June is pretty much party central here at the beehive. Last weekend, I went to my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th (wow) anniversary party. This weekend is the Little Bee’s 5th (double wow) birthday, followed very closely by two good friends’ kiddos. Throw in a surprise party for a big sister, and a cousin’s birthday at the end and we are going cray – cray with parties. Thankfully, only one of those parties – the Little Bee – is actually my responsibility! (But don’t worry Mom, I’ll help with the surprise party!)
As much as I wish I was, I am not a champion party decorator. I’ve toyed around with the idea of bribing Karie to come over and decorate for the Little Bee’s party! But one thing I’m pretty good at is making a great bunting banner! Most likely, that’s because they are so easy to make. I love how a cute banner invokes a whimsical feel, like you are at a circus or a carnival in the 1920’s. In the last few months, I’ve made half a dozen banners for various occasions, so i thought I would share three different ways to make a bunting banner for your next party.
I made this fancy little number four years ago for the Little Bee’s first birthday, and this is my most used method for making bunting. Just cut your choice of fabric into triangles, pink the edges if desired. Then slip the triangle into some store bought extra wide double fold bias tape and use a big zig zag stitch to secure.
I made a similar banner for a friend’s little girl’s 9th birthday party, which had a carnival theme. I had planned to just use my old stand by bias tape method, but she showed me an adorable banner on Etsy that used twine to secure the triangles. So we let our kids destroy my house while we whipped up this little beauty.
The triangles are exactly the same, but I ironed 3/4 inch down at the top, folding the corners into triangles so they didn’t poke out. I really like the way it turned out!
Finally, for all you non-sewers out there, a paper banner is always fun too. For my little corner at the Market, I stole Mandy’s Easter egg banner idea, but cut out baby themed shaped instead. Putting little clothespins at the top gave it a great feel for a baby shower. Cut out the letters for a birthday, anniversary, St. Patrick’s Day, anything!
So there is hope for all you non decorators like me! Just whip up a sweet banner for your party!