8 Home Decor Accents That Will Transform Your Home

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Accents and accessories are what make a home a home. If you’ve ever walked into a display home or a home that is staged for sale, you’ve probably noticed how soulless the rooms feel. This is because in order to make the house into a “blank slate,” the designers remove all accents and decorations from the house. If you want to inject some style into your home, home décor is the best way to round out the look of your furniture and pictures. Here are some of our favorite home décor accents from our line that are sure to give your rooms personality.

1. Antique mercury glass bottles

Mercury glass is very popular right now and they are the perfect accent even for a modern home design. These give off a definitely vintage vibe, but with the right surroundings, they can add kitsch to any and all mantelpieces, half-walls, or bookshelves. You can even use these bottles as vases for real or fake flowers, which can help to offset their monochromatic appearance and will allow you to add color to your room without sacrificing the vintage-y vibe.

2. Early riser lighted canvas picture

Why just have a pretty picture when you can have a lighted pretty picture. This scene of the sun rising over a beautifully disheveled barn, barnyard, and farmhouse is neutral enough to go in any room, but colorful enough to add light and spirit to that room. The light in the center of the picture adds further fun and helps to add to the beauty of the entire scene. This is a great option to put in a bathroom where you want an interesting nightlight, or in a child’s bedroom to help kids who are afraid of the dark to get their sleep.

3. Electric light cream star garland

This lighted star garland is the ideal addition to just about any home and home décor. Perfect for draping along the edge of a metal bedframe, hanging above a doorway, or along a bookshelf, these lights will add a little festive fun to any room. While you can use them just for Christmas or 4th of July decorations, they will look beautiful in your home at any time of year. You can even hang them from the ceiling to give your room a cosmic effect.

4. Faucet soap dish

If you’re going for a vintage or industrial vibe in any of your rooms, this faucet soap dish is sure to fit the bill. While the faucet doesn’t actually work, it certainly looks real. With ample room for your favorite soap, this is sure to be a talking piece of any bathroom or kitchen. You don’t even have to use it a soap dish! Leave it by your entry way to collect keys or coins, or on your vanity to hold necklaces and rings. There is also a larger version with two buckets that is perfect for holding shower supplies!

5. Ivory electric light star

Lighted hanging stars aren’t just for Christmas. They are the perfect addition to any room that needs a little fun or a little whimsy. It comes with its own lights and cord, so all you have to do is hang it up and turn it on. Again, this might be a good option for kids who have a hard time sleeping in the dark or for those who just like a little hint of the cosmos in their bedrooms. This definitely gives off a vintage vibe, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work great alongside more modern home décor.

6. Key plaques

Looking for something vintage to hang on your walls? Maybe something you can hang your bag or keys on? These little plaques look like vintage door locks with a skeleton key in the lock. Hang them by your door and they’ll hold anything and everything, or simply just add them to a room in order to give the wall some visual interest. They work best as a set, but you can buy just one plaque and use just the one to add a vintage feel to your room.

7. Metal basket set

Storage doesn’t have to be just utilitarian. In fact, if you need baskets to collect and store toys, magazines, books, etc., you should have a set that you absolutely love, like these metal baskets. They come in three different sizes, making it possible to turn any shelf or cubby into a storage space. The burlap liners keep the mess hidden and still show off the neat metal work on these baskets. These are an easy way to encourage kids to clean up after themselves or even to encourage yourself to clean up after yourself! Just throw everything in the basket and slide it away and it’s hidden!

8. Oval leaf platter

A beautiful platter can be the ideal decoration for the center of a dining table or coffee table, and this is definitely a beautiful platter. Verdant green with light green accents, it looks like a bed of beautiful leaves that you can lay your serving dishes on during meals or simply leave out as decoration in between meal times. If you have a big blank table right now, you can easily decorate it with a platter like this.

Choose one or all of these home décor accents to make your home look beautiful and unique and give it some personality!

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Home Décor Trends for 2015

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Whether it’s time to give your home décor an update now that last year’s styles have started to fade away, or whether you haven’t changed your furniture, wall colors, or decorations for decades, 2015 is the perfect time to start updating your décor. With a focus on more traditional styles mixed with clean lines and neutral colors, this year’s most popular home décor trends are easy and inexpensive to incorporate into any home. Here are just a few of the most popular home décor trends for 2015.

Color in Small Doses

This year’s room trends have been skirting away from bright, bold accent walls and towards more neutral colors. If you want to take advantage of this trend without losing the colors that you love, you’re in luck. While the trend dictates white, beige, gray, or other neutral colors for the majority of your wall space (light colors can lift and open up a room, especially a small one), adding punches of your favorite bold colors is always on-trend. A room that is mostly neutral with an few small doses of color can prevent a room from either becoming overwhelmed by the bright color or washed out by the neutral ones.

Blues and Grays

Blue and gray are both popular this year, with deep, rich royal and navy blues being the most popular. While painting an entire room dark blue might close off the room and make it seem dark, adding a navy blue chair or painting just a single wall or even just a set of shelves dark blue can add gravity and visual interest to any room. Gray is a great color to pair with blue, not only because they’re both technically neutrals, but also because a light gray will look less stark than white, but not as dark as black against the rich blue.

Bright Ceilings

One of the biggest home décor trends for 2015 is painted ceilings. If you want to incorporate a bright color into your room but want to put some distance between that color and your furniture and accents, the ceiling is the perfect way to do this. Dark colors are best in rooms that have high ceilings, as darker colors can bring the ceiling down and make the room feel smaller and more intimate. Bright or pastel yellows, oranges, pinks, etc. are better suited for rooms with low ceilings.

Sectionals

If the last time you saw a sectional was in your grandparent’s home, that’s because the last time these large couches were in style was in the mid-1980s. They’re back in a big way, however, with an emphasis on modern lines and styling, not just on padding. You can find sectionals in a range of colors and styles, including tufted backs and quilted seats that are simultaneously reminiscent of Versailles and very appropriate for modern homes and home décor. Sectionals ensure that a large family or group of friends has a great place to gather around the television or fireplace to watch the game or just talk about life.

Mixing Old with New

If you haven’t guessed yet, one of 2015’s biggest home décor trends is melding old world with modern accents. One of the best ways to do this is with your table. A large, beautiful, antique table paired with modern chairs is a great way to infuse your kitchen or dining area with this style. Adding modern table settings or other accents can further enforce the juxtaposition of these two styles. Of course, you can carry this style into any room of your house. Pairing a rustic metal bed with crisp, modern bed linens or a claw-footed tub with dark stone floors and stark white walls can bring this trend into your bedroom or bathroom, too.

Books as Décor

Readers of the world will rejoice hearing that one of this year’s popular home décor trends is using books as décor. Whether lining them up in built-in shelves or buying books shelves to line your walls, books are now just as much a decoration as anything else in your home. Those who love to be surrounded by books will love that they no longer have to relegate them just to the home library. Nothing makes a living room or bedroom homier or warmer than being lined with well-read books and their very special smell.

Pale Wood

While dark wood will always be in style (it really doesn’t get much more timeless than dark wood), 2015’s wood of choice is definitely natural, pale, unsullied wood. A beautiful pine table, for example, is a great way to add this color into your home, though chairs, coffee tables, nightstands, etc. are all great ways to make use of this trend. Pairing these pale woods with darker wall colors, carpets, rugs, etc. is a good way to add some light back into a room that might be otherwise overwhelmed with color.

Hexagons and Honeycombs

One of the biggest trends we’ve seen in home décor this year comes in the form of geometric shapes, used in shelving, mirrors, bedding, tiles, and more. Because they are such a crisp shape, they feel very modern, but several hexagons together are definitely reminiscent of a honeycomb, which gives them natural flair, too. Hexagon-shaped shelving and mirrors are very popular right now, and both can be found at relatively low cost in just about any home décor store.

Metallics

While metallic colors were popular last year, they are holding steady this year. Metallic accents are popular both for home décor and for party décor, which makes them an excellent and easy choice for anyone who wants to quickly update their home’s decorations.

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8 Party Supplies You Can Use as Home Décor

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When you’re looking to decorate your home—not for a party, but just for everyday use—you first stop is probably a home décor store, not a party store. However, if you are looking for inexpensive home décor, maybe a party store is the best place start. You can often find great accents that can really make a room look and feel special and unique, without breaking your budget.

Here are just some of the party supplies that can be used as home décor or to make home décor.

1. Paper lanterns.

Paper lanterns aren’t just for your Chinese New Year party. Because you can now find these lanterns in a huge variety of colors, they are a great way to add visual interest to any room, no matter what colors you need to match or complement. They’re very easy to hang, as they come flat-packed, with their own string. All you have to do is expand the lantern and hang them from a hook in the ceiling. Because they are so inexpensive, you can buy lanterns for every room of your house or even turn them into lights, using a low-heat LED bulb!

2. Fluffy hanging decorations.

Like paper lanterns, these decorations come in a wide variety of colors. On our website, they come in just about every color the paper lanterns do, so they can even be hung in the same room. Made of tissue paper, these round fluffy decorations are great for a party, but they are also idea for decorating a child’s room. Reminiscent of the Truffula Tree from The Lorax, these great will inspire a child’s imagination or even just add texture to a dining or sitting room. It’s probably best to avoid mixing very “holiday” colors, like red and green, as that can make them look they are simply left over party decorations.

3. Candles.

Candles make great presents and because they come in a huge variety of colors, they can be used to accent just about any party for any occasion. They are, however, also perfect for everyday use. Whether in the kitchen to help cover up lingering food smells after cooking or on your table or in your sitting room, a beautiful Yankee Candle in your favorite scent is a great way to add relaxing aromas and warmth to any room of your home.

4. Vases.

While you might first buy a vase in order to create a great centerpiece for a dinner party or a wedding reception, you can continue to use those vases for years to come around your home. For example, we have a variety of beautiful, neutral vases in our party supply store that can be used both to make centerpieces for a specific event, and then just to keep fresh (or fake) flowers around the house throughout the year. Nothing can breathe life into a room like a bouquet of flowers and a unique vase can really add to your home’s décor.

5. Fake flowers.

When most people think of fake flowers, they think of the very cheap, plastic flowers that almost every craft store sells. However, it is possible to find very high-quality fake plants and accents that will last for years. The perk of buying fake flowers instead of real flowers is that real flowers fade and die and it can become a real expense to keep fresh flowers in your home.

Fake flowers, however, can look just as beautiful as real ones and can liven up a room for years to come. It is possible to find both very real-looking fake flowers and stylized, burlap or glitter fake flowers. Whether you want fresh-looking spring blooms or a frosted winter arrangement, fake flowers can make it easy, and buying from a party supply store is the best place to get inexpensive fake blooms for any occasion.

6. Paper fans.

Paper fans are another inexpensive tissue paper decoration that can be used both for a party and to liven up a room. Especially great to add character to a child’s room, there hanging decorations will twirl and catch the light. Available in a variety of colors (including special themes that are probably best just for holidays), it will be easy to find a hanging paper fan for a boy or girl’s room, no matter what the theme of the rest of the décor is.

7. Banners.

Craft paper banners aren’t just for birthdays or weddings. A string of pennants, sporting someone’s name or a short saying can be a great permanent decoration for any room. Multicolored bunting is a very popular choice for a nursery or young child’s room, but even just brown craft paper pennants on a rustic piece of twine can add charm to any room of your home, especially if the pennants themselves sport an inspirational phrase. A triangle chalkboard banner, additionally, can be used to make a special banner for a party, and then also a more neutral decoration as a part of your everyday home décor.

8. Special charger plates.

Keeping your dining table always set for a meal is a great way to make it a welcoming and beautiful part of your home. While you might not think using plastic place settings can improve the look of your table, there are many different kinds of plastic chargers and plates that can help you create an easy-to clean, unbreakable setting for your table. For example, the black motif charger plate from our party supply store is a great option both for Halloween parties and gothic weddings, but also for everyday use. Easy to clean, and inexpensive, you won’t feel bad about tossing them out when they are scratched or broken.

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6 Essential Spring Party Supplies

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Spring is the perfect time of year to throw a party. The snow is melting or has already melted, the weather is warming up, and a light spring breeze can make even the warmest days more pleasant. If you’re planning a spring party or even just a spring-themed party, having the right spring party supplies can make all the difference.

Aren’t sure what all you need? Not sure where to find it? Here is your essential guide to spring party supplies: where to buy them and what to buy.

Floral Paper Products

What makes a party more “spring” than floral paper products? You can find floral-themed cups, plates, and napkins in just about any party supply store—though ordering online is probably the best way to get the amount of products you need delivered right to your door (or to our store, where you can pick them up, without having to pay that pesky shipping charge). If you are planning a large party, you might not be able to find all of the floral paper products you need on the shelves of the store, but you will be able to order as many as you need online. The best part about using floral plates, cups, and napkins is that they can even double as decorations when neatly arranged on a table!

Pastel Tissue Paper

Pastel tissue paper is going to be one of your best tools for decorating. While it might seem like its own use will be to stuff gift bags (and it is great for hiding a present in a gift bag from the recipient in a way that is as decorative and festive as it is effective), tissue paper can also be used to make so many things, including hanging paper pouf balls, table coverings, table decorations and more.

Pastel colors are best for spring, but if you feel that pastel pinks, blues, and yellows scream “Easter” a little too loudly, regular pink, blue, green, and yellow will all be just as appropriate for a spring-themed birthday, dinner, or garden party.

Butterflies

Not live butterflies, obviously but anything with a butterfly on it could be considered an excellent choice for a spring party. While there are plenty of bugs and insects that return during the spring, probably none are as welcome as the butterfly. Having a butterfly banner or balloon or even just butterfly-themed paper products is a great way to make your party space look like spring, whether you’re holding the party indoors or out. They even make clip on butterflies for your garden!

Flowers

There is perhaps nothing that says “spring” like flowers—daisies, tulips, and sunflowers especially. Real, live flowers can be a great option, especially for fancier parties, like a dinner party for your friends or a cocktail party. A spring wedding can make great use of flowers, whether the bride prefers Gerbera daisies or wildflowers in her bouquet or table centerpieces.

For a lower-key event, however, you might prefer fake flowers, which can then be stored and used again and again in different applications. Look for high quality fake flowers that will stand up to storage. Alternatively, if you don’t want to use real flowers or fake flowers that look real, you could always look for other flower-themed decorations, or even make some yourself. Making some paper flowers to turn into a banner or stick into a wall or a fence can be a great way to really liven up a space.

Balloons

Because you can now find balloons in just about any color (and you can even by balloons by the color, instead if in a multipack, it’s easy to get a bunch of balloons in traditional spring colors, like blue, green, pink, and yellow. If you’re lucky enough to be able to find a helium tank, floating balloons can be used to make a great table centerpiece or can even be handed out as party favors at the end of the night.

If you don’t want to use helium or can’t find any, blowing the balloons up with air is just as good, and even just strewn around the floor or the grass, can make a space look very festive. Plus, kids will have endless hours of fun, just trying to keep falling balloons from hitting the ground. If you are having a party for adults and children, having a bunch of balloons around can give them plenty of entertainment while the parents take a break.

Specialized Party Products

One of the best ways to really make a party cohesive is with specialized products like bottle labels or candy bar wrappers. You can make both of these, or you can buy them pre-made, which makes it easy to just wrap your water bottles with a festive floral label and secure it with a piece of tape. This will make even the most standard bottles of water a cohesive part of your party’s spring theme.

You can also find party favor bags that can be easily customized with the name of your event, and even products like candy jars and mint tins that can be customized to fit your theme.

Throwing a spring-themed birthday or garden party doesn’t have to be difficult. Having the right decorations will set the tone, so even if your menu or activities are not exactly spring-related, your theme will still shine through.

For more spring party ideas or to look for spring-themed party supplies, check out our online party supply store!

Top 10 Best Places for a Yankee Candle

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Yankee Candle has a reputation for making high quality candles in a huge variety of scents that make it possible to get every room of your house smelling great. With so many different scents and shapes of candles to choose from, it’s possible to find Yankee Candles for every room in your house. While candles are not everyone’s cup of tea, they can add hominess and warmth to a room, even during the summer. Here are ten of the best places to put one of these great candles.

1. The kitchen

That cabbage might smell delicious while you’re cooking it and be delicious on the dinner table, but the smell can linger in the air for hours (and even days) after the meal—and the longer it sticks around, the less appetizing it is going to be. Opening a window can help to flush the room with new air, but it won’t completely get rid of the smell. Having a candle in the kitchen that you light after cooking something particularly fragrant (like cabbage, sprouts, fish, etc.) can replace those lingering food smells with a much more preferred scent. Apple pumpkin or buttercream are both great for covering up stinky foods once the cooking and eating is over.

2. The bedroom

Especially if you have pets, a bedroom can start to collect smells over time. Teenagers and little kids who leave dirty clothes on the floor or on their beds can also accrue smells. While you don’t want to leave a child alone with a candle, having a candle in a bedroom can help clear our animal and human odors when they occur. Some scents can even act as aromatherapy, helping a person sleep or focus on work or just relax after a long day. Just make sure that the candle is far away from anything that could catch on fire and is on a stable base.

3. The bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most common places to put a Yankee Candle, for obvious reasons. Leaving a candle burning after you’ve done your business can prevent any unpleasantness. Just about any scent is great for a bathroom, but florals are always a popular choice. Additionally, when you get from a long day of running errands or work, a collection of great bathroom candles can add relaxing ambiance and scents to a relaxing bath.

4. An office

Some people work better in a relaxing atmosphere. If you are one of those people, having your favorite candle in the office with you is a great way to keep you motivated and productive. Lavender is always a great choice, as it promotes relaxation and focus, but vanilla and even lemon are great. Whatever scent relaxes you and makes it easier for you to work is the perfect choice.

5. The car

While you would never want a lighted candle in your car while you are driving, Yankee Candle also makes a line of “car jars,” that make it possible for you to enjoy your favorite scent in your car. Like bedrooms, cars can often collect bad smells, and a car jar is a great way to cover up the smell of last night’s hamburger or the skunk you just drive past. These are designed to be hung from your rearview mirror, so they can be constantly filling your car with a pleasing scent and hiding some of those less-pleasing scents that come with braving the open road. If the scent ever becomes overpowering, you can always tuck it in a glove compartment.

6. Kitchen tables

Even if you do not want to burn a scented candle while you are eating, a Yankee Candle can still make a beautiful centerpiece, especially along with flowers. Several similarly colored or contrasting candles can be arranged to make a great centerpiece, which can be lit after eating to neutralize the room’s scent. Spicy scents are usually best kitchen areas, as they can blend with and cover up cooking and food smells the best.

7. A library

If you are lucky enough to have a library in your home, there is no better place for a beautiful candle than on a side table, next to your reading chair. There is nothing better on a warm afternoon than sitting in a nice, cool library with a book and your favorite candle.

8. Your dressing table. Fresh citrus scents can be great for helping you wake up and perk up in the morning. If you often find yourself dragging your feet to get ready, why not try adding a “citrus tango” candle from Yankee Candle (or any of the many other citrusy scents) to your dressing table. The smell of citrus can help you feel energized and prepared for the day ahead.

9. The laundry room

If the smell of bleach is sometimes overwhelming, the smell of a great candle can help prevent your entire home from smelling like a hospital. They can also help prevent the smell of sweaty, stinky clothes in laundry baskets from taking over the laundry room or the entire house.

10. A wedding or party

One of the biggest perks of buying Yankee Candles is that they come in just about every color. If you need a specific color or scent of candle in order to complete centerpieces for a wedding or party, or just to add ambiance and light to a low-light venue, Yankee Candles are the perfect choice. Almost every scent comes not just in a jar and pillar, but also in a votive size, so it’s easy to get the exact candle you need.

Party Planning Checklist 101

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Has your best friend just gotten engaged? Did your wife get a big promotion at work? Is your oldest child about to graduate from high school? All of these are the perfect time to celebrate, but if you’re a party planning novice, there’s nothing worse than being saddled with a party that you just don’t know how to plan. From party decorations to the right amount of food, how do you know you’re on the right track?

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you make sure you’ve got enough food, the right decorations, enough seating, the perfect music, and more!

Music

What kind of music you pick is going to rely entirely on the theme of your party. For a graduate, a good mix of popular music, feature the graduate’s favorite band or bands, is always a good option. For a dinner party, however, you probably want something softer and calmer.

Unless there is some reason you want to hire a band, making a playlist and loading it onto a fully-charged mp3 player is usually the best way to make sure you’ve got the music you want and enough of it to last the duration of the party—this is important: YMCA is fun to listen to once, and it can even get some laughs if it comes on a second time, but by the third time around, no one will be amused.

Food

Food, again, relies largely on what kind of party you are throwing and when you are throwing it. If you throw it at dinner time, even if it isn’t a dinner party, most people will expect a substantial amount of food. A party in the afternoon or a cocktail party, on the other hand, will not generate the expectation of a full meal, and most people will eat before or after.

If you want to make the food really easy, you can always have your party catered, but making enough food for a child’s birthday party, for example, is usually as easy as buying a variety of frozen foods and heating them up in the oven before the party starts.

Decorations

Decorations are what set the mood. Of course, some parties do not need very much décor, and others need a lot. Halloween parties, for example, require at least a few spooky decorations, while candlelight might be all the ambiance a sophisticated dinner party needs. It’s always better to have too many party decorations than not enough, so don’t be afraid to go a little crazy with banners and balloons.

If you just don’t have the time or the budget to hit the party supply store, you could always make your own decorations out of construction paper, glue, tape, and markers, for a truly handcrafted feel. Don’t try to take on too much DIY, however, unless you are really a master, as trying to get everything perfect can actually take much longer and be far more expensive than just buying decorations from your party supply store.

Invites

Sending out proper invites is a lost art. While paper invites are no longer the only way to politely invite someone to a get together, simply “putting the word out there” about your party is not enough to actually get people to show up. Most of the time, you are going to want a way for your guests to RSVP. Unless you are hosting a raging house party (which, in that case, not much planning is necessary, it just kind of happens, if you believe what you see in movies), you’ll want to know how many of your invited guests actually plan on coming so you know how much food and drink you need to have around the house.

If all of your guests are on social media, a social media invite might be appropriate, as might be an email with a calendar item attached, so it’s easy for your guests to RSVP and then add your party to their calendars. If you’re having trouble nailing down your RSVPs, a phone call or an additional email might be necessary.

Get Some Help

Depending on how large the party is going to be and how many hands you might have on desk, you might consider finding a responsible teenager that you can hire to help you set up before and clean up after the party. Additionally, they might be willing to clear away empty plates and take out the trash when it gets full, for a few bucks an hour and some free food.

Seating

Finding enough seating is probably going to be the biggest problem for someone throwing a party for the first time. How do you even find extra chairs? One option is to rent chairs, tables, tablecloths, etc., while another is just to ask around and see who might have some seating to spare. You could even ask some of your guests to bring a few chairs by the day before the party, so you can be sure to have enough for everyone.

Details

Getting the details right is one of the keys to throwing a great party. Here are some general tips to help get the details right:

  • A closet or designated coat space if the weather is still cold enough that your guests might be wearing coats
  • Make cleaning up easy on yourself by clearing out your dishwasher, so all dirty dishes can go right in
  • Pick up any clutter and hide it away in an unused room to help your house look neat and tidy
  • Deep clean your house about a week before the party, so you only have to do maintenance throughout the week
  • Don’t forget about presentation; serving dishes for food can make all the difference

10 Easy Ways to Decorate for Easter

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Whether or not you celebrate the religious aspects of Easter, this holiday is a great time to gather your family together, have a great meal, and put together an egg hunt for the kids. There’s nothing more fun for kids than searching your home for candy-filled eggs and treats! If you want to make your Easter celebrations truly special, putting up a few simple decorations is the best way to make your home reflect the holiday. Especially if you are also making a big dinner for the entire family, you might not want to spend the whole day before or afternoon of decking out the house in green and pink streamers.

Even if you are planning on buying most of your decorations from a party supply store, accenting those Easter decorations with a few handmade touches will personalize what could otherwise be generic décor. That’s why we’ve put together these ten easy ways to decorate without breaking the bank:

1. Make leaves from scrapbook paper.

Whether for a beautiful leafy garland or to decorate a blank wall, scrapbook paper in various patterns and shades of pink, green, and white are easy to make. All you need is a pair of scissors and a pencil! After drawing and cutting out one leaf, use it as a template for the rest of your leaves. This is even a task you could assign to the kids! Tape them to a piece of string like pennants or glue them to branches and stick them in a vase for a unique centerpiece.

2. Don’t forget about flowers.

If your tulips, daisies, or pansies have bloomed by Easter, sending the kids out to cut a few flowers for vases will bring some of the beauty of nature into your home, without having to buy expensive arrangements from the store. Your flowers will be fresher and more beautiful than flowers that have been sitting in a cold case for two days.

3. Make a special table runner.

While a tablecloth might not be an essential part of your table setting, a table runner is a great way to add a little more flair to your table. An easy way to dress up a cheap, white fabric table runner is with some binding and ruffle lace, in coordinating Easter colors. All you have to do is lay the binding over the edge of the runner, and then lay the ruffle lease beneath it. Then, just sew a single straight stitch through everything.

4. Fill mini baskets with candy for cute table settings.

If you’re hosting dinner and not the egg hunt, that doesn’t mean you can’t still give your guests an Easter basket and a little candy. Buy enough mini baskets for all of your guests, and fill them with Jordan almonds, chocolates, or whatever candy coordinates with the rest of your table setting. Set them on each plate for a cute pre-dinner snack.

5. Use leftover jelly beans as candle holders.

If you usually fill your candle holders with salt or rocks to give your candles a little more height, consider using your leftover jelly beans instead! Whatever beans didn’t make it into the Easter eggs, pour them into the bottom of a clear glass holder and then set the candle on top. Not only will it smell great, it’ll also look great. Either mix all the beans together or lay them in color specific layers for a more streamlined look.

6. Make your own baskets.

Whether out of paper, cardstock, or actual basket reed, making your own baskets as Easter decorations is a great way to really put a personal touch on this holiday. A simple basket weave is easy to learn, but if you don’t want to make baskets from scratch, buy a set of those green fruit baskets and weave different colors of yellow, pink, and green ribbon through the holes to give them a finished look.

7. Add some bunny ears.

While you might not like it when someone gives you the bunny ears in a picture, Easter is the perfect time of the year to give everyone in your family bunny ears! To add a cute touch to pictures, cut out some ears from construction paper, using brown for the outside of the ear and white or tan for the inside. If you’re a little more ambitious, you could sew ears and use a little bit of wire to make them stand up straight. Attack them to a headband and you’re ready to play the Easter bunny!

8. Make some chicks out of felt and pom-poms.

This is another great decoration that your kids can take on while you cook. All you need are yellow pom-poms and a little bit of orange and black felt. Just glue together the pom-poms, and then glue on a little bit of orange felt as the feat and beak.

9. Make some long-lasting eggs.

If you want some neat eggs for your chicks, you can easily make some cool eggs out of string, white glue, and balloons. Blow up the balloons (which just so happen to make perfect eggs), and then, after coating your string is white blue, wrap the balloons in strong. Crisscross the strands to give your egg shape and strength. Once the string is dry, just pop the balloon!

10. Make a springtime door wreath.

While most people associate wreath with winter holidays, why can’t you make one for Easter, too? A wreath is a great way to make even your door look friendly and welcoming. Grab a foam base and then some fake flowers in your favorite Easter colors. Arrange the flowers and filler greenery on the base, and then add a ribbon and bow at the top to make it easy to hang on your door.

How to Throw Your First Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Whether it’s your first year at college and you can’t get home for the holiday, or you’ve offered to give your mom a break and have everyone come down to your house for dinner instead, your first Thanksgiving dinner party can be nerve wracking. Getting the right Thanksgiving decorations and making sure you have enough seating is only the tip of the iceberg. But don’t worry, we have the ultimate guide to make sure hosting your first Thanksgiving party goes smoothly.

The Food

The food—the biggest part of the day, the reason everyone has gathered at your pad. There is perhaps nothing more daunting than trying to cook a turkey to perfection, especially if you’ve never done it before. For most of us, our mothers were in charge of the turkey, and if we were lucky, she would let us help stir the stuffing, right before it went into a bowl to be put on the table.

Now that the food is your responsibility, you might feel like you’re drowning. Don’t worry! Putting on a great Thanksgiving dinner is easy if your break the meal down in to separate parts and do as much prep work ahead of time as you can.

For example, pies can be put together days ahead of time and stashed in the fridge or even the freezer until Turkey day. The same goes for mashed potatoes and stuffing. You can make the mashed potatoes and stuffing the day or two before, seal them up in Tupperware, and break them out on the day of the meal. As long as you don’t let anyone see you reheat them (either on the stove or in the microwave), no one will even know that you’ve had the side dishes ready for days.

That leaves just the turkey for Turkey day. Some recipes will have you brining the bird for days beforehand. You don’t have to do anything so elaborate. There are plenty of recipes rolling around the internet that just require you to salt and pepper the old bird and shove her in the oven. Just watch the time. Turkey can get notoriously tough and chewy if it is overcooked.

If you are really scrambling to pull together a Thanksgiving dinner, farm out some of the least desirable tasks to your relatives. If the turkey is really giving you fits, you can always ask Mom and Dad or a friend who’s more familiar with cooking to make it their responsibility. You’ll provide all of the delicious side dishes and host the party, if someone else will be responsible for the bird. We think that’s fair.

If it isn’t the turkey, but all of the other dishes that are worrying you, dole out those tasks to your friends or family, so that they are in charge of showing up with mashed potatoes, rolls, salad, stuffing, pies, etc. There’s nothing wrong with going potluck for the biggest meal of the year.

The Decorations

You don’t want your home and table to be bare, just because you didn’t have time to come up with decorations. Thanksgiving decorations can be as simple as a few hand-traced turkeys adorning the walls, or as elegant as cornucopia and seasonal fruit arranged on the table. If you don’t have time to make your own decoration, check out a party supply store (we know a good one). They will almost certainly have decorations that are somewhere on the scale between kitschy and classic.

If you are really strapped for time, you can always turn decorating into a Turkey Day activity. Your Thanksgiving decorations can be hand tracings, turned into turkeys by your nieces and nephews, paper-link garlands made out of red, yellow, orange, and brown paper, or fall leaves cut from red, yellow, and orange paper and taped to the wall.

Thanksgiving decorations do not have to be complicated and they certainly shouldn’t be expensive. You can even use pretzel sticks and frosting to turn Oreos into little turkeys, which can double as a sweet snack and a decoration.

Again, you can assign a friend or family member to bring decorations, if you aren’t much of a decorator. This is a great assignment for someone who hates to cook, but still wants to be a part of your Thanksgiving Day potluck event. Just make sure they come a little bit early so that the place is already full of Turkey Day spirit when the other guests start arriving.

Seating

Having enough seating, especially in an apartment or small home, is one of the major challenges of hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner. If you can borrow a table and chairs from your local church, that might be a good place to look for a free or low-cost seating solution. Alternatively, you could always rent tables and chairs from a party rental store.

For a truly unique Thanksgiving dining experience, you could gather around a coffee table and sit on the floor. You are only limited by the floor space and how much of the food you can crowd on the table. While it might not sound like a fun adventure to some people, it will truly be a unique experience that you and your family will look back on for years to come.

Activities

Thanksgiving Day doesn’t necessarily require activities, but most families or friend groups like to do something together while the turkey is cooking. This could range from watching the football game on the tube, to getting outside and playing your own football game. Creating Thanksgiving decorations is another great way to pass the day.

You could also spend the entire day in the kitchen, working together to create all of the delicious dishes you will be eating later in the day.

Don’t let the stress of Thanksgivings past get to you! With a little pre-planning and coordination with your guests, you can have a fun day and a delicious meal, with no stress and no cooking catastrophes.

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Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

Halloween Napkins

A Halloween party, either before or after trick-or-treating, is a great way to keep kids in the spirit of Halloween. Even if they are too young to appreciate the spooky and scary parts of Halloween, they can still have fun on the spookiest night of the year. Putting together a great party doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. In fact, coming up with decorations and games can be majorly fun and remind you why Halloween was so great when you were a kid. It’s time to put the fun back in one of the biggest kid holidays of the year!

Costumes

If your party is going to be before or after trick-or-treating, costumes are probably already sorted. Kids can feel Halloween approaching and have probably been alerting you for weeks about what they want their costume to be. If they haven’t picked something yet (or haven’t picked something reasonable yet), there are a few simple costumes you can whip up in less than an hour that will still leave your child looking great.

A black cat is as simple as dressing your child all in black and making some ears and a tail out of felt. If you are really feeling industrious, you can glue the ears on to a black headband and sew the tail and stuff it with fluff to give it some body and movement. Either pin it to her pants or to a belt and she will be ready to go.

Turning your little man or woman into a super hero is super easy. All you need is a length of red or yellow fabric to make a cape, and maybe some felt to make a letter for his chest. If he has some red, yellow, or blue clothing, use this as a base, and then pin on the cape and letter. For an added touch, make him a mask to hide his secret identity, either out of some felt or some leftover fabric from the cape.

A robot is as easy to make as a box and some tin foil. Painting on some buttons and accents will make him look like a real metal man.

If your party is a few days before Halloween, you might consider having pre-made costumes prepared for your guests that show up without anything. These could be as easy as capes to turn them into super heroes or tiaras to turn them into princesses.

Games

Games are definitely one of the best parts of any party, especially for little kids. There are plenty of games that are fun, easy to set-up and easy to clean up, once the party is over. For example, take a classic dart game and give it a spooky twist. Use orange balloons and arrange them like a pumpkin, or use white balloons and make a ghostly figure. Then, let kids taking turns popping the balloons. Whoever pops the most gets a candy prize!

Another twist on a classic game is bobbing for donuts. Instead of putting a bunch of apples in water and letting kids try to fish them out using only their mouths (though that would still be fun), tie donuts to a string and suspend them from a tree or from the ceiling. Then, let the kids race to see who can eat their donut and free it from the string the fastest.

Take pin the tail on the donkey and give it a Halloween theme. Cut out a big pumpkin from a piece of orange paper and pin it to the wall, then cut out pumpkin faces from black paper. Then, after blindfolding the guests, let them try to pin a face on their pumpkin, doing the mouth, nose, and eyes separately. This is a great way to get all of the guests involved and everyone will laugh looking at the silly faces that are created.

For little kids, Halloween is all about candy. And what’s a better way to get candy than from a piñata? Buying or making a bat or ghost piñata will give this classic party game some Halloween punch.

Especially if your party is before Halloween, you can get a bunch of pumpkins and let the kids decorate them with glitter, stickers, and markers. If they want to carve them, let them draw on their designs, but be sure that only adults are wielding the knives.

Food

Food for a kid’s Halloween party should be spooky without being too gross. If you tell the kids the spaghetti is brains, they are probably not going to eat it. However, spiders made out of Oreos and pretzel sticks, tombstone cookies, and carrots in the shape of fingers are probably all safe. They will look great on the plates and add some creepy flair while still being kid-friendly.

You can add some dry ice to your punch to make it fog and bubble like witch’s brew, but just be careful that none of the children get any of the ice into their glasses. Other creepy classics include eyeballs made of carrots, cream cheese, and olives, and cakes decorated to look like graveyards.

Decorations

halloween skeleton

Decorating can be one of the best parts of any Halloween party. Making spooky pumpkins, ghosts, and skeletons out of paper is a great way to cut down on costs without cutting down on décor. If you want some authentic looking decorations, look at our party supply store. Not only do we have high quality plastic goods, we have themed cups and plates, plastic flatware, and just about anything else you could need to outfit your party.

 

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Calling all Yankee Candle lovers!

So I had a brilliant idea the other day. With new Yankee Candle scents pouring in for the new season, I wanted to find a way to tell our customers our favorites because when buying candles online, it’s very hard to tell if you’re going to enjoy the scent or not. So you hit the reviews to see what other people are saying but you still might not be sure if it’s going to be something you like. So, I figured if I could round up a group of Yankee Candle experts (the wonderful Parties2order employees) we could find some candles that we all agreed were the best of our new inventory. So, below you will see a list of the top 5 scents that we all agreed were the best from our new Spring and Summer collection! We all gathered together one warm afternoon last week, with a group of delicious and aromatic Yankee Candles piled in front of us. I was the ring leader and carefully placed each candle in a line. One by one, I held them up to each of my fellow judge’s noses where I carefully observed their reactions and patiently waited for a thumbs up or thumbs down. They all knew that we were searching above and beyond for the top five best scents so they meticulously made their choices. After about 20 minutes of scent after scent, we were able to narrow down our piles to “In” and “Out.” With a few more rounds of sniffing, we were able to settle on the top 5 scents that we couldn’t wait to inform our customers of!

Yankee Candles for all occasions

Here is the list you have all been waiting for! Remember, these are not best to worst, these are all of our favorites from the new inventory. They are all equally as wonderful!