08 Jun

The Look For Less: Lalaloopsy Party Button Backdrop

cute as a button lalaloopsy inspired backdrop with paper plates

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with a {Lalaloopsy Dolls} Inspired Button Backdrop guest post where I share with you my tips on how you can have a fabulous, high-end looking event for less! Today’s post is all about how to create an amazing wow-factor using a high-impact, low-cost backdrop.

Backdrops, when used correctly should visually wow your guests as soon as they enter the room. They can be as pricey as fabric draping with uplights for hundreds of dollars to as simple as using paper plates for a few dollars! First of all, let me say that I would have never thought of putting a paper plate on a wall until I saw Piggy Bank Parties begin this trend. Now… I’m hooked!

lalaloopsy doll inspired decoration

lalaloopsy button inspiration used for paper plate decor ideas

Here you can see how I went CRAZY with paper plates and used them to create buttons…and LOTS of them! The theme of this party was a Lalaloopsy inspired Mommy & Me Playdate. I happen to be a HUGE Lalaloopsy fan and jumped at the chance to design this event for 16 of my Girl Scouts and their moms. They walked into the room and gasped at the fabulousness of the “Button Wall” backdrop! YAY!!!! Total score…and you won’t believe how much that high-impact wow factor cost me & how easy it was to create.

Check out how you can create your own “Budget Chic Button Wall” backdrop:

Here’s what you’ll need:
– lunch size colored paper plates
– dessert size black paper plates
– round colored labels
– removable mounting squares or Glue Dots™

How to assemble:
1. using Glue Dots, adhere a small black dessert plate in the center of a large colored lunch plate
2. place 4 same color round labels in the middle to create the button holes
3. repeat to make as many buttons as you need to cover your wall
4. place them on the wall with removable Glue Dots™ or removable mounting squares

THAT’S IT! SUPER-EASY and the WOW-FACTOR is totally impactful!

Total price of the button wall I created: $20
– 4 packs of lunch size colored paper plates in four different colors ($8 Target)
– 2 packs of dessert size paper plates in black ($4 Target)
– 2 packs of round colored labels ($4 Target)
– 1 box of removable 1″ Glue Dots™ ($4 Michaels)

A huge wow-factor for $20! Who knew packs of paper plates could be so “Budget Chic!”

Enjoy some additional photos of the event. Highlights include:
– Button Scrapbook Bar
– Ribbon Tutu Activity
– Button inspired sweets

lalaloopsy button inspired centerpieces with yarnballs
button trees with pink flowers inspired by the lalaloopsy dolls
lalaloopsy party decorations with a look for less and budget friendly twist
lalaloopsy party on a budget with printable cupcake toppers

lalaloopsy party diy decor
cupcakes with fondant button toppers

lalaloopsy inspired cute as a button sweets bar candy labels
budget chic idea lalaloopsy cute as a button
lalaloopsy party with crafting activities to make knitted hats and ribbon skirts
lalaloopsy rainbow streamers decorating a photo booth

cute as a button lalaloopsy look for less

For full event details, tips & DIY for creating this Lalaloopsy party, please click here to check out my blog “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Party Planning”

If you have any questions… ask below in the comments and I will answer them all!



– Event Styling & Design, Printables, Photography: Soiree Event Design
– Ribbon garland: A to Zebra Celebrations
– Button fondant cupcake toppers: Edible Details
– Cake pops & chocolate covered oreos: The Gourmet Pop
– “Sweets” banner: The Purple Pug
– Lalaloopsy doll holder boxes: Blumebox
– Plates, round labels & removable mounting squares: Target
– 1″ Glue Dots™: Michaels

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Carolyn Horten SAYS:

Love the button back drop so super cute and easy!!! It all was adorable :)

June 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

tonyablackstone-coleman SAYS:

Thanks Carolyn!

June 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

the purple pug SAYS:

The button backdrop is such a simpe idea with such a huge impact. SO many amazing and clever button deets.

June 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

tonyablackstone-coleman SAYS:

Thanks Kristy for hand making such a cute SWEETS banner that gave the backdrop a touch of WHIMSEY!

June 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Do {Piggy Bank Parties} SAYS:

You’re such a DOLL, Tonya! Thank you so much for the sweet shout out. The backdrop is as cute as a BUTTON! ♥

June 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm

tonyablackstone-coleman SAYS:

You’re welcome Do! Well deserved…I love and respect trailblazers. Thanks for encouraging me to look at paper plates in a Whole new way!

June 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

Julie Luna Rosales SAYS:

Jess, I think this is cute for Gabby.

June 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Kirby SAYS:

Love it. Totally making a photobooth backdrop for my daughters birthday with your idea!

Please tell me about your ribbon activity. What did you use to make them?

We were going to make ribbon wands but I like your idea better. Or maybe both!

June 16, 2012 at 6:31 am

tonyablackstone-coleman SAYS:

Hi Kirby! Thanks for the question. The ribbon activity was creating ribbon belts that the girls could wear over their tutus to add that ribbon look. Only need LOTS of ribbon in various widths and colrs and patterns, Velcro and glue. I will share a DIY tutorial on this soon! Be sure to follow my Facebook page to know when I post it up. Thanks!

June 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com SAYS:

That button backdrop is adorable! We did a Lalaloopsy party too. Check it out here: http://www.supermommoments.com/2012/06/lalaloopsy-birthday-party-ideas/

July 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

lilynnet SAYS:

hi im planning for my daughter lalalopsy birthday party and planning to buy some of your supplies

July 24, 2012 at 6:40 am

MyBirthdaySupplies SAYS:

Hey Tonya,
The theme is quite unique and the backdrop idea is fabulous. I had never heard about this before. The fondant cupcake toppers are also looking quite appealing. Great work!

August 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Elizabeth SAYS:

Are the paper plate buttons attached to fabric?

August 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Jaqueline Ortiz SAYS:

how did you put the button on the flower? what did you use , im doing the same thing but I just don't know what to use for it…

btw I totally love what you did , its so cute!:)

October 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

Jaqueline Ortiz SAYS:

how did you put the button on the flower? what did you use , im doing the same thing but I just don't know what to use for it…

btw I totally love what you did , its so cute!:)

October 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

Angelica Zuñiga SAYS:

I think I am about to use this for Venezia Castellanos' Birthday Partay!

December 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

Cassandra Torres SAYS:

that would be real cute

December 3, 2012 at 7:32 am

Angelica Zuñiga SAYS:

I'm on a time crunch =/

December 3, 2012 at 7:53 am

Angelica Zuñiga SAYS:

I think I am about to use this for Venezia Castellanos' Birthday Partay!

December 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

Nilka Niki Gomez SAYS:


December 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

mary SAYS:

Hi! Your whole party is just Sew cute! :) i am doing a half lala and half batman theme for my 6 and 7 yr old this sat. they are both inviting thier whole class…swimming party..yes i know i am nuts! Anyhow i have a lot of nice ideas from here and there but i was wondering if you could give me a few pointers. and of course we could post the pics to your site, you are great at this!

January 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

alyssa SAYS:

Thanks so much Mary! Jen Carver outlined some amazing tips in this post: http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/08/adorable-vintage-milk-cookies-birthday-party-5-budget-friendly-party-planning-tips/ Also, you can search for pool parties and joint birthdays that incorporate both boy and girl elements. (This post is a great example: http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/10/tinkerbell-peter-pan-birthday-party-boygirl/) Good luck party planning- so happy you’re going to post images, I can’t wait to see!

January 17, 2013 at 8:55 am

Gaytra SAYS:

Such a creative idea and a beautiful event!!

June 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm
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