Happy & Safe New Years…

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Hope you all have a fun and safe time tonight. I will be at my cousin’s for a crableg feast & indulge in red velvet cake fruit pizza for dessert. Can’t forget Jello shots and drinks to celebrate. It’s going to be a shivering temperature of 6 degrees tonight. BRRRRR.  Tomorrow’s no warmer so I will spend my off day at home.

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Thanks for reading this year and I hope you all have continue to come back for more inspiration next year. HAPPY NEA YEAR!!!

{Images via pinterest

Quick & easy NYE party decor ideas…

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Sorry I didn’t post this Friday like I intended. Good thing these ideas are very easy and things that can be done quickly…
Vases and stones from the Dollar Store and metallic duct tape or metallic wrapping paper (with double sided tape) wrapped around the vases can create an incredibly chic and festive floral arrangement. Group in 3’s and simply buy flowers from the grocery store. Using white flowers with white stones can create a simple monochromatic chic design. You don’t have to do this on every table but even just decorating the table with the food spread or beverage stations can add nice touches. Incorporating little disco balls keep the party theme going.

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Edible glitter is great for cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, etc. It’s like confetti for food. Get some and even sprinkle on store bought goodies to jazz it up a notch.

Celebrations.com says “You can dress up a cheap bottle of sparkling wine with a secret ingredient. Vanilla! We add just a teensy, tiny drop of vanilla extract to each champagne flute, then top with bubbly. It softens the more bitter taste typical of cheaper bottles, so it becomes a pretty delicious sip!” 

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Arrange food at varying heights on different plates and platters. Either use sturdy boxes or phonebooks under table cloths. This not only looks visually better, but it also makes it easier for people to reach stuff at the same time. Don’t feel like you have to get your guest full off food. NYE parties can start from 8 or 9 or even 10pm, so if it’s not in the budget, don’t feel bad about simply serving snacks and munchies. Keep several tables for food if you’re having a larger party that way, guests won’t fight the crowd to get to the food. Nothing worse than feeling hungry but not able to eat because making your way to the food table is more work than it’s worth. I felt that way once stuck on a crowded margarita boat cruise that offered all you can eat drinks and tacos/nachos. I never once got any food because it was impossible to walk to the table. Having a few set ups eliminates that problem.

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Search online for free printables which makes napkins, straws etc look much more festive. Dollar store pillar candles and spray adhesive with glitter can create an easy DIY project that kids would love to help create. Craft stores like Michael’s sell cardboard letters and numbers you can also glitterize. Ink and a stamp pad can decorate balloons, napkins or anything else…obviously with the year 2013 LOL. And printing pictures on the computer and cutting in circles along with craft paper can add some fun confetti for the table…

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Combine from your house as many clocks as you possibly can to place on a mantle or tablescape. Or simply incorporate them into the décor. Dry foilage can easily be spray painted black, white or metallic hues to place in vases. Add feathers for a retro look.

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Use pipe cleaner and stickers so that kids can decorate their own disposable champagne glasses that they will sip from or set out glitter and rhinestones so they can decorate their own hats and masks and stay out of adults way. Maybe have a small gift bag to give to each guest upon arrival or simply place noise makers & confetti inside party hats. Have party tiaras for those who don’t want to mess up their hair.

I will do another Nye post by tomorrow. In mean time, please take a look at diy garland streamers inspiration.

{Images via Pottery Barn, Primary Petals, celebrations.com, sweetapolita, hostess with the mostess, hostess blog, whimsy decor,

Merry Christmas….

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I hope you all have a wonderful day today and have most cherished memories and times spent with friends and family. I am beyond excited that all day NBA games will be in full effect. Besides being in front of the tv with good food amd family, I will be heading over to my parent’s house to make a big breakfast and then a red velvet cake to take to my brother’s. I also plan to watch the Disney parade and Gremlins on dvr lol and read magazines. Hope Santa brings you everything you want…

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Hosting tips (good for any shindig) + champagne stations …

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Hosting a party or get together can easily turn into a daunting task for those who never really do it. Questions about colors and themes, what to get and where to get them from easily make something that should be fun…into a stressful situation.Add on the task of keeping the atmosphere going and one can surely stress themselves out.
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With all the upcoming festivities, here are some tips on keeping that bar/beverage area on point. These will make your party tonight or in the upcoming future run smooth.

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Soaking a sugar cube in bitters in the glass, then top with bubbly. Or just add a splash of fruit-based liquor to your champagne for a DIY Royale.

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Setting up the bar you will need a bar knife for garnishes, tongs, bottle opener, strainers, shakers, bar towels, spoons (for cherries etc), ice bucket, ice, trays, napkins and coasters, bowls (garnishes) rugs (floor protection).

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DIY Garland inspiration…

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This layered garland look is so pretty. Garland is one of the best ways to decorate for any party. It sets the tone and sometimes gives directions (think if you’re having a champagne bar…a banner can tell guests exactly where it is so they don’t have to ask). They are pretty hovering over your head when streamed from wall to wall or as a backdrop to a food table display or photo booth.

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Design Inquiries: Where can I find the champaign colored sequin tablecloth….

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I first blogged about the above pic in this post. Zoe, who is planning her wedding and looking for a sequin tablecloth has asked me where to locate the one above. After aome searching, I found the whole wedding on … Continue reading

Inexpensive decor & garland ideas using paper lunch bags!!!

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I’m saying though….who would think to use paper bags as decor. Evidently these creative people and I am biting the above idea for a work event. A lady in our dept is retiring so this will be fun and festive. I will add letters to the bags to say congrats etc. When you factor the cost of bags, using twine, fishing line, ribbon or strings & clothes pins…this is a very cost effective way to jazz up the backdrop of a food buffet table…

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Which do you like the most?

{VIA most lovely things, Photo by Emily Johnston Anderson for Rue mag, la petite cuisine, belle maison, a place for us}

Vintage Marquee Signage and Letters with lights…

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As a designer I pay attention to the details of everything. When one of the Kardashians instagrammed themselves in front of a stove, I think I was the only one who looked first at the backsplash. When I go to … Continue reading

Turkey day tabletop decor using free branches…from your yard….

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One of my friends wanted some help with ideas on styling the table. I love bringing the outdoors in for the holidays and branches is something I used for an anniversary party too. I love the rustic look but I’m a glamdoll by nature so sparkly, glittery, metallic hues are a must. Gather branches from your yard or the park and spray paint them. Turkey day is all about family and I think those warm feelings we get calls for a warmer color scheme. So opt for browns, golds & bronze colors.

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If you still have leaves on the bushes you can spray paint those as well. I like this look. Maybe a visit to the local Dollar Store will yield you some results. They always have a cheesy floral section. Spray paint those and place each stem in tiny vases. You can probably get some vases from Goodwills or thift stores for cheap. Don’t be afraid to use mismatched ones as varying heights adds visual interest. Besides, if you spray painted those, you will end up with a monochromatic look that’s sure to be impressive.

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Feathers, dry foilage, branches will make for a nice centerpiece but put this on the food table because something so high will obstruct the view of guest. Nothing worse than not seeing who you’re talking to across the table.

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