I just couldn’t resist all those photos that I had taken – especially of all the flowers that we had in every colour of the rainbow. I spent $45 TOPS on all these flowers. I got them from Harris Farm and raided the quick sale bucket that they have filled with flowers that are on the turn – mostly opened and with just a few days left in them.
I got our every vase that I owned, every glass bottle and every empty jam jar I could find in my cupboards.
I then raided my ribbon selection that I have from all the left over presents we get with ribbon on them. I used a collection of odds and ends and tied them around the tops of the vases as a contrast to the flowers and an extra pop of colour. You can never have too much colour!
I kept all the flowers of the same kind in the vases rather than mixing them up – as I wanted them to be lined down the table, one colour at a time.
Yes, we used plastic plates and cutlery because I didn’t want to spend 34 hours washing up. I got these bulk coloured packs from the Reject shop for $2 a packet. I grabbed 6 of each colour and added them into the same jars as the flowers. Cute right?
These little glass bottles and lollypops and straws I got online from here. Also some cute chevron lolly bags/plates and some cups. Great company, great prices and a quick turnaround and service – highly recommended.
Look at those peonies! $10! I almost died when I saw them in the bucket at $5 a bunch when they were on the shelf for $25. Thank you quick sale, thank you. And I can assure you 5 days later they are still looking great.
So there you have it – all the decorations and flowers and the very last post on it I promise! It doesn’t have to cost lots of money to add an extra element to a celebration. I think that flowers are a must – but remember to look outside the garden at what you have – even if it’s just green leaves or branches with ribbon on them. The reject shop/$2 shop is your friend – they now have great selections of things in bulk bright colours that look great when all mixed up. The pom poms were made of $1 tissue paper and I think I got 6 out of each pack – pretty economical. The lanterns were just $2 each also from a $2 shop (funnily enough) and I can keep them both for years to come pulled out at many a celebration I’m sure. Look at what you have already and use as much as you can – a simple bit of ribbon can even make a normal drinking glass from IKEA look like a pretty vase. And have fun – I love creating little bits & pieces that while small and not anything special when all put together create a big impact. Everyone will appreciate your efforts and you can be proud of all your hard work!