Today, I went to my fourth funeral of this year. I know, what a grim way to start a blog post. But, it’s true! Being a staff pastor’s wife in a 250 member church sometimes means that I’m putting on my black dress more frequently than most. In any case, this year seems to have been a particularly eventful year for me, both good and bad. Four people around me became pregnant, four people passed away. It’s times like these that make you take a step back and think of what God’s purpose is for me in this life.
Well, this past week highlighted a huge milestone in a friend’s life: his proposal! He courted his girlfriend for the past 9 years (that’s almost a decade, folks), so when he asked me to help decorate for the second best day of their lives, I was delighted!
The plan was for the guy to somehow make his unsuspecting girlfriend stumble upon one of the rooms in our church. Once she came in, he would sing and play the piano to her and then pop the question! The problem was that the room we were working with was very, very big and it would be a huge undertaking and a design challenge to decorate the whole room.
After much brainstorming and planning, we decided to hang up curtains and string lights to close off a section (about a fifth) of the room to create an intimate and romantic “retreat” for the couple. So, here’s the end result! If you don’t like to feel warm and fuzzy, you’ve been warned!
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Romantic Curtain String Light Backdrop
I warned you! Doesn’t it seriously look like a thousand shooting stars are dancing around? Attaching these curtains to the drop ceiling was a breeze thanks to these inexpensive and indispensable clips.
Needless to say, the girl said yes! Here are a couple pictures I’m sharing with the couple’s permission:
Materials List & Instructions
Here is the list of materials we used:
- Ceiling Hook Clips
- Curtain String Lights – we used bright white lights as opposed to warm white lights for a more starry mood
- White Sheer Curtains – these were almost see through and served to soften the lights
- White Thin Curtains – we didn’t buy blackout curtains as we wanted light from behind the curtains to shine through.
- Other decorations: tea lights, fake mixed color rose petals, and lamps from home.
Super short instructions for how we installed the curtains:
- We used the clips to layer the curtains & string lights in the following order: thin curtains -> string lights -> sheer curtains. Then, we attached them to the ceiling. For the sides that had walls behind them, we didn’t need to include the thin curtains since the walls were already white.
- Put lamps behind the backdrops to give some ambient lighting. The yellow lights from the lamps and the bright white string lights mixed to give a very pretty purplish color!
- Set up the other decorations – we made a heart with tea lights, sprinkled some rose petals all over, and hung white balloons.
Using this backdrop would be a great idea for weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion! I think I’ll be using it for Christmas this year 🙂
Let me know what you think of this pretty curtain string light backdrop? Any other ideas come to mind?
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