Monday, May 20, 2013


Yesterday, I shared with you the candy bar at Trinity's 1st communion party.  Today I'm going to show you the decorations.

It's all about the bling, the bling the bling!  Well and purple.  Everywhere I could, I added purple and bling to this party.

Guest were met at the door with a large T that I made.  The T of course stands for Trinity.  I got a wooden letter at Hobby Lobby and painted it purple. Then I got a few silk hydrangea plants and cut them up so I could glue the flowers on the letter.  Then added some ribbon to the back and it was finished.  Very easy to do.

For the fireplace, I made a banner that said GOD BLESS TRINITY.  It was done like the banner I did for the candy bar.  Tons of rhinestones,  in both clear and two shades of purple, were used.   For the garland, I just punched out circles of glitter paper in several shades of purple and silver.  Then I glued them onto a long piece of twine.  Again, super easy. 

On the mantel, I got a few picture frames.  One was purple and had some rhinestones on it and the other ones was completely covered in clear rhinestone crystals.  It was very shinny!  I put pictures of Trinity in them. 

I also had a some candle holders that were brown so I spray painted them silver and topped them with a clear plate that had a circle of crystals around the outside.  I was so happy when I found the purple crosses that were actually made to go into candles.  They were made out of purple rhinestones and were perfect for the 1st communion party.

I just added the crosses to some simple white candles.

We were going to be eating outside so I wanted to use throw away plates, but, I still wanted them to be pretty and different.

I got purple plastic plates and added some bling to them.  I found some purple flowers made out of purple rhinestones and so I put them on the plates.  They were pretty but still needed a little something to make them pop more.  I then, glued on a clear rhinestone in the center.  Much better.

I also got plastic cups and I punched out flowers out of glitter paper.  To the flower I added a light purple (the color on the photo is off) rhinestone to the center.  Both made the cups have just a little sparkle to them.

I also added rhinestones to the plastic utensils but I forgot to take a picture of them before I wrapped them up in the napkins. 

For a napkin ring I used some of the sparkle mesh.  Bling!

I put the napkins and utensils in a basket for the guest to grab with their food.

I love love love the salt and pepper shakers I found on eBay.  Talk about bling bling!

I even put rhinestones on little picks.  Yes, I hit everything I could up with a little sparkle.

Yet another banner was made that sparkled.  This one not only had rhinestones on it but I also made it out of glitter paper so both the background in purple and the silver letters were shinny.

This was hung over the area where the buffet was.

I put up pictures of family members who had made their 1st communion in the past.  These pictures were held up with photo holders that looked a bit like diamonds and next to them, were some purple "diamonds".

I even added a little purple and sparkle to the bathroom.  I used some left over purple hydrangeas I had from making the sign.  I purchased some purple paper hand towels and made a simple curtain out of the glitter paper circles used in the garland on the fireplace.

This sign was in the front yard with purple balloons attached to it so everyone knew which house was were the party was.

We had the tables set up outside.  It was a perfect day weather wise.  Couldn't have been nicer.

The tables were covered with the same purple tablecloths as the candy bar was.  For the center piece I went to Rogers Gardens and got white hydrangea plants.  Around the centerpiece were more "diamonds" and glitter paper circles.  They looked pretty when the sun hit them.

Hanging up the tissue paper flowers or puff balls added a lot of color and made the space more fun.  These are very easy to make but do take time. 

You can't really tell in the photo but when I purchased the plants, they had a lovely olive green ribbon on them.  Even though it was pretty ribbon, it didn't go with the color theme we had.  So, I asked if I could get them to put purple ribbon on there and they were more then happy to help out.

I went back with the lady that works there and we picked out a pretty purple ribbon that changed colors depending on how the light hit it.  It went perfect with the tablecloths.

Plus, by getting plants rather then cut flowers, I now have pretty plants I can keep rather then throwing away flowers when they died.

I've had this crystal cut beverage container for years.  I love when I get to use it.  We put tea in it.  That way, everyone could help themselves.

We also set up a little popcorn station.  In the basket were purple and white boxes that the pop corn went in.  There were also different flavors of popcorn salts to use.

I saw this darling silver cooler on a stand at Home Depot and knew I had to have it.  We put different cokes and beer inside as well water bottles.

The water bottles had water proof labels that matched the candy bars and Hershey kiss labels.  With the same touch of bling I added with the rhinestones.

No, I did not serve all purple bling food.  But, the sweets were!  I made all of them. 
It was my first time making cake pops.  Let me tell you, they are not as easy as they sound to make.  Mine didn't come out like I wanted them to but no one even noticed.  I was the only one who knew they were not perfect. 

I was happy with how the chocolate covered Oreo cookies came out.  Everyone thought I bought them, so I guess they thought they came out nice too.

Notice the tray they were served in had bling on it. 

The chocolate covered pretzels were a big hit.  I made them two ways, one like the one above with purple white chocolate and white sprinkles and also purple chocolate with sugar crystals.  It actually did sparkle nicely.

As everyone left, they got to take home a favor of a chocolate cross, either white chocolate or milk chocolate.  I wrapped them in cello bags, tied with a purple ribbon and then felt they needed something to make them bling.

So I purchased some silver cross charms, added a little purple rhinestone and they gave the bags the little bit of sparkle I wanted.  Plus, the guests got a 2nd little favor in the crosses.  They could put it on a chain to wear as a necklace if they wanted. 

I was happy with how everything came out.  My biggest compliments came from the men at the party.  Most women notice all the little things but men don't.  So when all the men said how nice they thought the touches were, I felt like I did a good job and it was worth every minute I put into this party.

Trinity loved it and that was the whole reason for the party.

Next post I'll share some photos I took of her and a few of the things we did to make the party more special for Trinity.



Dee said...

WOW! You did a terrific job and I'm sure your niece was thrilled.

Tricia said...

Let me add my WOW! You really thought of every detail, and I know Trinity was thrilled to celebrate her special day with all the pretty purple and bling! All the desserts looked gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Wow you are talented everything looks great, where did you get the silver trays??