Last Christmas, Ramsay and I threw our first Ugly Sweater/Holiday party. As a PR girl, I knew that our party just HAD to have a step-and-repeat! Step-and-repeats are the perfect addition to any holiday party. People love having photos of fun events and good memories. But they may not always remember to whip out their phones to take a photo. Also, an ordinary house party doesn’t always lend itself to the best photos (selfie by the stove, anyone?).
Luckily, step-and-repeats aren’t hard to make. They just take a LOT of time and effort. But the results – the amazing decor at the party, the conversation starter and the awesome photo album you have for your guests afterwards – make it totally worth it.
Last year I made a red and green snowflake step-and-repeat and it’s my favorite one I’ve ever made. I’ll be re-using it this year, but adding some new snowflakes, since I’m using a larger column wall for it.
I printed out some templates of snowflakes that I found on Google, cut them out, and traced them onto red and green construction paper (you can buy packs of one color of construction paper at craft stores – no need to buy dozens of packs of multi-colored construction paper and sort out the red and green). I chose red and green because our walls were white, so traditional white snowflakes wouldn’t show up. If you have a colored wall, then white snowflakes can work too! Other color options include shades of blue and white. You can even decorate with silver or gold glitter if you want.
I love the frilly snowflakes the best, but tracing these and cutting them out is a HUGE pain in the ass. Like, hours and hours of frustration. Since time was of the essence (I may or may not have procrastinated on this project), I created more of the straight-edge snowflakes than the frilly ones. But I still think the mix of the 2 types, and the 3 different sizes of each type, is a great variety and looks really nice together.
I’m excited for this year’s party, which will be the 2nd annual event! In our new apartment, we don’t have large blank walls, so I’ll be taping these up on a column instead. Stay tuned for updates on Snowflake Step-and-Repeat #2!