Giving money as a gift is common at weddings, birthdays and other events. Create a money tree where guests can attach their cash gift. This also takes off the pressure from those who can't afford to give any or large amounts of cash to the recipient. Keep the money tree in an out-of-the-way area, rather than making it the centrepiece or main attraction.
Use a large fake plant as the base for your money tree. A plastic ficus would work very well. Make sure the plant is large enough to accommodate all of your guests. Supply envelopes and pens for writing personal messages and place them beside the tree. Guests can attach their gift using clothespins, safety pins, ribbon or string. Fill a basket with these and also place it near the tree.
Collect branches, or buy some dried branches from a local florist. Use a heavy and sturdy vase or pot as a base, and fill it with rocks or decorative stones for weight. Choose curly willow branches for a stylish look. Branches with leaves or pine needles still attached can be very decorative. Include envelopes for guests to place their gift and notes of well wishes. Keep a basket of clothespins near the tree so that guests can attach the envelopes to the branches.
Get some extra use out of your fake Christmas tree by repurposing it as a money tree. If it is a large tree, consider adding some appropriate decorations such as ribbon garland or photos of the recipient. Set smaller trees on a table for easier access. Money can be rolled up and stuck into the branches, attached with clips or clothespins, or stuck into provided envelopes.
For a stag party or other informal event, use an inflatable palm tree as a money tree. Attach string or ribbon to the leaves and allow them to dangle. Have a clip or envelope at the bottom of each string for guests to attach money. Place a few trees around the event to accommodate a large group.
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