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If you’ve been reading, then you know that a DIY or craft happens in my house only because of my determination to get “a look for less.”
Quick, easy, inexpensive, and often repurposed projects are so my thing.
I have fancy champagne dreams on a Kirkland wine budget. It’s true. And I’m okay with that.
A recent birthday celebration for my awesome husband sent me on my typical obsessive party planning path. I can’t wait to share the details of this backyard get-together with you! Coming soon, I promise.
I’ve said it before, with a theme comes a color palette. An organized color palette helps tie the food, drinks, and party accessories together, giving the event some energy and life. I was really digging the idea of using natural elements mixed with gorgeous gold accents for this nighttime masculine party.
The food table was easy. I just shopped my house for linens, gold accents, and warm wood pieces.Menu planning was centered around all the things my husband loves the most. And one of his favorite treats is to sip on some Bourbon. So, a Bourbon Bar was a must.
Off I went to my little slice of heaven…my very own version of Disney World…my very own thrill ride…TJ Maxx. And like always, I hit up the clearance section.
And discovered this. It’s stuff like this that makes me giddy with excitement!
Someone might see trash. I see something that deserves to be treasured!
These mismatched stacks of wood slices that I assumed were meant to be used as coasters were beat up and calling for some love. I found a stack of 5 and a stack of 2 both marked at $3.00. The pricing didn’t even make sense. And lucky me, the cashier thought the same thing so I got all 7 pieces for $3.oo. Woot woot!!
grabbed begged for a pallet from a local stone store. The plan was to use this as a backdrop to a Bourbon Bar that would sit separately from the main cocktail bar. I wanted to hang a wood slice banner on the pallet. So here is what I did.
3 of the slices already had a hole at the top. I matched the hole size to the appropriate drill bit, marked the spot and started drilling 2 holes on each slice.
This $3.oo find was meant to be. 7 slices of wood and 7 letters in “Bourbon.”
Oh, and did I mention these were beat up? Edges were loose or missing. Surfaces were sticky from tape.
But imperfections are good. At least that’s what I tell myself everytime I put my bathing suit on.
I could have freehanded the letters, but sometimes that just adds stress for me. I turned to my cheap transfer paper method by finding a font that I liked, printing it and then doing this…Just flip over any printed paper, give it a good scribble of pencil, flip it back and trace. Get perfect letters every time!
I happened to have a white paint marker on hand so without giving it a second thought, I started to trace and fill in the letters with it. The wood soaked up the paint a lot, so it required me to go back over it about 3 times. I know you can see the pencil marks still, but seriously, there’s no shame in that. Move on. No one will notice. All that was left was to string em’ together! My large supply of jute twine to the rescue again!
For such a simple, quick and inexpensive project, I should have expected a slight bump in the road.
Mother Nature decided to throw a challenge at us. She dumped a a ton of rain on us the night of the party, which meant renting a tent and squashing my pallet board Bourbon Bar vision. The Bourbon Bar had to be set up with the rest of the bar and this cute little wood slice banner got hung on the tent above all that. It certainly didn’t have the same effect, but it worked. And once the guests sipped on some Bourbon, I’m pretty sure they didn’t care about my $3.oo Bourbon banner anyway.
Check out more party details for this Swine and Dine: A Masculine 40th Birthday Party.
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