Entertaining is expensive, but you can save money by keeping a tight rein on your budget and personally taking on a few creative decorating projects. For example, book a free or low-cost venue, such as a school gymnasium or community recreation center for your event. Talk with friends and family to find wholesale deals or locate someone with a surplus of decorating supplies, which is not an unusual circumstance after a wedding or reunion. Choose a simple theme, like "starry night" and decorate the ceiling yourself.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Painter's tape
- Wall anchor
- Star-shaped LED lights, strands
- Fishing line
- Silver beads
- Flame-resistant paper
- Fabric shears
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Measure 13 feet up the wall from the floor to the ceiling. Mark the height around the entire room with painter's tape or pencil.
Repeat the measurement up the wall to the 12-foot mark. Mark this height around the room with painter's tape or pencil.
Drill a hole along the tape lines every 2 to 5 feet. Place an anchor into the hole and screw a hook into each hole. Get site approval before doing any drilling. Or attach jumbo-sized, self-adhesive hooks to the wall at 1-foot intervals.
Hang LED light strands along and across the ceiling using the upper tier of hooks.
Knot the end of the fishing line to create a loop.
String 16 to 30 beads on the line.
Fit the loop over one of the hooks and unravel the line. Walk toward a hook on the opposite wall.
Place a drop of glue on the line every 1 to 3 feet. Slide a bead over each drop of glue or knot the thread to hold the bead in place.
Cut the line 1 foot longer than the distance between the hooks. Knot a loop in the end of the line and fit it over the hook. Trim any excess line.
Repeat to attach beaded lines between all of the remaining hooks, creating a grid of fishing line.
Lay strips of black and dark blue tulle as well as flame-retardant tissue paper on top of the grid. Disconnect a few lines temporarily to make this easier. Ensure the material obscures the light and wires from the LEDs.
Pull the tulle through the gaps in the wire grid to make it billow out and drape.
Glue the middle and ends of each tulle and paper strip to the fishing line to hold the material in place.
Run a length of wire across the room and use it to hang a disco ball to represent the moon.