At the end of this month, Nick's sister is having a big Masquerade Party to celebrate her 40th. She has hired a hall and invited 100 of her closest friends! We received the beautiful invitation (made by her Dad) last week and I am so excited to be helping her with the decorations.
I have loved sourcing all the elements to help make her table centrepieces tie in with her Masquerade theme. This was the first vase I created...
After a bit of tweaking (adding blue peacock feathers, sourced from a Milliner in Rockhampton!), we will probably go for something more like this for the night;
(Bad lighting, but you get the idea. Imagine this in a darkened hall, twinkling with fairy lights and sparkly silver stars hanging from the drapery across the ceiling.)
I have also made some giant masks as feature pieces for the stage. I used a very high gloss/mirror-effect cardboard and added glitter for the decorative trim. It looks different in different light. Here is one on a white background;
Another, with Livvie's hand for perspective;
And on a dark backdrop, as it will be on the night;
I've also made a Party Wreath, to welcome guests at the front door or maybe used inside, to add a bit of sparkle to a wall or door;
I started with a wire ring from Spotlight and wrapped it in many, many strips of quilt wadding to bulk it up. Then I covered it with a sparkly silver satin and tied it all down with strips of tulle. I added glitter (lots of glitter! It's everywhere, ALL throughout my house ~ it was even in our dinner tonight!) to some wooden numbers and hand-stiched some yo-yo's;
With a few feathers, ribbons and beads, this is the finished wreath, on a dark backdrop ~ as it will be on the night;
Two more weeks to go and it's all very exciting!
My next job is to find edible silver dusting sparkles (unlike those that were in our dinner tonight!) for the masquerade cookies I am making, based on these;