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Only those who know me in real life (or follow me on Instagram) may know that I have recently become a contributor for Wholesale Party Supplies and Birthday in a Box. I’ve had the pleasure of styling some fun parties for them which have stretched my creative skills in photography, budgeting, party planning and crafting. Here are just a few tips I’ve learned during this time but there is always more to learn!
NOTE: All the photos seen on this post are from full parties I styled so scroll to the bottom of the post for direct links with more ideas on these themes!
- Use varying heights in your displays. Use balloons, tissue paper poms and paper fans to draw the eye up and make your table look more full and cake plates put your desserts in easy reach!
- Pay attention to contrast. Some foods and snacks aren’t the easiest to photograph due to their color or shape. Make sure to use contrasting colors or a pattern to help them stand out.
- Not all hanging things have to be hung! Even though some accessories come with a string and are meant to be hung, they can also be staged on a table top or even the floor to fill some space or bring in some colors. Example: The paper lantern football seen in the photo above.
- Remove the brand’s water bottle wrappers before putting personalized bottle wrappers on your bottles. Ok this one might make me look really dumb but I had never used personalized bottle wrappers before and when I put on my first one, I put it on right over the brand wrapper! DUH! I wasn’t worried about it showing through as much as I had trouble lining it up for full coverage.
- Painter’s tape is your friend! It helps hang things, like banners or garland, without ruining wall paint. It helps remove wrinkles from plastic tablecloths when pulled tight. It is also key to hang an affordable photo backdrop made of paper plates! (Go here to see the full tutorial!)
- Sometimes one plate isn’t enough! Layer smaller plates on bigger plates, mix shapes like circles and squares or layer patterns on one another to make it fun!
- There’s a difference between luncheon napkins and beverage napkins. The latter is smaller, FYI.
- Paper straws have lots of uses. Sure you can stick them in a cup and DRINK out of them since they add a pop of color. But since they are a food safe item, I’ve also used them for cupcake toppers, to hang a garland in a cake or as a mini easel place card!
- Use two cupcake wrappers for desserts. Yes you’ll need a cupcake wrapper when baking the item but the pretty patterns seen on it before baking hardly look like it after it’s out of the oven. Instead, to give a pop of color to the display, use a second wrapper to stage your cupcake in when on the table!
Check out the full party details for each topic below: