I was blessed enough to be able to co-host my sister-in-law's bridal shower today at my home with my other sister-in-law, Jen.  I wanted to share a few of the items we made and decorated with, in hopes that it will help you with creative ideas and save a penny!

Here was a completely free decoration.  I had my husband decorate the chalkboard I made last summer.  Sometimes you can find old chalkboards at thrift stores or you can make one like I did.  A friend of mine game me the frame, including wood for free and then I bought chalkboard paint.  

A few other decorating ideas:

Decorating Tables:  I had 3 rectangle tables to decorate.  The first thing I did was visit thrift stores for table cloths since I did not have any.  I was able to purchase 3 for $15.  For the centerpieces we used frames from Ikea that we already had, but again, you could pick them up at a dollar store or thrift store.  We printed out pictures of the happy couple and placed one on each table.  For flowers I was hoping that some of the purple flowers in my yard would be in bloom, but no luck.  Instead I purchased a bouquet of flowers at my local grocery store and then trimmed them and split them into 3 jars that I had picked up at thrift stores in the last few years.  

The color of the wedding is purple so I wanted to carry that into the shower.  We ate off of white china, so I had to have something to break it up, white plates on white tablecloths, no!  So, I found 2 purple tablecloths at the thrift store and made place mats, adding some cute stitching along the sides.  My sister-in-law made the votive candles in the mini champagne glasses for everyone to take home, the napkins were from Dollar Tree and the ring on a ribbon was to play a game.  She had the idea to display it on each place setting in the shape of a heart.

Banners are really in right now, so I made one.  The triangles are made out of burlap that I purchase at JoAnn's with a 40% off coupon.  I also purchased a stencil sheet while I was there and created this banner.  I made purple flowers for each triangle to give it a little color.


I cannot believe I did not get a picture of the meal completely plated.  Bu,t I will share what we made along of a few pictures I did take.  We made crossiant sandwiches.  Both chicken salad and a turkey/ham combo.  My sister-in-law made an awesome salad and then we had fruit kabobs.  You know us ladies, always trying to eat light, so we stayed with a pretty healthy lunch.

Here are the kabobs.  I put them in the color wheel order and I think they are pretty :)

For dessert my sister-in-law made mini cheesecakes.  Always a hit and so tasty!  I also baked cookies which I placed in jars for everyone to take home with them.

Here are two pictures of the jars. 


 They were designed to fit around a water bottle, so they did not wrap all the way around the mason jars that I placed the cookies in, but they were hit anyway.  If you would like to create your own, you can download the Powerpoint template HERE and customize them how you like.  

I hope that these ideas might help you out!