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Ostrich Feather Centerpieces We Love!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Ostrich Feather Centerpieces

The right ostrich feather centerpiece will tie your entire event together, and finding the perfect one for your special day is easy with our beautiful pre-designed kits. Each kit contains our high-quality ostrich feathers and your choice of vase. With more than 30 vibrant ostrich feather colors and a variety of bases, we promise you’ll find the best look for your event.

Struggling to choose between so many gorgeous options? We understand! That’s why this week we’re featuring our all-time favorite centerpieces! (more…)

Decorating for Christmas Banquets: Festive Ways to Create the Perfect Atmosphere for a Holiday Event

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Christmas Candles on Table

Candles make banquet tables look stunning!

Decorating for Christmas banquets can be exciting! There are so many ways to make any venue look festive. Décor is very important because it will set the mood for the gathering. No matter how large or small your banquet may be, you can build a setting that will impress attendees for years to come!

Candlelight is a Christmas Staple

Candlelight is a must-have on the holidays. There’s something enchanting about the warm glow of a flickering flame when it’s cold outside. Traditional wax candles look gorgeous, but can be a hassle with open flames and melted wax. If you want to keep it simple, try mechanical candles or flameless candles. These are especially handy if your banquet will be a recurring event because both types are reusable. You may find that you save money in the long run by going with an alternative luminary!

Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas ostrich feather centerpieces are beautiful and easy to build!

Easy Christmas Centerpieces that Look Spectacular

The centerpiece must be carefully chosen because this will be the crowning jewel on each banquet table. If you want to keep things simple and get a perfect display, consider using ostrich feather centerpieces instead of fresh flowers. They can be reused and you can choose custom colors that fit the occasion. Try gorgeous red and green ostrich feathers or do something modern with white and blue!

Reflect on the Memories with Mirrors

Mirrors are another great way to add detail to your Christmas banquet. They create a solid reflective surface that can make rooms look bigger and doubles the shine of lights and other nearby objects. Centerpiece mirrors are a great choice because they are convenient, durable, reusable and look amazing under any kind of décor.  Use them with your centerpiece or experiment by placing them under Christmas ornaments, Poinsettias or candy canes!

How to Use Water Beads: A Quick Guide for Gorgeous Décor

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Water beads are one of the most versatile, convenient and beautiful vase fillers you can use. Wedding and event décor requires perfection, right down to the fine details. Pliable water beads are the easiest way to fill glass vases and other containers to create a gorgeous, shimmering wall of color that makes your venue look absolutely breathtaking!

Using Water Beads Step 1: Prepare Containers Big Enough to Hold the Saturated Water Beads

You will need a container that’s much bigger than the dried water beads. A single 340 gram bottle can grow to as much as 60 times its original size to a total of 15 gallons. If you plan to use different colors, make sure you have a different container for each water bead color (unless you plan to mix them). This will allow you to create single-color containers or to work with layers.

Using Water Beads Step 2: Begin Soaking Beads with Enough Time to Fully Saturate

Soaking water beads takes many hours, so make sure you start well in advance. It is best to allow your beads to soak for between four and eight hours to ensure that they reach their biggest state.  Place them out of the way in an area where pets and children won’t be able to disturb your water beads. If you plan to use water beads to fill live plant pots, remember to spray them with water once every two to three weeks.

Using Water Beads Step 3: Add Soaked Beads to Your Vases or Other Decorative Containers

Once your beads are soaked, it’s time to start filling your beautiful vases or glass containers! Simply pour the beads into the container and observe as it instantly takes the form of the container. Remember to add other necessary items first, like bouquet holders or flower stems, so your colorful water beads fill the area around objects without overflowing. Our water beads are commonly used in ostrich feather centerpieces.

Ostrich Feather Centerpiece

Water beads add a gorgeous
shimmer to centerpieces!

Designing with Ostrich Feather Plumes & Drabs: 5 Tips for Making Beautiful Wedding Centerpieces

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ostrich feathers are a popular decoration choice for many event planners – especially couples organizing a wedding. There’s something alluring about the luxurious texture and brilliant color of ostrich plumes and drabs. Before you begin building a DIY wedding centerpiece, make sure you read the following so you can create the most spectacular presentation in less time!

Mardi Gras Ostrich Feather Centerpiece

A 3 color wedding centerpiece

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 1: Don’t Limit Your Centerpiece to 1 or 2 Feather Colors

Single and double color wedding centerpieces look gorgeous, but don’t feel stuck with a limited palette when designing your décor. Some ostrich feather centerpieces feature three or four colors that look stunning. For example, if you’re planning an autumn event you may want to go with red, yellow and orange feathers. If you’re planning something for Mardi Gras, try purple, green and yellow.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 2: Keep Your Ostrich Feathers Clean and Fluffy

You can keep your ostrich feathers clean and fluffy simply by steaming them! Rub the feather between your fingers then place in a stream of steam from a boiling pot of water. Take care not to burn your fingers on the steam while you fluff your ostrich feathers!

One-Time Use Bulbs

Floralytes look great with ostrich feathers!

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 3: Light Up Your Ostrich Feather Centerpieces!

Light is a great way to grab attention. You can add candles, LEDs or Floralytes to your arrangement to give it a subtle glow. This is a great way to add detail to guest tables and other key areas within your venue. When choosing Floralytes, look for a bulb that matches your theme or color scheme.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 4: Use Layers & Size Variation to Add Fullness to Centerpieces

A single row of ostrich feathers looks nice, but won’t have that lush fullness that makes this decoration so appealing. Remember to add layers by stacking feathers and using feathers of different sizes. Drabs and plumes will give you more dramatic variation.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 5: Experiment with Non-Feather Components

Your ostrich feather centerpieces do not have to be 100% plumes and drabs. You can always experiment to customize the display. Add lighted branches, dangling embellishments, beads, sparkles and whatever else fits the tone of your wedding!

Centerpiece Lighting the Easy Way: Brilliant Wedding Décor with Floralytes

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Floralytes are truly one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to add accent lighting to centerpieces and other wedding décor. Even if you’re planning a different kind of party or event, the colorful illumination of Floralytes can really make tables shine. So what are Floralytes and how can you use them to make a gorgeous glowing centerpiece?

Centerpiece Lights

Floralytes come
in many colors

Floralyte Centerpiece Lighting Basics

Floralytes consist of a small power source attached to a tiny bulb. They are available in a rainbow of colors, including amber, teal, green, blue, red, pink, UV purple, orange and pure white. They are designed for one-time use, which means you can throw them away after the event. To get the most out of your Floralytes, you should create a centerpiece design that allows the tiny light to be hidden within or among other décor. This produces a natural looking glow that seems emanate from flowers, vases, vase fillers or whatever you are lighting up.

Building Illuminated Centerpieces with Floralytes

One of the easiest and most eye-catching ways to build a handmade centerpiece that uses Floralytes is to start with an ostrich feather kit. Each kit contains everything you need to assemble a full ostrich feather centerpiece – just add the light! Floralytes come with a long string that can be tied to the bottom of the foam bouquet holder handle included in the kit. Just attach then slide carefully into the vase. The bulb stays hidden yet emits a gorgeous glow that will really grab attention!

16 Sweet Ideas for Sweet 16 Parties

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

So you are faced with a monumental challenge: marking the “coming of age” of your precious child in a manner special enough to show them what they mean to you, WITHOUT embarrassing them! That can get tricky, right?

Start by talking to your teen about what he or she wants. And listen! Kendall Kardashian would certainly agree. Consider the personality and interests of your son or daughter. Does he or she prefer to throw a big bash or to celebrate with a more intimate circle of friends? The key is not to impress, but to honor the life, character and accomplishments of your special young adult. And of course, for him or her to have fun with friends. Discuss scale, budget, invitations, time frame and rules, including parental supervision and expected behavior. Stick to your decisions even under last minute stress.

If your son or daughter is amenable to their 16th birthday being celebrated in a big way, remember that doesn’t have to mean big budget. There are many options for creating an event they will remember the rest of their lives. Try these ideas on for size. Mix and match to create the perfect party ensemble:

  • Theme, decorate and create activities according to your child’s favorite area of interest (music, soccer, horses, swimming, shopping, etc.).
  • Teens are intrigued by wild colors and glow in the dark, so how about a black light party? Have everyone wear neon colors or white – or provide white T-shirts they can color with highlighters before donning. Provide glow sticks and bracelets as favors. Consider draping a blank sheet or banner in an area safe for guests to create a painting using glow in the dark colors. Light florescent ostrich feather centerpieces and pump out the mist with a fog machine. You’ve created a dance party environment that will keep them chatting and laughing all night and for weeks to come.
  • How about a mini-fireworks show, with sparklers for the guests?
  • Dress-up days are not so long forgotten at 16. A masquerade ball with an unveiling at a set time can provide loads of intrigue.
  • Another intriguing idea: a murder mystery party at a cool locale like an old house, hotel or club!
  • Invite girls to relax at a spa party, “DIY” (take turns doing nails and mix your own bath products as take-home favors) or high maintenance (hire a massage therapist or spa specialist) according to your choice.
  • Make sure you tempt the teen palate with food favorites like pizza, hot wings, burgers, tacos, fruit. And perhaps a sundae or candy buffet, or a chocolate fondue fountain.
  • Karaoke!
  • Video: yes, you might present one celebrating your teen’s life if such a showing won’t cause your kid to crawl under a table (get clips from friends, coaches, pastors, and favorite teachers), but you also might have the guests make one at the party and allow them to edit it music video-style.
  • Rent or set up your own photo booth.
  • Pool parties are tried and true and usually don’t sink.
  • Take a select group of buddies to do something EXTREMELY cool like bungie jumping, paint balling, or sky diving.
  • To incorporate tradition, have your teen light 17 candles and share the special meaning of each person as they go (1-2 parents, 3-6 family, 7-14 friends, 15 best friend, 16 boyfriend/girlfriend, 17 luck/hopes for future).
  • Some girls may enjoy a makeover followed by a “modeling shoot” with a hired photographer.
  • Go retro from invitations to decorations to costumes – just pick your favorite era from the past!
  • Party on the water! If you live near a lake or the ocean, consider renting a catamaran, yacht or speedboat for skiing. Get permission to dock near a private island for picnicking and games.

Do YOU have successful tales of super sweet 16s? Please post and share with our readers!

Designing Centerpieces with Foam Bouquet Holders

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

There are many ways to create a gorgeous centerpiece for weddings, parties and other events. While the methods vary greatly, not all are as simple or quick to assemble. That’s why you must find a comfortable balance between cost and effort when coming up with your own handmade centerpiece design. Don’t stress yourself out over the details. Instead, give yourself the most versatility without all the hassle by using a foam bouquet holder.

Plastic Bouquet Holder

A foam bouquet holder

How Do Foam Bouquet Holders Work?

The concept behind the foam bouquet holder is quite simple. Each consists of two main parts: the handle and the foam. The handle is a piece of plastic that is slender enough to slide into narrow vases but wide enough to hold in your hand. The top widens with openings for ribbons, cords and other hanging accents. On top of the upward cone rests a disc of floral foam.  You can assemble your bouquet just like a florist would put together an arrangement. Simply slide the stems or tips into the foam wherever you want them, working your way around the foam.

Flowers, Ostrich Feathers and More

Foam bouquet holders look stunning with blossoms, but can also be used with other popular components. If you prefer something more luxurious or exotic, try ostrich feathers. Just slide the slender ends into the foam, taking care to work your way up and around so the finished product looks full.

If you really want to simplify the process, consider going straight to an ostrich feather centerpiece kit. Each kit contains everything you need to build a stunning handmade centerpiece – including the foam bouquet holder! The holder ensures that your lovely bird feathers won’t shift, slide or fall out during the festivities. Simplify your party or wedding planning by building centerpieces with foam bouquet holders!

Milestone Birthdays: A Roaring Past 30’s Party

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Don’t want to swim with the fishes? Then lend me your ear for a few ticks of the clock.  Jen Carver, from Banner Events here with a guest post that will help kick up your next adult birthday celebration a notch or two with a few bullet-proof principles of party design.

Make Milestone Birthdays Memorable:
Who says turning 40 has to be the pits? Milestone birthday celebrations will always be en vogue,  and celebrating a 40th birthday can be the bees knees for both the guest of honor and party goers with a little planning,  some swanky party props, costumes & décor and of course, delicious food & drinks.


First:  Choose a Theme!
Or better yet, let the theme choose you!  Choosing a theme doesn’t have to be difficult.  Grab a pencil and paper & quickly jot down a few things related to the guest of honor.  The list could include his/her job, hobbies, interests, talents, goals–really anything from which you can derive a theme.  Once you have your initial list, do some additional brainstorming, adding some ideas of how you might transform this simple idea into an overall theme. (Things to consider:  invitation, party decor, food & drink, favors, entertainment & music.)

Let me illustrate this principle.
A  fabulously creative client recently helped her husband bid farewell to his roaring 30s with a 1920s style gangster themed surprise party attended by his closest friends and family.  Who doesn’t get excited about the thought of zoot suits, wing tips, cloche hats, feather boas & fedoras?  This theme was decided upon after a few quick questions which revealed that the guest of honor was a huge fan of the popular game Mafia Wars.  Quickly, ideas for food (Italian pasta bar) and drink (self-serve Mockarita bar) were scratched on paper & a theme started to take shape.  With the basics in place, additional brainstorming was done to tie little details to the main theme.  More on that in Step 3.

Second:  Set the Stage
Of course, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening is a must and sending out the perfect invitations is a great way for guests to catch a glimpse of all of the fun to come .  Custom paperie is a popular & affordable party trend which not only allows for more personal expression than many store bought invitations and decor provide, but also affords one the ability to completely coordinate all of the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary.

For this event, gorgeous Art Deco inspired invitations & party printables were created by the talented Dolly Robison of Paper Perfection.  Photo booth tickets were included as a small enclosure with the invitation and were a clever way of encouraging guests to dress the part.

Come as a flapper or come as you are.

Dress as a gangster or a silent screen star.

It’s going to be fun no matter the dress.

Just bring yourself.  I’ll do the rest.

Third:  Pair Well-Planned Details With Your Theme
You did your homework in step 1, now don’t forget to put it to good use.  Let your creativity take center stage as you insert fun theme coordinating details into your event.  Here are a few of the clever & festive details we incorporated.

  • The party area was decorated to resemble a 1920’s style ‘Clip Joint’ (gentleman’s club).

  • We added some intrigue as guests arrived, by decorating the entry way.  Our entry door featured a 1920’s style WANTED poster picturing the guest of honor, modeled after an Al Capone poster from that era.  A faux metal beaded curtain from Event Decor Direct hung at the door to immediately give that club vibe.

  • Once inside, the seating and dining areas were dressed up with red feather boas (  & fedora hats from Windy City Novelties.  They served as part of the decor, but also functioned as wardrobe accessories for guests to use in the photo booth and take-home as a party favor.

  • Water bottles were dressed with printed “Mafia Water” labels, some ribbon & a little bling.

  • While this theme lends itself to several fun variations & many may choose to play up the Prohibition angle with a Speak Easy & “Boot Leg” bar, my friends preferred a non-alcoholic approach. We offered a self-serve mocktail bar.  Sugar rimmed martini glasses from WebStaurantStore embellished with drink flags, filled silver trays.  Guests enjoyed being able to quench their thirst throughout the night, sipping yummy mocktails through festive striped straws from Hey Yo Yo.

  • We wanted to offer guests appetizers they ‘couldn’t refuse’ that still corresponded with the theme, but also made for a lovely presentation.  Caprese skewers, fruit kabobs & Italian stuffed mushrooms (not pictured)  foot the bill!

  • Big, gorgeous ostrich feather center piece kits from Wholesale Event Solutions were effortlessly assembled (thanks to their free online tutorial) and added that “wow” factor that kept guests reminiscing of an earlier era.


  • Chocolate bullets were creatively packaged as take home favors.  Every gangster needs a few spare ‘slugs’.

  • Guest of honor sweet treat favorites were incorporated into the dessert table. Including lemon cupcakes with white frosting and ornate fondant toppers designed by Brenda of Sugar High Inc., chocolate parfaits, Hot Tamales, Cinnamon bears, chocolate dipped Rice Krispy treats, & Oreo truffles.

  • Entertainment included several theme appropriate games (‘Pockets, Purses & Wallets’-Gangster style & ’10 Fingers’) a tribute video, 1920s era music and a photo booth which  provided a fun way for guests to remember the night!  It was stocked with funny props & costumes.

Fourth:  Be a guest at your own event!
You’ve put in the work, now don’t forget to enjoy yourself!  Relax.  Smile.  Laugh.  Your guests will follow your lead.  I love that my friend & her husband (the guest of honor) were found having fun with photo booth props (like the fedora hats from Windy City Novelties and feather boas from PartyFeathers) in the photo booth, laughing with guests & enjoying their own food & desserts.


Vendor Credits:

Jen Carver, Banner Events:  Complete Event Styling

Event Photography: David Wolf Photography

Paper Perfection:  Printable invitation & Party Graphic Design 

Wholesale Event Solutions: Ostrich Feather Centerpiece kits & Eiffel Tower Vases

WebStaurantStore:  Plastic martini glasses

Windy City Novelties:  Plastic fedora hats

Event Decor Direct:  Faux silver beaded curtains

Sugar High Inc., : custom fondant cupcake toppers

Hey Yo Yo:  Striped paper straws & designer cupcake liners

Naughty Stitches:  Custom Applique shirt

Resources: — tablecloths & runners


Home or Event: Decorating with Feathers

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Looking for some fun decorating ideas that haven’t been done and redone? Don’t get your feathers ruffled – we have some ideas for you whether you are looking for a rustic touch to accent your home’s or cabin’s outdoor motif or an event setting that your guests will always remember. Whether you prefer bold and sassy or natural and understated, feathers can fluff your nest year-round or seasonally. Consider all the potentially be-deckable accent areas

A simple feather border takes a lamp from understated to elegant.

in your home: lamp shades (if all-over is too much think a border attached with clear craft glue finished with decorative cording), mirrors and photo frames (accent one corner with a tuft of pheasant feathers anchored with a cluster of small beads or berries). Touches of feathers here and there also work well: for instance, a few pheasant feathers in a pottery jar on the mantel appear cheerfully rustic, while tall peacock plumes reaching out of an antique urn bespeak the height of Victorian elegance. Feathers can help you create the look of a winter wonderland. Picture your mantel cushioned with a snow-like layer of a white boa, sprinkled with glittered snowflakes and white and cream candles – or a wreath in the same theme using small white feathers. For a more vivid punch of color, what about a green foam wreath base twined with peacock feathers and hung with a vibrant satin bow?

If you are hosting a reception, nothing makes a bolder or more unforgettable statement than our ostrich feather centerpieces. If your plan already includes the use of flowers, try bringing out your arrangements’ subtle shades by accenting with brighter feathers in the same color family. Wow! Other ways to include feathers in your event decorating might be:

Holiday and winter decorations provide perfect opportunity to add interest with feathers.

  • a single peacock feather secured inside your napkin ring
  • a single peacock feather glued to the front of your folded place cards
  • feathers in the up-dos of the bridesmaids at a wedding
  • creating a feather collar for the bridal bouquet at a winter wedding
  • hot gluing feather boas onto foam styrofoam balls, then hanging them (also think red boas on a heart-shaped foam base for Valentine’s) – or placing them in our jeweled crystal candleholders
  • forming feather festoons for one side of accent chairs, like those at the end of the aisle at a wedding, by trailing feathers along with the tails of a fabric bow (remember you can accent the center of the bow creatively with a brooch, buckle, mini-fruit or -pumpkins, or bud rosettes)

Not only beautiful and unique, the reusability of feathers makes them actually practical! Just don’t place them in kitchens or baths where they will be exposed to constant moisture. Mothballs can help keep away pests. To clean, gently go over feathers with a soft vacuum attachment.

For an unforgettable punch of color, accent wedding decorations with festive fluff!