WCL: Party Planning: DIY Wedding and Event Decor Tips from Debi Lilly

Weddings, birthday celebrations and events galore! Summers are filled with opportunities to entertain your friends and family, but how do you do it without breaking the bank?

Nationally renowned event-planning expert, Debi Lilly, stopped by the studio to share all the top "Do It Yourself" wedding and event decor tips.

Debi Lilly's DIY Wedding and Event Decor Tips

Tip 1: Use wrapping paper for the table runner --it's perfect as affordable and reusable decor.

Tip 2: For a gorgeous and easy to assemble centerpiece, display a collection of recycled glass bottles, jars, juice glasses and more with blooms right from your own garden or grocery.

Tip 3: Another easy centerpiece is from my personal collection, Debi Lilly Designs available at Dominick's and Safeway grocery stores. The illusion vases are very high end, high quality but at affordable prices. They are designed to be used in many ways -- as a vase for flowers, to float flowers or as a cylinder for candles. For a finished look, create a "base" of quinoa for texture and stability, and then add in candles.

Tip 4: A clever party favor at each setting really helps create a table to remember -- and how adorable are these mugs, filled with fresh wheatgrass? You can buy the grass from florists or in the grocery store or even easily grow it from seed in just a few weeks.

Tip 5: The finishing touch at a table is defined by the little, unexpected surprise -- and this tip is one of my favorites! Simply wrap a cork in a fresh leaf -- You can pluck the leaves off the trees in your backyard and tie with a ribbon coordinated to your decor.

Tip 6: The biggest hit at every single party that we design is the Bakery Bar -- an easy DIY for the whole family to join in on -- filled with petite sweets from your grocery aisle or favorite bakery. You can even get your bridal party together and have each bridesmaid bake her favorite family cookie recipe to create a homemade cookie bar at any event.

About Debi Lilly:

Debi Lilly is a nationally renowned event planning, entertaining and lifestyle expert based in Chicago. She is the founder and president of A Perfect Event -- Chicago's most successful special event company with a faithful (and famous) following, including Oprah Winfrey. A remarkable talent, Lilly is committed to the personalization of every event. Lilly prides herself on being involved in all aspects of her events, from custom invitations and floral design to the gifts and photography.

Known and recognized as a premier event and wedding planner, she continually serves as an industry expert for such publications as InStyle Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bride's, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, Modern Luxury's Chicago Social Magazine, Chicago Magazine, and The Groom's Guide.

For more on Lilly and her designs, check out:

A Perfect Event:
3050 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657