I am fascinated with marquee signs. They remind me of hours spent at the carnival and all the excitement of spinning rides, cotton candy and game tickets. I love the trend of bringing marquee signs into weddings like I did above and also in home design. I wanted to see if I could make my own.
I found these chipboard letters at the craft store. I wanted to purchase the extra-large letters but I know myself and how I can get carried away so I settled on a more reasonable size. I first cut out the back with a xacto making room for the cords of the lights to tuck into the back of the letters.
This project required more brain cells then I had anticipated but a little brain workout is a good thing. Yes, I am thankful for elementary school math! I figured out how many lights I had and how many letters and we’ll you get the picture. Just take some time to plan it out and mark where your bulbs will go.
I used a screw driver to punch holes through my letters. You can see in the photo that I spray painted them gold. I forgot to do this before I measured the placement of the bulbs so I did the math a second time! I tucked the cords into the back of the sign using twist ties to keep them all tidy. In hindsight I would have used less bulbs and which would have given me more space for the cording. Despite that, I’m happy with all of the “glow” I get from the bulbs. The lights are indoor/outdoor cafe lights that I found at Target.
Here is my finished Marquee Love Sign lighting up my house. (I fixed the one light that needed to be tightened.) My LOVE sign makes me so happy and I can’t wait for it to light up my house for Valentine’s Day!
Today I want to share a few tips that I use when styling weddings and photo shoots that you can incorporate into entertaining in your home. These photos come from a Great Gatsby themed wedding shoot I did. You don’t have to be a stylist to have a stylish party. You also don’t have to spend a fortune to put together a beautiful table or simple vignette to display your appetizers. I often shop in my own home snatching items off of my shelves and a can of spray paint can transform almost anything!
Tip#1 Use Mirrors and Trays
Use Mirrors and Trays for drinks, desserts and appetizers. The tray above was a thrift store treasure that my friend and owner of Passion Roots discovered. There are so many wonderful thrift store trays that with a little paint or contact paper and DIY elbow grease, can be transformed into a posh and thrifty addition to your party decor. Just a little side note, I created a fanciful gold sugar rim on the champagne flutes and in just a few minutes and a little pink sparkly juice later, I had a drink that looked as fabulous as it tasted. Grab a mirror off of your wall and place desserts on it. Really! The sunburst mirror was perfect for the gold dusted macaroons. Pull a mirror off of a wall in another room, place it on the table and you’ll have a beautiful and reflective serving tray.
Tip# 2 Use Spray Paint to Transform an Item
Have you been down the spray paint aisle lately? There are paints for all types of surfaces and so many color choices that you might have to spend a few minutes contemplating your options. Again my friend at Passion Roots gets credit for spray painting a glass to use as a gold vase. I had a tarnished frame that was transformed by a little spray paint. I actually painted two frames which you’ll see below. I’ve spray painted so many items in my home which I’ll share for another post. Spray paint is your friend!
Tip#3 Create Vignettes
A vignette is a grouping of items and is a great way to turn a boring display of delicious food items into a showpiece. Using the dessert table as an example. I added framed quotes, flowers and candles to add interest. I elevated the cake with gold thrift store items. I’m not quite sure what they are but they did the trick of adding height! By adding different heights to the items on your table you further create depth. You can keep it simple and use a wrapped box as a platform for a plate of cookies. One more thing to note about this vignette. If you’re placing a table against a wall consider what is on the wall. I used a gold frame that was given to me and added yards of discounted ribbon and gold streamers from the party supply store to create a fanciful backdrop.
Tip # 4 Signs and Sayings add FUN
The “Love” marquee sign above and the “What a Looker” and “Hubba! Hubba!” signs above were DIY projects. I’ll be sharing how to make a marquee sign in a future post. It’s really simple and very impactful when you turn down the lights and light up your sign and you can use it year round. Make your own fun little photo booth with homemade props and signs. Props always add fun and a little awesome silliness to a party! Cheese!
Start small and create one simple vignette. Don’t feel that you have to transform you whole house when entertaining. Shop your house for items and have fun. That’s what entreating is all about afterall!
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Photos by U Me Us Studios / Flower by Passion Roots / Cake by A Cake Life