This is a very cheap, easy way for amazing lights at a party! We had an after party for my brothers wedding, and my Amazing friend Ruth helped us decorate in a beautiful, elegant, budget friendly way.
Ruth is a florist, and she helped us make the most BEAUTIFUL flower arrangements, using flowers and greenery from our garden. We added some huge pink lily’s from our local growers Market ($12 for 6 stems) and that made it look AMAZING!
As the party was a BBQ by a pond, with willows and water lilies and lots of beautiful trees, we wanted something lanternish and glowing, but affordable.
This is what my friend Ruth came up with:
We put hydrangea flowers around the edge, to hide the ugly plastic plates! We made about 50 of these boats, and when it was dark we floated them on the pond. It looked amazing! There were enough candles on each plate to get a bright glowing light, instead of little single candles.
They didn’t sink, either! The kids had lots of fun lighting them and floating them out on the pond, and we put a few around by the tables and chairs like lanterns.
One did have a sad death when the plate actually caught on fire. It threw out a plume of black smoke as it sank into the dank brown depths of the pond.
As its on water, though, its very safe.
Safe, easy, cheap, and beautiful!