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I decided that balloons are for birthday parties and baby showers so I decided to make pom poms. I will admit, I got a little obsessed...
8 sheets of gift wrap paper 20X30
gift wrap ribbon
You can trim the ribbon or let it hang like I did. I thought it added a little more. If you're feeling really crafty you can do a two tone pom. I did a black and red one so I got 4 red and 4 black and stacked them red, black, red, black and so on.
So in the book, Ana talks about the "Silver Balls" AKA Ben Wa Balls. I thought it would be funny to make silver ball cake pops!
My mother-in-law came over to help. She is a cake pop queen and so I really needed her help. Yes, I know, making silver ball cake pops with your MIL is a little weird but we thought it was funny.
Something weird happened with the first batch of white cake melts so it was a good thing we had some silver color mist by Wilton. You can find it in your baking aisle in Michaels.
Another cute idea that I did can also be done at any party. I found leopard and zebra print duct tape at the dollar tree and wrapped them around water bottles for some diva-ish-ness. I only made a few because who really drinks water at a bachelorette party anyway??
You can't do a 50 Shades of Grey party without any gray ties! I borrowed some from friends and bought some from the Goodwill. Perfect because I saved my receipt and was able to return them after.
So I used the ties as decoration as well and you will see in the pics later...
Then I asked my MIL to make me a banner with her cricket and I tied the letters together with black and red ribbon...
I had a hard time keeping the theme a surprise from the bachelorette so the banner was the only picture I would share with her as I was putting it all together.
I had other cute ideas that I didn't get a pic of or I had to be creative with...
Licorice zip tied to tags that read,
Red room of pain
My inner Goddess
Fuck the paperwork
What is it about elevators?
I had more sayings but you get the idea and probably have your favorite quotes from the book. Another idea I had was to tie a Charlie Tango helicopter balloon outside so people would know where the party was. I didn't find one in time so I bought a regular mylar balloon and taped a helicopter to it. It was funny watching the bachelorette try and guess why there was a helicopter flying around out front.
So here we go, pics of the party...
As you walk up to my front door you see a sign that reads, "We Aim to Please" along with some ties that I used instead of my welcome flag.
I placed a basket at the door where everyone could place their wrapped gift for the bride to be...naught, of course.
Party poms and a little bit of silver ribbon.
I borrowed a pair of ripped jeans for part of my table decor. I tied the ties to the bar that goes across my kitchen windows. Ties look better than curtains.
I decorated this table with a red table cloth and some silver shreds. A friend of mine made these awesome cookies too. I found the black frame in the dollar section of Michaels and used the same letters that I used for the door sign, for the bride to be's last initial in the frame.
|Silver balls served with scoops of Vanilla ice cream.|
Black table cloth with more silver shreds.
I made these two corset wine bottle covers with 29 cent paper from Michaels. Measure, cut and hole punch. The ribbon I used was also the ribbon from the banner.
50 Shades of Grey
50 Shades Darker
I had a picture of 50 Shades Freed with handcuffs but can't find it. Booo!
And of course I served "Sub" sandwiches...
For the grand finale I wanted to find a man to dress up in ripped jeans just like Christian and serve my cousin drinks for a couple hours. When I get an idea in my head there's no turning back. I want what I want and that's it. Plus it's a perfect bonus to the party. How hilarious would it be if you showed up to a 50 Shades of Grey themed bachelorette party and there was a man walking around in ripped jeans serving drinks?! I would die!
Strippers are expensive (yes, I looked) and gross. I couldn't find anyone so my awesome husband and his friend did it. Way to take one for the team! I raffled off his friend so a lucky winner won a server for a couple hours. It was hilarious and everyone had a great time. And NO I am now posting the pics of my husband, he would kill me!! Just believe me, it was funny and I owe him big time!
So off we went to the bars sporting our ties around our necks. That's all I have so I'm going to end it with a pic of us :)
Left to right, Brides future sister-in-law, my sister-in-law, my cousin, me, brides stepsister and last but not least, the bride-to-be!