DIY (Do It Yourself)

My grandma turned 90 this month and we all wanted a big bash for her! At 90 she has amazing energy and LOVES to dance. I hope I am like her when I turn 90. She also insisted on having her party at the VFW, where her and my grandpa have been active members for well over 50 years. The problem... the VFW was a blank space and needed a lot of work to add some "flair." Good thing my mom and I love decorating for parties and we were up for the challenge. Just by adding a few simple items to the table it made a huge difference. First, we found clear glass votives at: Target, World Market, and Jo-Ann Fabrics, each store sold the votives $.99. We had flameless battery operated votive candles to put in each glass holder. We found the battery operated votives at Portery Barn and got a great deal on them during their holiday sale. The clear votive holders and candles were nice enough, but I love adding embellishments. At Jo-Ann Fabrics we found adhesive pearl gems. The sheet was about $10.00, and we had more than enough to decorate 50 votives with plenty to spare. Word of caution, the pearls don't just pull off perfectly, they are meant to cut so you have to work them a little too avoid to much of the adhesive square from showing. DIY party DIY decorations DIY decorations Next, my mom had the great idea of putting different pictures of my grandma at every table, and also a sheet full of facts from 1921 (the year my grandma was born). Instead of buying expensive photo frames we found acrylic frames (5x7 and 4x6) at Target. We then added crystals and floral decals to decorate the frames. We didn't make them all the same--remember to have fun when decorating for parties, and that not everything has to match. DIY photo frames DIY photo frames I actually thought this would be a great idea for wedding rehearsal dinners. You can have pictures of the couple at every table, and facts about the years they were born. They make great conversation pieces, and trust me people will walk around at the various tables to look at pictures. You can incorporate childhood pictures, as well as pictures of the couple together. This is a cost saving way to decorate. Simple decorations go a long way!