Last week was the annual Drama Camp at our church, which is always followed by a Gelato and Espresso Bar reception. When I was asked to pull some decor together for the event, I immediately began combing the thrift stores for things I could transform for the event.
I knew right away that I wanted to have several chalkboards for a coffee house or upscale cafe feel.
1. Know what you're looking for.
Because thrift stores are such a constant changing hodgepodge of stuff, it's important to know what you want to execute when looking for party decor. I began by looking for frames. I didn't care whether they started out as mirrors, or hideous pictures, I was just going to take them apart anyway.
This is the
junk awesome stuff I started out with. Just gorgeous, isn't it? Oh, and please excuse the rockin' phone picture, my camera batteries gave out last week in the middle of this project.
2. You can unify all manner of pieces with coordinating paint!
I was super excited when I found those cute ice cream glasses and knew I could just paint them along with everything else to get the look I was going for. My husband looked at them and said, "I didn't know you could paint glass!" Apparently, he's not been married to me long enough. You can paint ANYTHING, my children are lucky they're still the same color, precious babies!
3. Give yourself as much time as possible to pull together an event.
I was only given two weeks notice on this one, but if you know you have a birthday or other special event coming up, try to decide on a theme so you can start looking early.
There is one of the cute little ice cream cups all painted and and finished with a mini tissue pom to mimic the look of a sundae. It just makes me smile.
4. Be sure to keep your overall budget in mind.
I knew that although I was picking up several bargain pieces, I would have to use quite a bit of the budget on paint. I used three different kinds and the cost of the paint was more than all my pieces combined. Don't forget to use those coupons!
Have you ever used thrift store items for a party or event? I would love to hear about it!