Looking for some wallet-friendly yet beautiful decor ideas for a spring party? We recently celebrated my daughter’s First Communion. With the white dress, reception with friends and family, decorations and cake, it felt like a little wedding preview. Here are a few ideas we came up with to make the celebration extra special without breaking the bank. Many of these would also be nice for a baby or wedding shower, baptism, birthday party or other spring event.
Budding Branches Centerpieces: To embellish the desserts table, we looked for some natural spring branches. At this time of year, forsythia bushes are near blooming. We cut several of these branches a week in advance and kept them in water indoors to force them to bloom their delicate yellow flowers. About two thirds of the branches bloomed in time and we added them with water into large glass vases and onto the tables.
Seasonal Potted Plant Centerpieces: At this time of year there are great options in-store or at your local nursery for 4-6 inch potted plants such as tulips, sweetheart roses, daisies, even berry plants! We found beautiful, yellow begonias in full bloom. We placed them into green baskets which we had purchased on sale after Easter. The best part is that guests can plant them in their gardens and have a reminder of the special day every time they see them!
Glittering Butterfly Accents: We cut out small butterflies from white cardstock paper. We sprinkled fine glitter to them after painting both sides with a half/half mixture of Elmer’s glue and water. We nestled some of the dried butterflies onto the forsythia branches and glued others onto the handles of the green baskets.
Themed sugar cookies: We baked a batch of butterfly-shaped sugar cookies and decorated them with a simple yellow icing. These went so fast we didn’t even have a chance to take a picture! We had to bake a second batch to photographs afterwards!
Cupcake cake: With quite a few kids as guests we opted to make a large batch of cupcakes, rather than a cake. We used two boxes of our favorite vanilla cake mix to make the cupcakes, frosted them with a Silky Vanilla Butter Frosting (a flour-based light and creamy frosting from The All New Good Housekeeping Cook Book), and topped each with a cross-shaped cutout from purchased fondant. An edible silver bead finished each cupcake.
Clay Angel Magnets: Using a recipe for baking soda clay we made white angel cutouts using cookie cutters and inscribed the word “love” onto them (you could use any cut-out shape). After baking and cooling, we painted them white and outlined the inscription in black (see detailed instructions in this post). We glued a strong magnet to the back of each angel so that they could be used as fridge magnets.
Cardstock DIY Gift Boxes: We made small boxes using white cardstock as described in this post (including a downloadable template). The angels were placed inside the boxes and a small picture of the special girl was attached to the box with a yellow ribbon.
We’d love to hear your ideas for simple spring party decor!
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