Dress up windows with affordable window treatments made from pretty scarves looped over a simple dowel rod attached from the ceiling with removable hooks. Secure the window treatments in place with a loop of leather cording.
Once the fun is over at the party, give guests ribbon wands to take the fun home. Becca Gorski selected three colors of ribbon for each wooden dowel rod and tied them on one at a time. This party favor represents the theme and is a fun activity for guests.
This gumball party wouldn't be vintage-inspired without some soda. "I used Mason jars with stamped lids for drinking glasses," says Kara Allen. "The straws were made out of paper—a perfect vintage-inspired touch." To add to the theme, Kara made "gumball" ice cubes by freezing red punch in a ball-shaped ice tray found at a bargain price online. Aside from the decor, Kara suggests including a theme-oriented activity for guests. "I thought that ribbon wands would be so fun for little guests to play with and they were also easy to make," she says. She attached colorful polka-dot ribbons to the tops of painted wooden dowel rods and placed them in a large mason jar filled with gumballs to fit in with the theme. Photo by Lyndsey Fagerlund Imagery