Easy Party Decorations from my 21st Birthday

So for the momentous occasion that was my 21st birthday, I decided to have a few friends over for cake and ice cream (since most of my friends are under 21) and then go out afterwords with my best friend, Ella. Most people probably don't make the decorations for their own birthday party, but I spent most of my birthday morning working on these (with help from my LRC roommate Haley) and had so much fun! Of course, it could have been the mimosas I was sipping on...but either way, I was really happy with the results! I ended up leaving my birthday decorations out for at least a month afterwords...

It all started with the plates. I was probably in Target for about 45 minutes (spent solely walking back and forth from the party section and the paper goods area) before I decided on these ones.

I used these as the color inspiration for the rest of my decorations. Back in march, I was on a tissue paper flower making kick, and I used red and pink tissue paper to make a cornucopia of spiky dahlia looking flowers. I'm not even going to try to write a tutorial about how to make these, I learned from the best, Martha Stewart. (See the tutorial at http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/226101/pom-poms-and-luminarias ) However, I will tell you a couple tricks I learned through making about 30 of these in the past few months. First of all, Martha tells you to use white cloth-covered floral wire because she is fancy. I've found that the twisty ties that come with your loaf of bread work fine! If you don't have a lot of these saved up, you can just do what I did and walk through the produce section at Giant Eagle, taking fistfuls of twisty ties everytime you pass the little roll of plastic produce bags. I tried my best to look inconspicious, but I'm not sure I suceeded. Nevertheless, I have a basically unlimited supply of these things now and should be set to make all the paper flowers I want for the next year! Martha generally makes these pom poms to hang, but if you would like to make some that can be arranged in vases, you can just thread a green pipe cleaner through the twisty tie when you are tying it around the accordion folded tissue paper.

To make these bigger pom poms, I used whole sheets of tissue paper stacked on top of eachother and then accordion folded. For the smaller size, I cut each sheet of tissue paper into fourths and then stacked and folded.

For vases, I used empty wine bottles, a vodka bottle, an olive oil bottle, mason jars and some cute bowl style vases that I picked up at the local Goodwill. I got the pink and white ribbon from the clearance bin at A.C. Moore when I was home in York.

Me modeling my beautiful cake made by my dear boyfriend, Anthony! Chocolate cake with cream cheese icing, topped with fresh strawberries!

My good friends, Ella and Seyhan

Me and Rachel digging into the ice cream!