Is it just me or does anyone else love party crafts? I love to make my friends and family feel special, and I think there’s a real art to putting together themed bashes and presents.
I always take a lot of time and care in putting together nice gifts and little extras. It may seem silly as it can take a good while to wrap something that takes just seconds to open, but I think it’s a great excuse to get creative!
Every year for Rich’s birthday I throw him a party just for the two of us. Each year has a different theme and so far we’ve had Avengers, Studio Ghibli and Star Wars – this year we’re deep into season 2 of Westworld, so naturally I brought the Wild West to our living room for the day.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, and I’ve found loads of little ways to emulate a theme without breaking the bank. It’s just a little something extra on top of cake, cards and presents that brings a smile to their face. Below are just a few ideas from Rich’s Westworld themed party:
- Saloon menu: I used some free fonts to create a Mariposa saloon-style menu, which I printed out, stained with tea and burnt the edges of
- Gift wrap: I bought some plain brown postal paper (£1 from Wilkos), rustic twine (£1 from Hobbycraft) and plain white gift tags (£1.50 for a pack of 25 from Hobbycraft) – I stained these with tea and used popular Westworld quotes (amended slightly for birthday purposes) for the tags
- Table cover: sample piece of wood-effect wallpaper from Wilkos for that saloon feel (free!)
- Food: I went for a classic American menu, with Reuben sandwiches, crisps and dips for lunch
- Presentation: I saved up a few tin cans from various lunches and teas, which I battered up a little and used to hold the party snacks