Last week my job description involved fire fighting! It was crazy.
Earlier this week I shared these bright and festive paper party lanterns and hinted that they had a bigger story behind them. A story that involved almost burning down our house (thankfully it is still standing).
When I am working on DIY projects to share with this site, mishaps are inevitable. On average 2-3 projects a month just totally fail and are not posted, or have a fatal flaw that brings me back to the drawing board. Sometimes it’s a little fix. Sometimes it takes a hose. Here’s the story…
These party lanterns look harmless enough, made from paper to hang out on the deck for a party. As per usual, I created a template, tried it out (inside) and was thrilled at the pretty results. We made a nice stash of the lanterns for this post’s photo shoot and excitedly hung them out in a tree to showcase the awesomeness of outdoor paper party lanterns.
I dropped the tea lights in and lit them up. Harmless, No?!?
And then the wind started…
Flame caught paper, paper swung quickly past the tree, and in a moment there I was. Hose in hand. Jet streaming. Just call me fire fighter Victoria. I quickly put the party lanterns out (thankfully before they were able to catch the slightly dead tree they were hanging on) Paper, flame and wind do not mix.
In the end we realized the trick was to enclose the flame in a mason jar. Easy fix. Disaster averted.
So what do you do after an experience of (almost!) going down in flames? Well on the A Subtle Revelry team – we laugh, we learn and we have a margarita to celebrate the house is still standing. Honestly, it’s not the only story I have like this. There are many more. It’s a part of the gig, I suppose.
We remade the lanterns, hung them up for an early Cindo de mayo party, and had a blast telling everyone we could about this week’s hilarious incident. I figure if the story makes a good party anecdote it must not be a total failure after all.
Sauza is running a fun #margaritamoments photo share, where they are encouraging readers to share our own moments of silly failure and mishaps. Those things that lead you to grabbing a celebratory glass at night and laughing with your friends about the almosts, and what ifs in life.
Sharing your own silly mistakes is a great way to engage your party guests and will get everyone chatting quickly. If you don’t have a Cinco De mayo party planned, hearing your friends fun stories is a great reason to plan one. What is your latest margarita moment? I’d love to know.