Saturday, October 30, 2010
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Monday, October 25, 2010
Greet your guests with whimsical pumpkin planters on your porch steps or make bring them inside and add that wow factor to your dinning room table scape at your next autumn dinner party. And its so simple to do, here's how...
1.)Gather up some seasonal flowers from your local garden center or supermarket. Keep them in the containers you purchase them in.
2.)Find some pumpkins big enough to accommodate your flower containers.
3.)Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin just big enough to fit your flower containers and scoop out the pumpkin guts and seeds (save those seeds for roasting!) Drill or carve a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin for water drainage.
4.)Drop your flowers (still in the container) into the pumpkin, if they sit too low you can use rocks, crumbled newspaper or packing peanuts in the bottom to give your flowers a boost. Voila!
Pumpkins will last longer if kept out of direct sunlight.
You can fill the pumpkins with potting soil and just plant the entire arrangement (pumpkin and all) in the ground once the pumpkin starts to rot, although this method does not last as long as the pumpkin will start to decompose from the soil.
Use a variety of flowers and leaves such as drapey vines, tall wispy grasses and colorful flowers.
Paint or draw faces on your pumpkin for a Halloween flair. Group several pumpkin planters together for a bold look.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Hosting your own Fashion swap can be easy and a lot of fun. Here are some tips to make your swap a success:
- Send out invitations a few weeks in advance. Keep a list of the people who rsvp and call them a day or two before the party as a friendly reminder
- This type of gathering can work well with just a few of your closest friends or if you've got room you can invite as many people as you wish. Just make sure you have plenty of space for all those clothes!
- Serve cocktails and appetizers. Or make it a potluck and have everyone bring a dish of their favorite bites.
- Make it a formal affair if you choose. Ladies love to dress up, however sweatpants, t-shirts and comfy attire are easier to change clothes in so keep this in mind if you decide to set a dress code.
- Have a few dressing "areas" set up around your house. Bedrooms and bathrooms work well of course but you can also set up a folding screen in your living room. Make sure you have at least one full length mirror available.
- If you want to make the exchange fair, hand out tickets or pennies to your guests when they arrive. Give 1 ticket for each item of clothing they bring. 1 ticket is good for 1 exchange. 2 or 3 tickets may be given for high end designer labels.
- Have separate piles for different types of items ie: tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories.
- After socializing and having a few cocktails its shopping time! Have everyone dive into the piles and pick out their favorite items. You can all go at it at once or you can pick names out of a hat and shop in an orderly fashion. However you do it you're sure to have a blast. Have a fashion show to show of your new looks.
- Donate leftover clothing to a women's shelter, goodwill or other charity.
These parties are a hit every time and a fun way to trade out your unworn clothing for FREE! Host a party when the seasons change or whenever you think your closet could use an update.