When styling my parties, I tend to forget about decorating the outside of the house. This time, I had the perfect solution to greet the guests at the door. A giant felt donut!
I got the idea to create a felt donut from this website, but thought that super-sized would be better to accent the door. I altered the instructions by sewing the outside seam by machine first, then turning and stuffing. I hand sewed the “frosting” with a whip-stitch, and then closed it up with another tight whip stitch. I decided to adhere the beads with glue instead of hand sewing due to time constraints, and love the results. Since the giant donut looked a little naked on the door, I added a pennant with the donut party “logo” and some pretty ribbon. It was a hit!
And of course, what table wouldn’t be complete without a giant paper rosette and mini pennant garlands?
This was the most time consuming DIY project that I made for this party. Once again, I was inspired by One Charming Party to create something. They have an episode about making flower pomanders, and I was all gung ho to make 8 of them. Then I realized that using live flowers would throw me way out of my budget. Time for Plan B. I wracked my brain to come up with another plan. I didn’t have much more money to spend on more supplies, so I looked at my options. I have plenty of felt leftover from the giant donut, so I looked through my bookmarks on the web to find some awesome felt flower tutorials. How Joyful has some amazing tutorials on her site, and this one was my favorite. I altered it a bit, once more. I made 40 flowers per 5″ ball, all with the smallest portion of the flower, and I didn’t round the edges. I liked the straight look best. Another thing I changed was that I used small wooden beads for the centers instead of the pearls she suggested. So I had to make the covering a little bigger. Check out the tutorial and then hopefully my ramblings here will make sense…
See the rest of the party photos here: invite, party pics, favors, activities