Sorry it’s taken a while to get this post out but here it is. As you all know, Simply Kayo was an official partner and sponsor of Africa Fashion Week London that took place just over a week ago. The 3 day fashion show culminated in a fundraising Arts and Fashion Banquet at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel on Sunday 4th August.
The event was hosted by Nigerian business woman and socialite Princess Fifi Ejindu, and was in aid of the Georges Malaika Foundation.
It was a lovely night with a delicious 3 course dinner, great company and beautiful centrepieces by Simply Kayo. The ankara centrepieces were a nod to African print and the overall mission of AFWL. Check out the iPhone pictures below. What do you think of Ankara print flowers?
Another trawl of Pinterest inspired this week’s Moodboard Monday theme. I saw the blue and gold church and fell in love. It’s just stunning! Who wouldn’t want to get married here? As I was searching for images I came across various blue and gold table design ideas and thought I’d showcase the different things you could do with your table, using this colour scheme. Let me know which one you like best loves.
jacquelyn thompson via Pinterest
Mercede Kuykendall via Pinterest
7 Centrepieces via Pinterest
In the current economic climate, we are not all fortunate enough to approach decorating our event venues with a limitless budget. And so for the average person, here are some tips that I have found on beautifying your event venue with a limited budget.
- DIY is your friend – get family and friends to help you set up and decorate on the day. Of course, you must brief them and do trials prior to the day so they know exactly what you want.
- Research – there’s a host of ideas and trends out there so utilise blogs, magazines, websites and everyday life for inspiration. Check out my homewares store inspiration picture
- Hire – in order to DIY, you will need to hire items; anything from chairs, to sofas, to vases, you name it, it’s available out there (see http://www.simplykayo.com/sk/index.php/our-services/decor-hire/)
- Choose a naturally beautiful venue – this means you don’t have to spend lots of money making it look good. It very much depends on what you like, but if you’re anything like me and like high ceilings and a grand look, go for town halls. Alternatively, go for a really modern looking venue because they add their own touch of class as well.
- Simplicity – don’t try and overdo it, as it won’t just take the budget up but it may not look cohesive. Key is to pull everything together.
- Fewer flowers – real flowers are gorgeous but expensive so look at having less. You can achieve this by splitting your guest tables into 2 lots, half with flowers and half without (perhaps shorter centrepieces with flowers and taller centrepieces without flowers). Or you could use fewer flowers per table by not having the flowers as the focal point of your table decor (like this picture below from the Wedding Ideas website). Perhaps you could have flowers in just in some places, like the entrance or top table. You may consider not having any at all.
- Fewer guests – fewer guests means fewer guest tables and therefore less needed of everything. However, this typically can’t be helped with multi-cultural functions.
Can you think of any other tips for decorating on a budget? Are you currently planning an event? Have any of my tips worked for you? I’d love to hear from you.