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Floral Mother's Day Tablescape on a Budget

Celebrating the everyday is a must and it doesn’t have to break the bank! I’m thrilled to share this beautifl and budget friendly DIY Mother’s Day Tablescacpe. I love stylish items but I also love affordable prices – Can you guess where I love to shop? Target. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m basically a walking talking ad for their stuff. Oh, you like my __? Yeah, chances are it’s from Target.

What can I say? They have beautiful and stylish decor at affordable prices. All of the décor for this table (minus the flowers and some DIY projects) came from Target. The flowers came from Trader Joe’s (No Trader Joe’s by you? Check your local Farmer’s Market!) The utensil packets and pom garland were DIY’d (see utensil packet tutorial below).

 So I promised you this one was done on a budget. I couldn’t believe how affordable it was when I added it all up! So naturally, I checked it 2 more times – it’s the civil engineer in me – and here are the results:

Table Setting: $.68/person (YES you read that right)
Vase + Flowers: $4.50/each
Decorations: $11.16 total

Which means a table with 8 place settings cost a whopping $21.11 

Still don’t believe me? Well let me break down the Out-of-Pocket Costs :

Flowers - $5.99 from Trader Joe’s (Bouquet easily split into 2 vases)
Aqua Mason Jar Vases - $3.00 from Target (Pack of 2 in the Dollar Spot)
Chevron Paper Cups - $1 from Target (Pack of 8 in the Dollar Spot)
Polka Dot Dessert Paper Plates - $1 from Target (Pack of 8 in the Dollar Spot)
Yellow Paper Plates - $2.99 from Target (Value Pack of 60 in the Party Supply Section)
Pink Plastic Cutlery - $2.00 from Target (10 of each utensil in the Party Supply Section)
6” White Doilies - $3.99 from Party City (Pack of 40)
Yellow Gingham Cardstock – $0.66 ($0.33/sheet that makes 4 packs per sheet)
Yarn – $4.76 from Michaels (4 colors at $1.19/each)
Embroidery Thread - $0.40 from Michaels
Lanterns - $3 from Target (Pack of 3 on clearance)
Honeycomb Balls - $3 from Target (Pack of 3 on clearance)

That gives us a grand total of $31.46 out-of-pocket

That’s for 8 place settings + 2 vases of flowers + extra supplies to do it again and again. What did I tell you? Crazy affordable right?! Entertaining on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Let me know how you entertain on a budget in the comments!

XO, Ashley

Custom Utensil Packet Tutorial

Looking for a cute way to display your cutlery at your next event? Check out this utensil packet tutorial! See how I made these cute cutlery holders from my DIY Mother’s Day Table.

I originally started making these using bitty bags but I hated being limited in the prints and colors so I decided to try DIY-ing them. Now, not only do I have the freedom to pick my own colors and patterns but it also turned out to be affordable too. I mean, who doesn’t love a low-cost DIY?

Supplies Needed:

12x12 Scrapbook Paper or Card Stock (each sheet makes 4 packets)
6” Round Food Safe Doilies
Forks, Knives, Spoons
Double Stick Tape


1. Cute 4 ½” wide and 6" long rectangle out of your paper
2. Measure ½” inward on width and fold
3. Measure 1 ½” inward on length and fold
4. Measure 2 ¾” inward from last measurement and fold
5. Fold your bottom flap in and line with double stick tape
6. Fold both sides in and secure with double stick tape
7. Lay doily on top of your completed pouch and center it
8. Fold both sides of the doily in (make sure it's smaller than the pouch so it will fit inside)
9. Insert the folded doily into your utensil pouch
10. Insert your utensils in the pouch - fork, spoon, and knife

Throwback Thusday Engagement

We have got some big things in the works for tomorrow and I'm so excited to share it with you! All you engaged couples will not want to miss it. So in honor of #throwbackthursday I'm throwing it back to 2010 when I got engaged. I love all of the images that Jessica Downey Photo (formerly Sierra Studios Photography) was able to capture for us. Having a professional document all the special life moments is something you should splurge on if your budget allows. Check it out the link below to view more from our magical engagement session. All of the pictures are from Jessica's blog post.

It started with a dress

So excited that my Great Gatsby party was featured on 100 Layer Cake. It's so fun to think that it all started with a dress that I simply needed an excuse to buy... Well that excuse turned into some inspiration (and cute threads) for my Roaring Mid-20's birthday party! I had so much fun and was able to spend it with some great friends who were good sports about getting all dolled up. Aren't they adorable? Anyhow, enjoy my #throwbackthursday Instagram round up from that party and be sure to follow me @sugarandsoirees for sneak peeks and a look behind-the-scenes on things coming up!


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