One of the biggest seasons for celebratory events is coming to an end soon, but there is still time for a party or two to have fab DIY DECOR. If you find yourself unsure of where to begin with putting together creative decor for your friend, family member or client event, here are 3 great tips I use that will ensure the event décor will leave guests talking…in a good way!

One of my closest friends has nominated me to Stage her baby shower. What an honor and I’m sooo excited! Can you relate to decorating a party or special event by DIY? To begin, Tip #1: Please remember to keep in mind that it is about the honorary guest. This is NOT your party. It is important to ask the right questions up front to gather as much information as possible. Believe me when I say this will save you a headache in the end.  You want to ask him or her for their input. The planning and anticipation that comes from having an event can be quite overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. The guest of honor may have a clear idea of what’s desired, or he/she may have no idea at all. Either way, it’s up to you to ask because this is a special day and you’ll want it to look that way. Some topics to touch on are color, season, venue, culture/tradition, and personality. Together the previously mentioned can help you paint a visual picture of what is desired for the big day.

Now you have something to work with! Assuming you were selected for your brilliant taste in design, Tip #2: Put together a board of your ideas mixed with their ideas. It’s almost like creating an inspiration board and this is very helpful in building the theme. The visual of the board (whether physical board or digital) also helps with editing the ideas because you can see what elements to add, scale back and eliminate. The remainder is the theme revealed providing a clear vision of what to shop for and what to craft. I always take my vision board with me when I visit vendors and stores. It really keeps me organized and in tune with the types of items I need to look for. When I don’t have it with me, it feels like I’m at the grocery store with no list. In that case I end up browsing each aisle and if it’s Costo or Wegmans then I have stop for food samples too! (I know I’m not the only one! LOL)

Moving right along, you have creative direction and the theme has been confirmed with him/her. The décor has been crafted and purchased. Tip #3: Remember you can’t do it ALL by yourself. DIY projects can be a lot of fun, but it’s okay to ask for help when needed. On the day of the big event, there is a lot of room for error, so plan accordingly and do as much as possible ahead of time. Make sure you have someone or extra people to help you with unpacking and setting everything up. You really don’t want your guest to be arriving while you are still placing arrangements and décor. You want the guests to experience the setting once it’s complete. You’ve taken the time to hand make unique items and search for certain objects after crafting a design from a theme. Relieve some of the pressure by planning ahead and having extra hands on deck to assist where needed.

I hope this helps with decorating your event. In short remember the following…

  1. It’s not about you/ask the right questions
  2. Create an inspiration board
  3. You can’t do it ALL by yourself

Feel free to share feedback on how your event decor planning went below in the comments section!

Written by andrea gary

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