Money Saving Tips for Creative Summer Center Pieces

Burlap table top center inspiration

As discussed on the Pete and Brenda radio show,  June 9th, 12:40 and 9:40 PST       

My niece, who is getting married this summer, asked for my help with the center pieces for her wedding.  This blog includes an example of a process for designing any centerpiece whether it’s for your home or a larger event, and also some money saving ideas, which are especially important if you have several tables to decorate.        

Begin by defining your budget.  This is not the fun part, but it’s very important unless you have a lot of time to waste.  If you’re creating center pieces for a special event, look at the total number of tables you need and divide by your budget… You may quickly find out you don’t have a lot of budget to work with for each table, and that’s where a little creative thinking and advance planning can really come in handy.       

Only paper in your budget is not a bad thing... Created_by_Emerson_Made

 

Perhaps paper bags are in your budget. Source: Martha Stewart.com

 

You don't have to spend a lot for a beautiful table center piece

 

My niece’s original plan was to just use mini wedding cakes as the table center pieces, but then she realized when those are pulled away for cake cutting, the tables will be bare!  Consequently this is a last minute request and there isn’t a whole lot of budget allocated for these center piece replacements.  She provided me with her wish list and ideas, and then I’m going to surprise her with the end result.  Here is her wish list:       

 1.      Birdcages on half the tables, (painted in Robin’s egg blue), just like these…       

Key objects of desire

 

 This is the wrong style of bird cage, but the deor inside is very applicable to our application…     

Bird cage as center piece

 

These are spendy.  I found some less expensive options, but she really loves these and they will take up most of the budget… if they can be shipped in time!       

2.      Bird’s nests on the other tables such as these homemade nests…       

2nd object of desire

 

Adding branches around the nest would help give it more presence

 

These are adorable and very inexpensive, which is great.  The downfall is the time it takes to hunt for the branches and make the nests, but fortunately I’ll be able to get a work crew together since I have a big family including several sisters and nieces!        

However, a little bird’s nest on a large 8’ round table will just get lost, so I’ve had to come up with some ideas to add to them.       

3.      No fake birds.         

Understandable… since there are a lot of tacky ones out there and they could ruin the rustic yet classic look my niece is after…        

These birds won't enhance the au naturelle theme

 

 4.      Wooden eggs in the Robin’s egg blue color.       

Custom color painted wooden eggs

 

  5.      Burlap.         

She loves the look of burlap.  It may sound funny, but check out some of the amazing looking burlap table runners below… They are spendy however, so my plan will be to improvise and make our own.       

Burlap table runner

 

Burlap table covering

 

Burlap table runner

 

Rustic burlap

 

Here is some additional inspiration for tying these elements together.  I will post actual pictures after the wedding so you can see how they turned out…       

Burlap table top inspiration

 

Au naturelle inspirational vases

 

Burlap tablecloth

 

Burlap table top center inspiration

 

Burlap on the summer table

 

Burlap on the table

 

Burlap summer eco chic center piece

 

Burlap on the table

 

Branches and burlap used in center piece

 

       

Branches as table center piece

     

     

Moss coordinates well with theme we're after

 

Home made center piece ideas

 

      

Sticks and wood in table center piece

 

      

Birds nest as table center pieces

 

      

Same idea could be incorporated into our theme

 

      

Natural table decor inspiration

 

Cost saving tips:  The challenge is finding cost affective pieces. Typical candle/votive holders and vases can add up very quickly! You can save by using alternative pieces… wine and beverage glasses. I found some great options at World Market with their stem-less glassware! The stem-less champagne glasses would make excellent vases, and there are several shapes of stem-less wineglasses that are great options for candle holders! If you’re having trouble finding inspiration, look at holiday décor examples. There are tons of examples out there for Christmas and other holiday decorations that you can borrow ideas for such as these…    

Goblets with Candles

 

Thanksgiving table decor

 

      

Thanksgiving table decor

 

      

Layer pieces to add color

 

 

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