Decorating a Christmas tree might seem like a walk in the park, and it might even be, but if you want a tree that will wow everyone who lays eyes on it, there are a few guidelines to be followed. Think of your tree as a blank canvas on which you can create a masterpiece that reflects your personality and aesthetic sensibilities. If you’re just going through the motions, it will show in the way you set up and decorate your tree. Getting an expensive tree is not the be-all and end-all of holiday decorating so it’s important to give YOUR tree YOUR undivided care and attention.
You’ve got everything prepped and ready, and your home is a bastion of autumn décor, but what are you planning to serve your guests? Your magazine spread-worthy pumpkin and pinecone display notwithstanding, a party isn’t a party without some stomach-filling, sweet tooth-satisfying, and thirst-quenching treats. If you’re clueless about what to serve your famished guests, don’t lose heart. Preparing a satisfying and beautiful autumn feast is not as daunting as it sounds.
Whether we realize it or not, as guests, we all seem to follow the same rules to ensure the host of a party will welcome us back with open arms. For example, criticizing the choice of food and wine is a mortal sin at the dinner table, and arriving unannounced or with an unexpected companion is a definite no-go. But how about playing the part of a perfect party host?
Warm weather, bright colors, pool parties, and outdoor picnics –every good thing deserves a happy ending. As the sun slowly sets on summer, consider hosting a party to savor every exciting moment the season has to offer. Here are some tips and ideas to help you create a fun and memorable summer send-off party.