Throw an Inexpensive Party
By focusing your party on a few snacks and a simple color scheme executed with patterned paper and pretty inexpensive napkins, you can throw an outdoor fiesta on a budget. Get our how-to techniques and patterns to complete a handful of hanging medallions, fans, and dip-dyed napkins.
Make Paper Medallions
Hang these large fold-em-up paper medallions over the featured table to create a more intimate atmosphere. Make them to match your color scheme and vary the size -- they're sure to be a conversation starter.
Create Paper Fans
Accordian-folded fans keep you cool and make cool decorations. Stick them in a box filled with sand for a DIY party centerpiece.
Frozen Popscicle Treats
Put the "aah" in August (or any other warm-weather month) with these cool-off cocktails. These adult-only sippers are served frozen and in glasses so you don't miss a drop.
Makes: 10 servings
Yield: 10 pops
Prep: 15 mins
Make Dip-Dye Napkins
Use our easy-peasy dip-dye technique to jazz up basic cloth napkins. The same $10 technique works to create a cotton table runner or place mats.
To make the napkins:
1. Follow the package directions for fabric dye. Add 2 cups warm water to each of 3 deep bowls (stainless steel or glass). Add 1 cup dye solution to the first bowl; 1/2 cup solution to the second; 1/4 cup solution to the third.
2. Dip a folded white cotton napkin into the weakest dye solution, leaving the top section undyed. Leave in solution about 15-30 seconds. Drain excess dye. Continue dipping napkin at a lesser depth in each of the heavier solutions to achieve an ombre effect.
Watch Our Dip-Dye Tutorial!
See our dip-dye technique in action, then use it to turn dollar-store napkins and table runners into showcase-worthy party decor.