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Hanging decorations for the poverty-stricken

In Decoration, DIY on February 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Hanging decorations certainly aren’t compulsory in The Official Book of What Must Be Done At Weddings. However, they do add an air of jaunty celebration to proceedings. Here are some which wont have you spiraling into financial depression:

1. Coffee filter garlands. Hats off to Pam Garrison.

2. Bunting wears the happiness crown, and can be home-sown with mismatching fabric.



3. The hanging jar lantern – works wonders with any theme, and makes even the most hard-nosed bride go a little wobbly-lipped.

Hanging lanterns

Hanging jar lanterns by Martha Stewart

4. Fairy lights. Courtesy of Muji, Habitat,our your local pound store.

5. Ribbons. Gazillions of them. Draped luxuriantly from every tree and vertical item in sight.


Ribbon extravaganza

6. Or… Paper bags? Find out how to make them here.



Frugality inspired centrepieces

In Decoration, Flowers on February 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Some more centrepieces that don’t catalyse a credit card meltdown:

1. Get dramatic with baby’s breath. In small doses it’s miserable, but in generous swathes it looks magnificent.

Baby's breath

Baby's breath

2. Potted plants. Especially camellias.

3. Flowers are not the only centrepiece. Trees can be too. Silver sprayed willow is so classy, they’ll think you’re an aristocrat.

Tree centrepiece

Tree centrepiece

Never underestimate the power of a personalised placecard.

In Decoration, DIY on February 1, 2009 at 6:09 am

Its your chance to communicate directly to your guests, so make it personal, creative or at least amusing. This will make them resent you less if they’ve travelled miles just to not get to speak to you all night.

As ever, lets focus on the more ‘frugal’ place cards:

1. Give each guest a flamboyant pre-fix. The Notorious, The Right Dishonourable, The Illustrious, The Fantastic, The Wondrous etc. It makes everyone feel good about themselves and is an ice breaker.


“So, why have they named you The Insatiable Emma Brown?”

“Because I’m a slut.”


2. Use the power of words. Paint your guest’s name on cut-out hearts made from newspaper cuttings. Perhaps using the lonely hearts section would be appropriate. Or you could cut up a book of love poems. If you make each cutting personal to the guest, so much the better.

Newspaper hearts

Hearts made with newspaper and cardboard

Found here.

3. Badges and medals. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a party a success.’A place card that doubles as a badge’ is such a good idea it should be trademarked. Badge makers are surprisingly inexpensive at £20 a pop. Buy here.

Make 'my name is...' badges

Make 'my name is...' badges

Also see my post on crepe paper medallions as placecards.

Cheap-o-matic table decorations

In Decoration, DIY, Flowers on January 31, 2009 at 11:25 pm
A pot of wheatgrass

A pot of wheatgrass

1. The potted plant. It could be grass, moss or a flower. And you could let guests take them home.

Found here.

2. Impossibly tall candles. Or church candles in storm lanterns.

3. Floaters. Petals, roseheads or tea-light candles floating in goldfish bowls.


Ikea do cheapo vases.

5. Wild flowers in jam jars.

6. Mismatching vases.

7. Birdcages

8. Cacti

9. Candles on mirrors.

10. Articificial flowers.

11. Cake stands stacked with party poppers etc.

12. Number twelve is a secret.

Fish in a bowl

13. At lucky thirteen, we have goldfish. This is the best option by a kilometre. Give them to guests as favours. Then get done by the RSPCA for cruelty to fish.