The last guests left close to 3am, so I think everyone had a good time.
I had a great time, once all the prep was done and I could relax a little. Luckily the other two girls throwing the shower with me took over in the kitchen once guests arrived. I am not an asset in the kitchen, let me tell you. My skills lie more in the area of greeting when it comes to party throwing. So that is what I did after I finished the decorating.
I am waiting for the pics from the photographer so it may be a week or so before I can get them on here for your viewing pleasure.
In the meantime, I mentioned here, that I would give a little rundown on how I made this baby...
I have also had a lot, and by a lot I mean like 10, of requests for this so I thought I would jump right to it this wonderful Monday!
First of all, get yourself some lamp shade bones. And by that I mean the frame sans fabric.
I have had this HUGE, old one just hanging around (get it?) for years. I always meant to turn it into a chandelier, complete with hanging crystals and everything. One day I am sure I will get around to it but for now I am going to enjoy it in its current state.
Along with the bones you need these things....
Christmas lights and a swag lighting chain. Electrical tape is optional, as you will see later on in the post. I had all of these laying around the house.
Second step is to wrap the Christmas tree lights around the bones in a pattern that makes sense to the shape of your lamp shade. I used two strands because the lamp shade is really large.
The first time I used electrical tape to just tape the lights as I went along and had this....
Not too bad, but I wasn't loving the tape. I decided to be lazy and leave the tape but then fate stepped in......
TIP #1: Check to make sure all the lights on your strand light up before you take the time to carefully tape off the pattern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I plugged it in, half the lights no longer worked and I also got an electrical shock. Awesome. I then had to take them all off and start over with a new strand. Double awesome.
The second time I just wrapped and weaved the lights around the bones in no particular order....much easier and looked even better. Didn't even need the tape.
Then, I attached one end of the swag chain the top of the frame using pliers. I then threw the chain over a branch of a tree and then attached the other end of the chain to the frame. Of course, for this part, baby giraffes don’t have to be bothered with pesky ladders...
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However, the more vertically challenged among you may have to use a ladder or step stool.
That was it! So cheap and easy and was a big hit!
TIP #2: If you want a white strand of lights, the cord that is, look in the wedding section of the craft store. (I got mine at Michael's a while back) Regular Christmas lights are green most times.
Well there she is in a nutshell. Any questions?