The Photographeuse has a secret boyfriend, hereafter referred to as The Secret Boyfriend, who actually took charge of the party planning and made it all happen. He deftly arranged for the event to be held at The Frugal Homestead and even offered to supply the booze. The Secret Boyfriend wanted it to be a special night for The Photographeuse, which is probably why she wants him to be secret -- all the ladies would come a-running if they knew how thoughtful he was.
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Using fabric she already had (because she is a junior hoarder), The Frugal Hostess made a fabric banner for her front porch that made her very happy. Here you go:
Fabric swatches in the colors you dig
Pinking shears (easier said than done)
Polyvinyl Acetate Adhesive (PVA is used for bookbinding and is a very flexible adhesive. Fabric glue and probably a hot glue gun would work just as well.)
Cup of water
Scrap paper to use for a mat
Piece of ribbon long enough to hang banner
1. Measure the spot you'd like to hang the banner, then add a few inches on either side just in case.
2. Cut the ribbon to size. Thinner ribbon (like, maybe slightly wider than a piece of string) works best for this.
3. Find some pinking shears. It took The Frugal Hostess five stores, plus some garage sales, to find pinking shears, so don't count on finding them at obvious places like Target. Go straight to a sewing or craft store, and ask for help, because they are easy to miss.
5. Once you have enough double-triangle-pennants to fill your space, it's time to start gluing. Open the fabric shape, place the ribbon inside on the fold, and spread PVA glue on one side with the paintbrush. You want the glue to be spread thinly and evenly, without saturating the fabric too much. That's where the cup of water comes in handy. You also don't want to glue the thing to your table, so use the piece of paper as a mat.
For the party, The Frugal Hostess dangled the two graduation hats on ribbons from hooks on either side of the front porch. The banner went across the middle and looked so cool that she forgot to take a picture. Bad job, TFH! She also made a graduation hat for the monkey bust in the bathroom (What? You don't have that?), which was universally the best part of the whole party. And, the leftover fabric was cut into more pennants to be used as cocktail napkins. Which no one used, but that is neither here nor there.
Menu-wise, TFH just did her typical easy cocktail party menu plus deviled eggs, and The Photographeuse brought salsa, bruschetta, boiled peanuts, and other yummy snacks. It was lots of fun and a very frugal way to celebrate a friend!
Congrats, The Photographeuse!
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