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How to Make a Centerpiece on $20 or Less

Hope your holidays were lovely…

Ours was spent partially in the dark. We lost power on Christmas day from 4PM to around 8 or 9, so we opened presents with flashlights held in our teeth and about a thousand candles lit. It made for a memorable holiday, but unfortunately a whole bunch of our gifts needed power. (We’re a DVD and video game kind of family.) Plus, our Christmas dinner went from ribs to cold salami and cream cheese. Mmmmm.

The morning after Christmas, my mother and I embarked on The Great Hunt for Cheap Centerpieces. We hadn’t really been impressed with any of the ads, so we decided to open Target at 7AM. A blizzard had hit the night before so we had to make our way through huge drifts of snow to get to the car. I know it’s been said before, but Utah has the greatest snow in the world. Bright white, fluffy, and perfect for snowmen.

We made it to Target around 7:30. Normally we’re there for the store openings on the morning after xmas, but there was drama involving an iced-over truck and my mother throwing her purse into the outside garbage can. It didn’t really matter, as it turns out. The blizzard (or the economy) kept everyone from coming out to shop. Target had about 4 people in it. The sales were incredibly lame. 50% off of Christmas decor, which is the same sale that has been going on all week. Their Christmas decor wasn’t even that great.

The only thing that I found at Target was some mirror chargers. I need seven centerpieces so I got 5 round mirror chargers and 2 square mirror chargers. After all was said and done they were $7 a piece.

CENTERPIECE ITEM 1: Mirror charger for $7 a piece.

After Target we had breakfast and then we headed over to JoAnn’s. Their Christmas stuff was on sale, but they didn’t have anything that was really jumping out at me. I did get a bunch of wooden heart ornaments for 30 cents but I don’t know what I’m going to do with them…definitely nothing with the centerpieces. However, I did get some little silver mirrored cones with picture frame clips at the top to hold the table numbers and I found out that the value candles were 30% off so I got some party candles and some votives.

CENTERPIECE ITEM 2: Mirrored table number holders for $1.50 a piece.
CENTERPIECE ITEM 3: Candles for 5/$1.

So now we had mirrors, mirrored table number holders, and some candles. Plus, I have those blue and clear gem confetti things at home, so I pretty much had a flat, shiny centerpiece. But all of the wedding reception articles say that you need three things for a good centerpiece: width, texture, and height. I really only had width with the mirrors and all. We looked around at fake flowers and vases, etc., but everything was either really tacky or really hard to transport or just not speaking to me. So, we hit one more store – the ever productive T.J. Maxx.

T.J. Maxx is one of those places that’s either horrible or really awesome. I’d give it a 3 to 1. 3 times horrible, 1 time awesome. My mom would probably give it an 8 to 1, but she’s a pessimist. When we got there we found out that the Christmas stuff was all 50% off of the lowest ticketed price. However, most of the stuff was Santas and Silver Bells and all that other stuff that you really can’t pretend is a reasonable wedding centerpiece. And then I saw them…

My mom hated them. HATED them. And I have to admit, that when I first grabbed them I showed them to her and then we had a good laugh. But when I flipped them over and realized that they were only $5 a piece…and that there were seven of them…I mean, I’m sorry…

And that’s how I went home with 7 Dr. Seuss trees.

CENTERPIECE ITEM 4: Dr. Seuss trees for $5 a piece.

Total centerpiece cost (including diamond confetti): $17 a table.

So, what do you think? (you have to imagine the confetti since it’s home in Ohio)

with the table number
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6 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous

    I like them!

    December 28, 2008 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Miss Shugarman

    i actually really like them.
    good bargins.
    good creativity!

    🙂 props to you!

    December 28, 2008 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    i think i would spread the candles out more, more randomly, but other than that, i loooooove them! i love the dr. suess trees. i think with the pots they are in, they look elegant and very wedding-ish…not christmas-y at all!! good job!

    December 28, 2008 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Delilah H.

    So creative! Great bargain hunting! I’m impressed. 🙂

    December 28, 2008 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply jane

    i think they look great! when you said dr. seuss tree i was not sure what to expect, but when i scrolled down to the picture i was happily surprise!! great deal and very wintery and elegant!!

    December 29, 2008 at 1:02 am
  • Reply Authentically U - Bride

    I think they are absolutely beautiful! I didnt know what to expect from the term, “Dr. Suess trees” but I really like them. Congrats on finding somethig that jumped. I know that can be difficult.

    January 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm
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