I had the lovely pleasure of working my client Jackie in creating this "tickled pink" wonderland for her daughter Emerson's 1st birthday at the East Bank Club in the riverview room. This is my first kids birthday party and I had a blast! Emme's favorite part of the design was her name in lights. Who wouldn't be attracted to blinking, shiny, feather trimmed letters? Often the family members would take her over near the letters and she would just stare. It's nice that guests of all ages enjoyed the aesthetic :)
Want to know how I created some of these pink-a-licious items? Read on for more!
Everything is pretty in pink!
When I started my process I was thinking of the best materials to use. I decided to use feather boas rather than individual feathers. I bulk ordered them on the internet. The boas gave me more control over the final product, but didn't stop my apartment being covered in pink feather fuzz. As for the other fabric elements, I went to my favorite outlet store here in Chicago, it's located at 2121 21st in Pilsen. The hours vary so look them up before you go! I was able to pick up a giant spool of sequins and the fabric for the letters and the door drapery for way less than a traditional fabric store.
Your Name in Lights: how to make light up letters
For the letters I started with a foam core sheet as the base. I then used spray adhesive to affix the satin fabric to the foam core. I then sketched out the letters and figured out the light placement. The using a strand of sequins I filled in the rest of the letters. To finish I pinned the feather boas along the outside of the foam core.
Feather Topiaries that make Dr. Seuss jealous
For the pedestal: I went to Home Depot and looked around the stair and banister aisle. I found the square base that is usually used as a decorative cap on your stair post and one baluster for the vertical element. I spray painted these both white and attached them with a screw through the bottom. Base done.
Feather Ball: I first bought my 12" feather ball online, they don't sell them that big at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. As soon as I got it I painted a base coat of pink paint that matched the feathers I was going to apply. Give that a lot of time to dry! I then pushed the ball on to the base. I enlisted the help of my best friend Betsey to make sure the ball was sitting straight before we fixed it to the base. Since the baluster was slightly tapered all we had to do was push the ball on to it and the pressure and gravity worked in our favor. I then dressed the ball in feathers. I wanted to be able to reuse the ball at a later date so I attached the feathers with hairpins. The boas have a little fullness so I put the feathers about two finger's width from each other. And voila! You have yourself a beautiful feather topiary!
I would love to do another event like this soon! It was so much fun! A big thanks to Jackie and the East Bank Club! Happy Birthday Emerson!