The luncheon was for his area's JPCA (Justices of the Peace and Constables Association). I knew I had some patriotic decorations, so there started my theme. By the way, none of the decorations cost me even a dime.
I decided to re-use the cans and burlap I made for my son's Eagle Court of Honor. (Here's the link to that page.) I originally stuck the fleur-de-lis down with hot glue and knowing that my next son is getting close to his Eagle Scout, I didn't want to damage them. I heated up the hot glue with my heat gun so I could remove them without damaging them. Then, I cut out Texas shapes using Sure Cuts A Lot with my Cricut and attached them to the cans.
I went through my fake flower stash and found a sunflower garland that I had once hung as a window valence. I pulled off all the flowers on my other stems and replaced them with sunflowers from the garland.
In my patriotic decorations (and leftover school stuff), I found lots of American flags, a little ribbon, and that wire stuff with metallic stars.
I placed sunflowers and flags with garland in the cans held down with rocks. I took a picture at home of how the tables would look. I planned to use extra blue table cloths but when we got to the location, the tables were round and I only had rectangle table cloths. Oops, no table cloths for this luncheon. I also planned to layer the ribbon, burlap, and wire with the cans. However, after arriving to set up, I discovered that I only had a small bit of ribbon. Add to that, I was originally told 20 people then it doubled! I figured I could decorated 4-5 tables. When we arrived 12 tables were set up. The back row didn't get decorations but the 8 tables in the front did.
How? I improvised. Some tables got burlap, some ribbon, some 2 cans, some 3, and one table only got one can. All in all, it turned out really cute. I received lots of compliments. The facility was very rustic looking and the decorations matched perfectly; almost like I had planned it. Not too shabby for 2 days notice and absolutely no money!