Decorating for parties is one of my most favorite things to do. While I'm not even remotely as good at it as many other talented people out there, I am beginning to stick my toes cautiously into the world of dessert table planning and decorating.
While decorating for our 4th of July party I ran across these gorgeous paper poms at the party store and new that they would be great for creating a focal point above the table. This photo, the one above, I took after I removed the cupcakes and treats. Our 1 year old German Shepherd swiped a cupcake from the stand while I was running to get my camera and I had visions of her licking (eeeew) or eating them all before our guests arrived.
I did a little research online and found out that you can make these decorations really simply. All you need is some large sheets of tissue paper, string and scissors. I've included directions below, but I also wanted to share with you some cool ideas for the poms I found floating around out there on the web.
Source: Icing Designs
And finally the tutorial. Forgive me for the poor quality photos, grey northwest weather does not provide the best light. Ok, here we go.
For 1 large pom, begin by stacking 8 20x30 inch sheets of tissue paper on top of each other and folding accordion style.
Tie one 2-3 foot length of string around the middle of the folded tissue.
Cut each end into a decorative shape. I've created a point, but you could cut them into half circles as well for a softer effect.
Begin separating the layers gently on each side of the string. Until all layers are separated and pom is full. Arrange the layers to cover the center of the pom and your done!