Wednesday, January 29, 2014

painted vases and other decorating tricks

As I mentioned last week, I was working on a project for an event at our church.  I was in charge of decorating for a luncheon for about 70 people and, if you know me, you know that I take decorating seriously.  Also, my budget was super small, which I just viewed as an additional chance for creativity.  

To make a big impact for a small amount of money, I finally decided to buy as many glass vases as I could from Goodwill and paint the insides.  I wanted about three vases on each table.  

As always, Star was up for a challenge and ready to help, so she and Arthur and I spent a morning running around town collecting everything and then we painted during nap time.  We were both really thrilled with how the painted vases looked- by painting the inside, you still get that nice shiny glass look on the outside.  

I hit a bit of a snag when it came to filling the vases, as I couldn't find anything acceptable within my budget. But Steve was willing to brave the 20 degree weather to trim some branches off our pear trees and I braved the weather the next morning to cut the branches down to size and pack them in bags and together we got it done.  We always do.

I also made a few long table clothes and a few red checked table toppers and the whole thing ended up looking quite cheerful.  I decided, once again, that you really can never go wrong with red and white.  

We also bundled the silverware with strips of fabric to try to make it look a little less like cheap plastic silverware and a little more like "this is a party and we're glad you're here".  It's probably no surprise that to me, "party" equals "fabric".  

This is quite a busy week for us, with lots of out of the ordinary appointments and meetings and, hopefully, an exciting van full of visitors arriving at the end.  We also got some snow yesterday, which I know is old news to most of you, but is a huge event around here.  We're trying to enjoy it to the fullest and have already had two rounds of hot chocolate!

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