Here is the challenge, put together 12 centerpieces, all for under $20. At first thought it might sound completely doable, but if you have ever thrown a party before, you know that those party expenses can add up super quick!
If you do the math, that makes each centerpiece $1.67, now does this sound a little more of a challenge? Don’t let that discourage you! I am going to show you the very best strategies for throwing a party on a budget!
Two of my favorite parties I have done this year were the Indian princess party I threw for my daughters 5th birthday and the construction zone party I threw for my son’s 3rd birthday. Both of these parties were completely pulled together (food and all) for under $50 each!
Back to the glitter… I was thrilled to help out with a darling baby shower for one of my friends and was put in charge of pulling together the centerpieces for all the tables.
You guys know me, and I wanted to see how inexpensive I could get the job done BUT still get the, “Aww! Those are so pretty!” factor.
So of course, the first place I head for inspiration is Pinterest. Which by the way, make sure you are following me on Pinterest for inspiration of your own, to live your dream life on less!
I gathered ideas of what I wanted the tables to look like then headed out to the stores to see what supplies I could find.
I shared on my Instagram Stories about how I first went to Party City looking for pretty shaped plastic cups to use as vases for flowers. I found what I needed but they came in packs of 30 or more.
Which was way more then I needed, but I bought them anyways thinking I wouldn’t be able to find such curvy plastic cups anywhere else. I ended up paying $22 just for the plastic cups and walked away feeling defeated
I was wrong! With a last minute stop into the Dollar Tree, lo and behold they had just brought out a new batch of Christmas items and had the most perfect plastic cups! I was thrilled, bought what I needed for only $11, then headed straight back to the party store to return what I had bought there!
This was exactly what I was looking for to keep this party on a budget! Ecstatic, I headed home with all the supplies I needed to complete my project!
How to make glitter covered vases
You are going to love how easy these dollar store party décor vases are to make! Here are the supplies you will need to make them yourself.
Clear plastic cups
Liquid glue (make sure it dries clear, I used the kind from the Dollar Tree)
Glitter (use a coupon to get 40% off at Joanns! I already had this at home)
This could be a fun project for your little ones to join in on because there really isn’t any exact technique needed.
To start, all you do is paint on your glue where you would like the glitter to stick. Start at the base and work your way up making sure to get a thin layer of glue over the surface and in the cracks.
Once you get midway or 2/3 of the way up the glass, don’t use quiet as much glue and gently pull your brush strokes up the glass, tapering off the higher up the glass you go.
You could also use some painter’s tape (also found at the dollar store) if you wanted a straight line between the glass and the glitter. For this project I was going for more of an ombre look with the glitter.
As soon as you are done painting on the glue, sprinkle with glitter. Set aside and let dry completely.
I was super excited with how the tables turned out, plenty of glitter and plenty of pink!
My friend who was hosting the shower put together these cute little goodies that the guests could take home and they tied in perfectly.
These ombre glitter vases are going to be used many more times throughout the years to come, I am sure of that! New Years, birthdays, DIY date nights at home, there really isn’t an occasion I can think of that I don’t want to use them at!
Creating DIY party décor that can be reused in other parties is just another way to cut costs for any future party on a budget.
After this baby shower I came to one conclusion, I am going to start growing my own flower garden! I LOVE using fresh flowers and plants in party decorations but that can quickly become a huge expense.
But if I have my very own selection right outside my front door, that wont cost a thing!
Does anyone have any tips for picking which flowers and plants I should be growing? I want them all to be able to be grown in pots. Since we are renting, I would like to be able and take them with us once we move.
So here is the cost breakdown for each table. I used about three cups on each table, which cost about $1.20. Then used a small amount of wrapping paper I found at Target as the table runners which brings the total for each table’s centerpiece right around only $1.50 each!
What do you think, totally doable for your next party right? The price point on these is unbeatable and the pop they give to the table is exactly what every party on a budget needs!
Thanks for stopping in friends and I will talk to you soon! Xoxo