As much as I want to brainstorm ideas for all the details related to our pop-up dinner party: A Farewell to Summer Fiesta (oil cloth table covers, battery powered white lights, flowers in glass jars--oh my!), I also have to remember that we are on a strict budget. We are still only living on 1.5 incomes (I'm working part-time so I can stay home with Henry part-time and work toward my big dreams). We are trying to raise money to buy a house (this book talks addresses all the reasons it's bad to rent and good to buy). I know that none of the decorations would be particularly expensive by themselves, but when you add them up with all the other little "wants" that pop up on a daily basis, it starts to seriously detract from our bigger goals.
So I'm going to have to get creative. Maybe I can borrow battery-powered white lights. Maybe I can find some oil cloth on clearance. We'll see.
I had to go through the same process when we were planning our wedding. It killed me to say no to the photo postage stamps. But you know what? Cultivating the ability to differentiate between our real needs versus our wants helped us stay within budget and buy our first house days after our wedding. Honestly, we wouldn't have been able to get that house if we had spent any more on our wedding. It's likely that we're going to be in the same place when we try to buy our next house.
Every saved penny counts!
Let me go dig in our craft closet to see if I can find some "free" materials with which to make the pop-up invitations...
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