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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Fall Front Porch Tour 2018

I’m back spreading more fall cheer today!  I think since I started this blog, I’ve always shared my fall front porch, so I couldn’t let this year go by without doing it again.  So let’s take a quick tour today!

You can see past fall front porch tours here and  here.

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Even though I went more neutral and black and white in my house for fall this year, I couldn’t help but add some fall colors to the front porch.

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It’s funny looking back on the last two years’ front porches and seeing how things are similar, but colors have changed a bit.  I always seem to incorporate these lanterns into the fall front porch decor.

I love how neutral they are.  They add that rustic, brown element during the fall.  But they also work great in the summer time as a light addition to summer hues too.  I got them at Crate & Barrel years ago and can’t seem to find anything similar to link to for you.  I’ll keep checking though.

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Mums are always a must for my fall front porch.  In years past they’ve been orange and purple, but we went with yellow and that burnt orange color this year.  Thankfully, I had a couple metal pails to use as pots to hide the plastic container the mums come in.

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I also changed out the flowers in the railing pots.  Everything I planted there this summer basically died instantly.  So I’m hoping these orange marigolds last a little longer.

Side note, I would love to be an accomplished gardener when I get a little older (read more time when my kids aren’t tiny).  I’m talking I want to be on the same level as Joanna Gaines and her garden house.  I want garden beds, potting tables, sinks, all the gardening tools, a chicken coop, flowers, flowering trellis’. I want it all.

But, I have a long way to go before achieving that considering I kill succulents (very hard to kill plants) like it’s my job.  Maybe after doing some research, getting a gardening education, and some trial and error I’ll be able to do it?  Do you have any gardening book suggestions?

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This fall wreath always makes an appearance on my fall front porch too.  I like that it has a lot of different fall colors in it so it can go any direction I decide to lean each fall.

And let’s just talk about those corn stalks.  I’ve been wanting to incorporate corn stalks on my porch for years.  But every time I go to the store they are sold out.  Last year, I went to three different stores to try and find them.  So when I saw them this year I snapped them up! Well, my husband did.  I didn’t want to try and fit them in my car, but he was able to.

I also used some straw, but don’t even want to tell my husband how much that little bale cost.  See, he comes from farming country where you can literally just go out to the field or barn and get a straw bale three times the size for free.  But living here in the suburbs, you have to pay for these things.

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I’m so proud of my little pumpkin topiary!  All real pumpkins, and I used power tools to put them together!  I’m going to show you how on my Instagram stories.  So go there later today to check it out.  It turned out so cute!

My daughter also insisted that she get a pumpkin to paint when we were buying everything else for the front porch.  I think she did a great job mixing the colors.

Having kids has really taught me that it’s ok not to have a perfect looking house, porch, car, etc.  And it’s ok to incorporate their (usually primary colored things) into our decor.  It’s great for them to see that we care and appreciate the things they make enough to display them.  Do you display your kids’ creations or hide them away because they don’t go with your decor?

That wraps up our front porch tour.  What was your favorite part?  Mine is the topiary!

I’ll add a few spookier things right before Halloween to scare the trick or treaters!

 

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Launch Day! Virtual Party Plans Now Available

I’m so excited for today!  October 1st is full of launches!  I’m launching my line of virtual party plans on the blog today!  My other business is also launching a new product, and #last90days with Rachel Hollis starts today.  Such a great way to end the year!

So, what is a virtual party plan?  Well it’s basically me planning your party for you and delivering it right to your email.  What could relieve stress better than that?

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I’ve recently asked a few questions about what stresses you out about parties over on Instagram and was surprised at some of the answers. Some common party stresses were:

  • not being creative enough to come up with party decor
  • not wanting to spend a bunch of money on one time use party decor
  • party decor takes too long
  • not being able to envision the finished product

The great news is that with a virtual party plan I can solve all of those problems for you!!

What’s included in a Virtual Party Plan

Here is what you’ll get in a virtual party plan from me.

  1. First, you won’t be spending hours and hours feeling overwhelmed on Pinterest, because I’ll do all the research and get all the inspiration for you. No need to feel uncreative.  I’ll find the most creative, yet realistic ideas for your party.
  2. Printable invitations that are designed with your theme in mind.  Just print and send to your guests!Custom party plan for all your party planning needs, invitations, party plan with tons of resources for your party and directions with how to set it up
  3. A party checklist with all of the things needed to create a beautiful and memorable party.  It will be broken down to manageable tasks so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  4. A detailed timeline telling you exactly when to do everything so you’re not leaving a million things to do on party day.  Preparing early is key to a stress free party.  Preparing for your party over time will make you realize it doesn’t take too long to throw a great party.
  5. Don’t know where to get the things you need for a party?  You’ll receive a resource list with suggested places to purchase all of the decor you’ll need for the party!  Included will be tutorials on how to make things and recipes for the party menu.  Having this list will help you save money because it will keep you focused on the things you need instead of randomly buying things that you don’t end up using.
  6. My favorite part…..you’ll also receive a diagram of how to set up all of the decor that you’ve bought or made.  So there’s no stress in not knowing how to put it all together.  You’ll have a blueprint for a beautiful party!

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Don’t you feel less stressed already knowing that you’ll have me as your personal party planner?  I’m so excited to offer this to my readers and can’t wait to plan your next party!

Here are just a few ideas on the kinds of parties you can have too. A virtual party plan is a great way to plan any kind of party.  Birthday parties, retirement parties, dinner parties, housewarming parties, bridal showers, brunches, holiday parties, baby showers, the list goes on and on!

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How to Get a Virtual Party Plan

To discuss your next party, just email thedailyhostess@gmail.com and we’ll get started planning!

Virtual party plans will start at $49.99 and it’s best to get your party plan at least a month in advance of your party.  So I recommend we start planning at least 5-6 weeks before your party.

 

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: 3 Fall Coffee Table Ideas

It’s Tablescape Tuesday!  One of my very favorite series around here.  It’s a chance to show party centerpieces, dessert tables, styled coffee tables or gift tables.  Today I’m giving you three different fall coffee table ideas.  They range from simple to elaborate, and I hope you can get some inspiration from at least one of them.

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Simple Fall Coffee Table Ideas

I don’t think you can get more basic and simple than by putting a few pumpkins on your coffee table.  I used these black and white buffalo check pumpkins in a group of three.  Simple, but their bold pattern makes a big statement.  I also think putting them in an odd numbered group like three or five makes a bigger impact.

 

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Easy Fall Coffee Table Idea

Next up is a coffee table tablescape that’s a little more involved.  It uses things you probably already have on your coffee table though, so that’s easy.

Just mix your typical books and coasters in with some more natural fall elements like pine cones.

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I used a black and white Ugandan made basket to tie into my fall color pallet of black and white.  I also removed the covers of the books to keep them more in line with my color scheme.

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Another way to use natural elements is to collect twigs, branches, or even weeds to put into a vase on your coffee table.  It will bring the outside in and bonus points if they are fall colors!

Advanced Fall Coffee Table Idea

This last fall coffee table look is more advanced and involves using several different accessories.  Plus, it’s a mix and match of the previous two looks.

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I took the same book stack with a pumpkin from the second look and added in some greenery.  With everything corralled on a whicker tray this fall coffee table look is all contained in one area.

I love the texture that the whicker tray provides and the life that the greenery gives. I do plan on switching out the greenery for some eucalyptus leaves a little further into the season.

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Which is your favorite look?  Do you think any of them are too difficult for you to replicate?  Did you gain any inspiration from them?

It feels like because we have little kids people are always surprised we have a coffee table, let alone stuff on it.  But I think because I’ve never changed my decorating style since having kids, they are just used to it.  Neither of them bothers the things I have out.

That is until I change things up.  When I switch stuff out for the season the first couple days they tend to explore things a little more.  But then, like usual, they get used to it and lose interest.

What’s typically on your coffee table?

 

 

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