is not updated as often over the summer as I’ll be busy making many party decorations for summer birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations for my five Etsy shops.

This is my busiest time of year and so new blog posts and party inspiration only happens about once a month or so or when I have time in between my full-time graphic design work schedule and my weekly custom orders in my Etsy shops.

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Outdoor Party Ideas

The weather is warming up across the country here in the United States and finally in the Midwest. Today I am featuring a few stunning outdoor party ideas to inspire you to move your next event or birthday party to the outdoors.

First, if you need party favors, a banner, balloons or anything for your next event – stop by my Etsy shops below to get your party decorations ordered in for your upcoming celebration-

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFTY KITS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

Love all the real flowers, plants, and also PAPER FLOWERS at this stunning spring party!  The pastel colors are great for a baby shower or a birthday party!

Love the flower and butterfly garlands at this celebration too!  Perfect for a flower, butterfly or fairy themed party or any little girl’s birthday party!  Great for first birthday!

Finally, I love the colors of aqua blue and orange at this little boy’s kite party featuring giant balloons, tissue tassels and pinwheels!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Come back soon for more party inspiration!

 

Hot Party & Wedding Trends For 2018

Last week I talked about balloons in creative and big arrangements- see here, as the top party decorating trend in 2018 and how flower backdrops are on the rise and trending in 2018, as well.

  Today I am sharing some additional popular party and wedding decor ideas for this year.

Easy Balloon Backdrop DIY

However, first I wanted to recommend a balloon set up that is inexpensive and easy to create.  A simple layered row of balloons behind a table, like the two tablescapes above, that can easily be created with either a row of single giant balloons in 24 or 36 inch size with a few balloon weights like the set up below.

If you need to create a party table backdrop with a bit more dramatic height, use 15 to 25 smaller 12 inch size balloons in your party color scheme.  Secure the balloons by using plastic curling ribbon and tie them to a 2 x 4 foot, 6 foot or 8 foot lumber board with a few rows of either nails or hooks screwed into the board. Easy! Just lay your board behind your table and tie all your balloons at varying heights to the nails or hooks.

 Any decor with PANTONE color of the year

Ultra Violet has been selected as the color of the year, it is a guarantee to be all over events this year, especially weddings and bridal showers. This deep shade of purple will be popular for dresses, wedding invitations, and flower arrangements.

Marble AND Copper

Metallic tones have been popular for a few years now with gold and gold glitter dominating in 2014 to 2016 and rose gold was huge in the last two years. This year copper is the favored metallic color.  Marble and copper together is a timeless look that is all over the home decor scene this year.  It is perfect for any celebration too- not just at weddings.

Marble balloons, also called marbleized balloons or swirl balloons, look stunning at birthday parties.

Geometric Shapes & Translucent Designs

Clear signs and translucent decor are stunning at weddings and easily coordinate with any color scheme.

Edgy and pointed is hot this year too- especially in copper geometric style vases and candle holders.

Nature & Flower Backdrops

A few weeks ago, I featured how to design event backdrops with giant paper flowers – see it here

However,  solid greenery is popular as well.  Whether it is for your food and drink tables, photo backgrounds, elaborate backdrops are not going anywhere.  The trend is toward more natural elements like using boxwood and other greenery, floral drapes and swags. It has its roots in the French Baroque art period, which is called festooning.

All White Party & All White Bridal Shower

This theme is all about formal and getting all gussied up.  Heels and hats for the ladies and suits for the men all in white – all the way down to the food and tableware at an all white party.  These are huge for bridal showers or the ladies bachelorette party.  Think of it as – the Kentucky Derby meets prom with all the ladies in the bridal party for a fancy pants night out on the town!  However, this year, the ladies are bringing the men out with them.

Hygge & Cozy Inspired

If you find you are not a pro decorator and don’t have a large party budget, this is the event styling theme for you.  Pulled from the, the Danish word/concept hygge, pronounced hoo-ga and there really is no literal translation for it in English but comfort is the closest meaning.  It alludes to a feeling of cozy intimacy and contentment. It’s all about creating feelings of happiness, friendliness embracing every day, stay at home luxuries in order to foster a sense of familiarity, comfort and kinship. Translation for event styling –  simple and laid back.  Popular home events and themes are adult slumber party, potlucks, movie watch party, and game night. It is all about staying in with close friends.  This all equals hygge inspired.

Whatever your party style or inspiration is for this 2018 spring and summer, be sure to stop by any of my shops below for your party decorations.  Click on any of the links below to visit my Etsy shops-

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

READY SET CRAFT KITS

Trending Party Decorations For 2018

The one trend that is huge in 2018 for parties and weddings is balloons.  Today I am sharing what’s new in all my shops for the Easter season but also so many other great decorations for birthday parties and weddings for this year.

Be sure to scroll below for all the new items available in my shops.

So of course balloons have always been a traditional decoration at birthday parties but this year the key to adding balloons to your next event is in creative set up and balloon styling and also finishing them with balloon tails and streamers.

Instead of balloons as an added decoration- they have become the feature of the party and the entire backdrop, like this set up above.  This balloon design was created with a balloon arch kit.  You can pick these arches up at most local party stores but if you are going for something this big – I highly recommend hiring an event planner.  They have the know how and the skills to set this up and help you pull off a stunning event.

TISSUE TASSELS and tassel garlands are also still in style this year!

Also if you missed last week’s post about trending giant paper flowers used to create stunning backdrops and photo backgrounds, click here to see it – FLOWER BACKDROP IDEAS

Balloons are not only popular at birthday parties and baby showers – they are making a come back at bridal showers and weddings as well.  Most are used for backdrops around the cake serving table or other food tables at the reception but also they are trending for photo backgrounds for the indoor and outdoor weddings as a fun activity for all the wedding guests to participate.  Balloons at weddings should have a more elaborate and elegant design staging.

 

Since balloons are hugely popular this year, I have added many new balloons – marble balloons and giant size balloons are hot right now and I now offer all kinds of balloon tails, balloons streamers and finishes designs for balloons.  Click here for all my balloon options in my shop – BALLOONS

So many new designs added for birthday parties too!  Click on the links below to check them out-

HIGH CHAIR BANNERS

HANGING FANS

MERMAID CUPCAKE AND CAKE TOPPERS

MERMAID TAIL BANNER

GIFT BOXES

RAINBOW POM POM GARLAND

BALLOON CAKE & CUPCAKE TOPPERS

UNICORN & RAINBOW PARTY DECORATIONS

These have just been added to the shop – ready to hang party table backdrops in custom made colors for a colorful CREPE PAPER STREAMER BACKDROP that will coordinate to any event!  These come already made, nice and neat – ready to be hung up!

Easter is almost here, so don’t let it sneak up on you!  Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away?  Oddly it falls on April Fool’s Day too!  If you are hosting the family for an Easter brunch or dinner I have lots of fun Easter favors, tableware, and home decor!  Click on any of the links below to check out any of the Easter items in my shops-

EASTER HOME DECOR

EASTER BANNER

FUNNY BUNNY FAVOR BAGS

CARROT FAVOR BAGS

POLKA DOT PLATES

PASTEL FAVOR BOXES OR MINI BASKETS

PINWHEELS

Thanks for stopping by today!  Come back next week for more party decorating ideas!

Wedding Balloons & Party Balloons

In case you haven’t heard, tulle wrapped balloons are the hottest trend right now at baby showers and birthday parties!  They make a stunning statement but are also a soft touch at any event – even weddings. These would look great in any wedding color scheme flanking each end of the wedding cake table or a row of them behind it.  Stop by my shop, The Party Fetti Shop, for a set of three tulle balloons!

The tulle balloons can either be floated, as long as a large 24″ or 36″ size balloon is helium inflated, or they can be added to sticks to create an adorable table centerpiece.  I love this baby shower tulle balloon centerpiece below with a teddy bear added.  I also offer the tulle cut pieces just for the balloons sold separately too as an add-on, as long as balloons are purchased from my shop, along with other finish options for your balloons – HERE

I have also added many new balloon tail options to the shop including these stunning tulle tails –

Giant balloons and tissue tassel garlands and tissue balloon tails are still trending this year for both wedding photos and anywhere at birthday parties and baby showers.

Giant confetti balloons are still a huge hit at any event too and our shop offers exclusive custom colors for your confetti- lots of colors to choose from in our menu options!

The tassels look stunning added to balloons for wedding photos or bright mixed rainbow colors would be great at a unicorn party, a mermaid party or a fiesta birthday party.

Stop by The Party Fetti Shop for all things RAINBOW and FIESTA!

Add some pinwheels from my other shop, Pinwheel Pretties, in any coordinating colors to your wedding or birthday party for a little spinning fun!

Thanks for stopping by the website today- come back soon for more wedding and party inspiration!