I just want to wish you and yours a peaceful and joyous new year. And if you want to wow your guest at today’s brunch or open house simply attach some balloons to strings (curling ribbon worked beautifully for me and you could even curl it more than I did) and freehand the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 4 out of cardboard from a box you have lying around. Cover both sides of your numbers with different colored construction paper and voila. Use tape to hang them all from the ceiling. The 1 and 4 wouldn’t stay put, so I put a piece of tape to one of the balloons to keep them still for photos. My family enjoyed using it as decoration and photo backdrop. Happy 2014!
You might recall that in our last few weeks in Italy in 2012, we hosted a blessing for baby boy Enzo. The reception was in my mother-in-law’s backyard. To spruce the place up, I made decorations with my Italian nieces. We got the idea for making the above wreath at catchmyparty.com. But because we were on the small island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, we could not get any of the materials suggested in those instructions. So, I came up with plan B. I found a wire hanger in my closet, stretched it to form something closer to a circle. Then, I wrapped the balloons and tied a knot, so each one was attached to the hanger. I did this until you could no longer see any part of the wire. The truth is that I could have used more balloons to make it fuller, but I didn’t have any other balloons, so this had to do. Finally, I created a monogram using paper scraps, and I attached it with a ribbon that came off a gift we received for Enzo. I used another ribbon from another gift to cover the hanger’s hook, which I used to hang the wreath. And voila! You like?