Thursday, October 28, 2010

Election Parties and Pom Poms

I have ten imaginary dollars for the first person who can tell me what next Tuesday is. Hint: The title of this post is a dead giveaway. :) That's right, it's election day! The day that you, and you, and YOU, are going to get out and vote...right?

Seriously, friends, don't break my heart. I don't care who you vote for yes I actually do I just want you to vote. And after you vote on Tuesday, I know you're going to hang on the TV all night long to see the election results come in. Haha. Okay, so I realize not everyone is as into politics as our family is. But, I'm outing us: We are into being proactive about who makes important decisions on our family's behalf. However, I made a vow to myself, and my husband, that I would NEVER use this blog as a platform for politics, which is why I'm not going to divulge who I'm voting for. Even though I really want to tell you. :)

But...we ARE using this as an excuse to throw a little shindig. Every election year one of our friends plays host to get everyone in one place to watch the numbers come in, and this year it's our turn. No, we are not all on the same side of the political aisle. But we do like each other, and no matter who "wins" it's a cordial affair. :)

So today I'm giving you a little sneak peak of some of our party preparations, including a tutorial on how to make one of my all-time favorite party decorations! Trust me, I'm not going overboard on this one...I do have a new baby at home! And some of these things were actually done before Gracie got here. I am sooo sneaky, bwahaha.

First, check out these cuties that I cut on my Cricut machine. Love them! I may have to whip up some more of these to hang around just because they make me smile. Who could get into a heated political argument with faces like these staring at you? Not me!

I love making my own party invitations, and this time I kept it simple. I took this:

And turned it into this:

I love that I can even cut my own envelopes with the Cricut machine. Fabulous! And no, I am not a spokesperson for Provocraft, I just adore my darn Cricut. These invites are not done yet! They still need all of the info put inside, and I'm thinking they need a little more bling. Might have to bust out the Stickles and add some sparkle to these babies! We'll see.  (Yes, I realize the party is less than a week away, and no the invites have not been sent. That's because the majority of these will be handed to friends that already know about it at church on Sunday, haha. I just had a baby, what can you expect?)

Ah, here it is. My favorite party decoration: The Martha Stewart Pom Pom. I made a bunch of these frilly beauties for Evie's first birthday party (yes, I even hung them outside):

There were more, trust me!  What I love about these pom poms is that they are so easy to make and so ridiculously cheap, yet they add a lot of color to your decor. And since you choose the colors, you can customize them to go with any theme. They're just so much fun! So let's make some, shall we?

Meet my crafting assistant, Gracie. Say hello, Grace!
I am training her early. :)

 Alright, so all you need is tissue paper, ribbon and scissors. 

First, take 8-10 sheets of tissue paper and place them on top of each other, lined up as closely as you can make them. The more tissue paper you use, the fuller your pom pom will be. You can use all one color, or alternate colors if you prefer. 

Next, you'll fold your tissue paper accordion style (like when you made paper fans as a kid) until all of the paper is folded up. I try to keep my folds as close to one inch as possible. 

Now, cut your ribbon to your desired length for hanging. You can never have too much, but you can have too little, so overshoot it if you're unsure of what you'll need. Flip your folded tissue paper onto it's side and tie one end of the ribbon around the middle, as close as you can get it, like this:

I promise it's centered, even though it totally doesn't look like it in this picture! 

The closer to the middle your knot is is, the more even the pom pom will hang for you later. Now, the next step is super important, and I'm only emphasizing it because I nearly forget to do it every.single.time. Take your scissors, and round both ends of your folded tissue paper:

Trust me, if you don't do this you're pom pom will look funky. I've definitely forgotten this step before and ended up with a really not-so-pretty pom. So frustrating!

The next step is to carefully begin pulling apart each layer. This stuff is more delicate than you'll be prepared for, and every sound of the ripping tissue paper will make you suck air through your teeth and scrunch your face in horror. Haha. Can you tell I've done a lot of face scrunching while making these?

Once you've done a little fluffing, you should have something that looks like this:

Pretty cool, I'd say! The one on the left was made with 8 sheets of tissue paper, and the one on the right was made with 10. I think I'll be using 10 from now on. :)

I also like to make mini-versions of the pom poms by using 6 sheets of tissue paper cut into fourths. Instead of forming a complete ball with the paper I'll fluff it to have one flat side, and I'll use them for centerpieces and table decorations. You'll still need to tie ribbon around the middle, but you don't need to make a long "tail" since these won't be hanging. Super easy!

So there is your "taste" of what will be going down in the Robert Household this Tuesday evening. :) I can't give it all away, or it'll spoil my blog post for next Wednesday, haha. Remember, that's Tuesday, November 2nd...the day all of the cool kids will be voting. Wink, wink, hint, hint. Take your kids or grandkids trick-or-treating on Sunday, recover from sugar shock on Monday, and head to the voting booth on Tuesday. Sounds like a plan to me! And don't forget to check back here next Wednesday to see the final election party product! I hope it's good. Haha. 


Anonymous said...

Great job.

Love Ya,
Grandpa Greg

Joy said...

Love it! I must admit that I also watch the election polls all night! The Bush/Gore Election I was placed in my bedroom and told to keep the yelling down. Steve does not get as emotional about politics as I do! I always feel like God has given us another chance as a country if responsible, ethical people are elected. Put the initials together and you'll see how I vote!!!!!!

Keeping Up With the Roscow's said...

Has anyone ever told you that you are by far the cutest person ever?! I asked Santa for my very own Circut Cutter because of you lol!! And thank you for the pom pom directions, I'm throwing a party in a couple weeks & I'm going to try it out!!

PS Do you live in SKK? I'm 99% positive I saw Evie's face pressed up againist the door when I left my mom's house lol. With that precious face & the fall decorations I was put two & two together. I'm not a creeper, I promise!

Adrien said...

Thanks, everyone! Pretty sure we're on the same page, Joy. :) And Sarah - YES, we do live in SKK! I'm sure you saw Evelyn; she's always waiting at the door for Eric to get off of work! If your mom lives where I think she does, then we pass her house sometimes when we walk by the SWIC trail. I'm glad you're going to try the pom poms! You should totally take pictures. :) Oh, and you'll love your Cricut. Make sure you ask Santa for the "Cricut Expression." Hehe. It's the best, in my opinion.

Helen said...

Always learn from you. Thanks.


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