I design and build party props from waste materials to keep low-cost, most-beautiful designs.
As an example, I was hired to do a 4th of July party on this flat rooftop type of balcony with my own creations. It was an open design, and they trusted my taste. I got these old molds for cement columns made out of cardboard, shaped tubular the thin ones -- 12" in diameter, 8' tall, some 5" in diameter, and 6' tall -- and wrapped them with a glittery Christmas wrapping paper, and out of the top, I made sparkler fire fountains out of the wire and glitter. I was awesome and made them look like firecrackers going off, placed throughout the floor. I used the optic tubes from an optic Christmas tree and made a table decoration for the food table, and the rest was decorated in black cloths and bright-blue trims around the dance floor with lighting.
It was a wonderful party, and it was all made out of scraps and waste. It costs $600.00 for all -- design, setup, and take-down. It is a most-quality design for such a low price; it can always be done this way.