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Bridal Shower Centerpieces on a Budget

These ingenious tips can help save money on centerpieces

By Suzie Faloon

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You can make unique, romantic or whimsical centerpieces for an unforgettable bridal shower even on a tight budget. There are many resources for you to gather supplies for centerpieces that cost little or nothing. Think of creative ways to use inexpensive glassware, borrowed items and family pieces to make one-of-a-kind centerpieces for the bride and your guests to enjoy.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Know the overall theme you'd like to achieve for your bridal shower in advance. This may help you come up with ideas for distinct and fun centerpieces that are both cost-effective and lovely. Gather your supplies in advance and ask the other bridesmaids to help with the creation process.
Bridal Shower Centerpieces

Step 1:

Choose a theme for the bridal shower. Plan your centerpieces around the theme. Gather supplies from recyclables or yard, garage or flea market sales. Check the dollar stores to purchase inexpensive fabric flowers or embellishments. Ask your friends to save metal cans or glass jars for your project. Look for bargains at your local crafts and fabric stores for more supplies.

Step 2:

Place clean, recycled metal cans, jars or baskets on a work surface. Cut out a piece of remnant cloth or tissue paper and gather it up around the top of the container. Use a piece of decorative twine or ribbon to tie the material to the container for a covering. Fill the container with water and arrange garden flowers in it. Set these soft-look containers on the guest tables at the bridal shower. You can attach a decorative piece of costume jewelry or a novelty butterfly to the cloth covering.

Step 3:

Cut garden blossoms and arrange them in a circular pattern around a bowl on each table. Fill the bowl with water and float three to five candles in each one. Scatter inexpensive confetti on to the tablecloth for a glittery effect. You can make confetti out of recycled paper: Use a paper-punch tool with the shape of a heart or lovebirds.

Step 4:

Arrange natural elements such as sea shells, pine cones, birch twigs, acorns and autumn leaves down the center of a long guest table. Add candles and single flower stems to add romance to the tablescape .

Step 5:

Tie silk flower blossoms to utensils such as a metal grater, whisks, wooden spoons and other items the bride will need for a working kitchen. Add a bow made with curling ribbon that matches the main color of your decorations. Gather the items at the end of the shower to present to the bride-to-be in a basket lined with two decorative dish towels.

Step 6:

Borrow small, framed photos of the bride, from childhood to the present, to set on the tables. This will create an instant conversation piece for the guests. Set the frame on a ring of silk or fresh flowers. Or place a flower at the side of each framed photo and sprinkle confetti around the area.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a floral designer and a freelance writer.

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