“Each of you should use whatever gift you have to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s Grace in its various forms” 1 Peter 4:10
Our new neighbors just moved in, in the fall, they are much younger than my hubby and I , yet they seem to enjoy us and we have quickly come to love them like family!
Just four months ago they got engaged and planned the wedding day for April 16, 2016…. Yes, you got that right, a fullblown wedding with all the trimmings on a shoestring budget in four short months, talk about stress!
Some of you may know, if you follow any of my posts, that our daughter is getting married in August and I am creating all the decor and Centerpieces for her special day. Are you catching the connection? In no time at all I was helping our neighbor, soon to be bride, create her Centerpieces / Decor and using some of the items I had already created for my daughters upcoming wedding.
God has an amazing way of working the intricate puzzle together. He knows me inside and out, He put the gifts and talents in me for a purpose, He understands my heart for serving and being a good steward of all His provisions. He also knew the need of my neighbor.
We serve an amazingly Awesome God!
I want to share with you some of the simple ideas we came up with to keep costs down yet create a beautiful setting for her urban, industrial/touch of elegance theme.
*My neighbor collected bottles to paint, which we did in silver, antique white, gold and a multi urban metallic.
*We went to Salvation Army to purchase hardcover books that we spray painted, some gold, some brown, some silver and some green. Then grouped in threes with twine and some as the base for the center display.
* Canning jars with the silver screw top left on to tie in with the silver books, became beautiful vases for babies breath, which for all its delicate beauty is very inexpensive.
*Bricks with block numbers painted on became unique table numbers and helped to hold some of the books in place.
*Borrowed gold Mercury glass candle holders and bronze lanterns gave light to the table.
*1 Peacock feather (the brides favorite, and inspiration for color theme) adorned each setting.
*The card box I created out of an old suitcase. My husband made a card slot for base that is screwed in, no stealing any cards unless you happen to walk around with a Phillips screwdriver in your pocket .
I shared several photos to show you some of the different ways we mixed and mingled all the elements together… All the Centerpieces were unique (no two were exactly the same) yet they all coordinated.
I used the professional products that I use for my Creative Finishes, LLC business, but you can easily use any paint and create your own designs.
Tip for the metallic silver and gold bottles: Spray with metallic paint, while wet, spray with vinegar and 91% alcohol , Dab with cotton balls to create pits. When completely dry use an antiqued glaze to further “age” the bottle.
Rather than be daunted by an event that your planning, seek the wisdom and help of others, check out ideas on Pinterest and give your creating a whirl using everyday items, you might surprise yourself….
* love to hear some of your creative ideas on a shoestring budget…..