ic Kathe With an E: Please Welcome My Guest - Pam

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Please Welcome My Guest - Pam

I have one final guest to share with you while we move into our new home. Pam from Pam's Party & Practical Tips and I have become virtual friends over the course of the last year or so. 
Please give Pam a warm Kathe With An E welcome!

Hi!  My name is Pam, and I blog over at Pam's Party and Practical Tips. On my blog I share crafts, recipes, fun activities, and of course party ideas. 

I have been friends with Kathe for awhile now, and when she told me that she would need some guest posts during her move, I was more than happy to help out.  One thing that Kathe and I have in common, is our love of decorating at a discount price.  I rarely ever pay full price for anything.  One of my favorite places to shop for craft supplies is the dollar store.  Today I am going to share with you how you can make a fall centerpiece with items from the dollar store.    

On a visit to the dollar store about a week ago, I picked up a dark pumpkin colored plate, 2 cocktail glasses, a clear glass plate, and a glittered pumpkin.   This past weekend I was excited to find my store now has it's full fall shipment in.  I picked up a burgundy plate that was in the store's Thanksgiving section.  I also found a bag of realistic looking leaves.  We also stopped to JoAnns that day, and I found even prettier leaves that were on sale for only $1.19.  

I used the clear plate and one of the cocktail glasses  in the first centerpiece I put together.  I love making my own stands using different color plates and either glasses or candlesticks.  If the centerpiece is only going to be used temporarily, you will  probably be fine without gluing the pieces together. If you want to keep it long term, Gorilla Glue works well on glass.   The pumpkin, and leaves are from the dollar store.  The sunflowers and acorn, pine cone mix I found on clearance for only .30 last year in Target's dollar spot.  When I was at my Target this morning they were just starting to put out their new fall dollar  items. I can't wait to see what they have this year. 
This is how the centerpiece looks with the orange plate.  I think it would look really pretty with some gold accents.  It would be very easy to embellish the pumpkin with some gold metallic or glitter paint. I think I have some in my paint stash, I might have to bring it out. 

If you prefer a more simple look for your decor, the glitter pumpkin makes a statement.
Over the weekend, we found mini pumpkins for only 50 cents at our Meijer store.  I thought they would look great as part of a centerpiece, so we picked up a couple.  I tried them out on the burgundy plate, and I just love how they look.    Every  of these centerpieces cost less than $5 to make, and all of the items can be used for more than one purpose.  Another thing nice about using dollar store items is it is very easy to customize your centerpiece to your own needs, and color scheme.  

I hope you have enjoyed my post, and if you would like to see more  of my crafts and entertaining ideas please stop by and say hi!.  I recently started something new on my blog. Each week I am featuring  a different  party theme, and each day  I will be sharing ideas for that theme. Last week  it was all about Despicable Me, and this week the theme is everything apple.   

Thank you Kathe for having me on your blog!


  1. Hi Kathe ... Enjoyed Pam's post ... cute, simple and inexpensive Fall decorating ideas. Hopping over to her blog for more inspiration.
    Enjoy your new home.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  2. HI Audrey, Pam here..I am really glad to hear you liked my ideas. I have a hard time spending a lot of money on things, when I know I can make it for so much less. While some stuff at the dollar store is not worth it, a lot of it is really nice stuff.

  3. Enjoyed Pam's decorating ideas and the centerpiece is really pretty! I am at the dollar store all of the time - you can find so many interesting things to use creatively!

  4. These are great! I especially like the glittered pumpkin look.


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