A while back, we asked all of you to let us know what you’d like to see more of in 2009. One of the most requested ideas was DIY! So, with my forever quest  to feature DIY projects that are stylish, chic and affordable, I recruited the help of some of our Little Black Book event planners and florist.

We’ve collected a fabulous bunch of gorgeous and totally easy DIY centerpiece ideas that we are so excited to share with you! So, over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be featuring do-it-yourself ideas, sprinkled in with our always beautiful real weddings and inspirations.

The first project was sent to us by the insanely talented Candace Dowling of Event Jubilee. Candace is one of our favorite Little Black Book members, thanks to her impeccable eye for chic, approachable style. If you’re in Connecticut and lucky enough to work with Candace, we would LOVE to hear from you! If not, definitely check out Candace’s site as it’s filled to the brim with GORGEOUS ideas and inspirations!

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From Candace of Jubilee Events

Materials

1 cake stand (free)
2 apothecary jars (free)
3 vintage coke bottles (free)
1 tall pillar candle & 1 short in yellow ($2 – dollar store)
1 black frame stand ($1.99 – Michaels craft store)
2 sheets of 8.5×11 yellow cardstock for paper chargers (.25 ea at craft store)
3 yards of eyelet fabric ($5.99 yard – fabric store)
White card stock for menu
1 lace corner punch for menu ($9.99 – craft store)

Flowers

1 stem white hydrangea
1 stem green hydrangea
1 ½ dozen circus roses (aren’t they divine?!)
1 bushel of fancy yellow tulips (5 total used)
2 football mums
3 stems white lisianthus
$60 wholesale

Details

I can’t wait for Spring, so I put together a preppy, fresh, and fun tablescape inspired by the seasons really hot color: yellow. I used Apothecary jars that I already owned as vases, a cake stand by Martha Stewart that I owned, and vintage coke bottles that I had in the closet. For a runner, I purchased white eyelet fabric from a local fabric store and pinned it together. I wanted something fun for our charger, and opted to use a really thick yellow card stock in a standard 8.5×11 size. I love the pop of color behind the white plate! I added in a few yellow pillar candles, too. I designed the menu card inspired by our kate spade “tidbit” plates, which were also used in the design. The menu has a lace corner punch to tie into the eyelet.

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More from Candace at Jubilee Events

From start to finish, it took about 20 minutes to put this tablescape together – and that even included ironing our pinned (note: not sewn!) eyelet runner. For your wedding day, if you are doing it yourself, it is important to make things uncomplicated. There are three pieces of advice that I can offer: keep your floral arrangements simple by grouping the same flowers together in different vessels, arrange in odd groupings as it is more pleasing to the eye, and be a fan of inconsistencies, which will allow for each table to have its own personality. It would be challenging to duplicate this centerpiece at 10 tables exactly, but if you are open to variation, it can be easy and fun! Use different clear containers, borrow cake stands from family and friends, shop at vintage stores, flea markets, tag sales, and craigslist for your supplies!

To get the template for the round menu, click right here. To get the template for the rectangular menu, click right here.

So much more to come today!

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