Whether it’s for your child’s birthday, hosting a baby shower for a friend, or throwing a holiday or seasonal soiree, the partyscape is an integral showpiece of the party. Don’t be intimidated by the perfect partyscapes you see on Pinterest.  Just follow these easy step-by-step directions to create your own – and to fit your budget!

Whether it's for your child's birthday, hosting a baby shower for a friend, or throwing a holiday or seasonal soiree, the partyscape is an integral showpiece of the party. Don't be intimidated by the perfect partyscapes you see on Pinterest. Just follow these easy step-by-step directions to create your own - and to fit your budget!

 

First and foremost, make Pinterest your new BFF.  Set up a board to pin all of your awesome ideas. You probably already have a theme or occasion in mind, so start there.  Also determine if your partyscape is going to be for all of the food, the main food table, or the desserts. This will be determined based on the amount of space you have to work with, the kind of party, and the number of attendees.

Now that you have all of the initial work squared away, let’s start building!  I like to start with the backdrop. I’m using examples from my Peace, Love, and Chocolate party so obviously your take-away is going to be the ideas, not so much the exact decorations. You can use any kind of sheet, curtain, or even a shower curtain! I took down the curtains in the living room and hung these shocking pink shower curtains from Target. If you have great walls or background to begin with, then think about hanging paper lanterns or a banner or something like that.

 

partyscape 5

 

For this party, we had to add two leaves in the dining room table, which made it larger than our biggest tablecloth.  So I layered. If it’s against the wall, most people won’t see the back, so use a plan table cloth in the back, layer a nicer one towards the front, and then your best one for the center.  In fact, the pink polka dot here is simple fabric. I ordered the fabric on Etsy and didn’t even sew it.  Fold it under and no one will ever know.  It’s our little secret!

 

partyscape 1

 

What is your focal point? Is it a cake? Cupcake tower? Do you want one focal point in the center, or two on each side?

You will want to build layers.  Lots of layers. What do you use? Boxes. Seriously folks, it doesn’t have to be expensive. I layer heavier boxes on top of each other, and then cover them with a tablecloth.

 

partyscape 2

 

Don’t feel like you have to commit to the design if you don’t like it. For this partyscape, I built, tore down, and rebuilt at least four times. Be creative, and don’t be afraid to be messy. I like to bring out all of the party plates, tiered stands, and decor to help me think through what I’m going to need as I build.

 

partyscape 3

 

Once it starts to come together, I like to set up the food cards to ensure that the platters, tiered stands, and decor are all where they need to be. Food cards  and place card holders are a great idea to help you organize where you will place all of the food, and more importantly, let your guests know what they are eating! I love all of the designs on Minted, and you can order an entire party kit to match your theme!

 

partyscape 6

 

As far out as you can before the party, lay out the food that doesn’t need refrigeration or special preparation.

 

partyscape 4

 

The final step is to add your decor and flowers and table confetti.

 

Peace, Love, and Chocolate 2016 was one for the books. Check out all of the chocolate confections, find out how much we raised, see the pinktastic tablescape, and learn why it almost didn't happen.

 

This is the partyscape from Peace, Love and Chocolate 2016. I think it’s my all-time favorite (shhhh – don’t tell the others.) As you can see, I built the cupcake tower on the left, and truffle tower on the right, with flowers in the middle.

 

PLC 2016 v1

 

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