Last Saturday, the Husband and I had an intimate dinner party to celebrate the birthdays of both his mother and father. Being the food-lovers we are, we decided not just to host a dinner party; but to serve a formal, five-course dinner. To add to the challenge, I promised the husband that all non-food expenses wouldn’t exceed $50!
The color palette was determined primarily by items I had on hand. I fell in love with this grey pinstripe silk years ago and purchased 5 yards. This is the first time I had an opportunity to use it and I loved it!
I guess I really like pink, because I had a bunch of it in the house. I used the pink napkins I dyed for the tea party last month, as well as some scrap flannel to make fabric flower arrangements and additional scrap fabric for a table backdrop.
I’m so incredibly lucky because my in-laws let us borrow their amazing china. The dinner plates are all from my husband’s grandmother, and were all made in occupied Japan. We finished off dinner with my mother-in-law’s Limoges that she inherited from her grandmother’s bridal set from 1910. I absolutely love the traditional patterns of older china, and these patterns are both just so special and beautiful!
The best part? I got to use my Christmas gift from the Husband…a Silhouette SD! It took some time to work out a few kinks, but I was able to cut out a bunch of different flowers to create a runner and to add to the backdrop.
Here’s a rundown of all the decor costs:
Tablecloth: $0 (on hand)
Silver Chargers: $0 ($36, but purchased with gift card)
China: $0 (borrowed)
Candlesticks:$0 (repurposed from tea party-glued & painted, a la JC’s Loft)
Fabric flowers: $4 (most styrofoam was on-hand, purchased 1 additional from Dollar Tree, fleece was on-hand, tulle purchased for $3)
Square Vases: $8 from Michaels
Pink Paper Flowers: $7 for Silhouette pattern downloads
Backdrop Canvas: $5 for a pack of dark paper.
Total Decor Costs: $24
Any and all savings from decor was completely blown on the dinner budget….mmmmmmmm!