Home or Event: Decorating with Feathers

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? Continue reading “Home or Event: Decorating with Feathers”

Mardi Gras Madness


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Gold chargers set off Mardi Gras decorations!

Balloons! Streamers! Masks! Action! It’s Mardi Gras time!

Surely no other celebration explodes with more bold zest, not only in New Orleans, but across the Gulf Coast region and even in Rio de Janeiro. For America it started in 1699, when French explorer Iberville camped 60 miles south of the present-day Crescent City. It was March 3, a day he knew was a big holiday back home – a holiday that dated right back to tribal rituals of the Middle Ages celebrating fertility and spring, subdued into a pre-Lenten time of merriment by the Early Church. He named their camp on the west bank of the Mississippi River “Point du Mardi Gras.”

By the late 1700s, masked balls were in vogue during Mardi Gras. The first parade took place in 1837. But the holiday had a rough track record, with its violent tendencies causing the press to call for its curtailment in the mid-1800s. The end-of-winter revelry was saved by the Comus organization in 1857, when a secret carnival society was formed to officiate a safe parade with floats, costumes and a tableau ball. The official colors of the holiday – purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power) – were selected in 1872 by the visiting Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia. Continue reading “Mardi Gras Madness”

Social Event Planning Tools

I think we can all agree that planning an event can be a source of stress, and can seem complicated and overwhelming.  Chances are, you are probably wondering how you are going to get everything done that you need to do before the event date.  Take a step back and a big deep breath, though — planning is a lot easier if you are organized, and can break it down into steps or tasks.  Then you can just do one thing at a time, cross one item off your to do list every day, and before you know it you’ll be ready and the big day will be here!


Getting organized really isn’t that difficult if you have a few tools to help you out.  Software can track your to do list, when each item needs to be done by, your guest list, budget, and so on.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Continue reading “Social Event Planning Tools”

Corporate Event Theme Ideas

Whether you are having a meeting or conference with a message for your employees, or just throwing a company party to boost morale, planning the event around a theme makes it more fun for everyone.  Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

  1. Heroes – Looking for a theme that will make your employees or colleagues think a little?  A heroes theme is a great idea for an event where you will be discussing leadership qualities.  Ask attendees to come dressed up as one of their heroes, and let them know ahead of time that one of the subjects of discussion will be why that person (fictional or real life) is their hero.  They don’t have to be serious or business heroes, so you can have some fun with a theme like this: Think comic books, favorite movies, etc.
  2. Jungle theme – Here’s another theme you can have some fun with, but also work it into a productive lesson for employees, if that is your wish.  “It’s a jungle out there,” the popular saying goes, so this is a great theme to use for an event meant to teach skills needed in the workplace and the business world, and/or to reinforce the importance of ongoing education and learning.  Green streamers, exotic flowers, fruity drinks, island cuisine, and new age music all play into the jungle theme and get your employees or colleagues excited about the event’s message.
  3. roaring twentiesRoaring Twenties – If you are just looking to throw a good party, choose a theme that is popular and fun.  Roaring Twenties-themed parties have become popular in the last few years, as anyone can see from a quick Google search for party theme ideas.  Employees are sure to get excited about dressing up in 1920s garb and playing the part.  If you plan on serving alcohol at the party, you can style your party as a 1920s speakeasy, and require secret passwords in order to get in the doors.  Best yet, a speakeasy theme makes it easy to hold the party anywhere you please, allowing for more affordable venues or even the ability to have the party in the office cafeteria or break room: Speakeasies were usually just basements or warehouses with live music and illegal liquor.
  4. Fun in the Sun – Of course, you can’t forget the classic company picnic in the summer.  Good weather is a great excuse for a corporate event, and even better, barbequing outside makes for a relatively inexpensive event.  You might need a permit if you plan on holding the event at a local park, or for a smaller company, you might hold it on the office lawn or even in a dedicated manager’s backyard.  (Volunteers, anyone?)  Encourage everyone to bring folding lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and all you’ll have left to provide are hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, and soda — making it easy to stay on budget. Consider covering picnic tables with wholesale tablecloths – the classic red and white checkered!

Themed events are more fun for employees, which makes it more likely that they will come and be excited — and that they will pay attention, if the event has an educational bent.  What themes have you used, and how have you tied them into the company message, if there was one for that event?

Feather Party Centerpieces 6 Ways

Centerpieces are an important thing for any event or party planner to think about. Whether it’s for a birthday bash, a retirement party, a wedding reception or any other memorable event, just about every event calls for a centerpiece of some sort. Feather centerpieces are one of the best kinds to get because they are very beautiful, interesting, and memorable. You can do a number of things to make them complement the rest of your decorations and reflect what a beautiful event you are putting together.

Photos by @Jorg Hempel and Wholesale Event Solutions

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The Essentials to Plan the Perfect Party

All hosts of a get together, celebration, reunion or any other kind of party want to throw a great party. These are some of the essential things you need to think about for your big bash.


The food is often one of everyone’s favorite and most memorable parts of a great party. You might choose to have a full sit down meal, or a buffet, a potluck, a barbecue or just some tasty goodies available throughout the evening. Potlucks are great because everyone will have at least one dish they enjoy and they can try other peoples’ favorite dishes too. Barbecues can be a lot of fun too, as everyone can stand around and see and smell the great food cooking, which builds anticipation and appreciation of the food. Continue reading “The Essentials to Plan the Perfect Party”

6 Event Planning Trends for 2011

It’s a new year and everyone is excited for what’s in store. The freshly unwrapped calendars are starting to fill up with save the dates and celebrations, commencements and weddings, baby showers and bachelor parties, conventions and conferences.

Here are six event planning trends that are hot and fresh for 2011:

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8 Ways to Plan Your Event on a Budget

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a ten year class reunion, a family reunion, a mega birthday party, a retirement party, a going away party, or any other big event, budget considerations are always a major part of event planning. Many people mistakenly think that they have to pay an arm and a leg to put on a great event, that the best decorations have to be expensive decorations, or the venue has to cost a fortune. But none of this is true!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to put on a truly fantastic event. Great events can be had on a budget, and here are some tips to help you stretch your event money further and be able to have a really wonderful, memorable occasion.

Plan Your Event on a Budget
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Destination Weddings

A tropical beach at sunset. A billowy white dress, no shoes. Hair loose, flowers in hand. There’s nothing more romantic in the world than a destination wedding. And while it may be your ideal way to say “I do” it can be a bit stressful to plan. But keep the following things in mind and your planning will be stress-free and your big day perfect.

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Photo by @rcbodden on Flickr.

Go Local

When it comes to your reception the best thing is to go local for your decorations. Think local flowers, local foods, local drinks. It will add a colorful and unique flavor to your wedding and could save you some money since you won’t have to fly in your decorations. But check out ahead of time what will be available to you to make sure that you will be able to get decorations for the wedding. If you do want to bring your own, stick to light things like colored feathers and tulle. Continue reading “Destination Weddings”

DIY Centerpieces

When it comes to decorating for your event there are a lot of things that have to be planned. Flowers, table clothes, and tabletop decorations are just a few of the different elements. But your centerpieces will most likely be the most important aspect of your decorations. After all they are the focal point of each table and you want them to be stunning while fitting in with the rest of your decorations. Regardless of your color or decorating scheme, these gorgeous DIY sparkled center pieces will wow your guests and make your event shine. And the best part is they are so easy to assemble each one should only take you a minute or so. So call your friends, grab a couple of bottles of wine and have a DIY centerpiece party.

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