|the ART of the pARTy by Alton DuLaney, April 2014|
First things first. In order to have a party you need to get others to come to your party. The best way to do that is with a festive invite.
|Invitations by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
A few notes while on the subject. Send you invites out at least two weeks before the event so your guests will have time to schedule your party, and ask for an email RSVP to both make sure they got the invite, and that they are coming! Also, postage stamps are available in a world of options so chose one that matches your invite. Finally, April is National Letter Writing Month - so whether or not you are having a party, try sending someone a handwritten letter in a customized envelope or hand-crafted post card and see how much they appreciate it!
Letter writing is a big hobby of mine, so much so that I fondly refer to it as Mail Art. Here are just a few of my creations.
|Mail Art by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Bunting by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Flags by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Cup Cake Toppers by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
And speaking of dressing things up, here are a few more ideas for dressing up you home for a festive gathering.
|Paper Pom Poms by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Vase by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
Flowers are just one part of a beautiful table scape, which you can customize to reinforce the theme of your party.
|Table Scape by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
For this Table Scape I use a 3x5 unlined index card and decorative tape to create name cards for my guests. I've also decorated paper plates, utensils, napkins, cup and straw - all from the party supply store but now customized to coordinate with my party theme. Here I have used a take-out container as a party favor for my guests, filled with mints.
|Party Favors by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Custom Gift Wrap by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Feather Gift Wrap by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Gift Tags by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Gift Bags by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
The same concepts can be applied to create different party themes. Here are a few of my favorite:
|Romance Party by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Wedding and Anniversary Party by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Patriotic Party by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Hipster Party by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
|Paper Arts Party by Alton DuLaney April 2014|
Whatever the occasion may be, when all of the elements and all of the ingredients come together, you have the perfect party!
|Alton DuLaney teaching 'the ART of the pARTy' at the "Craftication"event April 2014|
The ART of the pARTy blog is based on a workshop I recently taught at the blogger's event "Craftication" in Ventura, California, April 4-5, 2014.
For more on entertaining and crafting with Paper Arts check out my class on Craftsy.com.
I love to work with Scotch Expressions Tape, available in hundreds of colors and patterns and finishes, from Washi to Masking to Magic. Available at major retailers.
I also love to use feathers which I source from the Feather Place, which stocks the largest variety of feathers in the USA, including many pre-made crafting items.