22 Mar

The Look For Less: RUFFLES Trend!

pink and black crepe paper ruffles table

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design! I am so excited to be the newest Guest Contributor at HWTM and share my very first post – “Look for Less!” Today I’ll be sharing my tips on how you can have a fabulous high-end looking table for less. Yes…it IS possible and I’ll show you how.

This post is all about the current event trend: RUFFLES! Yes…Ruffles are all the rage right now. We see it in fashion, interior design and now in event decor with ruffled cakes, ruffled tablecloths, ruffled dessert table backdrops and more! Here, I incorporated ruffles on two tablescape designs at two completely different price points {see breakdown below}. One is the high-end designer table and the other is my “budget chic” table.

hot pink ruffle table skirt

The HIGH-END DESIGNER TABLE features a gorgeous lamour ruffled table skirt for $58, along with a fabulous ruffled table lamp for $90 and ruffled chargers for $35.

For the “BUDGET CHIC” table, I got creative with crepe paper STREAMERS – of all things! – to pull off the ruffle-look for less. I must say that I NEVER use streamers in event decor…in fact, it is one of my Top 5 “No-No’s” in event styling! BUT seeing how chic these ruffled streamers are from Oh Goodie Designs..I am a BELIEVER! Aren’t they just FABULOUS?!

pink and black ruffle party streamers table

The color selections and combos that Oh Goodie Designs offers are endless… For $25 you receive 100 feet of ruffled steamers – so you can really get creative in how you use them. Here I created a table trim and dressed up a $20 lamp. I saved so much money with using these ruffled streamers that I could still use the ruffled chargers shown on the designer table – not to mention that there was so much leftover ruffled streamers, that I could have trimmed 2 more tables and lamps! Now that’s getting more bang for your buck! ;)

Check out the cost comparison between the two tables:

pink white ruffle tablescape


Ruffled tableskirt: $58
Ruffled lamp: $90
Ruffled chargers: $35
TOTAL: $183

pink and black ruffled wedding or bridal shower tablescape


Ruffled streamers: $25
Lamp: $20
Ruffled chargers: $35
TOTAL: $80*
Bring the total down to $57 if you swap out the fancy ruffle chargers for these silver acrylic chargers with a beaded edge.

So next time you see a gorgeous event photo on your favorite blog or magazine and think, “That must have cost a fortune – I can never afford that look!” THINK AGAIN! With a little imagination and creative re-purposing, you too can have that designer look…for less!

For more tips, tricks and insider secrets to achieving a high end look for less, visit my blog, “A Girlfriends Guide to Party Planning“.



– Tuxedo Ruffle Shade: PB Teen
– Delite Lamp Base: PB Teen
– Ruffled table skirt: CV Linens
– Ruffled steamers: Oh Goodie Designs
– White Alang table lamp: IKEA
–Ruffled chargers: Neiman Marcus


Photography by: Stay Classic Photography


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Serena Martinez SAYS:

Only a true Event Stylist can take old school decor, like streamers, and make it look FAB! Great idea!

Reply March 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm

kevincrockett SAYS:

Great Job Tonya, beautifully done.

Reply March 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Rachel SAYS:

I want to know the other 4 “no-nos”. :) Beautiful tables.

Reply March 23, 2012 at 6:23 am

Tonya Coleman SAYS:

Hi Rachel! I was wondering who would ask that!!!! LOL!!! Stay tuned….I’m going to reveal my Top 5 “No-No’s” on my blog next week! Be sure to follow the blog so you won’t miss it!

March 23, 2012 at 9:18 am

Tonya (Soirée Event Design) SAYS:

THANKS everyone! What an honor to be a part of the HWTM team! I am so excited to bring you monthly Looks for Less! Stay tuned or next month’s post! It is SWEET!

Reply March 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

Andrea Blackstone SAYS:

I am not a big ruffle fan either, but you minimized in the right places, and made the design pop in the others. Keep up the great work. P.S. I love the tabel skirt.

Reply March 30, 2012 at 7:41 am

Chea Zel SAYS:

ilike this!

Reply June 22, 2014 at 7:19 am

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