Origami Flowers

I stumbled across these origami flowers when I was searching for an alternative for table centerpieces.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE flowers.  But those pups are expensive!  Even if carnations are now acceptable for occasions other than funerals, it costs a pretty penny to put together several in an attractive way.  It started with this:

Carnation Pomander

LOVE!  I mean, carnations never looked so good!  Then I realized that to make those would cost me more than I wanted to spend.  So, I started looking for alternatives.  Yeah, there are the ones made out of tissue paper, but those look like, well, they look like they’re made out of tissue paper.  I finally stumbled on these beauties and I became hell-bent on reproducing a variation of them.

Origami Flowers Tutorial

The difference was, I made a lot of them, glued them to bamboo skewers (which cost a couple bucks for 25+ from the grocery store) and inserted them into a styrofoam ball (like the pomander).  I tried out different paper because I didn’t want to buy tons of origami paper.  I settled on pages from books because they have the perfect storm of paper thickness, affordability and neutral color.  I started with some old books I had lying around and later resorted to thrift store books.  For a little accent color, I used scrapbook paper from a craft store.

Here’s where it gets a little crazy.  To make them, it takes just about an entire book.  That means that folding all those petals to make one entire centerpiece takes about 20+ hours.  I was origami folding my little fingers to the bone.  I was very happy with the result, though, and ended up using them at the next party I planned.

 

Oh, and as far as the vases, I used a thrift store decanter in the first picture and a clear glass one from the Dollar Store which I spray painted white for the picture above.  Totes adorbz!

 
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Palm Springs Anniversary Party

Besides any of the little parties I’ve had in the past, this was the first “large” party that I’ve planned.  It was an anniversary party for a good friend of mine.  It turned out amazing and I’d like to say it was all due to my planning, but as you’ll see from the pictures, their home is not only beautiful, but is the PERFECT party venue.  Very different from my 800 sq. ft. apartment.  Oh well…

Every good party starts with a great invite.  No, they don’t really live on Blah Blah Lane.

I embroidered different modern tablecloths for the cocktail tables and made these origami flower centerpieces.  Of course, tablecloths aren’t cheap.  I mean, they’re not crazy expensive, but buying one for even $10 is a bit expensive in my opinion.  The solution – Ikea sheets.  For these, I just bought three $2 flat sheets, shortened them with hemming tape and my iron (I didn’t have a sewing machine yet), chose my embroidery design, and voila!  The centerpieces are made out of old book pages (almost an entire book per flower) and an accent color paper.  For the vases – Dollar Store variety and spray paint.  At the last minute, we decided to throw in some LED lights to give a little more ambience.

I also created an illustration of them as a gift.  I tweaked an existing Adobe Illustrator vector image to create a personalized depiction of the anniversary couple.

 

Some other little fun things I did were creating different stickers for people to put on their disposable stemware (side note – I HATE plastic party stuff, but I found some really cute glasses and the cutlery that look like the real thing).  That way, no one takes a swig out of my glass and I wind up sick the next day.  Gack.  Here are a few choices that I offered:

We also set up a photo booth using my Mac, a table, chairs, red velvet backdrop and props, of course.  I brought hats and wigs and made a few moustaches (thanks Martha Stewart website template!)  Needless to say, it was a huge hit.

The finished interior.  Like I said earlier, amazing venue generally.

For the backyard, we hung about 50 different sized paper lanterns.  Instead of getting LED lights specific for lanterns, I found a little cheat that includes purchasing small LED bulbs and watch batteries which you can tape together to make a cheap and fantastic lantern light.  I also used embroidered tablecloths on large round tables, including (not pictured – grrrr) centerpieces of paper lanterns with branches and paper airplanes.

All in all, it was a fantastic party and I was very happy to be a part of making it.

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