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Tips for Decorating for a Holiday Party

Tips for Decorating for a Holiday Party

If, like many other people, you plan to host a holiday party this year, there are some tips you should keep in mind about your décor. You have likely already considered things like the plates, glassware, the holiday theme of your home, and other usual décor elements. But there are some things you may have overlooked that can add greatly, not only to your party’s festive atmosphere, but also to your enjoyment of the party itself. Use these tips to get started hosting a great festive party that you will be proud of.

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Make Your Decor Shine

Sometimes we are so focused on the food for our holiday party that we forget to wow our guest visually, with amazing holiday décor! A great way to start is to choose your color theme are you going to go traditional with red and green or do a more modern take with white and blue or even purple and green. There really are so many options that you may never even think of, but adding that wreath to the door, that small holiday swag to the coffee or sofa table and providing some ambiance with candles is just the thing to put everyone is a holiday mood.

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Don’t Forget the Kitchen

Between preparing food and drink and cleaning up afterwards, Americans spend five hours of their own holiday parties in the kitchen, according to Yahoo.com. Add to this the fact that many party goers somehow always end up hanging out in the kitchen, and it’s easy to see that the kitchen needs to be just as festively decorated as other parts of your home. Try to think about ways to incorporate your holiday party décor into the kitchen so that you can enjoy your own party and so that guests who come into the kitchen will never have to leave the party atmosphere behind. If you are having a Christmas party, look for tiny Christmas trees that come with the lights pre-attached. You can plug a few of these in and arrange them on your counter tops for a fun décor that doesn’t take up much valuable counter space. You can also consider the ceiling of your kitchen as a frequently unused space that is prime for decorating. Hang tinsel or garland from the light fixtures in your kitchen, as long as you make sure that there isn’t any risk of fire. Adding décor to your kitchen will help you feel like you are still part of the party, even when you are in the kitchen preparing food or making drinks, or even when you are loading the dishwasher at the end of the night.

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Make Food Accessible and Festive

While you have likely considered the importance of décor for your serving plates, napkins, and glassware, you may have neglected to think about decorating the area where the food will be and what serving dishing you will use. Will you make it easy with disposable holiday plates or go big with fine china? Use folding tables to create a buffet style food arrangement that is easily accessible throughout the party. You can then use the space between dishes to add décor, like small figurines of the season or beautiful holiday colored tea light or votive holders.

You can even make an inexpensive and festive tablecloth by using holiday wrapping paper. Wrap the top of each table in the same way you would wrap a present. You can even wrap the table in a bow and make the bow the centerpiece of your table arrangement. This presents the food you have prepared as a gift to your guests. The added bonus for you is that you won’t run the risk of ruining a beautiful, expensive tablecloth with food stains, and cleanup will be super easy, as all you have to do is rip off the wrapping paper and throw it away.

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Create a Table Centerpiece that WOW’s

Besides decorating your buffet you will also want to have an amazing centerpiece for where your guest will actually eat their food. There is one tried and true rule that I always stick to when doing a centerpiece. DO NOT make it tall. Keep it under eye level so that your guest can all see each other. You don’t want people having to look around things when they are trying to talk.

Decorating for a holiday party is one of the most fun parts of the preparations. Just make sure that you don’t neglect some of the other areas of your home you might not have considered, like your food arrangement and your kitchen. Add special touches in other rooms, too, like a small lighted tree in the restroom or holiday-themed hand towels. Light holiday scented candles throughout your home with smells like evergreen trees or cinnamon. Finding special ways to add little festive touches to your party will enhance the experience of all your guests and will make your home more festive even after the party ends.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Patio

There is no reason why you have to keep your holiday decorations in your house. Branch out onto your patio. Even if it is not warm enough for you to spend time outside enjoying them, looking at them from the window produces the same holiday cheer as looking at decorations inside your home. What is special about decorating a patio is that you can incorporate the natural elements into the design. Here are just a few of the ways you can make your patio festive.

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During the Christmas season, no one thinks twice about bringing trees into their home. This year, you may want to put one your patio as well. It’s a great Holiday decorating idea! You can decorate it with lights that are designed to be put up outside. You can even find ornaments that are sturdy enough to decorate the tree with. You can essentially put a Christmas tree in the middle of your patio where it will be exposed to the snow and ice and other winter elements. It will look beautiful and set itself apart from the other trees in the yard.

In keeping in theme with the Christmas tree idea, you can put many other plants outside during the winter to add some festive cheer to the lack of greenery and abundance of white. Whether you choose to use artificial Christmas trees and plants or real ones, it will certainly add some color. This is especially true if you opt for bright red or green varieties. Again, you can feel free to add ornaments or lights to them for an extra sparkle.

Strategically placing a few decorative items around the patio can make a huge difference in the mood of the space. For example, filling a basket that you don’t mind getting worn by the weather with some pine cones and fake berries adds a nice touch. A couple stone statues with a Christmas theme can complete the look. Even a simple strand of lights and garland draped around a railing can transform the look of the patio.

If you have a large amount of space that you are trying to use up, you may choose to create an entire scene out of decorations meant to be placed outside. Most people create either a nativity scene or a Santa Clause scene that they can gaze on as they look out the window.

christmas-decor-patio-ideasHow you decorate your patio for the holidays depends on several things. You have to determine how much space you have to work with and what the weather is like in your area. If you plan on having snow, you can use that to create a festive look. If you don’t have snow and harsh conditions, you have more freedom to put out other decorations without fear that they will get destroyed.

Decorating for the holidays shouldn’t be restricted just to the inside of the house. Surround yourself with holiday cheer by decorating the outside. It will be wonderful to see when you look out the window, and it will also provide a welcoming tone to guests and neighbors.

 

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Be Thankful for your Thanksgiving Decor

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and a celebration of everything we are thankful for. I like to keep my Thanksgiving Decor simple and these Thanksgiving décor ideas are just that, simple, elegant and so easy to do!

As you can see, I have a small obsession with pumpkins. Yes, I am one of those people and if you are too you will love what I have to show you! Here are a few things I love or have made up for my own home!

 

 

 

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What one is your favorite? I personally love the last one as it just screams fall and harvest to me!

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Event Decorating With Tea Lights

I love using candles in my décor and with a lot of events and holidays coming up I will be doing some unique decorating with candles. Currently I am decorating my home for summer and I found a few amazing ideas that you can use as well to get yourself in the summer mood.

American Summer Holiday Decorating With Tea Lights

 

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I really love this look. The red and white ribbons add some style to the blue tea lights. I think I would rather enhance this look and do red, white and blue ribbons and candles. Mixing and matching them.

Go a little more rustic with these jar candles! They are so cute and easy to make, just get some canning jars and paint away. If your really good you could do flags instead of stars!

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Wedding Decorating With Tea Lights

 

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I am not planning a wedding soon, but I had to share these cute tea light holders with you. They are just so perfect for a wedding, you have a more classic look above and the princess theme below. I have a friend who the crowns would have been perfect for, too bad she got married last year!  Here is a great wedding décor tip, use LED tea lights in place of candles if your venue does not allow real candles. It’s a great way to get the same look, without the fire hazard. The best part is that you can also use deco poly mesh without worrying that it will catch fire.

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Summer Decorating With Tea Lights

 

Okay so I also found a few really cute ways to decorate for summer using tea lights these are a few of my favorite ones. They are just so cool and remind me of a relaxing getaway.

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Do you have any great ideas for tea light décor? Share them with me in the comments.

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Feng Shui your home for Valentines Day

Are you single this year and looking for a way to boost your love life? Did you know that your home décor can have a huge impact on you meeting someone? Feng shui your home for valentines day and you may just find someone to spend that day with. This is no guarantee but what do you have to lose?

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For love the southwest corner of your home is your friend.

Use reds in this corner to help increase your love luck. You can also add plants of any type to help activate this corner.

Keep family pictures out of this area, move them to the south east corner instead.

 

My five tips to use feng shui in your home for Valentines Day

 

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  1. Use Peonies around your home. They don’t have to be real, but if you do use real make sure you keep them healthy and alive. Dead Peonies will not help you.  Choose ones you like, they don’t have to be any certain color.
  2. Make sure you don’t have to many girly items in your home. To much female yang energy will not help attract the male yin energy you want. Change pink colors to a blue or gray and get rid of too much lace. Pick a few things to get rid of to even out the energy in your home, but don’t get rid of everything.
  3. Place a crystal over your bedroom door. This helps keep your relationships strong and increase your bonds, for both friends and lovers.
  4. In the South West corner of your bedroom set aside a small area and decorate it for the kind of relationship you are looking for.   You can place paintings or pictures that symbolize the type of relationship you are looking for. If you want an affectionate one, place a picture of a couple hugging or kissing.  If you are in a relationship and want to improve it, place a photo of the two of you smiling at each other!
  5. Buy your furniture in pairs for your bedroom  Two matching lamps, two matching side tables and any other major thing you buy. Keeping things in pairs keep the idea of sharing and promotes someone else being there.

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6 Fun Ways to Make a DIY Christmas Tree

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Halloween Décor Inspiration!

I want to apologize for being a bit MIA this month. I’ll be honest I have just not been inspired lately. I’ve been working more and though that’s a good thing I’m really tired and just don’t have the energy needed to really design some cool things for you.

I have decided though to share with you some of my favorite Halloween decorating ideas from Pinterest! I hope they will inspire you and help you make your Halloween a success!

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DIY Halloween Decorating Kit

Halloween is just around the corner. Get ready for spooky fun with one of Craftsy’s NEW paper crafting kits! This is a great way to add some unique festive Halloween décor to your home. What’s better then learning how to make some great new Halloween crafts!

Work with your frightfully fun kit and learn how to create stylish Halloween decor projects with exclusive video lessons. Paper crafts expert Ronda Palazzari will show you how to use Jillibean Soup’s paper pads, black glitter beanboard alphas and festive embellishments to create a witch’s hat, pumpkin centerpieces and even a spooky banner!

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Merry Christmas: Christmas Trees from Bloggers

I decided this year to ask a few bloggers to help me out with my holiday post by sending me pictures of their Christmas trees. A couple responded and here they are! Mine is the last one, though I can’t take credit for decorating it, my mom did that.

The first tree is from Summer at Summerthat

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The second tree is from Amy at This Mama’s Life

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Last but not least, My Tree!

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I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas! Thank you to the bloggers who provided photos!

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Holiday Table Decorating Ideas

It’s getting to be that time, Christmas is just over a week away and you are wondering how you are going to decorate your holiday table. Well, here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration.

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Five Fun Holiday Decoration Ideas You Have Never Tried

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Christmas time is the perfect time to let out your creativity. Anyone can put some garland on their staircase and add some ribbons to their front porch. But you can find some fun and unique ways of decorating your home that your friends have never seen. You can do this by finding new ways to use your existing decorations both inside and outside this holiday season.

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Who says that only pine trees deserve some lights? Take your maple trees, cherry trees and any other trees in your yard, add some lights and turn those trees into makeshift Christmas trees. You can even wrap empty boxes as gifts and place those fake gifts under the trees. Be careful if you want to add a significant amount of holiday lights to your home. You might even consider calling electrical contractors for help. They can help you ensure your home is up to code and can handle the extra lights.

Preparations on Display

Instead of tucking away your wrapping paper, ribbon and tape in a drawer, put your preparations out on display. Use an old card catalog or a toolbox, fill the spaces with everything you need to wrap your gifts, and place the display in a useful place that visitors would also see. You’ll have everything you need on hand, but you’ll also create a fun and festive display too.

Ornament Chandelier

Turn old ornaments into a fun chandelier for your home. Wrap small pieces of wire around the hook on the top of each ornament, and hang those decorations from the existing lighting fixtures in your home. You can also string those ornaments onto ribbon to add some more color to the room. This is a great way to display ornaments you worry might get broken on your tree, as well.

Santa Pots

Make those planters and pots on your front porch fit with your holiday theme. Spray paint the pots with a few coats of red paint, and wrap a black leather belt around the midsection. If you don’t have any spare belts on hand, make your own from a few silver buckles and leather pieces.

Ornament Trees

If you have an old window screen on hand, you can make your own ornament tree. Hang a single ornament at the top of the screen, and arrange other ornaments on the screen, making each subsequent row slightly wider. Use a few brown or black ornaments at the very bottom to represent the base of the tree.

Why settle for the same decorations that you use every year? With these fun tips, you can incorporate some new and unique decorations into your home this holiday season.

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Invest in Christmas: 5 Christmas Items that Your Family Will Treasure for Years to Come

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Images of a wintery countryside with tall, snow-laden evergreens, and sparkling icicles seem to bring back joyful Christmas memories even for those living in tropical climates. A large part of what this holiday means to you depends on your family’s traditions. So it makes sense to invest in your Christmas and make thoughtful purchases of items your family will treasure for many years to come.

 

A Good Artificial Tree

Today’s artificial trees come in a selection of heights and widths to fit any space, pre-lit with white or multicolored lights, and even flocked or frosted to put you in a festive mood. In fact, by using a set of flocked Christmas trees or pencil Christmas trees and a small bench, you can easily set up an enchanted grotto in the corner of your living room as a special surprise.

 

Detailed Nativity Scene

Whether you celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday or a cultural one, you will find that investing in a beautifully detailed nativity scene can benefit your family in several ways. It can not only help you in explaining little ones the origins of the holiday, but it can also be passed down through generations as a family heirloom.

 

Recordable Books and Cards

Remember those great bedtime stories grandma and grandpa read for you? If you are of an older generation, you probably wish you would have recorded them in some way. Now it is possible to preserve these cherished moments for a lifetime with recordable story books and Christmas cards.

 

Christmas Village Decoration

You do not have to be a collector to enjoy a particularly fetching Christmas village decoration. If you have small children, go for the ones with built-in movements and melodies, such as a multi-tiered tabletop Christmas tree or scenes depicting village events. Children, and children-at-heart, will spend hours poring over them, and these ornaments never lose their novelty as you display them only during the holidays.

 

Solar Christmas Lights

Christmas might be your favorite holiday, but the cost of presents and entertaining adds up quickly. Why not invest in solar lights for your garden and outside decorations? They cost the same as traditional lights, come in a variety of designs to fit every taste, and they have no operating costs.

Christmas is a great time to carry on old traditions as well as to create new ones. Try out new decorating ideas that can help bring your family together and make your Holidays meaningful for years to come.

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Crafty Halloween Decoration Ideas

 

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The ghostly season is upon us yet again. As the trees shed yellow leaves and the dead stir uneasily in their graves, the steadfast tradition of Halloween continues… but what about your Halloween decorations? Are they gathering dust and cobwebs in a cupboard somewhere, tired from repeated use year after year?

You don’t need to buy fancy items or conjure expensive ornaments for a spectacularly spooky party; sometimes, all we need is a little imagination – and perhaps just a pinch of fairy dust.

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Paper Goods

What’s something we all have lying around in our house by the multitude? Paper, of course! If you’re not much of an artist, why not print off some adorable Halloween decorations like the cool ‘Happy Halloween’ bunting below? You can get the free printables to make the bunting at All About Party Bags where there are also other just-cut-out-and-display décor ideas.

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If you’re feeling more creative, you could even try your hand at some makeshift ‘Spirit jugs’ that you can stick or hang around the house!

Mood Lighting

So you’ve invited the guests and prepped their goodie bags. How can you fortify your innocuous house into something that will give your kids the spooky thrills? The key is lighting – it’s a cheap and easy way to instantly change the atmosphere of your space!

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If you’re not worried about little ones starting fires then there’s nothing spookier than good ol’ candles of course. Candle holders like the above aren’t hard to make and cast some pretty creepy looking shadows over the walls!

To make, simply find a clear glass or candle holder, some black card, scissors and pritt-stick. Cut the shapes out – spiders, witches, ghosts and gravestones are a few ideas – and glue all round. Pop tea-lights inside and prepare to be scared!

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Oh, and you mustn’t forget the traditional carved pumpkin (or two, or ten…) with a candle inside too!

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Have some old or unused sheets lying about? Create your own ‘petrified parlour’ by throwing some cloth – the more ragged the better – over your sofas, tables and chairs, creating the perfect haunted effect. As a bonus, this also serves to protect your furniture from excitable little monsters and unsuspecting breadcrumbs if you’re throwing a Halloween party!

You could also black out your windows with a sheet of black sugar paper with ghostly faces cut out of them to make your house look truly haunted. Or go one step further and terrify everyone who walks past your house with one of these…

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Use cheesecloth or some fluffy cotton balls to imitate spider webs in the corners. Never underestimate the power of spray paint either; some black, grey or silver spray paint over various cheap items like candleholders or pumpkins can really add some dazzle to an otherwise ordinary tableau.

Tip: To really kick things up a notch, why not try making your own bat mobile by finding some nice, leafless branches and stringing on some paper bats? It will serve to create quite an ominous effect if installed near a window.

Don’t Forget the Garden

For those who truly want to go ‘all out’ and create a terrifying abode this Halloween, there are lots of ideas to create a creepy garden too!

Again, candles and lighting is the best way to set the mood – those flickering flames will cast moving shadows that will have you jumping every time you think you saw something out the corner of your eye!

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Creepy graves are easy to make too – you’ll need some large sheets of polystyrene (you can find this at most large DIY stores) which you can cut to the right shape and spray-paint with various shades of grey to create a weathered stone look. Then get a paintbrush and carefully paint details on in black, before burying them half in your garden just before the trick or treaters show up.

The possibilities of Halloween decorations are endless and only limited by the bounds of your imagination – and amount of free time. Adapt the ideas above using spare things you have around the house, and you may find that you enjoy decorating your house for Halloween so much you won’t want to stop on the 1st of November!

What do you think of our decorating ideas, and do you have any good ideas of your own to share? Comment below.

Estelle Page is a UK interior designer and mother of two who has annual arguments with her kids over whether fake blood splatters count as a style enhancement! You can find her on Twitter.

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How To Make Your Halloween Decorations

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Does your neighborhood engage in Halloween competitiveness? That is – the yearly desire to outshine your neighbors in the decoration stakes. Of all the annual festivals, Halloween provides the best opportunity to get creative with your decorations. From ghosts to ghouls there are no parameters to what you can create; the only essential criterion is – scary. A good tactic is to supplement your shop bought décor with your own weird and wonderful creations, for a truly unique display. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

Chicken Wire Figures

You wouldn’t expect it from the sub-title, but this is a highly effective, budget technique – just check out Pinterest for evidence. Simply shape chicken wire into ghostly figures, and then spray with silver glow-in-the-dark paint. The result is spooky ghosts that appear to float in the darkness.

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A great suggestion from Martha Stewart.com , these spooky silhouettes will mean that only the bravest trick or treaters will dare to knock on your door. They are pretty easy to make – cut some semi-sheer fabric such as muslin or polyester to fit your windows. Cut out scary silhouettes from black plastic weed barrier, and then tack to the sheer fabric. When you turn on the light in the room, the ominous shapes will look out from every window.

Glow in the Dark Balloons

 

This is another simple but incredibly effective idea that can be viewed on Pinterest. All you need to do is insert a glow stick into a white balloon, and draw on a ghostly or devilish face with black marker. String them up around the house and dim the light, and ouila – envy inducing decorations for minimal effort!

Ghostly Reflection

 

Startle your guests with this DIY ghostly reflection. Draw a figure on the back of some frosted window film, and cut it out including the mouth and eyes. Then apply the film to the mirror, making sure to smooth out any lumps and bumps. This will give the subtle effect of a ghostly face staring back at you. You can see an example at Country Living. You could add fake cobwebs, which are available from most party suppliers, for extra impact.

Pumpkin Graveyard Display

 

This display will create an impressive entrance to your Halloween abode. Buy a set of tombstones from a supplier such as Perfect Party UK and place them in your front yard. Then surround them with lit pumpkins to make them stand out after dark.

Bat Globe Light

 

This one is ideal if you have paper globe light – if not, you can buy them super cheaply from most DIY and furnishing stores. Cut bat shapes out of black card and stick them with glue or blue tack (depending on how attached you are to the lampshade) to the globe. Pinterest has an example of just how cool this looks.

Halloween is the best time of year to get creative with your decorations. There is almost no end to the possibilities – just remember the scarier the better. So get your thinking cap on and impress the neighbors!

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Fireplace décor ideas and tips for Halloween

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Fall is officially here: few more weeks for Halloween and then, Thanksgiving. That’s so exciting! Have you decorated your fireplace for Halloween yet? This year, I really want to my fireplace to shine alone; therefore, I will be focusing my Halloween and Fall décor on the mantel. I will be applying some decoupage to few pumpkins and then placing them in front of some mirrors and candle holders. Since the current living room walls are painted in a very pale blue and the furniture is black-brown, I will be using orange and silver to complement the surroundings. If you are still not sure what to do for Halloween or Fall, take a look at some of the ideas below:

Create a carving display – If you like to carve pumpkins for Halloween, your fireplace’s heart will be the perfect place to display them. Start by placing few logs (or bricks) on the back to add some height. Then place your pumpkins randomly, filling as many gaps as possible. Finish up the space with some orange candles. Don’t forget to add some spark to it, by incorporating few bags of glass beads into the décor. If you want to add some drama to the room, consider placing a mirror at the widest wall inside your fireplace’s heart as it will create an illusion of having an endless amount of pumpkins. After Halloween, clean up your fireplace’s heart and place a large planter or basket on each side of your fireplace. Fill them with logs, branches, or even blankets for a more finished look.

Set up an art gallery — Pumpkin painters can also showcase their work by creating an art gallery around the fireplace. Use the heart and its surroundings to display your largest pieces and your mantel for your little ones. When creating a display with painted pumpkins, incorporate few candle holders to the design. Play with different shapes and sizes; treat your candle holders as if they were the easel and your pumpkins, the artwork. Once Halloween is over, replace the pumpkins with fall motifs such as acorns, candles, nuts and branches. Bring the outside in by adding few pebbles to your décor.

Think outside the box — Go beyond your traditional black and orange. Since black is a neutral color, how about replacing the orange with gold, silver, purple, green, or even blue? Yes, why not, right? Instead of having your typical orange pumpkin, innovate this year. Look for spiders, pumpkins, and candle holders in different finishes and colors. If you enjoy arts and crafts, consider painting or applying some decoupage into few pumpkins. After Halloween, replace your spiders with vases, cardinals, acorns, wheat bunches, glass leafs, and fall scented candles.

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Play with mirrors — This is one of my favorite ways to decorate for Halloween. Since mirrors create illusions, by placing different mirrors by your mantel and fireplace surroundings, all the other items you lean against those mirrors will look totally deformed: spiders will look bigger, the single skulls will show up as double and the candles when lit, will be very.

Addressing the fireplace and TV combo — If you have a TV installed above your fireplace, consider adding few decals onto the wall behind the TV to create the impression that things are coming out of the TV. Place small pumpkins by the mantel. Be careful with size so the décor doesn’t block your TV. When Halloween ends, remove all the wall decals and either leave your pumpkins or replace them with other fall inspired accessories.

From Halloween to Thanksgiving — Create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table by turning faux pumpkins from Halloween, into a stylish centerpiece. Choose unique fabrics or papers with graphic patterns and, using the decoupage technique, apply them into your pumpkins. Regardless if it’s toile, print, circles, or even thumbtacks, look for patterns, colors, and textures that will enhance your current décor and enjoy the magic of the season.

VK Sustainable Concepts’ Principal Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C, is a registered interior designer and sustainability professional with over fifteen years of experience in the interior design and marketing industries. Connect with Andrea on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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Some Sensational Ideas to Make Your Home Ghastly For Halloween Party

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The year long wait for Halloween is about to end because this spooky festival is just around the corner. It is still the beginning of the October and perhaps the best time to start decorating your home using different Halloween ideas and themes. You need to make your home as scary as possible in order to welcome this mysterious and extremely enjoyable occasion in style.

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Some of the best Halloween home décor ideas that can scare any person away are given in the following lines.

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· Wicked Window:

One of the best methods to make your home ghostly is to impart a wicked look to your windows. In this regard, you can use the candlelight to create dark shadows in the center. Similarly, you can hang flying bats made of paper on the curtains and use light threads to cover the windows with cobwebs. Furthermore, the spooky white tapers in the candelabra will enhance the creepiness of the scene.

· Ghost Gallery:

Another great idea to give an unearthly touch to your home interior is to convert your mantle into a ghost gallery. You can convert pictures belonging to late 19th century to photo prints and can also photocopy them and mount them on somber coal colored mats. It will be even better if you choose some mysterious war or similarly photos to make the gallery even more macabre.

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· Cheesecloth Spider Web:

Similarly, you can dress up you in the spirit of the season by transforming your living room into one of the most decrepit dwelling anyone has ever seen. The best way to do so is to hang raged looking spider webs from the ceiling all across the room. You can very easily create these webs yourself by tearing, spinning and pinning cheesecloth.

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· Vampire and Bat Pumpkins:

Bat and vampire pumpkins are analogous to the Halloween and no home decoration for the season is complete without them. You just need to cut a wide hole in the pumpkins, wedge plastic teeth into the hole, place red pushpins in the place of eyes and attach two wings made up of paper on either side. You can place these ghastly tiny wings pals and Draco lantern on mantle where the pins will turn into devilish red eyes the group as a whole will create a Transylvanian scene.

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· Glowing Ghosts:

These ghosts might seem very friendly during the day but they will be really scary once the sun sets. It is very easy to summon these ghosts as well because you just need to insert green eight hour light sticks

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Easy To Make Autumn Inspired Craft Home Decor

 

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If you want to reflect the beauty of autumn in your home this year without having to redecorate, take a look below at some of our simple Autumn inspired craft solutions, guaranteed to give your home an instantly more seasonal feel.

Luminaries

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Autumn is a great time to make luminaries. All you need are fallen leaves, brown paper bags, and paint. Start by collecting the leaves. Try getting a selection of big, small, and different shaped leaves. Next, you need to flatten the bags and place the leaves on top of them. Mix paint with water and paint the bag around the leaves. Use a autumnal colour, or a warm colour that compliments your existing décor. Wait for the paint to dry and repeat the process on the other side. In order to keep the bag from falling over (the paper can be quite flimsy), weigh it down with something like sand. For safety, you can put candles inside in candleholders. These luminaries give a warm feel to any room on a cold dark night.

Pumpkin Incense

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If you love the spicy scents of autumn, but you don’t always have time to bake spiced apple muffins and pumpkin pie, why not make an incense burner out of a pumpkin? This craft idea is really easy to make. All you need to do is find a pumpkin (a small to medium size would be best) then cut the top off and scoop out the innards. To get that spicy baked smell, you need to rub spices like cinnamon into the lid, and push a few cloves into it. In order for the smell to escape, carve some vent holes around the sides. The best tool to do this neatly is an apple corer. Once you put a teal light inside, the delicious smell will ignite and last for up to six hours.

Fallen Leaf Mobile

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When you go on an autumn walk, there is nothing better than crunching the gold, red and brown leafs under foot. But there is another use for these warm coloured leafs. On your next walk, pick up leafs that catch your eye. Make sure that the leaves are intact as well as a variety of sizes and colours. To make the leaves flat, press them in a thick book. While this is happening, get two sticks of equal length, bind them together with twine and leave a length on the top so that you can hang it up. Then, depending on how many leaves you want to use, tie pieces of twine to the sticks in different lengths. Once the leaves are flat, take them out and glue them to the twine. Great places to hang the mobile are on your porch, or inside near a window where the sun can hit and illuminate the leaves.

Twine Pears

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Ornamental twine pears are easy to make, and can act as a unique and interesting centrepiece when displayed in a bowl. All you need to have to make these pretty pears are light bulbs (you can use old ones), a stick, twine and a glue gun. Depending on how many pears you are making, you will need to make stems for them out if the stick. Cut an inch to two inches and glue it to the end of the bulb. Then you need to get your twine and glue it next to the stem, and start wrapping it around the bulb. You can use the glue periodically as you’re wrapping to make sure the twine stays in place. You could put one in an existing pot of potpourri, or as we have suggested above, put a few together in a glass vase or bowl.

We hope that these suggestions have inspired you to get crafty this autumn.

Jenny Haigh is a creative craft enthusiast working at Lilleymans furniture specialists. She loves nothing more than curling up with some wool and a cup of tea.

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EASY HALLOWEEN CRAFT IDEAS FOR KIDS

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Halloween crafts for kids can be difficult and time consuming; however they don’t have to be, so long as you have the sort of imagination that will not only allow kids to experience a fun Halloween but accrue knowledge and information with regards to one or two interesting fields.

So no, you do not need that crazy ghost ride just some great kid ideas, be it ghost pumpkins, bat filled front door, batty sock puppet, mini ghost town candles, grave stone lollipops, doormats or spider webs, there are a myriad of ways that you can best engage you kids through crafts during Halloween.

Here are a few Easy Halloween craft ideas for kids:

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Batty pumpkins

Best used as table decorations, you can create batty pumpkins by encompassing a small pumpkin with black paint, allowing it to dry before using pieces of craft foam to design bat like eyes, creating angry pupils using a black marker, at which point you can attack bat like wings crafted out of black craft foam and secured using a tooth pick.

Ghost pops

Ghost pops are merely lollipops with white tissue placed over, a yarn placed under the candy to act as the body and a black marker used to draw the ghostly face.

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Paper plate ghost

Basic as it sounds; using construction paper, you cut three pieces out in the shape of a mouth and two eyes, then attaching pieces of crepe paper, preferably white, at the bottom, using a string attached at the top to hung the plate, and hence the ghost, up.

Ghoulish paper plate

Similar to the ghost plate, you simply use a marker to draw a face on the front of the plate, then cutting arms and hands out of construction paper that you can then glue to the sides of the plate. You might also include the pieces of crepe paper as well as the string of white yarn.

Foam ball spiders

You start off with a newspaper, spread out on a table at which point the child can draw foam balls across the surface using paint; once dry you can then use pipe cleaners to create spider legs, with glitter, wiggly eyes and rhinestones providing additional decoration.

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Decoupage pumpkin

This requires a bowl of glue that has been watered down. Tear tissue paper into tiny pieces, dip them into the bowl and attach them to a pumpkin. Wait until the glue on the pieces of paper dries before you can use a paint brush to apply additional glue over, which, initially white, eventually becomes clear.

Pumpkin monster

Sometimes it pays to go with the classics, the most common of which is acquiring a sizable pumpkin, cutting angry eyes and monstrous mouth like shape out of its surface and then inserting a candle within to provide that eerie look.

Halloween crafts can be difficult. And in some cases it can actually prove to be dangerous, especially for younger children. However with anything akin to an imagination and a proper adult to supervise and do whatever knife related carvings are necessary, the task should prove fairly simple.

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How to Decorate Your Home for Easter

Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious or a secular holiday, there is no doubt that there is a lot to be thankful for when it comes around. It means spring has sprung – or will soon. It means that life is beginning anew; there is rebirth, regrowth, and a new chance; the days are longer and a bit warmer. Decorating your home for Easter is a great way to bring a bit of the sun in and to honor the holiday. Here are some wonderful ideas to try:

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Easter Egg Tree (courtesy of MarthaStewart)

This great tree incorporates spring themes of new life with soft, pastel Easter colors.

To start, fill a galvanized steel bucket, flower pot or ice bucket with floral foam, marbles, or small stones. Insert pussy willow branches (if you can pick your own, great! If not, try a craft store or look for cherry blossom or forsythia branches). You can even paint the branches white. Arrange some grass in there as well for decoration.

Next, get your eggs ready. You will have to blow them out so the yolks and whites are safely out. This process of completely emptying the eggshells will allow you to keep them up over the holiday and for years after. If you’ve never done this, see instructions here.

Make sure the liquid doesn’t touch the egg shell – and then make some scrambled eggs. The next step is to decorate your eggs. You can do this in a number of different ways, and there are great commercial kits on the market at Easter time. After you dye your eggs, make sure to blow them out again. This is a great time to get the kids involved. They can use glitter, beads, and other items from the craft store to embellish their eggs.

Thread a ribbon onto a needle and slip it through the holes of the egg. Pull the ribbon through. Double-knot and tie onto the “tree” branches.

Note: Once you know how to make blown-eggs, you can use them to make centerpieces or topiaries, arrange them as decorations in Easter baskets for adults, and even make garlands to hang on light fixtures or the fireplace mantel. Just be careful when handling them, and keep them out of reach of little kids!

Chalkboard Flower Pots (from HGTV)

This makes a terrific decoration for your home – and it can be a nice gift for an Easter hostess, friend, or family member. Personally, I’ve used this idea to create fun hostess gifts where I wrote Happy Easter on the pot and then placed an Easter lily inside for a beautiful presentation. In addition, I’ve used the mini terracotta pots with chalkboard paint to do double duty as place cards on the Easter dinner table and then given them to guests as spring themed party favors to take home with them. I just put a little flowering African Violet in each pot. They looked great!

You’ll need:

  • Terracotta plant pots.
  • Primer.
  • Chalkboard spray paint.
  • Chalk.
  • Paper towels.
  • Spring bulbs or flowers.
  • Potting soil.

To make:

1. Prime your pots and let them dry.

2. Apply chalkboard paint to the pots. You will need two or three coats, but let each one dry before applying the next. Make sure to paint the rim and inside 1/3 of the pot, which will be visible. This will need to dry overnight.

3. When the pots are dry, you’ll need to “season” the surface. This prevents whatever you write from being “burned” onto the pot – which means you can use it over and over again as a mini-chalkboard! To do this, rub chalk over the pot, and then wipe it with a paper towel.

4. Fill with potting soil and bulbs or plants.

5. Write a message on the pot. If giving as a gift, write the name of the plant/bulbs and care information.

Egg Shell Planters

You can do this a few different ways; if your family eats a lot of eggs, you can repurpose those shells. Crack them as carefully as possible (in half is good). Clean them and let them dry. You can also blow out the eggs and use a pin or needle to gently break them. This is your plant “pot.”

Next, fill with a light mixture soil and spray it with a water and Miracle-Gro mixture so it is damp. Make a little indent in the soil with a toothpick and plant two seeds per shell; this is great for starting plants indoors before it’s gardening time. Cover with dirt using the toothpick. Spray just a little water on top. Write the name of the plant on the shell in permanent marker. Place the seeded shells in an egg crate or nestle them in a basket for display purposes around your home.

By Easter, you will have little seedlings stretching towards the light; this makes a great spring decoration or gift – and you can plant it a bit later. When you do, simply crush the egg shell up and plant it right with the seedling. Practical, green, and beautiful!

There are so many creative ways to decorate your home for Easter; just make sure to let the sun shine in and enjoy! where she is a regular blog contributor.

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How to Decorate your Home for Christmas

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It is that time of the year which we all look forward to. Yes, Christmas is round the corner with its multitude of colors, twinkling stars and sound of jingles. And it is the time to Decorate your Home for Christmas as well as welcome Santa and the forth coming New Year. But are you having troubling deciding how and from where to start decorating? Don’t worry. Here are a few ideas to pep up your home for the forthcoming holiday season.

  • Outdoor: Christmas decoration should start from outdoors as this is the place that is quite visible to others. Electric bulbs and glowing stars can be used to beautify the trees outside the house. The entrance or hallway can be decorated with Christmas wreaths. New doormats with festive theme can be used. Autumn colored leaves; paper hangings etc would look good in hallway.

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  • Living Room: The must have for Christmas decoration is the Christmas tree. You can either make a mini tree using twigs and white spray or you can buy one from the shop. Once the tree is set the decoration part begins. Twinkling stars, Christmas balls, ribbon bows, mini Santa dolls etc are few of the items that are used for decorating Christmas tree. Once the tree is set, the room can be decorated with scented candles, Christmas wreath and natural flowers to bring in special aroma. Small dolls and teddies can be used to decorate, especially when you have kids in your house.

 

  • Dining: Next to living, dining room assumes great significance. After all Christmas is all about wine and dine! Christmas trees are welcome in dining area as well, provided you have space. Instead of using electric light, candle lights can be used to bring in the Christmas mood. If you are fortunate enough to have chandelier with candle holders, well and good. Fresh flowers and leaves can be used as centerpiece for dining table. White colored table cloth and placemat look best suited for the Christmas setting. Blank walls can be decorated with floral wreaths.

Christmas décor need not be expensive if one has little imagination and creativity. Here are a few DIY tricks one can follow to decorate the home for Christmas

· Buy few Christmas balls of different colors and make a bunch of it. Hang it from the ceiling. It can make a nice Christmas inspired chandelier

· Old wine bottles can be spray painted in gold and silver and used as décor pieces

· Get ball or cube shaped candles from the thrift shop (or if you can make one well and good). Draw some picture using glitter glue. It can be used as an ideal décor piece. Similarly old porcelain bowls or cups can be given a new form using porcelain paint marker. A touch of personalized note; and this can be used as an ideal return gift as well!

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· Homemade holiday wreaths are ideal for wall décor. For this use cardboard as a base and cut it out in the shape of a wreath. Make woolen pom-poms and stick to the cardboard wreath. Holiday wreath is ready.

Christmas decoration need not be an expensive affair. A little bit of creativity and imagination and time will go a long way in transforming your home into that perfect Christmas mood!

Author Bio: The author Susan Johns is a freelance content writer specializing in home décor/improvement niche. With over 5 years experience in the field of furniture and home decor, she has written numerous articles and blogs in this area. She is maintaining a deco review blog that reviews the latest products in home décor niche. Please visit her blog http://decoreview.com

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