There are so many choices when it comes to decorating the spaces we live in. How you decorate depends upon your taste, the taste of the people you live with and your budget. Some people like to go for a certain look or theme; others see a page in a magazine and want to duplicate it in their home. No matter what your taste in style you do not have to spend a great deal of money to achieve the look you want.
Candle are a good decorating object
Decorating on a shoestring budget is something I have done since I was in college. There are small touches that can be done in rooms to make them inviting and appealing without spending a great deal of money. It seems like we are always living in homes that have limited storage space. I love dishes so when I see one on sale that I like I buy it. When I serve dinners and buffets I bring out my collection of different size serving plates and bowls to add to the decoration of the table. For center pieces I love to use floating candle bowls. These were fist popular shortly after we were married. When they first became available there were special floating candle bowls that you purchased in various sizes. The floating candle bowls were usually clear glass and then the candles came in a variety of colors. I discovered that you do not need to have a special bowl for the floating candles. They do not damage the serving vessel that they are in, so I started using different containers that I had in my home.
Floating candle bowls as center pieces
I have created great center pieces by using various height glasses with the floating candles in. I take ribbons or beads and t wrap them around the stems of the glasses. In the fall I will scatter colored leaves around the stems. At Christmas I created my husband’s all time favorite floating candle bowl. I took a large serving bowl and placed small twigs of evergreens in the bottom and filled it with water. I put in five white floating candles which were star shaped. I then cut the tops off of six red mini carnations and floated them in the bowl along with some fresh cranberries. When the candles were lit they looked beautiful floating with the flowers and the fresh berries. By choosing a hardy flower like a carnation the bowls will last up to ten days. The mini carnation stems are usually under two dollars a stem and one stem will have five to eight blooms. This makes for an inexpensive way to have fresh flowers on the table. I always buy all my candles at the end of seasons off the clearance table. This gives me a nice variety for very little money.