LE FESTE – CELEBRATIONS
A photo bouquet centerpiece is a bit of eye candy that guests greatly appreciate at any celebration. I made the one in the photo above for my nephew’s birthday, and the best part was everyone could take home pictures of themselves as favors. I purposely included all the family members who were coming. And I dressed up the photos, to boot. My mom made chocolate lollipops, which added to the decorative element.
What You Need to Make a Photo Bouquet Centerpiece
- Loaf pan or rectangular box (I picked up this one at the dollar store)
- Rectangular styrofoam
- Tissue paper
- Edited, printed photos
- Popsicle sticks, craft sticks, or wooden skewers (which I also found at the dollar store)
- Adhesive tape
Pick Your Pictures
Try to find your favorite pictures. Start with the guest of honor. In our case, the party was for my nephew, but a few other people had birthdays around the same time. So, we included photos of all the younger people expected at the celebration. If possible, having at least one photo of each guest or a photo of the guest of honor with the friends and family at the party are all nice touches. You can also set up a photo shoot to capture images of the guest of honor befitting the theme. For example, my nephew’s party was Paw Patrol, so we had him wear fireman’s gear.
Pictures alone are fine and well. But you can have fun with this. It’s a party, after all. So, why not add emojis or mustaches? Or masks and crowns? Pic Monkey is my first stop when I want to add fun details to photos. I have added a chef’s hat and mustache to my then 2 year old son’s photo for cupcake toppers at his pizza-themed birthday party. For the photo bouquet centerpiece in the image above, I added all sorts of graphics, stickers, and accessories. Of course, you can also change the tint and color. You can crop the photo. You are really only limited by your imagination.
Print the Photos
Once you have put the finishing touches on the photos and you’re pleased with the results, you have to print copies of them. Even though I only displayed one of each photo, I made doubles and triples of some of them, so I could give them away to the people in the photo. To save money, you can stick to one each for the photo bouquet centerpiece. If you don’t have a printer capable of making all these copies, you can use a photo printing service. I often use Shutterfly or my local CVS or Walgreens. I find Shutterfly images are high quality, but Walgreens are nearly as good and usually much cheaper. CVS isn’t expensive but the quality is inconsistent.
Build the Photo Bouquet Centerpiece
After you have gathered all the materials, including the printed photos, you must build the photo bouquet centerpiece. The first step is attaching the sticks to the photos. I use a piece of adhesive tape. Next, make sure the styrofoam fits snugly into the loaf pan. If not, cut it down to size. Then, you must cover the styrofoam in tissue paper. I wrap it as I would a gift box and place it into the loaf pan. Finally, I stick the photos into the styrofoam as desired. I tried to stagger the depth of each stick, so you could see all the photos. The last step, however, is to add those shorter lollipops. Doesn’t it make for one sweet centerpiece?
Di Meglio has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10. For more handmade crafts and party gear, visit the Italian Mamma store on Etsy.