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Americana Themed Party Decor on a Budget

11722120_10153505240071672_3090114973966614293_oY’all…you like that southern slang right? But seriously, I am inspired by some dear, southern friends today on the blog. I recently had the opportunity to decorate for a one year anniversary celebration of the youth leader and his wife at our church. Not only was I excited to celebrate all they had done at the church, but I was also excited to celebrate them becoming our good friends over the past year. Now, these two are Georgia peaches so I definitely wanted the party to have a Georgia country vibe. I took that into an Americana feel (I mean I was still feeling very patriotic after the Fourth of July) and ran with it. I had a budget of $100 and a lot of ideas running through my head. I can’t wait to share what I came up with you!

Without further ado, here is what I hope you can use as inspiration for an Americana themed party complete with DIY “how to”s and money saving tips for your own party no matter the decor you decide on.

imageFirst, I started by creating a ton of rag garlands in our party colors. I used some affordable material in our red, white, and blue color scheme to create my own DIY, budget friendly, country rag garlands. It cost me about $18 to make them all.

To make the garland, I purchased one yard of four different patterns (about $16). I then cut my material into one inch strips. Taking each strip, I folded each one in half with the pattern facing me and placed the folded edge about 2 inches above a long piece of twine (from Dollar Tree) like so: image Be sure the twine is the length you want your garland to be. Then I simply wrapped the two loose ends of my folded, one inch strip around the back of the twine and through the folded edge above the twine like so:

imageimageimagePull from the bottom of the strip to tighten and start with your next strip. I bunched some strips really close together on some garland strands and left them about 6 inches apart on others to give the different garland strands some variety. I hung some on borrowed pallets (donated to our youth group for free by a local home improvement store) and others above the food tables to add a real country, summer feel.

11264855_10153505240066672_2074573162746211750_nNext, I made banners with words on them by cutting small triangles out of material, using paint and stencils (you can use whatever you please to match your party) to add the letters, and gluing those triangles onto twine (again from the dollar tree). So easy! I splurged on this material because I loved the striped pattern. All in all, it cost about $14 to make all my word banners but you could easily do it for about $5.

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imageI used plastic table clothes (from the Dollar Tree) covered by a thin, natural linen material (from Wal Mart for $2 a yard). I love cloth tablecloths but needed the ones for this party to feel more rustic. The natural linen was perfect and so affordable! I added two rolls of burlap about 4″ wide purchased from the Dollar Tree down the center as a runner, fresh flowers from a friend’s garden in mason jars (from Dollar Tree and old ones I already had), and some homemade wood cuts to finish off that rustic feel. Cost me about $24 for two food tables, a cake table, and a punch station.

imageFor the card area I hung twine from a pallet and added clothespins to hang all the cards from. I love displaying cards like this. It really makes the one or ones we are celebrating feel so loved when they see all their cards up front and center. Clothespins were $2 and the rest (twine and pallet) were from left over supplies.

imageTo add height to the food table, in addition to large wood cuts (homemade so they were free), I also made my own tiered server for $3! Simple glue the bottom of martini glass to the top of one plate and the top of the martini glass to the bottom of another plate. So simple and yet it adds some great height to any table! I got my plates and martini glass from the dollar tree.

11745404_10153505240061672_1268914120188250075_nFor the drink station I used an old spool to display the punch and cups. I found this spool in our church attic. It had been used for electrical cord. I added in a pallet, a circular plastic tablecloth (from dollar tree), a burlap tablecloth (just a yard of burlap from wal mart for $3) and fresh flowers from my friend’s garden to create a whole new station to add to the decor feel.

imageAdd in a few flags and checkered paper from the dollar store and you have a completed Americana themed party. I also purchased plates, forks, cups, serving trays, and napkins from the Dollar Tree which added to my expense list but with what I saved by making all of the party decor I was able to easily get those supplies and still come in under budget.

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. Next up will be a DIY door hanger. 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 PARTY IDEA: Takes 5 Minutes to Create Trendy Chic Food Labels

Have you ever gone to a party and wondered what in the world you were eating? It’s a good idea to eliminate the guessing game for your guests by labeling the food and even going so far as to list potential allergy ingredients such as peanuts, dairy or gluten. I know I have used a variety of ways to label food from using place card holders to paper labels attached to toothpicks to this latest idea, attaching a brown paper label with twine to a mason jar. This most recent idea was inspired by my friend. She loves hydrangeas and has a bit more of an eclectic sense of style. I knew boring old food labels would not work for this party. So I set to work trying to incorporate hydrangeas, twine and food labels into one piece. This is what I came up with:

Here’s What I Did:

1. I cut out tag style shapes out of an old paper bag I had from a grocery store trip. You could use any shape really. I think next time I am going to try circles.

2. I wrote one food item on each tag in my best handwriting. You can use stencils but it takes much longer. Also, make sure you watch your spelling.

3. I snipped a little hole in the end of the tag and laced a piece of twine about a foot long through it.

4. I tied the twine around the lip of the mason jar, made my bow and then dragged the label around so it faced the front near the bow.

5. I filled the jar half way with water and added the home grown hydrangeas donated from another friend.

6. DONE! It takes about 5 minutes and 5 supplies to make these super helpful and trendy pieces for any party.

Let me know what ideas you come up with for food labels!

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DIY Mother’s Day Bouquet – $13

Near my home, like many homes, is a fantastic grocery store. At this grocery store are fresh cut flowers, a huge variety of flowers offered for $4 a bunch. With such great variety and price, who can pass them up? I know I have succumbed to them many a time. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching and the insane cost of flowers that come from a florist, I thought a blog on DIY floral arrangements was in order. So, I packed up my car with my sister in tow and the two of us headed to pick out our flowers. We ended up choosing three types: the main arrangement flower is the pink lily, the accent flower is the white daisy and the filler is the Lavendar Limonium. Color and texture all go well together. Better yet, total cost is $12. You can’t beat that! Here’s a picture of our flowers straight from the store:

After cutting the plastic off of the flowers and separating the stems, I pulled out my vase. It is important to have your vase before you start trimming the stems because you want to make sure your stems are the perfect length. I had picked up a glass pitcher from a yard sale a few weeks back for a buck and I immediately thought of it when I was dreaming up this blog. I love the modern shape of the pitcher but really, any cool shape would work. Here is a picture of the pitcher I used:

Here’s what I did:
First, I added in my accent flowers. Trim each stem by placing the stem next to the pitcher so you know the exact height each bloom will be. If you are using daisies, make sure the bottom bloom of each bunch touches the top of the vase. This prevents any blank space between the vase and the blooms.

Secondly, add in your focal bloom, again trimming the stems. This time, trim some of the stems to be just a bit taller than the accent blooms. Space the focal blooms so they are not clumped into one area.

Thirdly, add in your filler to fill any blank spaces and add height to your arrangement.

HERE’S A TIP: When you make your final trim on each stem, do so at an angle and with a knife preferably over scissors. This allows the flowers to absorb more water.

Here’s a closer look at the flowers and their arrangement:

Lastly, I tied a little bow using some twine. Viola! A Mother’s Day bouquet at a quarter of the cost. Now try out your own arrangement for your mom this Mother’s Day!

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