- Use a canvas tarp/flat bed sheet to cover anything “unsightly” and provide a neutral backdrop (we hung ours with duct tape.)
- Borrow/make a large chalkboard to create a focal point to fit your theme (mine took $8 with a Goodwill frame, chalkboard paint from another project, and luan cut by Lowe’s.)
- Ask your local coffee roaster if he’ll sell/donate bean sacks for your project (mine came from a flea market in Texas & my favorite coffee dude.) Coffee sacks set a casual stage for a cafe theme when used as table runners.
- Use thrifted items in unexpected ways (ie: a mason jar holder to dispense plastic cups and silver candy dishes/trophies as elevations for food display.)
- Shop your stash (this stuff is from past projects/my home decor.) My faves are the chicken-wire baskets found at Target’s dollar spot last year and the thrifted “Virginia” basket (interior painted with chalkboard paint for fun.)
- Spread aroma throughout your “cafe” by placing coffee beans inside votive holders and around centerpieces.
- Handmade pinwheels are cheap & simple. Hang as bunting, stagger in varying heights/sizes as a backdrop, and tuck around centerpieces…they’re a cute touch anywhere. We made 2 different types using hymn pages and tutorials from Ucreate Parties and Boho Weddings.
What makes you feel at ease and welcome when you attend special events?
Sharing these tips over at MercyInk and the Ironstone Nest