DIY Tuesday: 6 Affordable Decor Ideas

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DIY Tuesday: 6 Affordable Decor Ideas

Have I ever told you how much we love decor and design here? There is something about a beautifully set table that just makes your event go from blah to brilliant! You see all these pictures from designers like Preston Bailey, David Tutera, Colin Cowie, or Mindy Weiss and you realize that to make a beautiful table setting you need hundreds of thousands of dollars! Honestly you don’t need huge stacks of cash to make a huge impact at your next event, dinner party, or get together. All you need are a few simple items to make an elegant statement.

Here are 6 Affordable Decor Ideas…

A sea of candles

beautiful tablescape of candles


Candles make an amazing impact at any event whether you have date with just you and your honey or you have 100 of your closest friends and family. Candles are a super affordable way to decorate your event. You can easily start collecting candles prior to your event to make an impact like the above picture or go for a slightly more minimalist approach. Most candles can be bought at the Dollar Store or in larger quantities at places like Ikea.

Bushels of Carnations

bountiful carnations


Carnations get a bad rap as a useless and “cheap” option for florals. Well, I’m here to tell ya…they are very useful and affordable and beautiful when done right. Carnations are a super affordable flower because they grow year round and come in an array of colors…plus since the demand for them is typically low, prices stay affordable. You can either group carnations in large bushels like the group shown above or even mix it with another flower in the same color to add texture. At my wedding we mixed burgundy carnations with black magic roses…it was beautiful! Give carnations a chance and your wallet will thank you!

Mountains of books and magazines

A simple design we did using fashion magazines and Esperanza roses

A simple design we did using fashion magazines and Esperanza roses

If you’re like most people, you have a stack of magazines and a box full of books that are collecting dust in your garage or attic. Take those things out and put them to good use! You can stack them in a neat pile and top it with flowers, create a vignette with books, eye glasses, and candles, or make a topsy turvy…but safe display. The possibilities are endless!

Terrific Terrariums

Succulent Display via Drop Dead Gorgeous

Succulent Display via Drop Dead Gorgeous

Succulents and terrariums are the newest IT floral in the event design industry. Their simple displays make a great impact for those who aren’t fond of or are allergic to flowers. They are simple to put together, last a long time, and can be given away as favors. Try to build one for your home to see how you like it, then incorporate it into your next event design!

A single balloon

via 100LayerCake

via 100LayerCake

There is something so intriguing about a single balloon. Remember when you were young and how you were so captivated by a balloon? Now imagine turning that childlike intrigue into a beautiful and simple and affordable event design. You can use a single balloon as the place setting for your guests or as a focal point to take guests’ eyes up. Use colors that are appealing to both the eye and the design. Balloons aren’t just for kid’s parties anymore.

Child’s Play

Design Concepts from Rashon Carraway

Design Concepts from Rashon Carraway

Who’d have thought that those toy animals we played with as a kid would make such a huge impact in event design. And let’s talk about how simple this is to recreate. All you would need are small animal toys and spray paint. Take it up a notch by adding a tag collar where you could display your guests’ name.


Great event design doesn’t have to be break the bank, with a few simple items and a little ingenuity you can create amazingly beautiful and affordable design concepts!


Check out other ideas from the blog!

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