Decorating a Ladies Luncheon on a Dime

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Decorating for a fifteen table Ladies Luncheon,
with a non-existent budget can be pretty challenging.

You rely on a whole lot of creativity and imagination!

The luncheon was a fund-raising event for an upcoming
Crusade in our community, so it was understandable that it
had to be done on the cheap.
...but still, I was aiming for fresh and pretty!  :)

Knowing that real flowers would be pricey,
I set out to Michaels for {inexpensive} inspiration.
Perusing the clearance aisles,
I came across the flower clips below,
 originally $2.00 for a pack of 2, marked down to $.80!

Now these I could work with...

I had six vintage blue Ball jars in my stash on hand... to fill in the other nine needed
and to add a little interest,
I bought glass vases from the Dollar Tree
and added extra fine aqua glitter to the bottoms.

 Short branches were spray painted with Krylon Maxx Aqua Matte,
to add to each table with the vases.

The theme of the luncheon was... Inspire.
  I printed off Inspire tags on the computer in different fonts,
 and clipped one to each vase/jar.

The vases/jars were filled with shrub greens, including gardenia
which has a beautiful waxy, "florist" finish to them.

The church's white tablecloths were paired with
turquoise burlap table runners, also very economical!

Combined with an online sale price and additional coupon code,
the 108" table runners were purchased at Tablecloths
for around $2.70 each.

The luncheon committee requested a few tables to be set up for speaker product
and for the upcoming crusade materials and information.

My friend and decorating partner, Julia,
put together a vase of sunflowers grown on her farm,
in a gallon vintage blue jar, to dress up that area.

And for one more little extra added touch,
we borrowed chairs, tables, lamps, and accessories from around the church
to create a staging area for the speaker,  Ann Platz.

As I mentioned,
the very inspiring speaker of the luncheon was, Ann Platz.

Some of you Atlanta bloggers and decorators may be very familiar with her.
Mrs. Platz is a noted interior designer, author, and speaker.

I was sitting at the back of the room, and unfortunately did not get a good picture
of her presentation.

A friend gave me one of Platz's books a few Christmases ago,
and it is a wonderful devotional read!

The luncheon setting was not a grand one,
we certainly stretched a dollar decorating,
...but it turned out sweet, simple, and refreshing!

Just goes to show,
you don't always have to spend a lot to make a nice impact!  :)


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  1. This is all so pretty and I bet it was fun to hear the speaker. Her books look just like something we would love to read. You sure found a great source for those table runners.

    Thanks for the sweet comment on the chicken salad post. We are addicted to Craisins dried cranberries and add them to everything. They are really good in a tossed green salad.

    I've had the current header on my blog for a few months. And Heavens no I did not do it myself! I do not have those skills but Rebekah does and she's super sweet and reasonable.

  2. Hi Rhonda,

    Wow, I would definitely say that you did a great job. Everything looks so fresh and inviting. The colors are inspiring. Being creative can be such a blessing and you are blessed.


  3. Oh, my sweet little talented friend! The luncheon decor looks wonderful! I love your little centerpieces and the pop of color with the runners is so pretty. You really set up a lovely area for the speaker too! Your church is blessed to have you!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. I love what you did for the tables! It can sometimes be so hard to create something beautiful on a churches limited budget. Well done! And I'll have to get that devotional.

  5. Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Rhonda, You did a fabulous job! I love the colors and way you pulled everything together. The ball jars were perfect. You truly inspire me. Kathi

  8. Love your presentation. I have helped with several theme banquets and it is always a challenge to stay within budget and still be pretty! You have accomplished both! Blessings, Lynn

  9. Yes, everything looks just perfect! It's so nice to be able to find the perfect decorating supplies but the fact that they were on clearance--well even better!

  10. Oh my. That's some kind of pretty no matter how inexpensive it was. So appropriate for this time of year.


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