Decorative table decor and additional accent lighting can do
wonders to enhance your home for entertaining. Coordinating your decor with
color or a common theme can be a fun way to get creative with your evening
festivities. Although dining rooms and patios are the obvious areas to focus on
when decorating for a party, don’t forget to spruce up the bathroom and
especially the foyer, so that guests feel they are walking in to something
Elegant Table Centerpieces
centerpiece. Centerpieces can easily be created with materials around your home
and clippings from your yard. You can also gather supplies from thrift stores, dollar stores, yard
sales or even grocery stores. Look for inexpensive glass vases and bowls. Fill
them with whole citrus fruit or a combination of whole fruit and round slices.
Citrus fruit can also stabilize tall floral stems in mixed centerpiece arrangements. Fill glass containers with varying levels of water and add floating candles and
flower blossoms picked right out of your garden or backyard. Use seasonal
produce, such as pumpkins, gourds and squashes in fall or fresh berries in
spring in combination with candles and other tabletop décor. Place centerpiece
materials along a table runner, on a decorative serving tray or on an
Set the Mood with Accent Lighting
accent lighting. Candles provide excellent accent lighting and the light
produced by the flame can be further enhanced with candle lanterns or hurricane
shades. Use candles on the table, in the bathroom, in wall sconces and wherever
there is a dark corner. Use scented candles to enhance the room’s aroma. Display
Moroccan lanterns with jewel toned shades or intricately pierced metal shades
that cast beautiful shadows along ceilings and walls. Hang the lanterns from
tree branches in the yard. Run string lights around the perimeter of a covered porch
or patio or hang paper lanterns from the ceiling either indoors or outdoors.
Much of accent lighting for parties and entertaining can be illuminated with
energy efficient LED bulbs, including candle lanterns. LED lights are safer
than candles or incandescent lights because they stay cool.
Color Themed Décor
color theme. A monochromatic scheme in any chosen color is a super simple way
to coordinate table linens, tableware, centerpieces and other decorative
accents. Food and drink can also included in your color themed décor. Serve
cocktails that match the chosen hues or add a little food coloring to something
like a piña colada. Submersible colored LED lights can be placed in cocktail
glasses for a whimsical way to add color to drinks.
Menu Themed Parties
adult party, let the menu become the inspiration for decorative décor. Turn a
Mexican dinner into a fiesta with brightly colored serveware, sombreros or
colorful serapes draped over chair backs and jumbo Margarita glasses filled
with colorful tissue paper flowers.
Create an ocean themed table scape for a seafood inspired menu. Scatter seashells among candles along a table runner. A clamshell filled with a small amount of sand and a tealight candle makes an interesting place setting centerpiece guests can keep if they choose to.
Embellish an Asian themed party with folding
paper fans placed across each place setting and paper parasol umbrellas propped
up on furniture or extra chairs. Arrange miniature Pagoda style lanterns,
polished stones, vases of bamboo and small Buddha figurines sitting on
decorative boxes as a table centerpiece anchored on bamboo mats. Fill Chinese
take-out boxes with take home party favors.
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Wine Themed Parties
shades and wine bottle flower vases as table centerpieces. Wine glass candle
holders can be made by partially filling the glass with small colored glass
beads and inserting a votive candle in the middle or the glass can be turned
upside down with a flower placed underneath and a candle placed on the inverted
base. Use large serving trays to set out samples of cheese, nuts, grapes and
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