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ENGAGEMENT PARTY DECORATING

March 28, 2016

LedByLucy-Engaged-DecorationsLedByLucy-Party-Decorations-Tissue-PomPomsFor the venue of our engagement party we chose Ye Olde Kings Head, which dates back to 1622. Not only was it frequented by King Henry VIII, but it is also said to be Chester’s most haunted pub (if there were any ghosts they certainly had the party spirit). We chose it because it’s full of charm and character. It has low oak beams, suits of armor, a roaring fire, central location and cask ales a plenty. The perfect place for a party.
The venue is already so interesting in itself, I didn’t need to do anything crazy with the space. Instead I chose to add some fun, bright and funky colours that would really pop and guide our guests to the party. I went for a colour palate of hot-pink, turquoise and orange with gold and lemon accents

LedByLucy-Party-Decorations-BuntingLedByLucy-Engaged-Decorations.PartyLedByLucy-Engagement-Party-DecorationsI worked with the designers at Hello Party to create the party theme ‘Shine Bright’ which consists of posters, bunting and banners. It is now available for everyone to order which is super exciting.
You can add in your own photos, messages and captions to the decorations, which gives you the opportunity to add some lovely personal touches to your party. I chose the lyric ‘pop that pretty question’ from Primadonna Girl by Marina and the Diamonds (my favourite song) for the bunting which was hung above the DJ booth.
We’ve actually kept some of the posters from the party and put them up in our home as a little reminder of this lovely night.
To complete the look I also added 30 tissue pom-poms and balloons which matched the colour theme. I love the way that these turned out, they really complemented my posters, but be warned, the pom-poms take ages to assemble. My advice is to get a group of friends together, put the music on and make a night of it!

We had so much fun at the party and both agreed that it went so quickly, we want to do it all over again this weekend!

To see what I changed into for the engagement party check out this post: Engagement Party Dress, Wearing White

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Giveaway and DIY Washi Tape Project

April 14, 2015
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Remember my Dulux paint project from way back when? Well I decided to add even more colour to that lemon table!

I inherited the vintage rug which you can just about see in the photos, it was handmade by my Great Grandma and I wanted the table to match (ish).

I used mt Washi tape for the project. For those of you that haven’t used it before it is smooth, Japanese adhesive paper. The good thing about it is that you can easily remove and re-apply it without leaving any marks. You can do so much with it, anything from wall murals to nail art. Our house is pretty much covered in it right now, it is so addictive.

ledbylucy-washi-wape-6ledbylucy-washi-wape-5I chose the salmon pink and stripe lilac tape and dove straight in without practicing. I ended up with this funky pattern which I actually really like! The table is now home to my record player and sits prettily on my Great Grandma’s handmade rug.

If you want to get crafty and do your own DIY Washi tape project then you’re in luck, because I have a bundle to give away! mt has kindly provided the stash of five rolls pictured below for you to win.

To enter and win the lot simply follow me on Twitter here and RT this tweet or follow me on Instagram here and like this post. If you’re already following me then just like or RT. Simple!

The competition is open to UK residents only and the deadline is midnight on Sunday 19th May, 2015. One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday.

Good luck!

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Paint Project

April 20, 2014

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I have a few pieces of inexpensive furniture that have moved around with me from place to place since my university days. They looked ever so sad and dowdy in my new apartment so I decided to give them a colour-pop make-over.

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Dulux tester paint pots are brilliant for jazzing up furniture. You’d be surprised at how far the paint from those little pots can go.

I chose Pretty Pink, Lemon Tropics and Mint Macaroon.

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Here are a few tips:

  • Clean the surface of the chair/table thoroughly before you start painting. If you paint directly onto dust it will look clumpy and peel within no time
  • Apply a few, light coats of paint. This will avoid brush streaks and drips
  • Be patient and allow each coat to dry completely before starting on the next
  • If any brush hairs get stuck in the paint, remove them quickly with tweezers. If the paint starts to dry before you do this it will look messy
  • Cover all surfaces, even those out of view for a professional finish
  • Wash your brushes in hot soapy water as soon as possible so that they are nice and supple ready for the next project!                                  image

Be warned it is addictive! I only intended on painting a chair and table but ended up getting a little carried away. The drawers of my dressing table are now Pretty Pink!

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You can read about my jewellery organisers (as pictured above) in this post.