Choosing Party Décor
When thinking of party décor, many minds rush straight to streamers and helium balloons. These, however, are not the type of décor to which I referunless you are throwing a Tacky Party or a birthday bash for your six-year-old niece.
You won't spend a lot of money or time adding these extras, but your guests will wow over the effort you'll appear to have put into making their night special. By just adding a few details, you'll turn everyday into extraordinary. Instead of focusing on traditional elements, try a little creativity:
Having a barbecue? Make it a western barbecue by covering your tables with red-and-white checkerboard tablecloths, kitschy condiment squeeze bottles, vintage cowboy-printed fabric squares as napkins, and a centerpiece made of chili peppers and Tabasco sauce.
Planning a martini party? Gussy things up with a swing theme: vintage bar glasses, mood lighting in low pinks and yellows, a bowl of cigars, and drink-recipe cocktail napkins.
Turn an ordinary luncheon into high tea by investing in a three-tiered serving platter; linen napkins; clean, polished silver and crystal; and a lovely bouquet of tulips.
Remember to keep safety in mind when you're planning your party décor. Although items sold at deep discounts might be good for your budget, they might not be safe for your guests, especially if you are inviting children. Use common sense: Don't place highly flammable decorative items near open flame, don't use plastic bags or anything with accessible string if you're hosting a party with minors in attendance, and don't encourage guests (especially if they have been drinking alcohol) to toast their marshmallows with short, wooden skewers.
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