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Easy DIY Party Decor on a Budget

Our little friend group gained another awesome addition this fall when one of our friends married his sweetheart and brought her all the way across the country to our little town. I, personally, was very excited to have another friend :). After they had a chance to settle in a bit, we gathered our friend group together to celebrate this sweet couple and their brand new marriage!

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When planning this shower, I knew I wanted the colors to be pink, cream, white, and gray/silver to match the colors of their actual wedding. I also knew I wanted fresh flowers (I love a shower filled with fresh flowers) and since the bride’s name was lilia, I felt lilies were an easy choice. And with those two decisions, I began to create. My budget for the just the decor (not including food and gifts) was $30. I could have gone over if I needed to but with everyone pitching in, I really didn’t need to spend any more than that. Plus, I love a challenge.

I first began brainstorming. How could I get a background of some sort to define the food and dessert tables. Something to add color and contrast the beige walls, and, of course, it needed to be budget friendly. My thoughts went straight to balloons. Balloons are a great way to get bang for your buck. Very affordable yet festive. But, I needed these balloons to have a romantic, wedding shower feel to them and NOT a child’s birthday party feel to them. I decided to use white and pink balloons and wrap them in tulle. I wrapped the pink balloons in cream tulle and the white balloons in pink tulle. I tied it all off with a silver ribbon. I love the romantic feel the tulle gives the balloons without being over the top. Definitely a more sophisticated look for balloons. Total cost for three packages of balloons (36 balloons), 2 rolls of tulle (one cream and one pink), and 2 rolls of ribbon was just under $7.

For this design I made the balloons in different sizes and hanged them bottom largest to top smallest to the give the feel that the balloons were floating away.

11224367_10153698875651672_6015126948984625842_nAnd for this one I made all the balloons the same size and created an arch over the food table to really make that the focal point of the room.

12088588_10153698872711672_8531083671378448324_nHere is a close up of the tulle wrapped balloons.

11753721_10153698897526672_366944729055225313_nNext, I wanted a display to hold the cupcakes. I had made on these cupcake displays before so that was an easy decision. I made the display out of foam board and plastic cups from the dollar tree. I added a tulle “skirt” around the bottom and blinged out ribbon along the edges  of the display to really tie in the colors. I then made the cupcakes in silver wrappers with a light pink cream cheese frosting to tie it all together. At the very top, I added the word “celebrate” made out of wire and spray painted white. I picked that up at the Dollar Tree. I used two foam boards, 6 plastic cups spray painted white, white spray paint, ribbon, and tulle to get this cupcake stand. Total cost was just under $8.

A detailed “how to” on this stand is coming soon but until then, here is a close up.

12096188_10153698878641672_6664548693105683365_nThe remaining amounts were spent on table cloths in white and pink (I folded the pink table cloths and used them as table runners over the white table cloths for a pop of color), pew bows (I used them to drape the table cloths as well as to tie off the flower arrangements), and silver trays (I used them to hold the plates, cups, utensils, and napkins to give it a more elegant feel). All of these supplies were from the Dollar Tree. A friend picked up the flowers at $4 a bunch (what a deal!) from a local grocery store and the vases were my wedding gift to the couple. Decorations were complete!

These ideas can be used for every type of party from a wedding shower, to a baby shower (just change up colors if it’s a boy), to a birthday party (a “pretty in pink” theme perhaps?). The options are endless.

What do you think? Let me know what ideas you were able to use for your next party and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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DIY Side Table or Plant Stand For Under $5

imageI have been loving finding ways to use these little, wire baskets from the Dollar Tree. They have such a great shape and, for a dollar, provide lots of crafting fun for me! In the past I have used spray paint to transform them into adorable waste baskets for my office and guest rooms. Here’s a picture of one I painted gold to match my office area:

wpid-wp-1428521314383.jpgAfter seeing how easy they were to spray paint, I had an idea to turn them into a side table/plant stand. I’ve had this idea for a while but just honestly have not had a chance to actually make it come to life. That was the case until now! I am so excited! Since I have a  little one who is pulling up on everything I decided not to use my creation as a side table until later. It is lightweight so it would be too easy for Baby C to tip it over. So, for the time being, I found a use for my new table holding a plant on our front porch. I love the color pop it adds. Curb appeal!

*Disclaimer: This table is not super sturdy since it is so lightweight. Be sure to use it for decor in an area where it won’t be touched and pulled on, especially by little ones.

What you need:

2 waste baskets any color (white works best if you want to paint it a lighter color and black works best if you want to paint it a darker color)

1 pizza pan (Dollar Tree sells them in the perfect size)

1 Glue gun and glue stick

1 can spray paint for every color you want to use (I just used one since I made my table all the same color).

So, let’s get started. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Spray paint your waste baskets and pizza pan whatever color you want. I decided to use one color on my entire table but you could spray paint the baskets one color and the pizza pan another color to give it more interest.

image2. Once paint is dry, glue the bottoms of the baskets together. I applied a layer of glue around the outer circle of one basket and then held the two bottoms together until the glue dried. I then went in added more glue around the outer edge where the two bottoms met to make sure my table was well glued together.

image3. Next, attached your pizza pan to one of the open ends of the basket. Doesn’t matter which side, but I would check and see if one side is more stable than the other. I used the same technique I used to attach the baskets together. Simply add a ring of glue around the top of the waste basket, attach the pizza pan, and then go in and add an extra ring of glue around where the basket touches the pan.

imageimage4. Place your table where you want it and decorate it! For inside the house I just used two different sized mason jars with a few flowers. For outside the house I used a hanging plant and cut off the hanger. Easy!

imageimageWhat do you think? Let me know how you pretty up your new table or plant stand and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. Next up will be a reveal on another party I decorated for with lots of DIY decoration ideas. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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