Posts Tagged ‘Ostrich feathers’

5 Creative Ways to Use Ostrich Feathers

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Use Ostrich Feathers

Ostrich feather centerpieces are one of the best choices for your tables, and for good reason—they are a versatile decoration that adds flair to any event. But what do you do with the beautiful feathers when your event is over? With proper care and handling, you can use ostrich feather centerpieces forever, but what if you want to get creative? We’re sharing a few ideas to help you make the most of your leftover feathers. (more…)

Designing with Ostrich Feather Plumes & Drabs: 5 Tips for Making Beautiful Wedding Centerpieces

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ostrich feathers are a popular decoration choice for many event planners – especially couples organizing a wedding. There’s something alluring about the luxurious texture and brilliant color of ostrich plumes and drabs. Before you begin building a DIY wedding centerpiece, make sure you read the following so you can create the most spectacular presentation in less time!

Mardi Gras Ostrich Feather Centerpiece

A 3 color wedding centerpiece

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 1: Don’t Limit Your Centerpiece to 1 or 2 Feather Colors

Single and double color wedding centerpieces look gorgeous, but don’t feel stuck with a limited palette when designing your décor. Some ostrich feather centerpieces feature three or four colors that look stunning. For example, if you’re planning an autumn event you may want to go with red, yellow and orange feathers. If you’re planning something for Mardi Gras, try purple, green and yellow.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 2: Keep Your Ostrich Feathers Clean and Fluffy

You can keep your ostrich feathers clean and fluffy simply by steaming them! Rub the feather between your fingers then place in a stream of steam from a boiling pot of water. Take care not to burn your fingers on the steam while you fluff your ostrich feathers!

One-Time Use Bulbs

Floralytes look great with ostrich feathers!

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 3: Light Up Your Ostrich Feather Centerpieces!

Light is a great way to grab attention. You can add candles, LEDs or Floralytes to your arrangement to give it a subtle glow. This is a great way to add detail to guest tables and other key areas within your venue. When choosing Floralytes, look for a bulb that matches your theme or color scheme.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 4: Use Layers & Size Variation to Add Fullness to Centerpieces

A single row of ostrich feathers looks nice, but won’t have that lush fullness that makes this decoration so appealing. Remember to add layers by stacking feathers and using feathers of different sizes. Drabs and plumes will give you more dramatic variation.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 5: Experiment with Non-Feather Components

Your ostrich feather centerpieces do not have to be 100% plumes and drabs. You can always experiment to customize the display. Add lighted branches, dangling embellishments, beads, sparkles and whatever else fits the tone of your wedding!

How to Care for Ostrich Feathers, Boas and More: Getting the Most Out of Your Event Décor

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Feathers and boas that are well cared for will last much longer. If you want to get the most out of your event or wedding décor, you need to know how to keep everything looking its best. The good news is that ostrich feather maintenance isn’t difficult and doesn’t take a lot of time. Preserve your gorgeous feathers and boas for far longer by applying the methods listed below.

Never Store Feathers in a Space That is Likely to Have Pests

ostrich feather

To insect and rodents, your ostrich feathers and boas make ideal nesting material. Make sure the place you plan to store your feathers is completely pest-free. Once unwanted inhabitants find their way into your feather décor, it will likely have to be thrown away. An old shed or garage that’s not well sealed is not an ideal storage option for this type of material.

Removing Odors from Feathers

Some peacock and ostrich feathers may experience a slight odor due to storage regulations. If you notice any displeasing scent on your feathers, there’s a very easy way to remove it. Just layer the feathers and/or boas inside a sturdy pillow case and add a few anti-static dryer sheets. Let the pillow case sit for a while so the sheets can absorb any smells. Do not place feathers in the dryer.

Steam Fluff Your Ostrich Feathers

Feathers and boas can lose their pleasant fluffiness over time. Don’t worry, you can get them right back to their normal thickness simply by steaming. To begin, rub feather strands between your fingers to help fluff up single strands. Next, boil a pot of water. Once the water is boiling, cover most of the top with a lid so that a small area of steam is being released.

Carefully hold your feathers and boas within the stream of steam. This moisturizes the feathers and makes them open up. Once the feather has opened, you can remove it from the steam. Additional steaming will have no effect. Remember to use caution when holding feathers throughout this process because steam can get very hot.

ostrich feather care

Milestone Birthdays: A Roaring Past 30’s Party

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Don’t want to swim with the fishes? Then lend me your ear for a few ticks of the clock.  Jen Carver, from Banner Events here with a guest post that will help kick up your next adult birthday celebration a notch or two with a few bullet-proof principles of party design.

Make Milestone Birthdays Memorable:
Who says turning 40 has to be the pits? Milestone birthday celebrations will always be en vogue,  and celebrating a 40th birthday can be the bees knees for both the guest of honor and party goers with a little planning,  some swanky party props, costumes & décor and of course, delicious food & drinks.


First:  Choose a Theme!
Or better yet, let the theme choose you!  Choosing a theme doesn’t have to be difficult.  Grab a pencil and paper & quickly jot down a few things related to the guest of honor.  The list could include his/her job, hobbies, interests, talents, goals–really anything from which you can derive a theme.  Once you have your initial list, do some additional brainstorming, adding some ideas of how you might transform this simple idea into an overall theme. (Things to consider:  invitation, party decor, food & drink, favors, entertainment & music.)

Let me illustrate this principle.
A  fabulously creative client recently helped her husband bid farewell to his roaring 30s with a 1920s style gangster themed surprise party attended by his closest friends and family.  Who doesn’t get excited about the thought of zoot suits, wing tips, cloche hats, feather boas & fedoras?  This theme was decided upon after a few quick questions which revealed that the guest of honor was a huge fan of the popular game Mafia Wars.  Quickly, ideas for food (Italian pasta bar) and drink (self-serve Mockarita bar) were scratched on paper & a theme started to take shape.  With the basics in place, additional brainstorming was done to tie little details to the main theme.  More on that in Step 3.

Second:  Set the Stage
Of course, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening is a must and sending out the perfect invitations is a great way for guests to catch a glimpse of all of the fun to come .  Custom paperie is a popular & affordable party trend which not only allows for more personal expression than many store bought invitations and decor provide, but also affords one the ability to completely coordinate all of the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary.

For this event, gorgeous Art Deco inspired invitations & party printables were created by the talented Dolly Robison of Paper Perfection.  Photo booth tickets were included as a small enclosure with the invitation and were a clever way of encouraging guests to dress the part.

Come as a flapper or come as you are.

Dress as a gangster or a silent screen star.

It’s going to be fun no matter the dress.

Just bring yourself.  I’ll do the rest.

Third:  Pair Well-Planned Details With Your Theme
You did your homework in step 1, now don’t forget to put it to good use.  Let your creativity take center stage as you insert fun theme coordinating details into your event.  Here are a few of the clever & festive details we incorporated.

  • The party area was decorated to resemble a 1920’s style ‘Clip Joint’ (gentleman’s club).

  • We added some intrigue as guests arrived, by decorating the entry way.  Our entry door featured a 1920’s style WANTED poster picturing the guest of honor, modeled after an Al Capone poster from that era.  A faux metal beaded curtain from Event Decor Direct hung at the door to immediately give that club vibe.

  • Once inside, the seating and dining areas were dressed up with red feather boas (  & fedora hats from Windy City Novelties.  They served as part of the decor, but also functioned as wardrobe accessories for guests to use in the photo booth and take-home as a party favor.

  • Water bottles were dressed with printed “Mafia Water” labels, some ribbon & a little bling.

  • While this theme lends itself to several fun variations & many may choose to play up the Prohibition angle with a Speak Easy & “Boot Leg” bar, my friends preferred a non-alcoholic approach. We offered a self-serve mocktail bar.  Sugar rimmed martini glasses from WebStaurantStore embellished with drink flags, filled silver trays.  Guests enjoyed being able to quench their thirst throughout the night, sipping yummy mocktails through festive striped straws from Hey Yo Yo.

  • We wanted to offer guests appetizers they ‘couldn’t refuse’ that still corresponded with the theme, but also made for a lovely presentation.  Caprese skewers, fruit kabobs & Italian stuffed mushrooms (not pictured)  foot the bill!

  • Big, gorgeous ostrich feather center piece kits from Wholesale Event Solutions were effortlessly assembled (thanks to their free online tutorial) and added that “wow” factor that kept guests reminiscing of an earlier era.


  • Chocolate bullets were creatively packaged as take home favors.  Every gangster needs a few spare ‘slugs’.

  • Guest of honor sweet treat favorites were incorporated into the dessert table. Including lemon cupcakes with white frosting and ornate fondant toppers designed by Brenda of Sugar High Inc., chocolate parfaits, Hot Tamales, Cinnamon bears, chocolate dipped Rice Krispy treats, & Oreo truffles.

  • Entertainment included several theme appropriate games (‘Pockets, Purses & Wallets’-Gangster style & ’10 Fingers’) a tribute video, 1920s era music and a photo booth which  provided a fun way for guests to remember the night!  It was stocked with funny props & costumes.

Fourth:  Be a guest at your own event!
You’ve put in the work, now don’t forget to enjoy yourself!  Relax.  Smile.  Laugh.  Your guests will follow your lead.  I love that my friend & her husband (the guest of honor) were found having fun with photo booth props (like the fedora hats from Windy City Novelties and feather boas from PartyFeathers) in the photo booth, laughing with guests & enjoying their own food & desserts.


Vendor Credits:

Jen Carver, Banner Events:  Complete Event Styling

Event Photography: David Wolf Photography

Paper Perfection:  Printable invitation & Party Graphic Design 

Wholesale Event Solutions: Ostrich Feather Centerpiece kits & Eiffel Tower Vases

WebStaurantStore:  Plastic martini glasses

Windy City Novelties:  Plastic fedora hats

Event Decor Direct:  Faux silver beaded curtains

Sugar High Inc., : custom fondant cupcake toppers

Hey Yo Yo:  Striped paper straws & designer cupcake liners

Naughty Stitches:  Custom Applique shirt

Resources: — tablecloths & runners