Most people are constantly in conflict with themselves when it comes to decorating their home.
Seeing so many visuals on Pinterest and Instagram can be conflicting. You see so many different things that you love, but how do you differentiate a style that you like in someone else’s home from your own décor style?
Home decoration can be a daunting task if you do not even know where and how to start. It helps to know what you love and use that knowledge to create the perfect style for your home.
People always ask me how I have time to do everything with so many people living in my home. The answer is simple.
Planning is crucial to making my home and business flow properly. Without it, everything is everywhere. The kids are walking around aimlessly and my house suffers. My projects don’t get done when they need to, and I’m completely nuts!
So here are several things that I always plan out thoroughly.
The amazing Cayla had her 18th birthday. It’s insane how quickly the time goes by with our children. Ever since she was little, she’s imitated me. She’s an early riser, proactive, and this girl covers me when I need it most!
So when she asked to spend her 18th with her family, it touched my heart.
Hosting a small or large gathering is a fun way to bring together family and friends. The problem for me seems to be that there’ s always so much to do.
There are some shortcuts I just don’t take. For example, I tend to stay true to my food ingredients and stay clear of processed foods. So, I’m always looking for a few good hacks to simplify the other areas of my entertaining.
The good news is that there are easy tricks that could make the hard and daunting entertaining tasks so much bearable and manageable.
Six Hacks for Entertaining Small or Large Parties
So get ready for some partying and celebrating because I have some simple to follow entertaining hacks that are made for you hosts and hostesses who want to get this entertaining thing done hassle-free:
Hack #1 – Fresh Flowers are Simply the Best and Easiest Hacks
Whether it is a small or large gathering, flowers are undoubtedly big accessories that could bring out the best vibes in a room. Make sure that the flowers stay fresh on the table regardless where the location may be. Avoid wilted flowers by cutting the flower stems diagonally so they can absorb more water. Add two drops of bleach to the water to kill any bacteria. Though it’s best to buy the flowers the day of your soiree, the drops of bleach will keep your flowers super fresh! Refresh your water periodically.
Hack #2 – Play your Playlist
Get your music in gear. Music can fill the awkward silence in a room, especially if you’re entertaining a group of people that don’t know each other well. Music can make your guest feel more comfortable and at ease while drowning out those noises in the kitchen.
Hack #3 – Regulate the Light
Whether it is a small or large party, overhead lights can influence the ambiance and vibe in your soiree. Some overhead lights could be too bright for a calming mood. So, it may be better to go for a much dimmer light, setting it into a comfortable glow. Lamps or LED candles are great alternatives to add a warm glow to your evening.
Hack #4 – Get Preparing Ahead
Save yourself stress and worries especially by prepping your party food ahead of time. As a host, it is much easier if you prepare make appetizers and do your dicing and chopping ahead of time. Preparing appetizers and freezing them makes it easy to pop them in the oven before guests arrive.
Hack #5 – Party Favors Work Best
Even adult guests appreciate getting party favors. Who doesn’t like getting something cute they can take home as a reminder of their fun evening? A boxed cupcake, selection of nice teas or salted caramels, among many others. Scented candles or fancy soaps and mini succulents are also good choices.
Hack #6 – Repurpose Planters and Pots
Repurpose what you have. A wooden or galvanized bucket or even a storage bin with colorful design could make an interesting impact to your beverage station. Add a little ice, some drinks and you’ve got yourself one inexpensive, stylish way to keep your drinks cold.
So you see. Entertaining doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. With a few hacks, you can plan your next shindig and even enjoy it with your friends.
What’s your favorite hack? Tell me in the comments below.
A wreath is the symbol of eternity. These days we use them, quite frequently, to adorn our homes as a sign of welcome. There are so many wreath designs we have to choose from that can add more depth to that symbol. Bright colors, greenery, soft tones, and seasonal hues are only the beginning.
Valentine’s Day is a great time to add a little love to the loop. With just a little creativity, you can create something that makes the symbol sing!
And if you think you’re only limited to reds and hearts, you’re sooo missing out on some of the cutest V-day decor around.
So let’s get those creative juices flowing to decorate.
It’s Friday eve and I’m about ready to start my weekend early! So, to gear up, I’ve whipped up one of my Southern Sour Cream Pound Cakes.
Pound cake is that cake staple in the south. Sunday seemed to be the day we’d get to have it the most, and my grandmother could be found in the kitchen whipping one up. She could put a hurting on some pound cake!
A vintage style hot cocoa bar is can add such charm to a kitchen. Just thinking about all of the possibilities makes me super excited.
The first thing to remember is that imagination is the limit. The second thing to keep in mind is that you are like nobody else in this world, so adding your own special touch to make your vignette perfect for you is what you want to do.
So how exactly do you give a hot cocoa bar a little vintage charm?
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