Fed up with flowers? Or just too expensive? There are lots of alternatives for your cheap wedding centerpiece idea.
You could have a pyramid of favor boxes in your wedding colors in the center of the table. Or my personal favorite, a small branch of a tree, sprayed either silver or white (you could add glitter for sparkles) then secure it in a pot with either florist oasis, clay, even cement - you don't want it to move. Then decorate the pot and tie your favors to the branches. If you have a beach theme you could have a child's toy boat in the middle laden with favors.
Yum, bowls of your favorite sweets or a silver tray with tapas, at Easter you could have a glass bowl filled with chocolate eggs, at Christmas time fill the bowl with tree candy or mini chocolate santas. Think about your wedding colors could you enhance these by putting a clear glass vase as a centerpiece and fill with wrapped sweets.
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Bring back your childhood with easy to play games for each table; Lego, pick up sticks, trump cards, jenga, make sure the games can be played quickly and involve the whole table. This is also a great ice breaker. With the building bricks you could set each table a challenge! Make a wedding cake out of bricks. It's all about having fun.
Try Amazon for traditional table top games, they have lots you haven't seen in a while and some are cheap - marbles, trumps, pick up sticks.
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Balloon decorations can look great, there are a huge choice of colours and designs that can give an instant lift to your reception room.
If you are feeling creative have a look at The Balloon Decoration Guide offers detailed step-by-step instructions and photos on how to create your own balloon decorations and integrate them into your wedding reception decor.