-One of the most important things to remember is this one word. OVERKILL. Don't do it. I can't tell you how often I use the phrase "3 to 1 ratio" when consulting with clients. For every piece that you have that heavily represents a character in their likeness its a good idea to have a couple of other items that just match the decor colors or pull the theme in. While I'm not big on "rules" per say I've found that its just an easy way to keep things balanced in your mind.
-My favorite way to represent the beloved character in a party is with the food items. Go fondant! :) I say this because it cuts the mass production out. Every baker is a bit different in how they interpret a theme and its a great way to make the food fun and set the scene.
- Find a talented printables artist that is willing (there are often times copyright issues/its a gray area that I'll post about later) that can add a twist to the design and make it less generic looking. Whether it be by incorporating patterns or a non traditional color palette with the character. Printables are something anyone can do to customize a party. I plan on doing weekly vendor spotlights so stay tuned.
- Details! Don't get caught up on a character it its entirety.Try to focus on details that make the charterers unique. It could be big Mickey Mouse gloves. I served food on plates one year that were Mickey hands. It could be Hello Kitty's huge red bow or something as simple as the "SD" collar Scooby Doo wears.
-Incorporate fun phrases the character says as a reminder of the theme. I had "omm nom nom" printed on our napkins as well as on a custom cookie jar! Catch phrases :) Zoinks! Ruh Roh etc Also name the food items fun names to honor the theme. Incase you didnt guess from the above line my next character party is Ruby Roo ;) Drink items will be known as "Jeepers Juice" Play on words gets easier the more you do it and adults enjoy the wit just as much as the kiddos!
- Custom Items- Most things that you see in my parties can't be purchased in a local store. They are either from some of the wonderful crafters in the industry or made by yours truly. Again, these items don't have to be of the character in its exact likeness or even of the character itself. For example, I love to have a large eye catching piece of some kind at most of my parties. For Logan's Cookie Monster party instead of making the party about CM it was a cookies and milk party featuring him! Instead of the large piece being a Cookie Monster cut out in the doorway I opted for a large cookie cut out instead.
- Lastly, whenever possible, other than the food items, try to incorporate the character in areas where the most important party guests (the children!) will enjoy them. Favors are a great place to make the character stand out and also perfect for the children to have reminders of the fun party and theme!
See the rest of the party HERE!