When it comes to planning parties, I am terrible at developing and executing a theme. Mainly because most "themes" don't usually connect with my preferred aesthetic. My solution is generally just to stick with whatever colors are appropriate for the occasion.
So, per normal party planning for me, this is just what I did for my friend Sandra's baby boy shower. She is shooting for her baby's room to have a retro feel using grays and blues, so I went with those colors, and decided to throw in some gold to add to the retro feel. After being inspired by the backdrop I found on A Beautiful Mess, I decided to display the colors in way of garland. I made a chevron garland to provide a back drop to my serving table and to help decorate my living room, which is where the majority of the party took place.
I'm pretty sure A Beautiful Mess used tissue paper, but I couldn't find tissue in the colors I wanted, so I took a chance with large paper napkins (from Hobby Lobby) and thankfully it worked out!
Here's what I needed:
string (I used yarn)
something to create a chevron template (I used a magazine cover.)
3 packs of large Hobby Lobby napkins
Here's what I did:
First, I measured the length of the space where I wanted to hang my garland. Then I cut yarn (you could use any sort of string) to fit the space, and I cut all of my pieces at the same time so that they were all the same length.
Next, to get started, I fully opened up a napkin. Followed by opening up another napkin and placing it on top of half of the previous napkin. And I continued to do that with as many napkins as it took to line the wall I had chosen.
Once all of my napkins were opened and layered on one another, I placed my pre-cut string just below where I would eventually glue it (right under the natural crease of the napkin).
Using Tacky Glue, I squirted a line of glue right in the middle of all of my napkins, and then placed my string on top of the glue.
Because I made so many strands of this garland, it was time consuming, but certainly not difficult. And I loved the way it looked!