I haven't done a Thrifty Thursday in months and thought I was due for one. Today I want to talk about decorating on a shoestring budget.
I generally decorate for different events at our church. I love being creative and making things look pretty. However, the church is on a shoestring budget and I'm on one too. So, there isn't a lot of money to make things look beautiful.
However, there are a few things you can do to make things look nice, yet not spend big bucks. I'll give you an example of a ladies Christmas tea I hosted at our church last Saturday.
The theme was "The Simplest Package Can Hold the Sweetest Gift" and I went with a red and gold theme.
I bought a pack of scrapbook paper. Then I made petal boxes for each table. Inside each box were 2 pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate.
I also made a tea tote for each lady. The fabric was material I had on hand that I bought years ago after Christmas.
I put red & cream candles in mason jars that I had and took a piece of garland and broke it into smaller pieces. I then wrapped it around the mason jar.
With Dan's help, I lugged all the china from my house to set the tables. I used cream colored linens and tied each one with a piece of red and gold ribbon with a candy cane.
I bought four little gold colored baskets for $3 each and filled them with tea bags on each table. This one was on the dessert table. In hindsight, I could have taken a plain basket and spray painted it gold and added my own embellishments which would have saved some money.
The tables looked beautiful when they were done.
Everyone had a nice time which was the goal.
Total cost for the decorations was $ 25. I did go out and have the church purchase table cloths this year. For 4 tablecloths it came to $30. I did not include that in the price here as they will be used year after year for different events. So if I want to add them in it came to $55.
It is possible to decorate without spending a fortune.