Quick NYE decor ideas with these essentials

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It’s almost that time. If you are a last minute decorator, head to your nearest dollar store now. With tissue paper, carboard, metallic sharpies, craft paper, scissors and glue, you can jazz up for a party relatively quickly. For starters, you get some washi tape and tape them around basic glasses. If you need more stemware, seriously….a dollar store will come in handy. Sharpies are great for writing your own slogans on black balloons. Pipe cleaners are excellent to bend and make crowns or jazz up drink stirrers. Cut tissue paper in fringe style for backdrops or DIY tassled banners. Tissue paper can also be used to make confetti.

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You know those faux silver plated dollar store platters? Buy some. Nobody cares if it’s not real silver. People are too busy trying to get tipsy. They are disposable so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them up. They even have faux disposable china and utensils that elevates the look versus your typical paper products.  Even if you mix and mingle with white serving platters, it will still flow. Notice how they used the square Dollar Tree candle holders to give that platter some height? Buy some of those. If you entertain even a little bit, those square candle holders come in handy for so many things without breaking the bank. Get some. Dollar Tree also has their Christmas stuff 50% off. (yeah I know, I didn’t realize they had sales). Get some of the gold and silver oranments and stars to float and scatter around. They are cheap so if they break, who cares! I love this backdrop. You van easily hang black foam core boards or craft paper behind a table. Use the sharpies to freehand different fonts…
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Easy Thanksgiving Table Decor and traditions..

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You’re going to have food on the table or desserts so you don’t want a centerpiece that will take up too much room. Use small gourds and pumpkins that you spraypainted and intermingle with vegetables and moss for a natural display. Contain everything in a shoebox lid.
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I love the idea of decorating with veggies as seen here in a post filled with edible arrangements . It’s so organic and can be used to cook with later. It’s no different than having veggies out at a grocery store.

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Push together storage bins and top with a tablecloth or thin blanket for a kid’s thanksgiving table. Hot glue leaves drawn and cut from craft paper for the centerpiece…
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Snatching branches from the ground and sticking them in empty paint cans or mason jars filled with shredded paper can create a nice woodland themed display. Use acorns, tree stumps and squirrel and fox decor…

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Spray paint acorns and stick sparkly letters cut from craft paper to spell out whatever you wish. BE THANKFUL, GIVE THANKS, & HAPPY TURKEY DAY are some ideas…

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Spray paint branches and dip feathers in gold. The kids would love to help out with making glittered feathers.

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What traditions does your family do? I have been watching the Macy’s parade and putting up the Christmas tree during it since I was a kid. Another thing I would do is watch Beyonce concert specials on tv. That’s basically it. I found a few other nice traditions we can try like writing letters of thanks to everyone who did something nice for you this year and send them off. I also like the idea of hosting a “Friendsgiving” which is a separate dinner for friends over the Thanksgiving weekend. It could also be a big pot luck or a dessert party,where you feast on bunch of different sweets. Yeah, you may just want to resume those diets after Turkey Day.

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My DIY semi success semi fail with a tassled geronimo balloon attempt

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So I am obsessed with these ginormous geronimo balloons and the tassles. They are so incredibly fun and festive and so expensive. So I browsed many sites and kind of created my own tassles. See below.

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Had a date night in Friday with a Chocolate fountain…

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So I have been craving fondue eating for a while now. Here in Milwaukee we have a restaurant called The Melting Pot that seems like a ball of fun. With a little patience you can have the same experience at home. For a date night in, I used frozen bananas, strawberries, pineapples, ice cream flavored mushrooms, Special K Pastry Crisps in cookies n cream & Ritz crackers with peanut butter filling….

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I like chocolate fountains because it makes people get up from their seats at a party and mingle. It’s a fun idea for any dinner or birthday party for kids and adults and great as a treat during wedding receptions…

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I used YescomUSA‘s chocolate fountain. I hear some come with up to four parts. I like that this one only came into two parts which made for an easy installation. I used gheridelli chocolate which I first melted over the stove top. Once melted I spooned it into the base and heated the chocolate for a couple minutes before turning on the fountain.

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Tuesday’s Tips: No Sew DIY Cloth Napkins from old shirts

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I was watching Rachel Ray and she had someone on her show repurposing old shirts and turning them into cute square cloth napkins. This could be a quick fun way to use fabric from an old or thrifted shirt that may not fit anymore. Sometimes it’s the textile that you can’t part with, so you end up keeping it. Making cloth napkins can jazz up the dinner party table and make use of something that was going to sit idle in the closet. All you need is a little patience, scissors and steam a seam tape. It’s similar to hem tape one can use on pants. See a tutorial here.

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Let’s say you have a dinner party or small wedding to plan. Adding cloth napkins completes the table setting. Linen rental companies can be very pricey so it may be easier to buy a few yards of fabric at the local fabric store and get to cutting and ironing! Make some place mats while you’re at for additional savings.

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{All images via my Pinterest‘s tablescape board}

iWant it all! Complete random wants from fashion to decor…

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A company reached out to me for a product review of my choice and I opted for a chocolate fountain. It took so much for me not to select the disco balls though. I just love them in decor…

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…iWant this range hood. The reason is self explanatory…

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I have some black velvet necklace stands from Michael’s but iWant more so I can place them in a modular shelving unit and display each bauble as bedroom bling…

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…iWant a few more statement necklaces to go on the stands from above….

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.. iWant whatever camera or Android app that takes great pictures at night. This one above is amazing. Last night I tried to capture the moon over Lake Michigan here in Milwaukee as it’s probably going to be my last time there until Spring. (I LOVE THE WATER!!) but my photo was a fail. Even on the night option it didn’t nearly look like real life.

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…iwant an ornate mirror….frame….and chalkboard. Even if I only use it for clients that hire me to style their events. Eventually I want to have core items on deck so when hired…I can tap into my personal stash of party goodies. This one could be used for so many things: a welcome sign…seating chart….menu board. It’s gorgeous…

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…iWant some cheetah print heels. Not pumps but a mary jane or strappy heel. I find this pattern so sexy, on trend & a fun neutral…

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…iWant….actually iNeed some black over the knee boots. Forget the fact that I am 5’3″. It’s all how you rock it to ensure you’re not swallowed whole. Some boots that stop right above my knee would be perfect. I have some but the rubber soles are worn down. I may get them repaired because they are perfect over jeans and leggings and great under a wider leg work slack to stay warm during the brutal Wisconsin winters…

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…iReeallyWant herringbone wooden floors. No other flooring does it for me like herringone…

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..iWant to master a black smokey eye. I nail brown smokeys but I’ve only nailed a black smokey once…and I had the nerve to not even go anywhere significant. Nothing worse than wasting good face…

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Lastly, iWant to dine somewhere high in the sky. Actually I want to just live in the sky…a high rise somewhere. That is the goal…that is the life!

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*sigh* back to reality.

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A Pink Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail Recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Sparkling ICE has created a specialty “Sip Pink for the Cure” Cocktail using its Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE flavor. From October 1-31st, Sparkling ICE donates 1¢ per bottle of its Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE to help find a cure for Breast Cancer and the proceeds go directly back to the community where the product was sold.

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They were kind enough to send me some free samples so Saturday I tried the recipe below…

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Ingredients

3 oz.  Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz.  vodka
1 oz. lime juice
Lime wedge
Sliced fresh jalapeño
Chili salt for rim of glass (Kosher salt mixed with chili powder)

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Directions

Use a lime wedge to rub the entire rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip into chili salt mixture. 

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Combine vodka and jalapeno slices with ice in a shaker.

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Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass.

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Top with Grapefruit Sparkling ICE. 

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Garnish with a few Jalapeno slices

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And viola! It was a light tasting drink perfect for afternoon showers and parties but….I’d add more vodka for a night shindig ;-). Sidenote: my martini glasses pretty slick huh? Scored ‘em at the Goodwill. BOOM!

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The chili salted rim gave it a kick that would pair well with Mexican foods. This would also be great as an alternative to a margarita. It’ll save you some calories. A pink drink that’s for a good cause without the guilt?….

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….I’ll drink to that!

{All images by me…..I don’t have a really good camera so don’t judge my phone and filter apps}

Sorry for being M.I.A. but been planning a Burlesque themed Bday Bash…

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I have also spent entirely waaaaaaay too many hours searching online costume stores, going back & forth with myself on if I want to purchase from random sites, checking BBB on said sites to ensure authenticity and reading reviews only to buy my corset/tutu from a real lingerie company via Amazon. That free shipping gets ya! The corset is very pretty and I can’t wait to see the detailing in person. I’m the event stylist for my friend’s bday bash…

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(Sidenote: isn’t it ridiculous how for a couple funky pieces of fabric costume stores charge $49 & $54 and more? Then you have to buy the hats, tights, gloves, and other stuff because it isn’t included. I’m in the wrong business).
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The party will be at a club in VIP and we are going to tour it tomorrow. Unsure how many tables they have and if there will be a wall where I can set up a backdrop for a makeshift photo booth area but I sure hope so. Here are some cool sexy burlesque, moulin rouge, cabaret party ideas for a bachelorette, birthday, Halloween party or bridal shower.

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