A perfect example of what I mean can be seen in the straws I used at the Neapolitan Ice Cream April Fool's Day party. I threw the party together in just a few days, and didn't have any time to order any of the adorable straws that are available on the internet. I would have loved something with pink polka-dots or barber shop stripes, but that just wasn't going to happen. I did, however, have some hot pink straws in the house. Those will just have to do, I thought to myself. Mopishly.
And then I was at my local ribbon and lace store, buying some pink lace for the aprons I was making.
I looked at the price. $.35 a yard! Awesome! I thought. And then I looked again.
As planned, I used it on the aprons. I used it on disposable paper place-mats I made for the table. I used it on the rosettes on the dessert table.
Just a little bit of tape and a little bit of lace (essentially the same technique as the lace-covered votives DIY), and the straws became so much more than they were. They were intentional. They were thematic. They were pretty.
Never underestimate the power a very small touch can have at an event. It's worth the thought and effort.