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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

5 Steps to Personaliz Centerpieces

Centerpieces are a great way to add your own personal touch to any of your get-togethers! Whether is it for a wedding, birthday party, anniversary, or another celebration; making your own is easier and more affordable than you might think!
  1. Choose a theme: The theme of your event can be determined by the event, the guest of honor, or even a color scheme that goes with the event. For a wedding, for example, you might want to choose a theme that reflects the couple's hobbies or interests.

  2. Choose your materials: Once you've decided on a theme, you can select the materials you'll need to make your centerpieces. Vases or jars, flowers, candles, ribbons, or other decorative items may be included. For my nieces wedding, we asked everyone important to her for extra unused vases for eclectic but sentimental centerpieces for her tables.

  3. Plan your design: Before you begin assembling your centerpieces, sketch out your design. You can create a mood board with pictures and inspiration or sketch out a rough idea of what you want your centerpieces to look like.

  4. Assemble your centerpieces: Once you've decided on your materials and design, begin assembling your centerpieces. Arranging flowers in vases or jars, tying ribbons around candles, or adding other decorative elements. Always have your centerpieces as complete as you can before the day of the event to avoid last minute stress! I always do a test run with pictures long before the big day so I have everything I need!

  5. Consider adding a personal touch, such as a photo or a message, to make your centerpieces truly personalized. Include a small picture of the person or people being honored, or make a tag with a special message or quote. We have used laser cut hearts, initials, and photos to help make our centerpieces special. For my wedding we used small pictures of us when we were children for a fun personal touch! 

Following these steps, you too can create beautiful, personalized centerpieces that will add a special touch to any occasion!

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Personalized 50th Anniversary Budget Friendly Centerpieces


My parents' 50th anniversary celebration:

We wanted to have something beautiful, personal, with a sentimental nod to their wedding day. We asked our local florist for filler that would hold up during our drive from Illinois to Minnesota, as it's important to ensure that the centerpieces stay intact and look their best for the celebration. We added yellow roses to the centerpieces once we arrived at the venue. My brother cut the wood slices and sanded them and added a protective clear stain.

Gold Spray paint $7 (aff. link)

12 Ball canning jars $31  (aff. link)

Words and Letters (I found these at Hobby Lobby all $1 or less) $15

Roses $40

Greens from local florist $50

Hearts from Etsy $12

wood slices- free

12 center pieces  $155 or about $13 each 

I love how these turned out! They were the perfect centerpiece for a great party!

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Planning a successful 50th Anniversary Party on a budget!

A few years ago we were so blessed to be able to plan a 50th wedding anniversary party for my parents! We had a small get together at a hotel since most of our guests were out of town. It was so much fun! A few pictures from the party!

We served appetizers and desserts. 

Cake and cupcakes are from Sam's Club! Under $50!!!

50 Years of Blessings!
Words and hearts are a collage of pics from the past 50 years!
There were always people around this chatting about the pics. 

My mom's dress, veil, and train.

We displayed my mom's dress and put her picture and all took pictures of
her granddaughters wearing the dress as well!

Instead of a guest book we had everyone write a favorite memory!
I scanned them into Shutterfly and added them into the
memory book I made for my parents afterwards!

The centerpieces from the tables. 

Want to celebrate this milestone without breaking the bank? 
Check out these fun ideas:
  1. Host a backyard BBQ or potluck: Invite your friends and family over for a casual BBQ or potluck. You can ask everyone to bring a dish to share and provide drinks and snacks. Decorate your yard with balloons, streamers, and photos of your life together!

  2. You can renew your vows in a simple ceremony in a park or in your own backyard. You can write your own vows or use the vows from your wedding ceremony for a sentimental touch.

  3. Pack a picnic basket full of your favorite foods, grab your kids and grandkids (maybe even great grand kids!) and head to a nearby park or beach. Bring a chairs to sit on,  games to play, and spend the day with your family.

  4. Make a slideshow of photos from your wedding day and throughout your marriage to take you down memory lane. Show off your slideshow to family and friends at a gathering at your home or a nearby church or community center.
  5. Create a memory book by asking family and friends to share their favorite memories and stories about the couple. Make a memory book out of them and give it to the couple as a gift.

  6. Go out for a special dinner: Look for local restaurants that offer senior discounts or early bird specials. Make a reservation and spend a special evening with your loved ones.

Remember that spending time together and celebrating your love and commitment to each other is the most important thing. The cost of the celebration isn't as important as the memories you make!