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    Rockin' Party Ideas on a Realistic Budget!

A Crazy Wedding Find

I was actually looking up how to do an awesome way to display cut fruit.  A friend needed some assistance, so I went looking for inspiration.  I stumbled on something that may thrill some brides looking for cheap wedding ideas.  Maybe, maybe not.  But I gotta pass on a cheap party idea when I find one.  Enjoy this link to HOW TO CATER YOUR OWN WEDDING RECPTION.

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Cool Confetti: Who knew?

Confetti and parties, such a lovely combination.  As I was researching a bit for this confetti blog entry, I found so much more information than I ever could have imagined.  So, I am going to run through a few ideas for using confetti for weddings primarily, but use your noodle, and I am sure you can get so creative with what I am about to share.
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This particular entry is inspired by a bride on a budget,  Because she was having trouble making he tables look fab without having a lot of cash, she decided to use circles cut from paper in three different colors.  Brilliant.  Big color impact for  little coin, you gotta love that. 

Next, I found a site that sells confetti of every size and shape, and oh, yes confetti cannons. 

BUT WAIT!  What would a confetti blog entry be without a confetti launcher youtube tutorial.  Holy cow, this dude shows the mechanically inclined how to construct their very own confetti cannon.  How cool is that!  I am not suggesting you try this.  I just thought, hmmm, super cool.  If I share this with hubby, I wonder if he would make one for me.  Hey all you bar owners, maybe for your New Year’s Bash?  Hmm.

So that’s my confetti wisdom for the day.  Party on.

Paper Chains: Beauty & Simplicity Linked

I am in the middle of toying with inexpensive wedding decoration ideas that are both beautiful and simple.  As always, the goal is to create a stunning effect and keep within the budget of the bride.  This past weekend, I came up with an easy winner. 

While looking at some gorgeous papers that I couldn’t bear to watch go to waste, I was reminded of my childhood.  My mother and I  would get out the construction paper, tape and scissors, sprawl it across the dining room table and create.  Sometimes it would be hearts, or christmas trees, or butterflies.  Other times we’d spend hours making snowflakes and paper chains.

So that’s what I did.  Scooping up the scrolly patterned paper and my scissors and tape, I made a home at my dining room table, and commenced to create a paper chain.   Only this time, I played with the width of my links, and the ends of the chains.  I think this would be a gorgeous way to grace the ends of pews, or to adorn the tops of tents.  The most beautiful part of all is the ability to completely customize it to your wedding, event, or even your Christmas Tree.

Here are the results.

Paper Chain Closeup

The Paper Chain Goes Posh.

 I only had a few matching ribbon pieces to tie to the ends of the paper chains.  But imagine how graceful this could look with ribbon tails, and a centerpiece swag.  Gorgeous.

Granted, the photo below was taken in my living room, it was the only place I could find to display this for picture taking purposes. 

These pictures don’t come close to doing these justice.

 

 

 

 

paper chain possibilities

Imagine the Possibilities. A gorgeous bouquet in the middle with ribbons streaming down the ends.

 

Centerpiece Idea: Eye Poppin’ & No Leaves Droppin’!

the Untraditional Topiary

Eye poppin', show stoppin' & no leaves ever droppin'. Love that!

 

I love all things bloggy.  And whenever I am travailing the big bloggy world, I almost always stumble across someone really special.  Sometimes, I am totally unable to recall the path I took to get there, but I guess that isn’t the point. 

Most recently, I was at one of my usual haunts, Mom Bloggers Club. checking out who was on the scene.   I just love to go check out the creative mom minds in cyberspace.  This trip found me at The Untraditional Topiary.  Yes!  This is what it’s all about.  Finding that thing that makes you YOU and going with it.  Shelley started making these stunning creations and before she knew it, she had a full blown business going.  On a visit to her etsy shop, I found out she will customize these for you.  Oh, the possibilities.  Go check out her blog, and her shop.  Maybe you’ll get a little inspiration, or maybe a little help with your next party!  You know you’ll be getting some great comments with one of these little gems on display.  It’s always fun to have a unique attention grabber, and this definitely fits the bill!