Our second installment in the yet-to-be-named series about how to decorate for a party with items from the Dollar Tree (or any Dollar Only section of your favorite stores).
For the grown-ups table (aka “The Luck O’ the Irish“):
I found pilsner glasses at the Dollar Tree, along with gold foil embossed stickers, as well as these cute little leprechaun hats made for dogs(!) and Ireland flags at the Dollar Spot in Target.
Now, I’m gonna admit that I was feeling kind of guilty about this table, because I already had several items to complete the look. I had the wheatgrass, which is so versatile, as well as the gold chargers, although they were purchased for $2/each a few months ago. The gold flatware was my grandmothers (I never really use it) and the gold crown plates were a gift.
Lay the grass down the center of the table and sprinkle gold chocolate coins on top (one bag cost me $4 at the local candy shop). Guests can grab a few for a treat and to take home and enjoy later (decor as food/favor=budget conscious!). Take the flags off the sticks and use as a festive napkins! Cute, right?
We used the gold stickers as place cards and stuck them right on the pilsner glasses. Place a nice cold Guinness inside the glass and set those crazy dog hats on top (they look pretty funny on humans, too!). Finally, a fun touch is a scratch-off lottery ticket at each place setting. Maybe the Luck O’ the Irish will be with someone at the table!
(You could get a similar effect on basic white plates by using gold stickers or transfers. I found these at Michael’s:
Moving on to the Kid’s Table (aka “Somewhere Under the Rainbow”)
Here’s what I used for this one:
clockwise from top left: clover shaped bath sponges and green swirly cups and plates (both from Michael’s); spray paint (that I already had); silk hydrangea flowers and paper lanterns (both from the Dollar Tree).
Spray paint the hydrangeas to resemble large four-leaf clovers and place inside the paper lantern. More of the gold chocolate coins scattered around the base are proof that a leprechaun has been there. Because legend has it that if you ever catch one of those little green imps, he will reward you with the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it’s only fitting to add some rainbow touches as well! Who can resist a rainbow lollipop (cute as place cards with a round label sticker on the fronts)? Oh, and I just spray painted some paper plates gold to simulate a kid-friendly charger. Easy and cheap!
Finally, a fun craft activity table consists of these great finds:
(clockwise from top left: small glass vases, pack of 3 ankle socks, green clover shaped candle dishes and rainbow feather dusters, all from the Dollar Tree).
Offer a fun interactive option for the kiddos (OK, and maybe the adults too!) by setting up a hat decorating station. Those crazy cool rainbow colored dusters add a punch of fun (somebody use these for your next Dr. Suess-themed party, would ya?). By the way, kids LOVE these things, so let them take ‘em home if you want! Just gather up whatever craft items you have: ribbon, stickers, pompoms, feathers, glitter, beads, you name it! A hot glue gun (monitored by an adult of course) and you’ll have a parade of stylish leprechauns before you know it!
Take a closer look at those vases. Here, let me help:
Remember those little ankle socks that came in a pack of three at the Dollar Tree? I just slipped one over a tall pilsner glass to create a super cute, very versatile vase! Six vase covers for one dollar! What a deal!
I hope these ideas spur some of your own creative ideas. You don’t have to spend a fortune to celebrate with your family and friends. Whether you are Irish or not, you will indeed feel the Luck of the Irish with fun, easy and affordable decor on St. Patty’s Day!
(by the way, you can click on any image to get a closer look.)