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DIY Fringed Letter Backdrop

Welcome to the most versatile party DIY you will ever meet. The Fringed Letter Backdrop isn’t just for puppy bowls but it sure does look cute back-dropping it’s way through our version of a super bowl party. Imagine it at a birthday celebration, as a banner behind a well styled bar cart or just because in a nursery. It’s the jack of all DIY trades and it’s easy. Need we say more?

MaterialsPaper mache letters
1-2 packs gold foil tissue
Fringing scissors
Scissors
Stapler and staples
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Clear fishing line
Neutral baker’s twine
Gold, white, and kraft cardstock paper

instructions

step-1Unfold the foil until the sheets are still stacked but no longer folded. Cut the gold foil into long strips about 2” wide. Staple either end of the strips so all the sheets stay together.

step-2Fringe the length of each strip with the fringing scissors, then remove the staples to separate the fringe layers. Leave a few strips unfringed so you can use it to patch any tricky spots on the letters.

step-3Wrap each letter in fringe strips, starting from the bottom of the letter and working your way up. Using one layer of fringe at a time, hot glue to secure around the letter and cut off any excess fringe. Place the next layer of fringe about ½” higher than the last layer of fringe and repeat.

step-4In the tricky areas of letters like the cutout of an A shape, lay the fringe straight across like normal and glue in place, then trim any fringe that is in the cutout space and add extra fringe around the sides. Along the horizontal bar of the A, line the top of the fringe along the top of the bar, then trim the fringe to match the rest of the fringe pattern.

step-5Cut triangle pennants out of the cardstock paper that are roughly 1.5” tall and glue onto strands of baker’s twine. Tape the strands of twine to the wall.

step-6Use the fishing line to hang the letters from the ceiling, or use masking tape to tape the letters to the wall. If hanging, use a drill with a small bit to drill small holes in the top of the letters to string the fishing line through- make sure to drill the holes on both sides of a letter like W so it will be balanced when hanging.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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Puppy Bowl Party Inspiration

This one goes out to the puppy lovers. Its a Super Bowl celebration that’s guy, girl and dog friendly with a low-key atmosphere and infused with touches of glam because every party deserves a golden banner moment, don’t you think? We whipped up crowd pleasing snack foods like spicy bacon caramel popcorn, football-shaped beer pretzels and a little something for the pups too. Have a look at our version of a Puppy Bowl watching party photographed by Ruth Eileen.

From our party stylist, Jess: While my husband is so excited for the Patriots to play in the Super Bowl he can hardly sleep, I’ve got my sights set on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. This year I wanted to create a shindig for our friends and their pups to enjoy!

I like my Super Bowl parties to be no-fuss, because it’s the dead of winter and really, it’s all about the food. I stuck with an easy, neutral color palette which meant I could throw a linen tablecloth on a folding table and use white serving dishes and baskets that are already around my house. Then I added DIY gold fringed letters spelling out “Puppy Bowl” and strands of small pennant flags for a simple yet sparkly backdrop.

You can’t have a party centered around the TV without some munchies, so I laid out a spread of finger-licking snacks like beer-candied bacon, peanuts, salted beer football pretzels, football-themed sugar cookies, and spicy caramel bacon popcorn in little football field sacks. I wanted to serve something a little more festive than just regular old beer, and this recipe for beer sangria fit the bill perfectly! For the four legged guests, I set out dishes of doggie beer, biscuits, and bones, along with a slew of football chew toys. Finally, I sent every guest home with a cute little bag of dog biscuits as a party favor!

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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Signature Cocktail: Blackberry & Lemon Gin & Tonics

We are always looking for ways to up the ante on the cocktails we know and love, and thanks to Engaged & Inspired and Michele Beckwith Photography we now know how to put a fun little twist on the classic gin & tonic. Infused with a little blackberry and lemon, I can’t even wait to put this recipe to use. See their Moscow mule recipe here.

Blackberry & Lemon Gin and Tonics
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Serves 0Ingredients
  • 12 blackberries
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Meyer lemons (can sub. regular lemons) 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 12 ounces good quality gin
  • Tonic water
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Fill cup with ice.
  2. Pour in gin
  3. Add a splash of tonic water
  4. Add 1/4 cup of simple syrup
  5. Add lemons and blackberries
  6. Garnish with mint leaves
  7. Stir

Photography: Michele Beckwith Photography | Concept & Design: Engaged & Inspired