It has been a very productive week for my 20% project! It helped that my school site was on spring break :) I went on a search for the perfect lace for the table runners. I found a coupon online and headed to Jo-Ann Fabric in Oceanside. My mom, my sister, and my niece came with me so it was a lot of fun. Going in, I thought I was looking for ivory lace. My mom had the great idea to find colored lace, which will contrast nicely against white table cloths. We found a pink lace and a purple lace that we liked. I forgot my swatches at home so I had to guess on the colors. I did pretty well! As you can see in the photos, the pink we got is almost identical to my David's Bridal swatch, Petal. We were thinking of getting enough for half the tables to have pink runners and half to have purple. While waiting in a very long line, I changed my mind and decided that having both colors would look too playful and I'm looking for elegance. Jo-Ann's only had two yards of the lace, but I was able to order the rest online. I decided to make each runner a foot wide, so 1 yard of the lace will produce three table runners. I also got two small bags of pearls and super fabric scissors from Jo-Ann's. Next stop, Dollar Tree! (but not before getting dinner at Panera) At Dollar Tree, I stocked up on the rest of my glassware. I bought ten glasses to use as candle holders, a Pinterest idea. I also bought all of the frames I will be using for table numbers and photos. I plan to spray paint the frames white, possibly with glitter. When I got home, I played around with my materials to decide on the final design. After experimenting with the pearls, I decided that I preferred less pearls in the large vase, about 1/3 of the vase full. Another pin I found showed sugar being used as a vase filler, like sparkly sand! I settled on the designs shown in the photos with pearls, sugar, and candles accompanied by the lace table runners and picture frame. As you can see in the photos below, my mom was helping me while I cut the lace. It was important to me that I cut a very straight piece of lace for the table runners. I cut a 12" piece of poster board to guide my line and then laid down painter's tape. This allowed me to cut along the painter's tape and achieve a very straight cut. After purchasing 5 large vases, 20 medium vases, 10 glasses, 10 short vases, 3 one-lb bags of pearls, 2 360-count bags of pearls, 5 yards of lace, 20 double picture frames, and a fancy pair of fabric scissors I have spent $181.96. To stay within my $200 budget, I've got $18.04 to spend on a can of spray paint, two bags of sugar, and printed photos and table numbers. I might go over by a little, but not much! :) My goal for the next week is to find the spray paint and repaint all of the frames.