Alternatives to Flowers
for Fringe or Off-Season times
or Supplementing a Flower Order
Photo credit to Susan Mullen.
* Paper flowers- create large flowers out of crepe paper and string them up in the empty spaces of your party tent, or hang them from trees or in doorframes.
* Quilled paper decorations can add intricacy as an adornment. Paper quilling is very inexpensive, easy to learn and the results are stunning! Use old book paper, or recycled magasines, or decorative paper for extra snazzy designs.
* Paper pinwheels can be made various sizes. They can be glued on ribbon as a decorative look, or pinned on sticks for spinning designs. Have one at each table at your party, or decorating the stage the band is on-- a small fan (if it is indoors) adds the movement that makes pinwheel decor all the more eye-catching. They are fun for outdoors too!
* Ribbon. Long strands of ribbon hanging down can be a great eye-catcher.
* Bulbs- force some for centerpieces and have small single bulb dishes just recently started as your guest favor! The guest will get to enjoy watching the bulb grow and bloom after they take it home.
* Feathers! How fun!
* Just foliage. Let green be the base of your color pallete and add ribbon to splash in color.
* Party planters (click here for tips)
* Sand, rocks, shells, other inanimate items
* Wheatgrass containers.
* Dishes of buttons!
Winter time specifically...
* Intriguing tree branches-- curly willow or contorted filbert, for example, are a simple way to add spunk. The sticks can be pushed into the ground, nested in planters, or laid on the table.
* Pinecones, simple evergreen boughs, winterberry branches.
* Candles, candle lanterns, paper candle lanters.
* Houseplants or winter planters.
* Paper snowflakes.
* Paper ornaments with photographs on them.