Ways to decorate for the holidays outside of a Christmas tree…

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I didn’t put up a tree this year but I did do some tabletop decor, a wreath and garland. I also have lights around my tv stand and towers. There are so many ways you can still be festive without putting up a tree and this post will inspire you. First up, if you have a mantel, you can easily buy garland. The fresh smell of real greenery will give your home the holiday aromas.

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Next you can still use your favorite ornaments just put them in clear vases, apothecary jars, bowls etc. Use shoe boxes to create presents and leave them around. Bonus points if the wrapping matches the color scheme…

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I just think the mannequin was too cute and clever. .
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Simple wreaths hung by ribbon can make just as much of a statement as one adorned with ornaments and less work…

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Happy Thanksgiving! My tablescape with Sparkle & Dine…

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Hello. I hope you all are enjoying the aromas and good food in the comfort of your families and friends. Today I share some decorating that is a collaboration with Sparkle and Dine, a company that creates themed parties in a box. I used items I had on hand and added Sparkle and Dine’s faux croc table runner, mercury glass candle holders and napkin rings (which I used to hold votive candles)…

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I wanted to create a glam centerpiece idea along the length of the runner. I added candleholders at different heights, layered different textures with a tall vase full of branches and feathers for drama.

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I wanted a color scheme that had the bright orange you see in the fall but with muted tones like gray and black and a little sparkle with silvers….

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Styling with Susty Party….

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Good morning. Ever wonder why some foods are marketed as breakfast when it’s so sweet and feels more like dessert? Donuts, most pastries and cheese danishes all feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.  This is some of my styling featuring Susty Party‘s straws, napkins and utensils, fun items to jazz up a table and make everything festive. You can purchase this brand at my beloved Target or sign up for up to $50 off at SustyParty.com. yes, up to fifty bucks off.

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Making Life’s Occasions Fun with Big Dot of Happiness…

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That is the tagline for a new-to-me party supplier called Big Dot of Happiness. I am swamped with a lot of junk in my inbox but this was a pleasant find. Not only are they also Wisconsin based (whoo hoo) but they have a huge selection of party themes that will probably make you stop going to local party stores. I’m talking comic book themes, dog party themes (more on that) and more.

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Not only are the themes cute but they are affordable and delivered quickly.

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I love this Woodland Creatures theme for a birthday party or baby shower…

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The banners are already cut, you just have to attach it to the ribbon….

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They have all sorts of ways to personalize favor bags and containers…

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Now for the pampered pooches : they have several themes to celebrate your furry friends. Still waiting on one for cats but dog lovers are covered…

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Now that winter is around the corner (and present for you Buffalo New Yorkers), there are really cute themes to jazz up your shindigs.

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And guess what….yours truly had a package of goodies delivered and I will soon be showing you a fun themed party. It will include one of my state’s sporting teams. So stayed tuned.

{fox theme shower, dashing reindeer, thanksgiving}

Have a Spooktacular Halloween…

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Have any plans for tonight? It’s cold and super windy here and the leaves are high in the sky like tornado debri. It really is a perfect setting for Halloween. I will be someplace warm and engulfed in the first home game of the season for the Bucks. I love nba season and it’s one of the few things I look forward to when the seasons change…

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I just love these edgy and glam pumpkins via the Life Styled Blog. They are good enough for Halloween but even better for Turkey day. Just use carvable faux pumpkins from Michael’s

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Glitter and feathers and printed napkins? Sounds like a pretty festive affair for a masquerade dinner party. See the rest on Formal Fringe. Whatever you do, be safe and have fun. You might as well indulge in all the goodies because the rest of the year is pretty much downhill from here, sweets wise…

{Other images black and gold party & white pumpkins via BHG}

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Tiny Tot Thursday: end of summer backyard cinema party

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Can you believe it’s back to school season? Crazy right. I can’t believe how fast the summer is going. Next week is my Arizona trip and though I am very excited, I’m also sad. Soon the weather will turn crisp so we have to enjoy the last few weeks of the season. Why not celebrate with a backyard movie party. This is a great way to let the kids get that last late night hang out with friends before school starts. It works too for teens, college aged adults or even grown ups. Here are some ideas to inspire you…

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If you want to stick with a budget friendly option, use a white sheet…

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No movie is complete without popcorn stations. Have an assortment of gourmet flavors or simply have different salts and seasonings so moviegoers can create their own…

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Lastly, you want to create the most relaxing seating arrangement so everyone has a good view. Create a “floor” level using picnic blankets then elevate some on wooden palettes. Comfy pillows, cushions, and blankets are a must. Also think about string lights, lanterns and tiki torches so everyone can see.

{Images styke me pretty, 100 layer cake}

Practical Wedding Favors Guests Will Actually Use…

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Weddings are fun and recpetions are better but often bride and grooms overthink favors that guests end up throwing away. Careful planning and more attention to other details like reception entertainment and weather can keep guests comfortable and happy. This post has some favor ideas that will actually get used. I like the game station above. This could easily be for kids or adults who prefer to stay off the dance floor. Dollar Tree has board games like Checkers and 2-pack decks of cards and tons of puzzles for an inexpensive way to entertain. Just make sure you dont have too many options because you don’t want the reception to look like a boring bingo hall…

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Most women wear heels to weddings so you may want to keep a basket of cheap Old Navy flip flops so they can stay on the dance floor as long as they want. Maybe have one basket per size ( ex: a basket for size 7 & 7.5’s). This idea is also nice for beach weddings because you’re bound to have someone show up in inappropiate shoes…

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Paper wedding parasols offer shield from a sunny sky in an outdoor ceremony….

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Leaving shades on each seat is another way to ensure all guests are comfortable & if nothing else, they will make for a great photo op…

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Pairing fans with programs is a great way to keep guests cool in a hot venue…

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Who wouldn’t want a nice throw? Have some available in case the temperature drops at an outdoor evening reception…

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Monday Morning Inspiration 6.9.14

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I have been beating myself up because I haven’t been as productive as I should. Nice weather kind of trumps getting anything done but this week I am not going to allow myself time for leisure until I cross off some main things from my task list. One thing that has slacked is my blogging. I will get it back together one of these days. I still have to share the sweet sixteen party I styled a few weeks ago. Anyhoo, cheers to a productive week!

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All images with the exception of the quote came from the tumblr page of Neiman Marcus showcasing their products.


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