DecoratingforEvents.com

Decorating for EventsHave you seen my website? If you are decorating for any event — wedding, fundraiser, prom, home party, rehearsal dinner, showers, etc — Decorating for Events is a wonderful resource for ideas, decorating tips, DIY projects and more!

It is pretty new, only a couple of months old but I have gotten some wonderful comments from people. Having been a caterer, venue owner and event decorator during the past 20+ years, I thought it was time to share some of my tips and tricks with others. Hopefully you will find some great ideas and help for your party decorating needs.

Some of the articles at the site include:

In the Spotlight Theme – Ancient Greece

How to Make a Veggie Basket

WinterWonderland Theme Suggestions

Top 7 Tips for Event Decorating

and much more. I would be grateful if you checked it out! I also have a blog that goes along with the website at Let’s Talk Decorating!

Published in: on November 8, 2010 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Gift Boxes Centerpiece

Christmas Table DecorationI guess I am in a crafting mood! My favorite thing today is the Christmas Gift Box centerpiece. It’s different, not the same old fir boughs and berries with a candle in the middle. Boring!

I like to think outside the box. (pun? what pun?) This craft is actually very versatile and can be made for virtually any holiday — Easter, Valentines, Thanksgiving, Halloween and more. Or maybe themed boxes to match a themed party or event like — Tropical or Beach, or maybe Vintage Hollywood or Las Vegas. I can see it at Bridal or Baby showers for sure. The purpose of those events is giving gifts, so what is more appropriate for a centerpiece?

Anyway, you be the judge. I think it’s simple and elegant. What do you think?

Mandee

Published in: on November 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree - Ornament Tree

Why make a Christmas table decoration? Because they are fun, versatile and beautiful! I used to make these for fundraisers and craft fairs and they are still my favorite Christmas centerpiece. You can place them on your dining room table, fireplace mantel, holiday food buffet or coffee table during the holidays for a bit my spice to your season. For complete, step by step instructions, check out my article Christmas Balls Tree.

They are not hard to make and will last for years to come. They also make wonderful gifts! What do you get for grandma or the neighbor? Design and make them in any color scheme that chrismas ball ornaments are made — so they match any decor. I have also made them in brown, gold, burgundy and copper for Fall and Thanksgiving. Any shape foam can be used. Have fun with this — off to make another one myself! 🙂

Mandee

Memoir Writing

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to writing is memoir writing. I have always written. Started out with rhyming poems when I was young, moved to diaries and then on to personal essays, stories, reviews and articles.

Some of my favorite how-to books on memoir writing include Writing Your Life by Lou Willet Stanek and Writing about your Life by William Zinsser. Both of my copies of these books are dogeared and stained, I use them so much!

If you write memoir or are toying with the idea of writing some of your life stories, grab a copy of these books. You won’t be disappointed!

Writing Your Life
Writing Your Life: Putting Your Past on Paper

 

 

 

 

Writing About Your LifeWriting About Your Life: A Journey into the Past

Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Old Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra

Frank SinatraHi, my name is Mandee and I am a Frank Sinatra junkie.

That’s the sign I should wear around my neck. I was introduced to Frank’s music by my parents and it grew from there. In my mind, there is just something romantic and fun about his music. I listen to it in my car, at home and anywhere else I am able. His songs put me in a good mood and I sing along (not very well, I might add).

I like Harry Connick, Jr. singing Sinatra songs as well but if I get my choice (and I can’t listen to the real Sinatra) I will take Brett Eldredge singing Frank any day of the week. He is actually an up and coming star on the Country music horizon but I remember watching him sing “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York” at  parties when he was growing up. He has a clear, rich voice… just like Frank. His new single “Raymond” is unbelievably good.

This Christmas, I will pull out and dust off my Rat Pack Christmas album and sit back and enjoy Frank, Dean and Sammy — Legends in music.

Mandee

Image Credit – “Nothing But The Best” by Frank Sinatra at Amazon.com

P.S. To read more about my musical musing, read this article – Music of My Life

For more info about Brett Eldrege, visit Brett Eldrege — Country Music Artist

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Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Retro Christmas

Ornament Sensation cardMy favorite time of year is approaching. No matter what life has thrown at me during the rest of the year, Christmas gives me hope and keeps my spirits up. The promise of a new year and opportunities for improvement around me. I guess it’s like a renewal to me.

<b>Retro Christmas</b> designs have always been my favorite – A Retro Christmas is so fun!  They remind me of a simpler time, family and friends. So, one of the ways I incorporate it into my holidays is by sending Retro designed <b>custom Christmas cards</b>. Some people refer to Retro as <b>Vintage</b> as well. They seem to be pretty interchangable.

Here are a few of my favorite Retro Christmas cards for this year. If you visit the link above you can see the whole collection! This is a mixture of 1960’s mod and more 1950’s vintage but I love them all. The choice is difficult this year.

Customizable Christmas Shopping cardVintage Christmas Card cardVintage Christmas Card cardLas Vegas Retro Christmas Card card ornament retro photo template card

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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One of my Favorite Suppliers

*Note – I am NOT an affiliate for this company, simply a happy customer sharing a great shopping experience.

COD WholesaleOver my many year career in the event decorating industry I have worked with a number of suppliers. Today I wanted to let you all know about on in particular. COD Wholesale. A few years back, the LED lighted centerpieces had been introduced and the industry was clamoring for suppliers. I let the initial hub-bub die down before I suggested lighted centerpieces to my first bride. She, of course, loved the idea and I went on the search for a supplier.

There are many out there but I ran across SOD Wholesale, liked their simple and informative website and decided to try out a small order with them. I ordered the Floralyte II (has an on-off switch) to try out in several centerpieces the Bride was considering.

They were fast, friendly and I was ecstatic with my new find. That was the beginning of my relationship with COD Wholesale. Since then, I have ordered many, many more Floralytes, lighted centerpiece bases, votives and much more. They have a nice selection and the prices are competitive if not cheaper than most. I always received my orders quickly and they were correct.

So, if you are a Bride or an event host, consider COD Wholesale for your event decorating needs. I highly recommend them as a happy, past customer!

Published in: on October 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Paris Themed Christmas Tree

Paris ChristmasI have always had a sort of romantic notion of Paris, France. having lived in Paris, IL for 12 years, it just got worse. I ended up decorating my living room with Paris paraphernalia and loved it!

During one Christmas season, I decided to add to my holiday decor by decorating a smaller tree in the Paris theme. I had a blast with it. I looked everywhere for ornaments that would work with the black and white color scheme I had chosen as well as anything that I could hang on the tree depicting the city.

I chose a bucket I found at a local home decor store for the base of the tree. It was black and white and had “Tres Chic” written on it. Additionally, I made ornaments from pearlized plain white ornaments. I used black puff paint to write French words and drew abstract Eiffel Towers on others. (See image)Paris Ornament Close-Up

The result is posted on the left. I just wrote an article at Squidoo about decorating a Paris Christmas tree with resources for doing it yourself.

I also have another article titled Decorating Small Themed Christmas Trees that includes Paris, School Spirit, Girly Girl, Rock n Roll, Golf and few other themes. Small trees can be placed around your home to add to your holiday decor. Make one that matches your kitchen (I had a Coca-Cola tree in my 50’s diner style kitchen too), or highlights a collection or passion. It’s fun and doesn’t cost as much as re-doing your main tree.

Just another of my Favorite Things… Mandee

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Theme Parties and Weddings

Vintage Hollywood ThemeArabian NightsAncient Greece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing I truly enjoy is decorating for themed parties and weddings. I love everything about it — the planning, research, building and actual decorating. Below is a short list of a few of the parties I have done in the past and some articles I wrote to help others planning an event with the same or similar themes. I like details and building my ideas from others, so here are some of my ideas for you to build on.

  1. Vintage Hollywood
    Vintage Hollywood Themed Decor and Ideas
  2. Rat Pack
    Rat Pack – Vintage Vegas Themed Wedding or Party
  3. Ancient Greece
    Ancient Greece Themed Wedding or Event
    In the Spotlight Theme – Ancient Greece
  4. Arabian Nights
    Arabian Nights Theme Decor
Published in: on October 19, 2010 at 11:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Personal Stories

Personal Stories Book

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

I am passionate about recording your life, your story and your history. Memoir is a very important genre to me. I want to share (one more time in a blog) one of the coolest gifts you could ever give or receive.

As I grow older I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had some sort of record of my grandparents lives. Both sets of my grandparents were very interesting but from different social classes. I often wonder what Mamaw would have done when faced with a certain situation or what Grammy would have done. Alas, there is no way to find out since they are no longer with us.

How were they raised? What were their goals on life? What were their feelings and thoughts on just about anything?

I long to know but never will. The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs by Pamela and Stephen Pavuk is a wonderful gift to get you started writing about your life.

My parents were given this book by my brother to start chronicling their lives. When finished it will be the best gift they have ever given our family. My unborn grandchildren will have the opportunity to get to know their great-grandparents in their own words. They can share stories, philosophies and what their life was like thru a personal memoir such as this.

So, my recommendation today is, start now, before it’s too late. Life has so many twists and turns that none of us know if we will be here tomorrow. Give this book to your parents, grandparents or to yourself. The gift you receive in return is priceless!

Mandee

for more information about Writing Memoir visit Writing Life Story or visit my blog Life Story Writing

for more information about the book, visit this page I made The Gift of Personal Stories (all links open in a new window)