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Monday July 2nd 2018

Backyard BBQ Decorating Essentials

Since Wednesday is the 4th of July, what better time to have a backyard barbecue? Having a bbq is just one great way to celebrate Independence Day and an even better excuse to decorate. There are many ways you can spice up your backyard for a festive bbq and even throw some flowers into the mix. We feel that any celebration is incomplete without some flowers or greenery dispersed around your home. No matter the size of your backyard, you have multiple options for getting creative for your guests.

The first way to tackle any backyard decor is to find your lighting decorations. String lights work perfectly for backyard decorations because you can leave them up for general adornment. Once you’ve found the perfect set of fairy lights to go with your backyard bbq theme, you could even look into candlelight. Candles can be put into simple glass holders and placed strategically on picnic tables or anywhere that needs some extra light. These decorations are definitely great to have ready once the sun sets and your party is still going.

Once you’ve set up your lighting the next step would be to have themed tableware, including plates, utensils and even creative jars for beverages. You can easily find affordable decor at craft stores or dollar sections of general merchandise stores. Bundling silverware ahead of time for your guests with some fun napkins would also be a great way to embellish your space.

One thing that cannot be forgotten for your party is the food. You can get creative with your menu and have it written down on a chalkboard to greet guests as they walk in. If you have a big enough table, as shown in the photo above, you can have a casual layout of food, family-style. If you want something a little more organized and artistic, a separate table specifically for food would also be a great idea. With this set-up, you can label all food items and have them in cute picnic-style trays. This is also the ideal place to put the jars you got for beverages. You can separate your snacks, main course items and desserts into different sections by using subtly different layouts. This can be accomplished with various colors or designs.

Last, but certainly not least, are the flowers. Flowers complete any party and add all of the cheer. Vibrant Summer flowers are always great for a 4th of July bbq bash. You can check out a list of assorted Summer flowers in our previous post about date nights for some great ideas. There are so many ways to arrange flowers at your party. One way would be to put a couple of alstroemerias, hydrangeas or sunflowers in some mason jars. This can be a simple arrangement and won’t involve too many flowers. These jars can be put on display at any table or anywhere you feel could add to the relaxed atmosphere. It would even be fun to have flowers scattered around or as parting gifts for your friends and family for when they leave.

All of these essentials ensure a festive environment to celebrate the 4th of July with all of your loved ones.

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Thursday June 19th 2014

21 Ways to Kick off Summer!

Image via Rachel Kramer (Flickr)

The arrival of summer opens the window to a variety of creative party ideas. It's also the perfect time to get out, stretch your legs and participate in activities all day long! I thought I would offer several ideas for fun things to do to make your summer all the more enjoyable. So, get out there and have a ball!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Thursday June 12th 2014

9 Tips for Throwing the Best Game Of Thrones Season Finale Party

The season finale of the popular television show Game of Thrones is more than enough reason to have a party. If you and your friends are fans of the show, there are plenty of creative things you can do to make your Game of Thrones party the hit of the season! I have a few tips to get your mind going on how to create a memorable gathering for your friends.

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Tuesday May 20th 2014

6 Ways To Reinvent Your Memorial Day Party This Year

Memorial Day is all about remembering our soldiers, past and present. Hosting a Memorial Day gathering is the perfect opportunity for you and your loved ones to honor America and Americans. This week, I thought I would offer some suggestions on how to create a special celebration that your guests will enjoy.

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Monday May 5th 2014

7 Tips For Throwing A Fun Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Throwing a Cinco de Mayo fiesta is a great way to celebrate Mexico as well as the approach of summer. I like planning these parties because I can get creative with the menu as well as the décor. If you're working on your own fiesta for Cinco de Mayo, I have some tips that you may find helpful. Buena suerte!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Monday March 10th 2014

How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Style

Gathering with friends on St. Patrick's Day is a great way to welcome spring. I love all of the possibilities that come with planning a St. Patrick's Day party. Irish-themed music, food and drink combine to make for an enjoyable celebration. In my blog this week, I want to share some ideas with you on how to go about celebrating St. Patrick's Day in style!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Tuesday February 18th 2014

7 Ways to Repurpose Your Valentine's Day Gifts

I'm a big fan of Valentine's Day because it's the first real sign that spring is on its way. I love to see the engaged couples I work with exchange gifts of flowers, candy, cards and, of course, jewelry. After Valentine's Day has gone by, many of us find ourselves with a stack of greeting cards, notes and even an empty candy box (or two). This week, I thought I'd share some ideas with you on how to repurpose these items instead of pitching them into the garbage. So, here we go!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Friday January 24th 2014

Your Guide to Throwing a Winter Wonderland Themed Event

Just because the holidays are all behind us doesn't mean that the celebrations have to end. There is still plenty of opportunity to throw a fabulous party with a winter wonderland theme! In fact, a carefully planned winter party can chase away the worst doldrums of the cold weather season. Take a look at some ideas for throwing a memorable event in the wintertime.

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Thursday January 16th 2014

9 Tips For Hosting The Best Super Bowl Party

Believe it or not, there are some people who throw just one party a year. A Super Bowl party! I've found that these parties can be a lot of fun even if you aren't a fan of either of the teams competing for the trophy. Plus, sharing a few laughs and some delicious food with friends can be a great antidote for the winter blues. I thought I'd use this week's blog to offer some suggestions on how to make your Super Bowl party a roaring success!

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips
Wednesday November 27th 2013

9 Dangerous Thanksgiving Dinner Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

I love inviting my friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. We laugh, talk and eat to our heart's content! Preparing and cooking the turkey is one of my favorite things to do. I always get lots of compliments for the special touches I incorporate into the meal; however, years ago, when I hosted my first Thanksgiving gathering, I made a lot of mistakes when it came to meal preparation. I am fortunate to have a group of understanding friends who helped me through it. For this week's blog, I thought I would offer some Thanksgiving dinner tips to help make your gathering a success. I'm going to share some of my Thanksgiving meal mistakes so you can avoid some of my missteps.

Posted by Sophie Pierce in Party Ideas and Tips