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Five Ways to Make Party Chairs Stand Out

Happy Friyay!  I hope you’re pumped for the weekend. I’ve got a busy one ahead of me with parties, conferences, work, and a cold, cold, Sunday.  Definitely NOT looking forward to sub 30 degree weather 🙁

Because it’s Friday, I wanted to start a fun series called TDH Friday Five!  Search for it on Instagram with the hashtag #tdhfridayfive Mostly though, I kept coming up with these ideas for blog posts, but they were all too short for a “real” blog post.  So I thought, these are good ideas and I want to share them. They just needed to go into a series so there’s some sort of theme to them.  And TDH Friday Five was born!

This series is a quick list of five things. That’s it.  All kinds of different categories, but five things.  It could be five tips one week, five fun party themes another week, or five super cool party finds.  I hope you like it and that it gives you a quick burst of inspiration for your next party.

Ready to start?  Here we go!

TDH Friday Five: Party Chairs

You know something that gets overlooked so much at parties and gatherings?  You guessed it, the chairs!

I’m guilty of this too.  I spend a lot of time worried about how the table is going to look for a dinner party, and totally overlook the chairs.  Chairs seem to be pretty standard.  But they don’t have to be at your next party.  Here are five ways to make them stand out.

1. Tie Ribbon to the Chair

Such a fun and whimsical way to decorate your chair.  Add ribbon to the back of the chair in party coordinated colors by tying it on.  If you have a fabric chair try using some straight pins to attach the ribbon.

2. Add a Sign or Banner to the Chair

If a party is in honor of someone this is a great way to make just their chair stand out.  This is seen a lot at weddings for the Bride and Groom.  But I say it doesn’t have to stop there.  Use this idea to honor the mom to be at a baby shower, the bride at a bridal shower, or the birthday boy or girl.

3. Add Garlands to the Chair

Garlands are so versatile.  I love them for all kinds of party decor, so why not add them to the back of a chair?  Paper pennants would be so cute at a circus themed party.  A garland of flowers would be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch.  So many ways to use them!

4. Use Pillowcases on a Chair

You know what you have already in your house that you can use to make your chairs stand out?  Pillowcases.  Yep, just throw them over the back of your chairs to make them stand out.  Get a fun pattern that coordinates with your party or plain pillowcases and dress them up with ribbon or flowers.  The great part is that you can use them again as a pillow case on your bed.  I love multi-use party decor!

Here are some great pillow case options.

 

5. Add a Great Pillow to a Chair

This one is kind of a no brainer.  However, I love the idea of using a bunch of pillows, like one on every chair. This will make the chairs and seating area stand out at your party.

Here are some fun pillows I love, here, here, and here.

Does this list of five things make you rethink how you’ll jazz up your chairs the next time you have a party?  There are a couple on this list that I’ve been wanting to try.  I may just make them work for a couple of upcoming things.

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An Easy Tutorial for DIY Confetti Poppers

Need a quick burst of fun and celebration this morning after a long weekend?  You’re in the right place today! Bonus, this diy is so easy! I am realizing more and more that confetti just makes me so happy.  So, these DIY confetti poppers are the perfect dose of happy when you’re having a down day!

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In the past year I’ve seen a confetti cannon at a concert and now absolutely must have one.  I’ve also done a confetti throwing photo booth at my other company’s convention and it was so fun.  I’m tempted to build my own and put it in my basement.  Or make it a traveling confetti booth for parties, like a photo booth, but with confetti.

For all of you out there that are like, “no way, I don’t want to clean up confetti, that sounds horrible.” Well, let me introduce you to the best confetti cleaner upper, right here.  Especially when you use the wand adapter!

Materials Needed for Confetti Poppers

So to make your own confetti poppers you’ll only need a few things, some of which you probably already have at home.

  • Tissue Paper
  • Confetti
  • Washi Tape (or any small tape)
  • Optional Items:
    • Scissors
    • Twine for a garland
    • Place Cards

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DIY Confetti Popper Tutorial

  1. Cut tissue paper into squares about 6″ x 6″ and add confetti to the middle of the squarediy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

2. Roll tissue paper up like a tootsie roll, pinching the ends together so the confetti doesn’t come out.

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3. Use washi tape to secure the twisted ends.

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That’s it!  Three steps to fun!

Now that you’ve made confetti poppers, what should you do with them?  Well, I literally just went outside and popped them open and had my daughter do it too.  So this would make a fun and easy craft to do with kids when they’re bored.

To pop the poppers you just have to twist and rip, then all the confetti will come flying out!  Check my Instagram to see me in slow mo popping these!

You can also use them to make fun, interactive party decor.  I made a quick confetti popper garland that can then be taken down and used to pop.

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Just wrap twine around each popper and they’ll be able to slide out of the twine and handed out to guests for popping.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppersJust wrap the twine around the end of the confetti popper.  If you wrap it around the middle you run the risk of inadvertently popping them when you’re trying to take them off the garland.

You can also use them for a fun place setting to any dinner party.  Just stick a name card into the popper or tie it to the end of the popper.

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Wouldn’t that make for a fun start or end to your dinner?  I’d actually recommend doing it at the end of the meal so you aren’t getting confetti into any food!

Wasn’t that super easy?  Did I get you as excited about confetti as I am?  If not, come into my confetti photo booth and see if tossing some confetti makes you a little happier.

 

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10 Party Tablecloth Alternatives

Hey there, long time, no hear!  Turns out when my daughter is on summer break I can get basically nothing done!  Thus I’ve been a little MIA so far this summer.  Hopefully I can find some motivation, carve out some kid free time, and get back in business.  I have so many ideas and no time to tell you all about them.

Today’s idea hit me when I was trying to come up with a runner to use for my daughter’s upcoming fourth birthday.  You’ll get to see that in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a good one!  You can see some of her previous birthdays here, here, and here.  So, I wanted a fun runner to use on the dessert bar and then started thinking of all the things you can use for a tablecloth or runner instead of an actual tablecloth.

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I rounded up some great alternatives to using tablecloths on your table and found some amazing inspiration and links so you can get them for yourself.

10 Tablecloth Alternatives

1. Rugs

First up is rugs.  Yep, not just for floors, throw them across your table and bring the pattern and sturdiness of a rug to your party.  Bonus, is that some rugs would make clean up a breeze!  I love how Boho Beach Bungalow used these little faux fur rugs from Ikea on her chairs, but I say toss them across the table for a winter cocoa party and they’ll look great!

2. Scarves

Next, scarves.  I actually don’t really own any pretty or dressy scarves.  Just warm ones, hello Colorado.  But a silk scarf across a table or tied to a serving tray would be so pretty.

3. Sheets

If you have a large table to cover, but not a large tablecloth, use a sheet.  Yes, a bedroom sheet can cover a huge area and they can be fairly inexpensive.  Plus, there are a ton of colors and patterns to match any party.  Here are a few fun options!

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4. Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is one of my go to ways to cover a table or decorate a party.  It makes a great table runner and you don’t have to cut it down, just roll it across the middle of the table and you’re done!

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5. Balloons

I’ve used balloons as a table runner before.  See how I did it here.  I love this inspiration.

6. Kraft Paper

Kind of like wrapping paper, but kraft paper or butcher paper is another option to use instead of a tablecloth.  It’s great for a rustic look, or when you want your guests to help decorate the party.  Just provide some crayons, markers, or pens and let them get to work.

7. Burlap Coffee Sacks

I was recently at an antique store with my sister-in-law who is a great treasure hunter and party thrower.  See one she did here.  At the store we found these old burlap coffee sacks and both agreed that they were so cool, but had no idea what we’d use them for.  After a little thinking, they would make a great tablecloth for a party or a coffee station at a party.

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8. Shower Curtains

Shower curtains are another way to cover a large table inexpensively.  They make great tablecloths and photo booth backdrops too because they already have the grommets in them!

9. Blankets

You can never go wrong with using a blanket as a tablecloth.  I mean they are so closely related.  Plus you can use a blanket for a lot of different parties.  Christmas blankets around the holidays, your favorite sports team’s blanket for a boys birthday, a picnic blanket for a summer bbq.

10. Lace

Lace is so pretty when thrown over a table because you get to see some of the table peeking through. This wedding photo is amazing!!

The major thought process is that if you don’t have what you may think is the perfect thing to host with, use something else.  Don’t let not having hosting gear hold you back from opening your home and inviting others in.

Who knows, the alternative may be even better than what you had wanted for the original?

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DIY Hanging Floral Installation

Last week we talked all about how to incorporate this year’s wedding trends into your home parties.  You can see all about how to do living backdrops and potted plants, lucite, and saturated colors .  Another trend I keep seeing is a large over the top hanging floral installation.

But, they seem difficult to do, expensive, and a little impractical for a party at home.  However, today, I made a smaller DIY version and I’m loving it!  It’s definitely something anyone can do and still have the same kind of impact of a large floral installation.

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Hanging Floral Installation Inspiration

Here are just a few floral installation inspiration images.  I love how grand they all are and the flowers and greenery are gorgeous.

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DIY Hanging Floral Installation Supplies

Without spending a fortune on flowers and a lot of time building something just like the inspiration above, I was able to make my own version.  It’s much smaller, but it still gives the same feeling as the larger versions above.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own hanging floral installation.

  • a stick, branch, or dowell rod
  • flowers, garlands, or greenery
  • string or twine
  • floral wire
  • scissors

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You first have to think about where you’re going to hang your installation.  I wanted to have the same feeling of an installation above a table like the pictures above, so I hung mine over the dining room table.  To do this I just hung the twine over our dining room chandelier.

If you want your installation above a table, but don’t have a chandelier, there are tons of ways to make that happen.  You can screw a small hook into the ceiling over your table.  Or try tying your string onto a small nail in your ceiling.  If your installation isn’t very heavy you could even try to use a 3M Command Hook attached to the ceiling so it would be easy to remove after the party.

DIY Hanging Floral Installation How To

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It’s not difficult to make this installation at all.  I basically just wrapped the garland around the stick and secured it using floral wire.  As I went I adjusted the garland to get the look I was going for.  To do this I had to stop and hold the garland up to see what it would look like once hung.

You will also have to tie your string or twine to either end of the stick so you are able to hang the installation once it’s done.

I was going for a full look with some greenery hanging down from the stick.  Thanks to a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to use two garlands for the price of one to achieve the fullness I was looking for.

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Another way to hang it would be to tie each end of string or twine to the chandelier individually.  Having the glow of the light above could make the installation look even better at night.

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I kept my table centerpiece super simple because of the impact of the hanging installation.  A collection of lit candles would make a very romantic “in the garden” kind of experience.

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So what do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try at home?  Do you think it resembles the inspiration at all?  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I was able to make this installation, thanks to that sale, for less than $20!  I also had all the other supplies on hand already.

Plus now I have some great spring decor over our dining room bar!  And it would be really easy to change this up with the seasons by sticking in different flowers or leaves for each season.

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That one piece of floral wire is glaring at me! I’ll have to hide that one.

Have a great weekend friends!

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Wedding Trend 2018: Potted Plants

Well friends, we’ve made it to our last wedding trend of the week.  You can catch the other two trends here and here.  It has been fun reimagining how to use these trends in your own party.  Today’s potted plant trend is another that will be pretty easy to incorporate into any home party.

After researching several large wedding websites and figuring out the biggest wedding trends of 2018, I narrowed it down to lucite, saturated colors and today’s potted plant trend.  Now I’ll give you some inspiration and ways to incorporate it into whatever kind of party you’ll be having this year.

Potted Plant Wedding Trend Inspiration

Lining a walkway, like a wedding aisle, is a huge way the potted plant trend is being done at weddings.

Another way it’s being done at weddings is by putting potted plants on tables as centerpieces and table decor.

And lastly, living backdrops for ceremonies, photobooths, and wedding decor make a big statement at any wedding. This succulent backdrop is really impressive.  I’m mostly impressed that the bride grew almost all of the succulents herself!

How to Incorporate Potted Plants into Your Home Party

It’s pretty easy to use this trend throughout your home party if you already have potted plants around your house.  All you may have to do is move some things around.

If you want to recreate the potted plant trend as a centerpiece, this diy from Magnolia is super easy to follow.  I mean Joanna Gaines can basically do no wrong, right? I also love how the candle is in the middle to bring a little more ambiance to your tablescape.

Now if you want to recreate the look of having a living backdrop but can’t make a huge wall of plants, I totally understand.  Most houses don’t have space for something like that.  Give one of these options a try to do it on a smaller scale.

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I love how rustic these options are and that you would only have to grow a few plants instead of an entire wall of them.  Put them near your kitchen and grow herbs for easy access to any recipe you might be creating.  These pieces would also make great decor for your patio or house after the party is over too.

And lastly, instead of lining an aisle at a wedding ceremony, use potted plants to line a walkway up to your party.  This could be along your sidewalk, or through the backyard to get to the main party space.

I love how coastal and inviting this front porch looks.  Who wouldn’t want to go to a party at this house?

That wraps up this week’s wedding trend series.  Did you get any inspiration from the trends to use at your next party?  I’d love to see how you incorporate these trends, so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your party photos!

I hope you all have a great weekend and have something fun to celebrate!

 

 

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