Now that you know Esthy High's Curriculum and Lunch Room Menu it is time to pull it all together with the decor. Because this party is for back-to-school, I think a preppy look would work well. My secret to inexpensive party decor is Ribbon, Ribbon, Ribbon! Grosgrain ribbon comes in solids, stripes, polkadots, and even argyle, and makes for perfectly preppy party decor. While writing this post I found an online ribbon retailer that has a GREAT selection of stripes and solids.
For this purposes of this party the dining room table will be used as your "lab" space. To set the table, use a place mat under each of the silver mixing bowls which girls will use to steam their faces, this adds color and helps to control spills. A cute way to display the face cloths is to use custom made napkin rings out of ribbon and d-rings, by following this easy tutorial at the Hip Hostess' Blog. A larger version of these can also be used to wrap the yoga mats (which you can find for $5 each at your local 5 Below store). Place the face cloths on top of a folded hand towel, next to each bowl. In the center of the table use some low wooden trays wrapped with ribbon to hold the products that you'll be using for the facials.You can use ribbon to dress up a plain white table cloth by using it as a table runner like these photos from Martha Stewart Weddings and Swanky Tables
More Ribbon Crafts & Gifts (b/c some people are just super crafty):
This video from VideoJug will show you how to make ribbon headbands for your guests, like this one from Molasses Tree. These make nice gifts and are also useful for keeping the girl's hair off of their faces during their facial treatments.
Magnet Boards & Magnets:
The photo above, from Better Homes and Gardens, shows how a few painted canvases with ribbon accents can transform a space. Take this idea further by using magnetic paint, to create functional magnet boards for the girls to use throughout the school year. To accompany them whip up some quick marble magnets, which look cute when packaged in Altoid tins.
The Diva is in the Details..... more tips for super preppy party
Photo: Hip To Piece Squares
Photo: Hip To Piece Squares
Besides the Pink & Green color palette featured throughout the post, a few other color combos complement the preppy/girly feel including: Lavender and Green and my favorite especially for back to school Pink and Navy. You can print out the striped paper and favor flags needed to make the little notebooks above right here.
Remember those folders that you are going to hand out to each girl with the class schedule and course material, why not dress up plain folders my adding a little monogram detail on the front or even lining the inside with some pretty scrapbook paper, or if your going with the pink & navy palette just print out the striped paper from your computer after downloading the pdf from the link above.
Last, but not least! If your a whiz on the sewing machine, you can even throw together some cute little lined zippered pouches perfect for holding make up or school supplies.