Decorating Ideas for Evening Parties

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

Dress up your dining table or patio table with an elegant
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
inexpensive mirror.


Set the Mood with Accent Lighting

Evening parties are perfect opportunities for decorative
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.
Don’t forget areas such as bathrooms and foyers when adding accent lighting to an evening party.

Color Themed Décor

An easy way to spruce up your party décor is to choose a
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

When trying to come up with decorating ideas for your next
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.

image via Party City


Wine Themed Parties

Dress up a wine themed party with wine bottle hurricane
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

image via The Good Life

image via Brit+Co

DIY Headboard Project

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted here at Home Decorating News, and to those who were kind enough to follow me, I apologize for that. An unexpected visit to the hospital over the summer put me behind on everything and trying to catch up has been a challenge. I am happy to say I finally completed the interior decorating course last month through Penn Foster College and I now have certification as an interior decorator! This will mean big changes for my website, HomeTreasureCove, as my plan is to combine decorating services with the home decor I sell online.

In the meantime, I will continue to write decorating articles for Demand Media and LoveToKnow, as well as keeping up here with great decorating and home improvement tips and ideas. I am really excited to provide this next guest post from the talented team over at, a great real estate website that offers homes for both purchasing and renting. As a matter of fact, I happen to be looking for my next home there myself! I could not pass up the opportunity to publish this great article they offered on making your own headboard, so here it is- enjoy!

to Create a DIY Headboard
By Tali Wee of Zillow

Bedrooms should be at the forefront of homeowners’ design to-do
lists as the bedroom is the first place seen

in the morning and the last at
night. The average individual spends one third of his or her life in peaceful
slumber, and the bedroom is the dedicated sanctuary for that essential
activity. However, homeowners often look past the décor of their private rooms.

The bed is typically the focal point of a bedroom and an
ideal place to begin designing. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways
to personalize a bed is by creating a one-of-a-kind upholstered headboard. 

furniture in a bedroom can transform the entire feel and mood of the room. Headboards
are a wonderful expression of personality, often customized by shapes, coverings
and embellishments.

Before crafting, check out current homes on the market for popular
bedroom designs, or get inspired by exploring design-forward bedrooms on Zillow Digs. Once settled on the ideal
look, gather a few tools and basic building materials to create the feature
piece for the bedroom. Here is how to get started.

The Materials:
4 feet x 8 feet medium-density fibreboard (depending
on size of bed)
Mattress pad (choose one size up from the bed)
Large roll of wool batting
Cover fabric of choice
Buttons, upholstery pins or embellishments and
trim of choice
Wax twine for button threading
The Tools:
Large upholstery needle
Jigsaw for cutting fibreboard
Nail gun
Spray glue
Marker, craft scissors and craft knife
Needle nose pliers
Rubber mallet

The Method:
Choose a headboardstyle and headboard fabric. Busy and bold prints look great in neutral toned
rooms, whereas softer, simpler patterns can be coupled with bold
embellishments, button tufts and trim. 

Create the frame using fibreboard. Measure the width
of the bed in order to get the desired amount of fibreboard. Depending on the
size of bed, an average size to start with for a queen size bed is 4 feet x 8 feet.
Curved or rounded edges can be traced using household items such as tin cans or
containers, and cut using a jigsaw.

Using the completed frame as a stencil, trace
onto the mattress pad, and cut out using a craft knife. Adhere to the frame
using spray glue. 

Secure the mattress pad onto the frame with a
layer of batting; secure the excess by folding the batting over the edges of
the frame with a nail gun.

Begin covering with fabric by starting from the
middle of each side and working to the corners. Secure the excess over the
edges of the frame with a nail gun.

The Details:
DIY Buttons: Use button cover kits to create
custom buttons in the same fabric as the headboard or choose different colored buttons
for a bolder, more creative look.

Button Tufts: Get this classic quilted look by
sewing buttons into the headboard. Before adhering the mattress pad to the
frame, mark and drill small holes through the fibreboard where buttons are
desired, then adhere the mattress pad and continue to cover with batting and
fabric. Using the twine and needle, start at the reverse side of the headboard,
push needle and thread through each hole, piercing the mattress pad on the
other side, thread button and poke back through. The twine can be secured on
the reverse side of the headboard using a nail gun.

Nailhead Trim: A studded trim border looks sleek
and stylish. Nailhead trim kits are quick and easy to use and the end result
looks great. Use needle nose pliers to stabilize the nail and mallet to secure
into the headboard. Use a mallet rather than a regular hammer to avoid damaging
the nail head.

Embellishments: The options are endless here;
get creative by including felt, lace, mirrors, sequins, beads or even fairy

Creating a custom headboard is a
great way to start personalizing the bedroom. Follow up this home improvement
project with a matching bedspread, chalk paint bedside table, refurbished lamp
and do-it-yourself art. Soon the bedroom should feel full of character.

Thank you, Tali Wee and Zillow!

Guest Post from Arcadian Home: Decorating with Wallpaper

I am always happy to hear from my friends over at Arcadian Home, especially when other work keeps me too busy to post here for awhile! They always have such great decorating ideas. Enjoy this great post on decorating with wallpaper! 

Hi, all! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Home blog, a fantastic place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from beautiful foyer lighting to lovely rugs for the floor. I’m so excited to be with you at Home Decorating News with a guest post.

Today’s topic is decorating with wallpaper. It seems wallpapers are becoming even more popular as each day goes by. With a large array of choices, wallpapers are no longer confined to traditional style rooms. There are beautiful papers for every interior space. Here are eight of our favorites. Please enjoy!

~ Mari


At once graphic and feminine, this beautiful trellis pattern in deep pink on white is perfect for a bedroom, dressing room or foyer. Add this curvy writing table and you have a chic look for any of those spaces.

From DeGournay, an appealing wallpaper with a beautiful Oriental style is seen here in a luxurious living room, but it would also be stunning in a foyer or down a wide hallway. There is something so alluring about the draping branches of the willow tree.

 In this cozy bedroom, wallpaper is used to draw attention to an antique fireplace. Partially papering a wall can be a clever and budget-friendly decorating technique.

Lovely wallpaper with a cool tie-dyed pattern runs up one wall, over the ceiling and down the opposite wall for a unique look in this bedroom redo. Oversized swing arm wall lamps in polished metal are a great lighting choice for this contemporary bedroom.

To create a stylish backdrop for this corner dining space, one wall was papered in a graphic black and white pattern. It’s a great look that makes white pottery and colorful glass accessories pop.

A modern pendant light and light-hearted wallpaper paper bring this formal dining space to life. When choosing wallpaper, consider going with the unexpected—contemporary patterns for traditional rooms or traditional floral patterns with modern furnishings can be stunning combinations.

 Covering all four walls and the ceiling in this tiny powder room makes for a sophisticated look with marble counter top and glam wall sconces.

A framed horizontal “mural” of wallpaper is gorgeous in this eclectic living space and makes one wish for a better view of the entire space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these wallpaper decorating ideas? Let us know in the comments below, and stop by our blog for more home decor, pendant lighting, and interior inspirations!

Great ideas, Mari! Thanks for sharing!


Updating a Traditional Style Home

Traditional style home furnishings have stood the test of
time, providing comfortable interiors with an appeal that has lasted for generations,
as many homes decorated in traditional style are filled with heirlooms and vintage
family furnishings. Others simply prefer the look of period furniture and the
elegant settings created by traditional décor. Updating a traditional style
home with modern and contemporary design elements results in a blended style
known as transitional design.

Balance the Room with Neutral Colors 

Create a relaxed and comfortable environment with neutral
hues in a monochromatic scheme. Browse through paint chips in shades of brown,
taupe, grey and white for inspiration on coordinated neutrals. Tone on tone
patterns with varying textures create a sophisticated yet understated look. A neutral
color scheme is an easy way to create balance and harmony, which you will need
when creating a transitional style room.

Choose a Few Contemporary Furniture Pieces

Look for contemporary furniture that will tie in with your
traditional pieces. For example, if you want a more updated look in your dining
room but can’t bear to part with your mahogany Chippendale dining table, look
for contemporary chairs with sweeping curves that will work with the table’s
cabriole legs and a finish that will complement the lacquered mahogany of the
table. In the living room, look for a modern coffee table that will pair well
with your traditional couch and chairs. Cover traditional furniture with modern
upholstery. Tie the styles together with similar forms, textures or colors.


Add Some Modern Accessories

Bring a contemporary look into a traditional room with a few
modern accessories. Display colorful art glass on floating wall shelves. Replace
traditional curtains with contemporary shades. Add a few contemporary
sculptures to a traditional coffee table. Accent a traditional style sofa with
pillows featuring modern fabric. Place contemporary end tables near traditional
seating or update a traditional chandelier with a modern hanging pendant.

Harmonizing the space and creating unity with similar
elements in furniture and décor will help you blend traditional and
contemporary with amazing success!

Hot Lighting Trends: Drum Shades

Drum shades are a popular trend in lighting today. These versatile shades can be used on a variety of light fixtures, including table lamps, floor lamps, hanging pendants and chandeliers. Drum shades can be retrofitted on existing light fixtures, creating a new, layered look while also diffusing the light. The sleek look of drum shades makes them a great option for modern and contemporary styles. However, these shades can just as easily fit in with more traditional styles as well.

 When looking for a drum shade to embellish a light fixture, consider first the material that it’s made from. The material will not only affect the style of the shade, it will also affect how much light gets diffused. Glass and light-colored fabrics typically put out a brighter light while metal and darker, heavier fabrics create a softer light. A drum shade can be used to enhance even the most luxurious style crystal chandelier or add a stylish touch to the most simple table lamp.

Drum shades are perfect accessories for outdated light fixtures. If you’re tired of looking at that tacky chandelier hanging over your dining room table, give it a hip new look with a drum shade. You can literally transform a light fixture in minutes with a drum shade conversion kit. A kit will allow you to retrofit your existing fixture with just a few simple parts. Refinish the base of the light fixture with some primer and a fresh coat of paint and you’ll have a completely customized, trendy new light that no one will even recognize as being the same one that was there before.

Not sure what size to get? Well first you will need to measure the diameter of your existing fixture to make sure the shade will fit over it. The height of the shade is not as critical, as it’s common for part of the fixture to be left exposed. However, the drum shade should be positioned so that it covers the actual lamps or light bulbs. The correct size will also be determined by where you are installing the fixture. If you’re adding a drum shade to a dining room chandelier, the diameter of the shade should be within 12 inches of the total width of the table underneath it. The appropriate size for a chandelier or hanging pendant installed in any other room can be determined by measuring the length and width of the room. Add those two numbers together and the total will give you a guideline as to how many inches the diameter of the shade should be for that space. For example, a 10′ x 12′ room would need a shade with a diameter of 22 inches.

So whether you’re looking for a vintage design, a fixture that’s sleek, sexy and modern or a classic, clean fixture to add elegance to your traditional style home, you can find a drum shade that will fit the bill (or the fixture).


Mixing Patterns in a Room

Incorporating patterns in a design scheme is a great way to
add interest, color, personality and style to any space. Mixing different
patterns in the same room can be a little tricky, especially if you have no
idea how to use them together. However, with a few designer tips, you no longer
have to be intimidated by the idea of multiple patterns sharing the same space.

Finding Balance with Color
You can balance multiple patterns in a room through the use
of color. Look for patterns with the same color intensity, such as soft
neutrals, light pastels or bright and bold hues. Coordinated colors
create unity with mixed patterns, as you can see with the following monochromatic patterns:
The monochromatic patterns in the room above are paired with vivid pops of bright accent colors.

Analogous pattern colors create a warm, harmonious atmosphere in these rooms:

If you want
more contrast, choose patterns with complementary colors.

Contemporary Living Room design

The complementary blue and orange create a striking contrast. Another blue patterned pillow or throw would go great on the chaise lounge above.

Asian Living Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Jane Ellison

Use Animal Prints
Mother Nature has always been an excellent designer and is
the go to source for inspiration and ideas. Animal prints provide a great
variety of aesthetically pleasing patterns with striking contrast. The varying
shapes and colors also look great when mixed together.

Mixed Motifs

A mixture of pattern densities and varying designs will keep the look interesting. Stripes and plaids can be mixed with checkered, polka dots or floral prints. Classic prints such as damask, Fleur de Lis and toiles look beautiful in both traditional and modern settings. Eclectic rooms may include a mixture of geometric, paisleys and ethnic ikat prints.

Traditional Kids design by Austin Interior Designer Bravo Interior Design

Vary the Scale

Using the rule of three, you can coordinate different
patterns by varying the scale. Choose a large-scale pattern to cover a large
area such as a rug, sofa or wallpaper. Accessorize with medium scale patterns
and a few smaller patterns.


Contemporary Family Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Amoroso Design

Repeating Patterns

Repeating a pattern throughout the room in different colors
and sizes is another effective way to use pattern. This can sometimes trick the
eye, as the same design may appear to be different types of patterns. It’s also
a fun way to sprinkle your favorite design throughout the room.
Traditional Living Room design by Other Metro Photographer Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

As you can see, there are many ways to mix patterns in a room.
The method you use to tie your patterns together will be a matter of personal
preference. Mixing patterns is a way to show both your personality and

Decorating with Fabric Panels

If you’re looking for a way to add a little flair to your decorating scheme,
fabric panels are an easy and inexpensive way to add color, texture and pattern
to your walls. Fabric panels are simple to make and you don’t have to worry
about sewing anything. You can make your fabric panels any size you want and
customize them to fit perfectly in any decorating style. After investing in a
few basic materials, all you need is a little imagination and you’ll soon have
designer type accessories for any room.

There are numerous ways to decorate with fabric. A typical fabric panel
consists of fabric wrapped around a rigid surface or frame such as a piece of
plywood, canvas frame or foamboard. You can often find wood frame pieces made
for canvas art frames that have corners designed to interlock at craft or art
stores. Your fabric piece should wrap around your board or frame with 1 to 2
inches of leftover fabric on each side. Staple or tape the fabric to the back
of the board or frame, pulling the fabric very tight and folding the corners
like you would when wrapping a present. Use a very strong, durable tape like
duct tape if you can’t use staples, making sure you can’t see any tape from the
front. Use wall putty or a picture hanger to hang the fabric panel.

You can also hang fabric panels from the wall or ceiling, similar to
curtains. A ceiling mount curtain rod or curtain rail can be used to hang
fabric panels, which can act as a room divider or cover for an open storage
space. Sheer fabric panels can provide a sense of privacy while still
maintaining a sense of open spaciousness. You can find hanging fabric panels at
stores like Ikea.

Fabric panels can be used on the ceiling to diffuse light and add a layer of softness to the room. Fabric on the ceiling also adds an unusual element to the room’s design scheme, providing interest and and character to the space.

Fabric panels can be used to create a custom headboard or textured accent wall in your bedroom. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

Eclectic Bedroom design by Other Metro Interior Designer Neslihan Pekcan/Pebbledesign

Stop by your nearest fabric store and see what inspires you. Take a few swatches home with you to see how they look against your walls and with your other decor. Browse online for more photos and ideas for fabric panels and layer your home with fabric!


Easy Window Treatments: Scarf Valances

If you are looking for an easy way to dress up your windows or you want something out of the ordinary, scarf valances may be just what you’re looking for. A scarf valance can be used with curtains, blinds, shades or used alone to provide a chic look while still allowing plenty of light to enter through the window. You can buy ready-made scarf valances or make them yourself. If you don’t know how to sew or you don’t own a sewing machine, don’t worry. You can still make a scarf valance without touching a needle or thread, as long as you have an iron.

You’ll need to install some hardware to support your scarf valance. Look for a decorative curtain rod to hang the valance from. Any type of curtain rod will work but you may want to stick with a wooden curtain rod. This way, you can secure the fabric with thumb tacks if necessary. Wood rods can also give the window treatment  a classic, upscale look. Add interest with decorative finials.

An easy way to figure out how much fabric you need is to multiply the width of the window by three. if you have a very large window and you plan on using multiple swags in your scarf valance, add about 10 to 15 inches for each swag.

 To hem your fabric without sewing, lay the fabric out on the floor.  Fold approximately 1 inch  of fabric  over and press the seam with an iron.  Insert hemming tape into the fold and iron again to secure  the hem.  Repeat this for each side of the fabric.

There are several methods for hanging a scarf valance, depending on the look you want. For a single swag with symmetrical amounts of fabric hanging on each side, you will need to find the center of the fabric and mark it with safety pins or tape. Mark the center of the curtain rod as well. Fold the fabric in accordian style folds and secure with safety pins or loosely tie string around the scarf to hold the pleats in place. Hold the material up to the rod and match the center marks. Then drape the fabric over each end of the curtain rod, front to back. Pull down the center into a crescent and adjust the sides. Remove the safety pins or string and adjust the folds as needed.

For more of a designer look, hang the scarf asymmetrically, with one side shorter than the other. You can also install eyehook medallions above the window and thread the fabric through them, with cascades hanging in between. Make multiple cascades for larger windows, looping the material around the rod as you go. Intertwine two colors for a layered look.

For the best results, use a two sided fabric that doesn’t have a wrong side that will show when twisting and turning. Silk, satin, chenille or any type  of sheer fabric will work well for a scarf valance.

Guest Post from Barnaby Kirsen of Boha Glass

Here is a nice little piece about handblown art glass, from one of the partners at Boha Glass in the UK. Real art glass makes a stunning conversation piece for any room.


is a beautiful and wondrous material and the right piece will bring
dazzling  light, color and elegance to any room in your home.

A piece of crystal glass could sparkle in a sunny window sill and reflect the light in a thousand dazzling directions.

glass ornament could sit proudly on your mantel shelf to be admired and
enjoyed by your guests. And when the hearth below the mantel is quiet
in those balmy summer months, an elegant tall glass vase could fill the

Flower vases make great centerpieces and sometimes they are so pretty you don’t like to spoil them by adding flowers!

sturdy, well poised paperweight will help reflect light from shelves in
a study and some of the more modern paperweights make great presents
for him.

When choosing the right piece of glass it is always
best to invest in quality. If you buy a handmade hand blown piece of
glass signed by the artist then you have made a wise investment. Not
only will you get to enjoy the art glass for years to come, it will be
rising in value by up to 20% a year. Not a bad investment in these
uncertain times.

Buying a cheap piece of glass might seem appealing,
especially if it is a pretty factory made piece, but quality shines
through and you won’t receive anywhere near as many admiring comments
from visitors. Plus, as it is not an artist piece it is unlikely to be
worth much more, even after ten years.

Although some factory glass is cheap and cheerless,
there are lots of good looking pieces being produced. So, if you can’t
afford a couple of hundred dollars you can still find pretty pieces for
your home.

A friend of mine buys Clarice Cliff, some very
collectible pottery. He buys like 20 pieces and then leaves them boxed
in his attic for about ten years and then sells them on. He makes great
money but I always feel a little sad that these wonderful handmade works
are hidden away for a decade with no one to admire them.

A piece of glass that has been hand worked by a
master craftsman in the searing heat of the furnace shows its superb and
classy nature even before it has cooled on the artisan’s work bench.

Invest in high quality and you will have both a classy
artwork all of your own as well as a little financial nest egg for the
Barnaby Kirsen is a partner at Boha
Glass – an online shop selling in hand made art glass from Bohemia and
beyond. You can
Boha Glass’s blog.
Thank you, Barnaby. Your art glass is truly exquisite! 

Faux Painting Techniques- Color Washing

 If you’re looking for a way to give your home a professional designer look without the expense of hiring one, there is a relatively simple faux painting technique that can transform ordinary walls into extraordinary walls. Color washing, also known as glazing, is a type of decorative painting that creates a multi-dimensional, textured effect to walls, ceilings or any surface it is applied to. The technique involves a two-step process where a base color is layered underneath a second glaze color. Various visual effects are created depending on the method used to apply the glaze mixture.

One of  the most straightforward techniques is to apply the glaze mixture with a soft, damp rag. This typically results in a soft, mottled or marbled look that is subtle, yet elegant:   

The lighter base coat can be applied with a paint roller. Water based, latex paint is the easiest to work with.  After the base coat is completely dry,  the wall will be ready for the glaze. Clear glaze can be mixed with your choice of latex paint or you can buy a tinted or pre-mixed glaze. To apply the glaze, dip a damp rag into the mixture and begin to wipe the color onto the wall in a circular motion, just as if you were cleaning the wall.  Keep extra rags on hand in case you make a mistake or need to thin the color out more.    
For a more textured look, a brush or a sea sponge can be used:
Eclectic Bedroom design by Phoenix Interior Designer Chris Jovanelly Interior Design

When applying glaze with a brush, start with a large “X” pattern, about 12 inches tall and wide. Continue to fill in the space using criss cross brush strokes until the color is blended with the base color showing through. Go back over the area with a clean dry brush to feather and soften any brush strokes that remain.

 If you choose to use a sponging  technique, wet the sponge with water and then wring it out  thoroughly. Dip the damp sponge into the glaze and dab the color on the wall. Continue blotting color in random patterns, leaving several inches between each blot until there is no more glaze left on the sponge. Go back and fill-in the empty spaces without reloading the sponge. Always work in small sections when color washing, in areas about 4′ x 4′.    


Eclectic Living Room design by New York Interior Designer Kimberly DesJardins, KDI – KDIA

 You can pick up sample boards at paint stores such as Sherwin-Williams that you can use to practice faux painting techniques like color washing.  Once you have your favorite technique mastered, you can give your walls an artistic makeover that will certainly impress guests at your next dinner party!