Monthly Archives: February 2012

A DIY Budget Candelabra Set

If you’re ever in need of a quick and cheap candelabra to add lighting to your table, consider upside down wine and martini glasses! Below we’ll show you how to assemble a Candelabra centerpiece using Dollar Store bought items. We’ve used a pink and white color scheme, but the options are endless, so choose a color scheme that fits your space.

Here’s how it adds up:

  • 3 Assorted Glasses in varying heights… $3
  • 3 Candles… $3
  • 1 Bouquet of Fake Flowers… $1
  • 1 Silver Tray… $1 [optional; you can also place these ‘candelabras’ directly onto your table, the silver tray is to catch any drippings from the wax candles]

GRAND TOTAL: $8

Step 1: Lay out your supplies. You’ll need a hot glue gun.

Step 2: Remove all the flowers from the stems.

Step 3: Hot glue gun the candles to the bottom of the wine and martini glasses.

Step 4: Take 2 flowers and hold them together with the stems facing one another.


Step 5: Delicately place the glass over the pair of flowers on top  of the silver tray. Continue for all 3 glasses. Scatter any remaining flowers on the tray.

And Voilda, you’re done!

Here are a few variations using other colors and doilies…

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DIY: Manzanita Branch Centerpiece for about $20

Watch the instructional video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdVWPwHLb4w

We’ve been slow to post! Forgive us, it is busy season in the event world after all! But fear no more, we’re bringing you a few DIY event decor projects on a budget as promised! First up: A Manzanita Branch Centerpiece.

Any centerpiece not requiring the use of fresh flowers will always be less expensive than a fresh flower option. Here, we used dried flowers to satisfy. We love this piece because for a low price, you get great height and color. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to assemble!

Here’s how it adds up:

  • 1 22″ Sanded Manzanita Branch… $9
  • 10 Dried Orchids… $4
  • 2 cups of Sand… or free if you live near a beach ;)… $2
  • Small bag of Stones… $2
  • 1 Short Glass Vase… $5

GRAND TOTAL: $22

The big ticket items here are the Manzanita Branch and Glass Vase. The dried flowers, sand, and stones, can be even cheaper depending on how many centerpieces you are putting together and how much in bulk you are buying. Happy Saving!

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Ivette gets interviewed by eventplanning.com!

Check out Ivette of eventsbyi’s interview with Max of www.eventplanning.com! What did you think of the questions and answers?

http://www.eventplanning.com/event-planner-interview-with-ivette-mancha/

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February is DIY Decor Month at eventsbyi:the blog!

Did you know that the #1 New Year’s Resolution for 2012 was NOT “Lose Weight”? It was actually “Save Money.” In February, we’ll teach you how to decorate your event on the cheap! The Decor budget varies tremendously from event to event and if you’re not careful can add up quickly and easily. If you have the time and the support of your co-workers, friends, and family, consider doing it yourself and avoid paying that premium price to your decorator.

Before we get started, first thing is first… ask the Venue what complimentary decor elements they may already have. Many venues, especially Hotels, already have a standard inventory of wax candles, tealight votives, house centerpieces, or linens available for event use at no additional cost. Ask your Venue Manager how many of these will be available to use at your event and make it work with your event. And if you’re flexible on the theme or color scheme, choose a theme that already matches the venue space or their inventory of complimentary decor elements.

Stay tuned for some exciting DIY projects coming soon!

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