Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about. As always, great presentation is in the details. Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor. Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more. It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!
Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!
Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party! Get them made by shopping Etsy.
Table setting~ this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.
Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them! Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers. All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup! Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!
Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop. Again, handmade is best! Be creative!
Cake~ this is where you can really go all out! All of these cakes were handmade! There is nothing more fun than a theme cake!
Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.
Endless ideas on making your celebration special! Contact me if you need any ideas!! The key is to keep things easy & fun!!
Give a gift that counts. It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense. Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B. When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5. We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals. I start thinking about gift a month before school ends. That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.
We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give. I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99. I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue & used a close pin for the tea bag.
Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.
I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.
I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.
Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together. I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag. Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!
I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”. This was for the Gym teacher!
I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.
I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.
I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.
On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.
Just use what you have!
After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room! We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong. The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style. Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners! Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.
Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!
Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.
Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!
Swapped out the rug for a new style. My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.
Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman
I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room. The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.
The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones. Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color. The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors. Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.
Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray. I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.
You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa. Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.
I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago. I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.
Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace. The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.
I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.
I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450. This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.
Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home. Our new chair is in a solid light gray. By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.
My New Living Room!
I accessorize with antique, new and collectables. The mantel turned out far better than expected. Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took. The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches. The other two tables in the room are antique finds. The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family. I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel. I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’. Less is more and quality is always better.
Every closet should be stocked with clothing staples and a few trendy items to ensure getting ready “made easy”, yet right. You don’t have to be a hot mess and throw on those yoga pants, jeans, or slacks with whatever top you have. If you have the right wardrobe essentials your outfits will look polished, sharp, smart and envy worthy. If you follow these clothing tips with your wardrobe then getting dressed will be fun and easy.
Fall into Winter clothing & accessories to have in your wardrobe:
Staples: Long sleeve shirts in black, white or gray & 1 pop of color, Black leggings, Skinny Jeans, Skinny gold or silver belt, Black printed or solid scarf, Tall leather boots, Trench coat, Wool coat, White button down, LBD, Black skirt, Tights & Undergarments (thongs & push ups), Sweater vest, Black blazer, Basic sweaters in cream, black or gray, Denim shirt and make sure you have different socks (thick, wool, thin, high, ankle).
Trends: Leather Biker Jacket, Shoe booties, Black & white striped clothing, Floral on black, Plaid anything, Metallic finishes, Leopard or Animal prints, Pastel jackets & sweaters, Studs & Spikes, Leather or Pleather pants, Leather details on shirts, Pencil skirts, Faux or Fur coats, Chain link jewelry, Cutout clothing, Army clothing, Lace pieces, Heel booties, Over the knee boots, Velvet clothing.
Clothing Tip: Keep your basics up to date-no fading, ironed & clean to wear all week and make sure you have plenty of clean undergarments and socks/tights on hand. Keep your handbags and footwear wiped down and clean. Jewelry should be organized and accessible to pile on.
How to wear your Basics and add your Trends: Dress yourself mostly with your basics and add a trendy item or two. Layering is the key to stylish dressing. Decide if you’re in the mood to wear pencil skirt, black leggings or skinny jeans then decide what to wear on the top. For example, if you go with a pencil skirt to be dressy, then go for a trendy blouse and decide if you’re going to layer your sweater vest, biker jacket, trench coat or black blazer on top. Now figure out your shoes…try on your options in front of a long mirror. Try the shoe booties, tall leather boots and heals to figure out which ones make the best looking outfit for the day. Lastly, spice up your look with accessories and trends…scarfs, jewelry, belts and handbags.
Remember getting dressed is all about layering. If your outfit isn’t right, then go back to your basic items and swap something out, for example if you’re wearing that pencil skirt and you like what it looks like, but is too dressy for the event your attending, then replace it for the back leggings or if really casual then put on your jeans. Or if you just have to wear the pencil skirt but need a more casual look, wear a long sleeve basic shirt then either add a sweater or skip the sweater and layer your sweater vest, biker jacket or trench coat with your scarf. If you have the right staples then making outfits is so easy.
My final advice on polishing your outfit for the day is to make sure your hair style and make up reflect and enhance your look. You don’t have to have the perfect face, but if you’re going for a natural look make sure you have the right make up to correctly achieve this look. With make up it all starts with the basics as well and layer to add different colors and make up trends to your look. Really it’s the same concept!
If you’re closet is organized by color then getting dressed can be a breeze!
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I’ve found that if you can plan for creating or finding the perfect gift to give it is so much more meaningful than picking up that last minute gift. Here are things to think about when you want to give the perfect gift.
1. Think about the personality of your friend. Are they more fun, serious, foodie, athletic, country…etc. Don’t shop for yourself, think about what they would like.
2. Start early. Give yourself enough time to either make or find a meaningful gift.
3. You could get one large gift or a collection of smaller gifts. For example if you want to give a pamper theme gift, then why not put together a local handmade soap, bath bomb, mixed with lotion, cuticle cream and nail polish, nail files, and so much more. I would place all these items wrapped in tissue in a pretty toiletry bag, which is wrapped in a box. I would tie it all off with a pretty ribbon and ornament that gives a clue as to the theme.
4. Find something they don’t already have…who wants one more candle if they already have the perfect one? Think outside the box. If your friend enjoys jewelry and they have a lot already, then give them a special glass monogram box that they can place their special jewelry in, even better if you add a piece of jewelry!
5. Spend within your budget. You don’t have to break the bank to give a great gift. Some of my favorite gifts to give have been meaningful photos in a frame, framed computer made art, photo books and home baked goods.
6. Be creative when it comes to your gifts…if you can make it then add something store bought that pairs well with your gift. For example, I made a sign on my computer and printed it myself and spent my money on the frame.
7. For me the gift is the entire package, meaning the gift, wrapping and card~ they must all be fabulous and meaningful. Don’t skimp on the delivery of the gift. There is nothing more tacky than getting a great gift in a random gift bag. If you have a theme gift then make sure there is a common thread through the entire experience.
If you are planning a wedding, shower or any party and want to welcome cards, create an inviting place for your guests to place them. Cards are always welcome in my book. You never know what you’ll find inside a card!
I used a store bought box that is made to look like a vintage suitcase. You can use just about anything to hold cards, but make sure you can keep it open for your guests.
I made the ‘cards’ mini banner on a vintage local map, glitter glue and glued it onto a pretty ribbon.
The suitcase was a tad big, so I added a small bud vase, lined with tissue draped an old doily off the corner for added interest.
The doily was white, but I made a tea bath and soaked it for a couple of days.
A couple of the guest who couldn’t make the party, mailed cards, so I went ahead and added them before the party.
I love real flowers, but using a silk flower is just as inviting and pretty.
At the end of each school year I like to give the staff at my kid’s school gifts. Maine is all about the beach and simple yet quality living. It doesn’t take much to give a thoughtful gift. I like to put a few small things together with a note and ribbon. For me the overall usefulness is more important than just giving something to give it.
In the past the gifts have been about plants and entertaining so I wanted to do something different this year and I thought about how much everyone is ready to pamper themselves.
Here is what I came up with: washcloth, Trader Joe’s soaps and lip gloss.
I chose colorful washcloths for summer.
I use a lot of different ribbons. Use good ribbons.
If you are going to give more than five gifts, don’t feel like you have to break the bank.
I like using fine papers, stamps, patterned scissors and colorful marks to hand write gift tags. After your “Thank You” statement make sure to include something clever about the gift, in this case….”Time to Pamper”.
The staff was pleased with their smart gifts. For the guys, you could place in a razor instead of a lip gloss. Be creative, have fun with the gifts you give and remember not to deliver gifts on the last day….it’s too crazy, I always deliver a few days ahead of time.