Just the Way You Are – Song

Just The Way You Are Song

Yep, My name is Mandee and I love Billy Joel!

 

My all time favorite song is from 1977 – Just The Way You Are.

It ended up winning song of the year for Billy in 1978. I wrote an article about the song, Billy and a silly story of me that the song always reminds me of.

Do you have an old favorite song that brings back memories? Tell me!

Just another of my Favorite things!

Mandee

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Published in: on January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm  Comments (4)  
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Napkin Folding 101

How to Napkin FoldI do enjoy decorating a table with stylish napkin folds. It’s fun and¬†inexpensive¬†and adds a lot to your table with little effort. I wish I had a penny for every napkin I have folded over the years! The “elf boot” fold was one I did over and over again every Christmas for all the Holiday parties I decorated and catered.

Anyway, I have put together a couple of articles about folding napkins. There are videos, books and photos to help you along. I hope you will enjoy the art of napkin folding as much as I do!

How to Napkin Fold

Christmas Napkin Folds

Mandee

Published in: on January 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Las Vegas Party Themes

Las Vegas Party ThemesLas Vegas party themes has been one of my favorite for a long time (right next to Hollywood themes). I just finished an article that will help anyone that wants to plan an event or wedding using Las Vegas as their theme.

Everything from floor plans to vignettes and Vegas decorations is discussed and ready to help! Take a look. Think about using a Las Vegas party theme for your next event. The decor possibilities are endless and it’s bound to be a fun time!

Las Vegas Theme Decor

and for invitations to your Las Vegas Themed event, check this out:

Las Vegas Invitations

Mandee

Published in: on December 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Magazine Cover Templates – Great Gifts!

Cover Girl Magazine CoverI have so much fun with this personalized gift that I wrote an article about it. The picture on the left is my “Cover Girl” magazine cover that was a gift and got me started with this! (BTW, the face and hair is all that is mine in the photo. LOL)

The article, Design a Magazine Cover, can give you some great ideas for gifts for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, graduations or just to have some fun!

I hope you enjoy one of My Favorite Things!

Mandee

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vintage Hollywood – Entrance Decor

welcome to hollywood print

A Vintage Hollywood wedding and/or event theme is one of my favorites. (I am crazy about the Rat Pack era too). Planning decor for this event is fun but new ideas are sometimes hard to come by. In the article Hollywood Themes – Entrance Decor, I have specific ideas and suggestions to help you get through the planning and really transport your guests into your theme world.

Stop by and check out the ideas!

Mandee

Image Credit: welcome to hollywood by redposterboy

Published in: on December 4, 2010 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Topiary Christmas Table Decoration

Topiary Christmas Table DecorationThis is another Christmas table decoration for you DIYers! If you want something different than the usual cone shaped Christmas tree, try the Topiary Christmas Balls Tree. I wrote a step by step guide to making one for your Christmas table, mantel or shelf. They are a bit more modern in design and are very versatile. You can make them in almost any color scheme. Accentuate the colors you already use or highlight a certain color or start over and introduce a new color scheme for you holiday decorating.

I have made them in all sorts of colors over the years including brown/gold/ivory, black/pink/white, reds only, greens only, red/green/white, pink/purple/silver and the list goes on and on! have fun with this Christmas craft!

Mandee

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 9:52 am  Comments (1)  
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Christmas Themed Dessert Buffet

One of the best parts of Christmas is the desserts! Whenever I attend or host a holiday party, there are always tons of desserts to choose from. While the desserts themselves are gorgeous, I wonder why more people don’t put a little more time and effort into displaying them in an eye pleasing manner. It’s not hard and you don’t have to be a designer or decorator. Adding height, unusual containers and some decor you already own is all it takes.

For instance, I made 3 versions of dessert buffets — It’s a Candy Christmas, Merry Retro Christmas and Christmas Elegance — to give some photo examples. (They are all located at this article – Christmas Dessert Buffet Ideas).

Check out the photos below and then visit the article for more in depth information. Then, you can impress your family and friends this holiday season with your decor saavy!

Mandee

Candy Christmas

Christmas Sleighs

Merry Retro Christmas

 

 

Funny Sayings for Gifts

I LOVE funny sayings! I wanted to share a few with you here and then give you the link to my article with a lot more funny sayings. These gifts are perfect for the co-worker, boss, a friend or relative or for a club or Secret Santa exchange. I hope you find something that tickles your funny bone!

Just click the image for more info or to purchase:

Funny Queen Mouse Pad - Navy mousepad

Horn Broken bumpersticker

Laser Printer Funny Office Humor shirt

For more funny sayings, visit Gifts with Funny Sayings and Quotes or

Holiday Centerpieces

Cake Pedestal CenterpieceThe decorator in me meets up with the budget wary me and they are both happy with this suggestion for Holiday | Christmas Table Decoration!

I love having an item do double duty. Try using a cake pedestal as a base for a unique and different centerpiece this year. I played around with a couple that I have, some holiday decorations and created some fun, different ideas to use throughout the holiday season. the article and pictures are at How to Make a Holiday Centerpiece.

The picture on the left uses a glass cake pedestal, 3 beaded cone trees, ornaments, a small glass bowl and some glittered greenery — all stuff from my kitchen and holiday decor collection.

What have you got that you could make a centerpiece out of?

Mandee

Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Holiday Cookie Swaps

I just love the idea of Holiday Cookie Swaps. Have you heard of them? The concept is simple — all the guests bring a lot of one type of cookie along with the recipe to the gathering. You trade with others at the event. So, for the investment of baking one type of cookie, you are taking home maybe 10, 15 or 20 other kinds (depending on how many people are invited).

Who doesn’t like cookies during the Holidays? Some fun items to go along with your Holiday Cookie Swap are invitations, buttons, magnets and aprons. Come on! Bite the bullet. Invite the neighbors and friends and have some great company and cookies!

Christmas Cookies invitation Christmas Party Invitations Cookie Swap invitation Cookie Swap Cookies Candy Gingerbread apron I attended a Cookie Swap Sq. Magnet magnet I attended a Cookie Swap Button button Personalized Christmas Love'n Sticker sticker

Published in: on November 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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