Our reception will be at two rooms in a restaurant. They're very nice, but don't exactly say "celebration/wedding." I would love to make the place look like a lighted forest -- candles, branches, greenery -- but I can't afford to deck out the rooms from head to toe in flowers, nor do I want to drown people in the decorations. So I'm looking for ways to create a big impact with small things.
One thing that I've thought of is using small swivel spotlights to shine on a few manzita trees so that they reflect branch shadows on the walls, filling in the spaces with the illusion of trees where they aren't actually any.
Anybody else have similar ideas for making a room feel fully decorated with just a few striking items?