So you want to host a party to raise money for breast cancer but you don't know where to start. If you are not a party lover, like myself (and my regular readers) you don't have to get crazy. Let the food and friends be the main focus and keep decor to a minimum. If you have more time and want to jazz up your party space, you can add on some of the other ideas to make the atmosphere more fun.
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These free printables from TomKat Studio would make a party extra special even if you didn't do any other decorating. Use a punch to cut out some of these patterns and create very quick cupcake picks. Print some square on cardstock and cut them out for coasters. String them together for a super quick garland. You can use them as a place card, name tag, really - what couldn't you use them for.
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Here is another great set of modern party printables with the pink ribbon theme.
But you don't need to keep to the pink ribbon symbol to throw a great party! HP has a great Pamper Party Kit complete with invitation, decor and more. Maybe not the right look for a co-ed party, but certainly perfect for a Girl's Night In or Dessert Buffet.
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If you find you have a little more time and want to take your get together to the next level, you can create your own banners with uplifting words and use that as the basis of your party decor. Martha's printables (yes, we're on a first name basis. She should just be glad I don't shorten it to Ma...that could get creepy) include all the letters of the alphabet and some punctuation. Just choose the color(s) paper you want your letters to be and you are halfway to finishing your banner.
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Pink Tissue Paper Pom Tutorial by Bambina Babe
Paper poms are all over the blogosphere and there is a reason...they are freaking cute! They are very inexpensive to create but they make a big impact due to their size. They are very easy to make and are pretty forgiving if you don't think of yourself as an expert crafter. I just made my first one a few months ago and immediately had to talk myself out of hanging them all over our house.
Pink Plastic Streamers (made with plastic tablecovers) by ME! (shameless plug)
Another inexpensive decor idea is these plastic streamers. I came up with these a few months ago and think they are super fun. Again, for not a lot of money, you can come up with a ton of streamers to use around your party. Depending on how many you want, they can be fairly time consuming so it is the perfect activity for you to do as you are catching up on your Real Housewives of New Jersey (Grrrrrlllll, don't even front, I know you watch it).
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Getting a little more complicated and costly is this ribbon garland, but I include it because, well, look at it. It's stunning. It doesn't require any special tools and the idea is simple, tie ribbon on a stick. It can easily be modified to fit a number of different decor needs. Tie them to a round embroidery hoop and you've got the fastest chandelier in the west (especially if you choose a mini hoop - not the crazy big ones). Tie these on the a suspension rod and pop into a door frame for a quick photo backdrop (in which case might I suggest you not use ribbon so that you still have money in your wallet for party food). I might even suggest plastic table clothes cut in to strips in various shades of pink (ruffled or not ruffled). In photos it would be very hard to tell the difference in materials and much more cost effective.
Here is a sneak peak from a party I just hosted last weekend. Strung ribbon as garlands, no sewing, no nothing! It looked super cute and couldn't have been easier. Also, these paper medallions that you are seeing everywhere are the perfect way to add pizazz to your party. You only need a few and they are very quick to make. See tutorial here.
I hope this has helped you to see that there are tons of easy ideas that you can use to put together a quick get together for a good cause.
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