September 14, 2012
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Make pieces of you the center of attention

for The Brooklyn Paper

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No two snowflakes, fingerprints, or Olsen twin is completely alike (Mary-Kate is left-handed and Ashley is an inch taller). The same should go for decor at your upcoming celebration.

“Centerpieces don’t only have to be vases full of flower,” says Brian Worley, owner of YourBASH! Event Production — the design company responsible a Santa Barbara Polo Match attended by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Teen Choice Awards red carpet, and premier parties for “X Factor” and “American Idol.” In lieu of traditional floral centerpieces, his company prefers to create something called a “You Island” where “the centerpiece becomes interactive by making it a grouping of your favorite things.” The best part is that making this kind of centerpiece is totally do-it-yourself! Just find a jar or vase — Worley suggests using fun shapes and various heights — and create a unique focal point on every table that reflects the person you are celebrating.

Here are some of Worley’s suggestions to help inspire some budget-friendly creativity at your upcoming party:

If your sweetie has a sweet tooth

“Think of the popular candy buffets that are all the rage, but make it a mini one for the table,” suggests Worley. “Fill a few jars with your favorite candy in your party’s theme colors.”

If you’re raising a little Picasso

If your kid likes to paint or draw, “tie a ribbon around a vase and fill it full of paintbrushes, add some colorful paper, and tubes of paint on a painter’s tray, and let your guests creative sides come out,” advices Worley.

If your darling needs her own Etsy store

If your little diamond loves jewelry, “fill various sized vases and jars with beads and let your guest make their own jewelry at their table.”

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