||Graduation and Moving Away Parties
Summer brings Graduation Parties and often Moving Away
parties for those relocating to new jobs. For something different for the
college grad instead of the usual fare of mortar board and diploma themes,
or banners and balloons saying "Good Luck", "Bon Voyage" or "We'll Miss
You" for those moving away, why not try "The World Awaits!" theme
for either occasion?
Collect maps of the local area and the area
where the guest of honor will be living. In the case of a grad whose
future is still to be determined, collect maps from all over the country
or even the world. Top your draped serving tables with the maps. If
possible, tuck hometown and new destination mementos among the serving
dishes. Carry the theme through with a custom cake that could be a map, a
globe or even a spoof mock up of a Mapquest search.
and props at party and dollar stores or Oriental Trading Company online
such as mini compasses, globes, cars, boats and planes. Don't forget play
paper money and coins for traveling money!
Choose balloon colors
from those on the maps or the appropriate state flag colors. Include a few
simple fresh flower arrangements.
Embellish these basic decorations
as time and budget allow. Plan a few activities or games to introduce into
the party as needed, but keep them simple. The best parties have a natural
flow and aren't too scheduled. Need help with and upcoming special
occasion? Are you stuck for ideas? Most people just need a bit of help in
focusing their plans and then they are on their way to a memorable event.
Call me - I will be your personal Party Coach. You'll be amazed at how
much fun entertaining can be!
Time to take a look at furnishing your deck or patio? Accessories are
the easiest way to change the look of your outdoor room. Choose a color,
theme or feel that you want to create and look at the things you already
own that might fit in with the look.
Ideally, accessories should
be weather resistant and shatter proof, but don't let that limit your
imagination. Unless extremely fragile or valuable, with reasonable care,
many items can withstand limited use outside.
To see if an item
can be used outdoors I use the "Whether Proof" test. Yes, that's spelled
correctly. The test is whether you intend to leave the item
outside all season or whether you will want to bring it in
when not in use!
By using this test nearly anything could be used.
Choose items with the potential for multiple applications. Enameled
tinware tubs and trays in bright colors make excellent choices. Tubs can
be magazine and game holders or turned into beverage coolers. Trays can
hold decorative arrangements or group snacks and refreshments, making it
easy to remove all from a table or ottoman in a jiffy when the surface is
needed to play games or for extra seating. Trays can also be placed on
folding luggage stands to make extra side tables. The examples in the
picture are available from Pottery Barn. Click on the picture or on the
link below for more information.
Similar accessories may be found
at your local Target. Glass hurricane candle holders are also versatile. A
simple grouping can be assembled in minutes. Fill with flowers, shells,
sea glass or grass, candles, and more depending on the look you want to
convey. On a table they seem to occupy little space, keeping the
arrangement light, simple and natural.
Make selections from your
existing inventory then list things that may compliment or complete your
arrangement. By using the redesign rule of using what you have
first, you will have more to spend on the things you really
need and want.
Aren't you smart?
||Easy Tote Picnic Table
is becoming as stylish and comfortable as indoor furniture-with prices to
match. Not everyone has a large deck or patio on which to arrange some of
these oversized pieces, or the proper way to store them in the off
If that is your concern, and you are not alone, there are
lots of fun, stylish pieces that are not only easy to store but versatile.
One example is a wooden roll up picnic table from Crate and Barrel. It's
great for beach use but why stop there? You can use this as a coffee table
on a deck or patio. Or how about surrounding this with floor pillows and
use it as a low snack or game table? At the end of the season it collapses
and is stored in a red tote. Simple and easy-and the price won't break the
bank either. This is a piece you can stow in the car for impromptu picnics
and is perfect for tailgate parties.
For more on this table, click
on the link below.
||Space Saving Bathroom Ideas
No matter how
large or small your bathroom is, organizing what you have will make your
life easier and save you time and energy.
Start by taking
inventory of what you have to help you determine what types of storage
you will need.
Maximize your space by changing the layout or
configuration of the way things are stored and displayed. If your space is
limited then think "UP"- go overhead!
Go vertical If you
have more wall space than floor space, an arrangement of shelves and
decorative hooks can support interesting containers, maximizing the use of
vertical space. Don't overdo! Minimizing visual clutter enlarges a room.
~ Lori Brasseur, LB Designs, ( IRIS guest contributor) For more
information on the open shelf storage shown, click on the link
Do you have a
bathroom that is functional but needs some oomph? This bathroom did. I
shopped the house for potential decorations and accessories and found two
framed posters in storage that provided the color focus that this room
Before, the large
mirror reflected nothing but a blank wall. Now the two colorful prints
bring the room to life.
The makeover was accomplished in less than
two hours, which included the search for the prints, accent towels and
accessories, lowering the towel bars to accommodate the size of the prints
and patching and painting the old towel bar holes.
Do you have a
bathroom that deserves a makeover? The foundation for a new look is in
your home right now! Find out how fast, easy and affordable a
transformation can be. Call 703-689-9886 or click on the link below
for more information.
||Planing Ahead for the 4th of July
It's not too early
to start making your plans for July 4th. Whether you are hosting a
celebration or just helping with the decorations or refreshments, now is
the time to browse through recipes, grocery stores and specialty markets
for ideas and supplies. Test those dishes in advance-you'll get the
techniques, timing and taste just right before the big day.
menu ideas, check out Fine Living's web site for their breakdown of
regional recipes to give your guests a true taste of American home
cooking. Other sites such as PastryWiz.com feature directions on how to make the unique cake shown.
yourself time now and you will be cool, calm and collected on the 4th, no
matter how hot the day may be.
(See next month's newsletter for
more last minute tips and ideas.)
Redesigner's Notebook is devoted to tips and articles relating to
interior redesign, decorating, entertaining, organizing and related
If you have an interest or question that you would like
to see addressed, or a community event that you would like to see included
that relates to these subjects please contact me. Your comments and
suggestions are always appreciated!
~ Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House