Party inspiration can come from just about anywhere, and for this Let’s Go Fly a Kite Party, it came from cute diamond-shaped plates from Pickytarian. These plates are super-sturdy, sustainably made and compostable. So you can feel really good about using easy clean-up paper plates at your party.
Stay tuned to the end of this post because you’ll have an opportunity to win a set of plates and utensils from Pickytarian! UPDATE: the giveaway is now closed and our winner has been notified.
Once I realized that the shape of these plates reminded me of a kite, the rest of the party came to me almost full blown. I grounded everything with two light blue tablecloths and built up from there, thinking about the sky and the grass that you would run through, pulling a kite behind you.
Kite party centerpiece
I’ve had these tissue paper grass mats for ages. I thought I was going to use them at my UGA season opener football party, but I never did. They became the perfect mini table runner for this party.
Then I added three green glass vases that actually were gifts from my niece’s pre-wedding luncheon several years ago. I chose simple white flowers because they reminded me of clouds.
Kite party place settings
Since our plates are sustainably made, I wanted to decorate the rest of the party as much as I could from things that I already owned to keep with that eco-friendly vibe. I found white cardstock in my scrapbooking stash and use my Silhouette die cutting machine to create cloud placemats. If you don’t have a die cutting machine, it’s easy enough to freehand cut clouds. I used 12 x 12“ paper but you could also use 11 x 17 paper for larger placemats.
I chose light blue napkins. I usually go for a little bit more contrast in my place settings to set everything off, but I really just wanted a calm feeling with this tablescape.
Utensils are also from Pickytarian, and they are also compostable. To dress up the forks a little bit, I added sunshine buttons on the forks with a little bit of hot glue. Obviously, you’ll pull off the buttons and glue before you compost the forks.
I’ll have a tutorial for everything that I created for this party up in a few days.
I had so much fun turning the plates into kites. All it took was a little bit of criss-cross washi tape to create the frame of the kite. Then I chose thick yarn, meant for arm knitting, and taped that to the bottom of the plate to create the kite’s tail. Bows cut from scrapbooking paper are attached to the kite’s tail with glue dots. Again, pull off the tape before composting the plates. Tutorial to come!
P.S. if you use one scrapbooking paper collection, then you don’t have to worry about the various patterns and colors coordinating because the collection designer already did that work for you. I chose pastels to go with the calm feel I wanted to create, but you could create these kites and bows with any colors or patterns that you like. If you want something bright and geometric, that would be just as cute as what I’ve done here.
The reusable bottles are also from my collection and all I did was attach straws from my stash with gold washi tape. I usually go for matching straws, but since I chose a sort of patchwork pattern for the kites, it made sense to choose a mix of straws in our party colors.
Kite Chandelier Decoration
It’s fun to decorate the chandelier above your dining room table. If you don’t have a large party centerpiece, decorating the chandelier can create a nice moment for your table. I started with simple clouds cut from white scrapbooking cardstock. You need two of each cloud shape. Create a loop with white string, and tape it to one of the clouds. Then use Power Glue Stick to glue the second cloud to the first cloud.
Once I had the clouds hung from my chandelier, it hit me that it would be funny to pretend that a kite had gotten caught in our chandelier — the same way Charlie Brown’s kite always got caught in a tree. So I made a second, smaller kite, just like the one on the dessert table. This one had a matching back, so it would look good from every seat at the table. I attached another yarn tail with with scrapbooking bows, and then “tangled” the tail through the rest of my chandelier.
Kite dessert table backdrop
I tried a new type of backdrop for me: bulletin board paper. This actually isn’t paper, it’s “Better Than Paper,” made from non-woven fabric. It’s terrific because you’re not going to accidentally rip or crease it while hanging it up. I have a large mirror over my sideboard, so all I did was grab a long tension rod, fold the paper a few inches over the rod, and tape the paper to itself with strong packing tape. Then, my daughter helped me tuck the tension rod just behind the frame of the mirror.
The clouds on the backdrop are just wall decals. Decals are one of the easiest ways to decorate a party backdrop!
I freehand cut out triangles to create a kite. Just tape the backs of the triangles together with scotch tape. Use a solid color washi tape on the front to mimic the frame of a kite. The same white yarn and scrapbook bows from the place settings form the tail of this kite. The kite and tail are attached to the backdrop with pop-up glue dots.
You could also add white balloons or a balloon garland around the backdrop to look like clouds.
Kite party desserts
We are trying to eat less sugar. It stinks. I don’t like like eating less sugar. I’m one of sugar’s biggest fans. That being said, I chose cupcakes, Rice Krispies treats, and macarons for the kite party. Plenty of sugar in all those options, but less than my normal dessert tables.
The macarons were lemon, pistachio, strawberry and champagne; I really just chose them because they matched our party colors.
The cupcakes were lemon and so good. I popped them in light blue polka dot candy cups. Then I used my silhouette cameo to cut 3-inch kites, and glued them to skewers to make cupcake toppers. (You could also buy kite embellishments from the scrapbooking aisle of the craft store.)
The Rice Krispies treats could not have been easier. I usually make them from scratch, but this time, I added them to my husband’s grocery list and used the store-bought kind. They come in rectangles, so I trimmed them into a kite shape, spread a little white frosting on the tops, and dipped them in sprinkles. Instant party kites!
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Plates and utensils: Pickytarian
Blue tablecloth: Gee di Moda via Amazon
Blue bulletin board paper: Teacher Created Resources via Amazon
White chenille yarn: Inndun via Amazon
Cloud decals: Cugbo via Amazon