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find your center(piece).

As part of golden anniversary decor, my parents requested that I incorporate their party favors into the centerpiece arrangements. Challenge accepted!


My parents have an awesome garden. Not only is it filled with a bounty of fruits and vegetables, they’ve got a pretty great succulent collection as well. They decided they wanted to give succulent planters away as their party favors. My Dad made a mix of soil, perlite, and rocks, and they planted a succulent snipping for each of their guests. They cared for the baby succulents for two months prior to the party so the plants could grow into their new pots.

I ordered business cards from Moo and used them as favor tags. Like our desert plant love pun? “I will never desert you.” (Yea, you like it.) The tags shimmered with gold foil, as did the twine.

There were eight tables to be decorated. My sister, niece, and I brainstormed for weeks and we finally decided on using round mirrors to bring all the centerpiece elements together.

We stacked smaller mirrors and plant pot saucers spray painted gold to add height/levels to the centerpiece.

We used votives with a distressed gold paint look with battery operated candles, and sprinkled the centerpiece with gold and white ‘marbles.’


Lastly, each table had a table number. We used escort card holders to hold the table numbers up.

I own all kinds of party decor now. Maybe I should start a party decor rental company. 😉 Or, perhaps you will see some repurposing projects sometime instead.

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