Advice for Making Your Own Centerpieces

Posted by Heidi on January 18th, 2017 in Decor, General, Parties and Events, No Comments
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DIY Centerpiece Advice: Expert advice from event designer Zozzie Golden of Innovative Party Planners on making your own centerpieces.

DIY? Sketch, Cost & Time it out!

This tip is for those of you who are doing your own event centerpieces.

I always love meeting with clients who want to do their centerpieces themselves. Recently I had a Mom who had done all her kids birthday parties herself and was quite known for doing an awesome job. These are the tips I told her:

  • Sketch out your idea.
  • Evaluate your scale. We recommend centerpieces be no taller than 14” or be set on a base and begin at 24” to avoid blocking your view across the table. Consider the fact that the centerpieces will need to be transported to the venue and have to be able to fit in a vehicle. Size does matter here.
  • Make a list of the materials you will need to create your centerpiece, everything down to the glue.
  • Shop for and price out all your materials. If you are purchasing parts on the internet, I suggest buying one sample item first. Touching and actually seeing the materials in person can make a big difference and prevent disappointment or wasted money.
  • Total all the costs and then decide whether it makes sense for you to continue.
  • If you have decided to move forward and make them yourself, purchase the materials to make one centerpiece first. See just how long it takes you to make it. This will allow you to plan out how much time you are going to need to make all of your centerpieces. This will also help you decide whether you really want to take on the task.
  • Should you go ahead, make sure you order more materials than you need to account for mistakes or needing additional centerpieces, should your count go up.
  • Always make one extra centerpiece.
  • Getting them to your venue. This is probably one of the most overlooked, yet important components of making things yourself. Consider who is going to deliver the centerpieces, set them up and then break them down. If you are doing this yourself, coordinate with your venue and other vendors about the timing.
  • Last thing to consider, what will you do with them after your event?

To contact Zozzie about your event e-mail her: zozzie {at} innovativepartyplanners {dot} com

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