Ok, so not so much a beach party, as a party at the beach house.
You may remember that we spent a few weeks in Virginia Beach just last month.
It was glorious. During that time, both my nephew and my hubby celebrated their birthdays. My sister brought all kinds of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle decorations to the beach. I totally winged it for my man. And for cheap too, so I thought I'd share.
I picked a spot in the dinning room to stage the desserts. The sideboard was perfect, as was the cutlery box that I propped the cake up onto.
The first thing I bought was a 2$ roll of black and white wrapping paper and went to town, using it as a backdrop and also as bottle wraps.
Now, these bottles. I didn't find them at the house. When on vacation, we like to scout for drinks that are not available to us in Canada. I picked up a 6-pack of Margarita drinks and washed and stored each bottle as they were polished off. I cut lengths of wrapping paper, wrapped them and called it a day. Just don't look too closely - I was really missing my paper-cutter! My scissor work is questionable, hee hee.
For the cake, I went REALLY fancy. A chocolate cake mix. The only problem was the lack of cake pans. The one I used as a cake stand was the only one I could find. Boo-urns. I pinterested my problem and thankfully found a solution: i baked the layers in the waffle-maker we'd been using all along for breakfast. At 3 minutes per cake layer, this was such a quick solution. While the layers were baking, my sister whipped up the filling and we were done really quickly.
Dudes. These cinammon cookies from Trader Joe's are amazing. I wish we had a Trader Joe's around here!
Back to the party.
The swan centerpiece was hilarious. I had been eyeing it, atop a bookshelf for about a week before I climbed up and brought it down. It matched my color scheme, so I thought, why not? What I didn't expect was everyone asking where the swan came from. Not much of a eye for detail, the rest of them!
I used a leftover square of wrapping paper and a roll of crepe paper to dress up the table. Let's pretend it all works.
This guy looks pretty happy.
Here's the decor damage:
roll of wrapping paper - 2$
roll of crepe paper - 1$
candles - 1$
chalkboard easel - 2$ with a half-off coupon at michaels
garland of stars - 8$ each (I bought 2 of them on liquidation, but I justified it by knowing I'll use it for christmas decor this year.)
If you wanted to throw a similar party, you could even skip the chalkboard stars and cut a garland out of cardstock. With just a few special touches, you can throw a cute party anywhere you go!
Thanks for stopping by,