Then lightening struck! We could build them from foam core board from Dollar Tree! Took 5 sheets (get 6 just in case!).
I apologize for the poor picture quality. We were frantically getting ready for the surprise party and I took these right before the first guest arrived and the lighting was very dim.
Here's a picture from the night before -
(took this with my Iphone, so again, poor quality!)
The boxes were very easy to make. The bottom box is a full sheet of foam core board with 4 inch tall sides. I used an exacto knife to cut the foam core and it was very easy to cut. Cut the sides 1/4 less than the top measurements so that you can glue the pieces together and they won't hang over the edges.
The bottom box also has 3 supports and the other 2 boxes only have 2 each. It helps to have an extra set of hands when you start gluing everything together. I used the glue gun and Leigh placed the pieces and held
them together until the glue set.
Glue the outside pieces and then glue the center supports in.
The next box is 3" smaller than the bottom box with the back edges lined up. Same for the top box - it is 3" smaller than the middle box. This allows enough room for your cupcakes.
After the boxes were put together, each box was wrapped (individually) in shiny white wrapping paper and ribbon was taped to each box in 3 different colors.
I love how quick and easy this was and it looks quite elegant, if I do say so myself! It can easily be stored under the bed and can be used for many occasions with just a change of paper and ribbon.
We used a footed glass bowl filled with flowers for the top centerpiece, but you could easily use a stuffed animal for a children's party, a pumpkin for Halloween or any number of toppers for your celebration.
The table backdrop came about because we needed the floor space in the dining room, but after pushing the table against the wall, my terracotta curtains just didn't work with the party color scheme. So for a quick table backdrop, we took down the curtains and tied 2" strips of fabric on to the rod. The fabric was purchased at Wal-Mart for $1 a yard, so the whole thing might have cost $10.
The cupcake tower gave the table just the right look and held all of the cupcakes in style. We will be sharing more goodies from the party so come back soon!
Wish you all a very happy Labor Day!
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