If you’ve been alive over the past 5 years, then you’ve been witness to the rise of ‘DIY’. DIY (do-it-yourself) tv shows have gained so much momentum with home owners looking to renovate on a dime that there is now a dedicated DIY Network entirely focused on sharing how to’s, tips, and tricks for owner savvy home improvements. What we love about the trend of DIY is how it’s putting the power back into the hands of the consumer. Exorbitant service fees and unreasonable hourly rates are becoming a thing of the past as more and more people look for inspiration online, access valuable support resources, capitalize on the opportunity to learn from others and embrace the challenge of creating their own masterpieces.

With event planning, as with home design, there are many great ways to channel your creative juices to produce something unique and memorable without spending a fortune. With more and more companies and individuals opting to plan on their own rather than hiring a professional event planner, the importance of DIY has never been greater but who has the time (or energy) to scour endless Pinterest boards and Etsy sellers for ideas. We do! This month we’ll be sharing some of our favourite DIY event design ideas. From decor and food stations to lighting and giveaways, we’ve got the inspiration you need to channel your inner Martha Stewart (or Nene Leakes for that matter). Here’s what’s to come this month (links will be updated so check back regularly):

 

DIY Food Stations We Absolutely Adore!

Your guests will drool and pounce when they see these self-serve food stations. Say bye-bye to boring plated meals and metal chafing dishes and hello to creative food stations that engage your guests in the action. It’s food and entertainment…”foodertainment”! Yum! Read more…

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Source: Style Me Pretty and indulgy.com

Easy, Modern, DIY Centrepiece Ideas

Creating a gorgeous table is easier than you think. By using little touches of decor and opting for a less traditional and unexpected centrepiece, you can create a truly memorable setting. Read more…

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Source: Elena Damy Event Design

How to Create Great DIY Event Giveaways

We believe that every event should include a small token of appreciation for your guests. Not only did they take time out of their busy lives to attend your event, they likely had to make special childcare, transportation or even accommodation arrangements to be able to attend. Giveaways, gift bags or prizes are all great thank-you options and you don’t have to spend a fortune to show your gratitude. Read more…

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Source: celebrate-creativity.com

DIY Lighting to Impress

Lighting is one of the most impactful elements of any event because it defines your environment, enhances venue features such as pillars, and helps create a warm and welcoming ambiance. Beyond the aesthetic value of lighting, it is also an important logistical consideration to ensure guest safety while moving through the event. But even the most basic lighting packages can be expensive. Whether your creating an intimate outdoor gathering or an elaborate ballroom affair, there are great products available to the budget savvy planner. Read more…

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Source: emmalinebride.com

Creating Your Own Custom Artwork For An Event

When working with a blank canvas venue or a slightly dated event space, artwork is a great way to spruce up the walls and add some drama to your setting. If partnering with a local art school to commission artwork for your event isn’t an option, we have some great ideas for creating masterpieces your guests will definitely enjoy talking about. Read more…

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Source: prettydesigns.com

 

Sage Advice

Need a little help with your DIY event design projects? We’re here to offer inspiration, ideas, and sourcing support. Our Sage Advice service is an affordable hourly service to help with any of your event planning needs. You plan. We help.

 

Tara Boddington

Tara Boddington

With a decade of experience planning corporate and promotional events for top brands as well as sponsorship activations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 FIFA World Cup, I have a passion for transformative environments and experiences. I want to live in a world where emails are short, obsessive attention to detail is seen as an asset not an annoyance, and libraries are cool places to hang out (yes I like to read actual hard copy books). I am also the Director of Sales and Marketing at Eventsage.

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