Hello friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Most of the kids around us started school today. I can't believe how fast summer flew by! If you're one of those moms who sent her kiddos off to school this morning, be sure to check out our Back-to-School Dinner posts. Click here and here for some fun ideas to celebrate their first day of school.
Today I wanted to share the pictures from the birthday party themed feed zone that I decorated for Wildflower Pedalfest along with a few tips I had for simple party decor. In the photo above you can see the full spread for the feed zone, similar to what you could do for a buffet at your party. I really like to have a backdrop for my buffet tables that coordinates with my theme. For this layout I used three foam poster boards that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I was able to staple these boards to the picnic tables to keep them standing up. You could also push the tables up against a wall to keep them standing up if you don't want to staple into your table. To decorate the boards I used the same paper fans that I used for Queen Bee's graduation party (you can see that here). I just hot glued them on the foam poster boards rather than hanging them. To bring in the bike theme for the Pedalfest I made a bike garland using my Silhouette cutting machine to cut out the bikes. They are actually glued to the foam boards because I was worried about the wind, but I glued them to look like the garland was draped along the boards using red and white bakers twine.
Above is a photo of a "cake" that I made of styrofoam. It has come in handy for several events I have hosted, it makes a great centerpiece for your buffet table and you can easily change out the topper (a number 4 in this case) depending on your party. It was super simple to make. I started by using a plastic scalloped cake base that you can find in the cake decorating section of any craft store. I then layered my four styrofoam circles and glued them each with hot glue. After glueing each layer I would insert a wooden skewer in three different places in the middle of the circle and then place the next layer on top of it so secure each layer. So each layer is hot glued on, but there are wooden skewers to keep them each more secure. Once you get your "cake" built it's super fun to decorate it, even your kids could help. I used paper, ribbon, and decorative brads and just hot glued them on.
Above you can see that decorative party hats and party horns can look great grouped together on your table, they are a simple and inexpensive way to add a little fun to the buffet decor. Of course, cake stands are my number one party essential. I love having things on different levels and the bright fun colors or pretty glass of cake stands always look beautiful. I am always on the lookout for fun cake stands, I love adding them to my collection. You can find them for great deals if you watch for them. The ones pictured above were found at Target and Home Goods each under $20.
If you love the bike garland used above be sure to enter our "Life is like Riding a Bicycle" giveaway! You could win your own bike garland and lots of other fun bike themed goodies. Click on the yellow banner at the top of this page for details.