This year marked the 10th Annual Women’s Luncheon for our church. An event where local women gather to fellowship and hear from a special speaker on a different Biblical topic. I was more than happy to assist in decorating for the event with an amazing group of women.
While this isn’t my first year to decorate, I thought that I would share a few photos and tips on the different ways I made this event festive on a reasonably small budget. But the biggest credit I have to give is the hard working hands and willing women who opened up their hearts to contribute their time, effort, and resources to make this event a success.
Preface: I would also like to preface this by saying this event isn’t me and me alone. I generally don’t share events that I decorate dealing with church because I don’t ever want to be perceived as tooting my own horn. This is simply something that I greatly enjoy doing and hope that it blesses others.
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This event is always held in the fall so it was important to bring the elements of fall indoors. The event hosts women from different Christian churches in the area whom come to connect with other like minded women and get fed spiritually. This year the topic was about, “letting prayer define you.”
Based off the setting, event, and resources I wanted to make the event look tasteful, elegant, warm, and keep the focus on the subject at hand. There was no need to be showy or over the top.
While fresh flowers can easily break a budget, I literally worked with what I had in my own backyard. Granted, I planted a great deal of flowers this spring and summer that most rational people do not care to deal with. The trick was harvesting them before the frost we had Thursday before the event.
Elements of Fall
When I think of fall I think of all the cozy things. Warm textures, colors, and especially harvest. Growing up in a community and now settling in one that is highly focused on agriculture I believed that focusing on harvest was a vital decor element. This year has been extremely hard for the area farmers so the settle reminder to pray for them was something heavy on the hearts of many.
A Harvested Color Scheme
Traditionally, fall is seen as yellows, oranges, reds, and brown I wanted to find a different way to express fall without the tradition. I first focused on what I could obtain related to harvest. Some amazing friends of ours had an abundance of pears and our neighbor had too many apples on their hands. We gladly took them for the event (and some tasty preserves following). The fruits brought a color of green, yellow, and red.
Next came pumpkins… because what is fall without pumpkins? Our friends have grown pumpkins for years and this year they grew some green and white pumpkins and squash that are so amazingly beautiful! I love how they are unexpected yet neutral, allowing any other color to be paired with them.
Now to tie it all together...
When decorating for an event I don’t like to just focus on one centerpiece. I think variety not only helps set the mood but also allows for visual interest. This event focused on fellowship, an opportunity for women to get together and visit. I wanted to make sure the centerpieces were low enough to allow engaging conversation but still offered variety.
With three different centerpieces it was important to space them out so they are not next to each other. However, they became more cohesive with matching table clothes (budget hack by using plastic) and coordinating table runners. While I didn’t quite have enough of each table runner to have matching I chose coordinating colors to tie them together.
I was so humbled to be decorating for this event again this year. It’s always a little bit of a challenge to keep on a small budget (even self given). However, I think a lot can be done no matter what budget you have. It’s all about using your resources and working outside the box. For more inspiration be sure to give me a follow on Instagram or Pinterest! Until then have a beautiful day!