One again we were requested to provide the decorations for the annual Veteran's Dance held by the Hamilton Township Education Association. We wanted to change things up a bit from last year, but still keep the look and feel of last year. The client was very happy with the decorations last year. Here are some pictures of the event decor:
Ceiling draping can be a cheap and easy way to transform your event space into something spectacular. For this look, we used 8 panels of 21" alternating black and red Deco Mesh that is secured to a craft ring at the center pont. It really transformed the room into a real party space.
Shown below are before and after pictures:
Hello everyone. Recently I was contacted to replicate a Mickey Mouse Photo-Op frame. The client sent me a few pictures that she found on the internet. She not only wanted to use the frame for her son's birthday party so she could get pictures of her guests, she also wanted to reuse the frame as a wall decoration. Her last request was for the lettering on the frame to read "Christian's Clubhouse". I welcomed to opportunity as it would allow me to experiment a bit and use a few different techniques that I have not used before.
The first thing I did was cut out most of the pieces I would need and gave them a few coats of paint.
Next, I created a template out of ordinary copy paper for the hands. I had to make them a few times. I had a bit of difficulty getting the proportions correct. I wanted the hands to be a little bit over-sized, but I also wanted them to be proportionate to the frame as well as the ears and feet. After a few tries, I managed to get them to the size I liked. I traced the hands onto the foam, cut them out, and applied a few layers of paint.
For the next step, I cut out the center of the frame and painted the inside edges. Once the paint was dry, I covered each piece with Modge Podge (matt finish). This does two things, it provides a protective coating, so that it's more resistant to wear, and it also brings the colors to life. It makes the colors brighter and more vivid. I had to let this dry for about 24 hours before proceeding to the next step.
For the lettering, I didn't want to do them by hand. I wanted the lines to be crisp and sharp. I thought it would be a great contrast to the other pieces on the frame. I fond a great free Disney font online and used my Cricut to cut out the letters on yellow vinyl. I was a little apprehensive doing this because I wasn't sure if the transfer vinyl would stick to the Modge Podged frame and pull it up. To my surprise, it worked perfectly. The transfer vinyl didn't stick and the vinyl lettering stuck on nicely.
After the lettering was applied, I was then able apply 1" x 1" strips of wood to the back of the frame. The wood strips are necessary for a few reasons: strengthen and stabilize the piece and to provide a place where hardware could be attached so that the frame could be hung on the wall (this was a the customer's request). I didn't attach any hardware because this was to be used first at a birthday party for a photo-op. I thought it would just get in the way or be troublesome. I attached the wood to the back of the frame with liberal amounts of hot glue. I've tried other adhesives, but I found that hot glue works the best. Once the wood strips were glued in place, I painted the back of the frame black and the wood strips black.
Lastly, once the paint dried, I flipped the frame over and attached the hands, feet, and ears to the frame with hot glue.
I'm pretty pleased with the final result. I was able to combine a few different techniques and experiment with proportion a little bit. I learned a few things along the way as well and really enjoy these types of projects.
If you or anyone you know would like something like this, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading!
Hello all and Happy Holidays to everyone. Last Friday, we were fortunate enough to participate in a Christmas event sponsored by the Hamilton Elks and the Hamilton Education Association. The event was for helping families who are raising foster children enjoy the holiday. Letts Party was hired to make a free-standing, 7ft. tall snowman with a face cut-out for photo opportunities, 20 Christmas candy centerpieces, and to do a bit of decorating. This is what we came up with.....Hope you enjoy!
This 7ft. snowman was made from an 8ft. x 4ft. x 2" piece of foam (bought at Lowe's). It was painted with acrylic paints, glitter was added to the scarf and the hat, and a red-glitter bow was added to add that extra bit of cheer.
These center pieces were a hit. They were simple to make and really added something to the event. The kids really loved it.
Hey all. I hope everyone has been well. It's been a while since our last post. We were busy preparing for the Halloween season. It's a lot of work, but it's so much fun. Everyone had a great time this year and really got into the spirit. This year we expanded our display to include pneumatic one ground breaker pneumatic prop. Many people complimented him and we got a bunch of scares from him.
As always, the monster faces were singing their favorite Halloween tunes:
We carved a bunch of Jack-o-lanterns, each with its own personality; family and friends, young and old, all come together to add to our display:
The our display was perfectly set-up in our front yard:
Thanks for checking us out. We plan on expanding next year and having a small-back yard walk-through.
If you're planning a Halloween party in 2017, please keep us in mind. All of our props can be rented and setup to create a creepy over-the-top extravaganza.
I had a great time decorating for the Hamilton Teacher's Education Association's annual custodial picnic. They requested a large balloon arch, 2 balloon columns, balloon bouquets, and two custom made thank you signs. The balloon arch was placed at the entrance of the picnic area this helped define the entrance to the picnic area. The thank you signs were displayed along the walk way and helped define the reason for the event (a thank you to the hard-working custodians in the Hamilton school district) and the balloon columns were placed on either side of the food pavilion; this helped highlight the area and helped the guests locate the food area. The balloon bouquets were scattered around the picnic area and gave the event a festive tone. The event was a success and we received many compliments on the decor. We are looking forward to working with them on this event again next year.
Letts Party is an event decorating service located in Hamilton, New Jersey 08610.