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Check out your garden center before the flower shop. Living plants can often be cheaper in the long run. And check this out - no last minute running around, you can pick them up a few days before the party, and they can double as your party favor. The possibilities for enhancing your parties theme with live plants is endless.
For a spring brunch, buy small violet and pansy plants in various shades. Pot them in small terracota pots you have painted first with acrylic paints. Select your paint colors to closely match the shade of the flower that will go in that pot. Instead of a centerpiece, place one pot at each placesetting. Simple place holders can be made by writing names of pieces of paper cut in the shape of a butterfly which you can make "hover" over the pots with florists wire.