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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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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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

 

 

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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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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Buffet Tiered Stands

Tiered StandYou will find one of my favorite things to decorate is buffet tables. They can add so much to an event’s decor and hey, your gonna serve food anyway… why not make it attractive? Decorating Buffets or Buffetscapes (as we call it in the catering industry) is a very simple concept – present your food in an attractive manner.

One way to make your buffet table space do double or triple duty is by using vertical space — go up! Tiered stands are perfect for holding your food and making it look good! Below are two of my favorite stands. One is a traditional tiered stand and the other uses both horizontal as well as vertical space but frees up space underneath it for complementary items like condiments.

Tiered stands allow you to add decor underneath them like greenery or flowering silk bushes to add character or re-introduce your theme in a unique and attractive manner.

My first choice is this stand:

It’s different in that it’s not the typical round tiered stand. It features a chrome rack and decorative glass platters for serving just about anything. The platters have sides so you don’t have to worry about food falling off. It is $27.52 at Amazon. Click the following link for more specs and technical stuff:
Godinger Dublin 3-Tier Server

My second favorite is due to my love of all things with BLING!

Set of Three White Iron and Glass Cake Stands
White standsThis is a set of 3, beaded dessert stands. This one is a bit more at $107.08 but you get three for the money and can use them individually or all together. I look at it as an investment. It can even be loaned it out to a friend or family wanting to snaz up their buffet for a wedding or other event.

Until Next time…

Mandee

Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Storage for Halloween and Fall Decor

euro case in red Being in the event industry and decorating for parties has taught me to be organized! You can’t decorate if you can’t find your decorations! But, the decorator in me likes to find stylish ways to store things too.

We recently moved to a smaller house. This was a challenge. I learned to purge and to make most of my furnishings do double duty. One of my favorite finds are these stacking suitcase storage boxes. They are so useful, stylish and take up vertical space rather than horizontal (which is in demand at my house). There are 3 in the set and they come in a variety of colors too. The BEST part is that the set of 3 is only $25.99!!!

Other colors available to match most any decor (click on the pictures for more info and to visit where I found them):
Euro Case in Sky Blue - Set of 3 by Resource International Euro Case in Purple - Set of 3 by Resource International Euro Case in Soft Green - Set of 3 by Resource International Euro Case in Pinkberry - Set of 3 by Resource International Euro Case in Banana - Set of 3 by Resource International Euro Case in Red - Set of 3 by Resource International

3 suitcase style boxes that can hold my scrapooking supplies, sewing notions, magazines, glue gun and assorted crafting tools – plus they are stackable and make a nice end table for next to a chair or sofa. I was thrilled with this find because it does double duty and is inexpensive. What do you think?

For more cool storage ideas see Storage for Halloween and Fall Decor

Until next time,

Mandee

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Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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