The inspiration of Autumn’s leaves


The autumn season brings about many changes:  Crisp air, gradual shortening of days, and (my favorite) the leaves changing colors.  A great way to liven up this season’s events is to bring the outdoors inside!  Incorporate the natural beauty and texture of autumn’s leaves into your event’s décor.  Here are some easy and budget friendly tips for decorating with autumn’s leaves.

Image from Sunset – Decorating with fall leaves

1.  Nature’s Stained Glass (from Sunset – Decorating with fall leaves)

Chinese pistache leaves are translucent enough to glow like stained glass when lit from behind. To celebrate their vivid fall beauty indoors, display them on simple glass hurricane candle holders.

Gather leaf cuttings from your garden (ginkgo and Japanese maple are other good choices).  Press them in a book overnight to keep them from crinkling, then use one or two Glue Dots on the back of each stem, affixing each leaflet to the outside surface of the glass.

image from Ideal Home Garden – Beautiful Fall Leaf crafts to decorate your home

2.  Leaf Centerpiece  (from Ideal Home Garden – Beautiful Fall Leaf crafts to decorate your home)

One of the easiest fall leaf crafts you can make, this leaf vase is a beautiful and cheap way to decorate your living room, bedroom or entry, and can also be used as a dining table centerpiece.

What You’ll Need:

  • About 20 to 50 leaves, depending on the size of your vase
  • One clear glass vase or hurricane candle holder

Instructions:

  1. Fill the vase or hurricane candle holder with your colorful autumn leaves.
  2. Be careful not to crush or break the leaves as your place them inside.
  3. Arrange some leaves around the outer edges so that they lay flat against the glass for a better view.

Set your leaf vase anywhere you’d like bright autumn décor.

image from Leanneja – 6 Fast and Easy Ways to Decorate with Leaves

3.  Leaf Garland (from Leanneja – 6 Fast and Easy Ways to Decorate with Leaves)

Clip leaves to twine/string using little clothes pins.

What are your favorite ways to decorate with leaves?

4.  Candle and Leaves Centerpiece (from 9 ways to decorate with Autumn leaves

Put an autumn-themed plate or bowl on top of a candlestick or cake stand. Fill it with leaves, acorns and candles for a simple and casual look.  SAFETY NOTE:  Use battery operated, flame-less candles in this centerpiece.  There’re much safer around dry leaves than regular candles.

What are your favorite ways to decorate with leaves?

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Fantastic Decorations for a Family Reunion Party | Shindigz Blog


balloonsPlanning your annual family reunion?  Blog post, Fantastic Decorations for a Family Reunion, provides great suggestions for family reunion decorations.

Fantastic Decorations for a Family Reunion

A family reunion is the perfect event to center around a fun party theme. It makes it much easier to decorate and plan activites. For example, a Western theme would be perfect for all ages with a square dance and decorated with haybales and bandanas! If you decide not to have a theme, here are some casual yet festive decorations that are sure to have your family members begging you to plan another reunion next year!

Outdoor Decorations:
• Greet your long lost relatives with an impressive balloon arch at the entrance of your party.
• Many times a reunion centers around the celebration of a birthday or a landmark anniversary. Make it truely a special occasion by hanging a Personal Photo Memories Mural in a prominant place. By having your own special photo on this you are making your reunion a very personal experience for all who attend!

Indoor Decorations:
• If you are decorating a large area, or want to make any area look more intimate and festive, drape and swag our gossamer across ceilings, walls, and the edges of table skirting. Twist two colors together for a stunning look.
• Never underestimate the power of decorating with Balloons, as they can transform any size room into a cozy space in minutes at a very low cost. You can choose to inflate balloons with helium, but you need not think that is the only option. In order to save money, inflate hundreds of balloons in colors to match your theme without using helium. Tie a 6-8 foot piece of curling ribbon to the end of each one. Using scotch tape, masking tape, or straight pins, hang balloons down from the ceiling so they hang at different lengths. Curl the loose end of the ribbon with scissors.

If you are hanging the balloons in a gymnasium, or large hall, cut the ribbon to a length appropriate for the height of the ceiling. A very cost effective means to transform a large space into a much more intimate one, is to hang the balloons down from different spaces all over the area you are decorating.

• Whether you are indoors or outside, there are so many ways places to hang lighted paper lanterns to create a wonderfully soft-lit atmosphere!

Table Decorations & Napkins:
• We offer a large selection of table covers, cups, plates and cutlery. These are available in just about any color, so you’re sure to find something perfect for your particular reunion setting.
• For an old-fashion picnic setting, try gingham tablecovers and coordinating ensemble. These alone set the stage for a great family picnic in the park!
• Order personalized napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and design of your choice. Select a metallic or foil imprint. The napkins will serve several purposes – great decorating in disguise and a delightful memento of the party that can be saved in scrapbooks for years to come!

Napkins can be laid out on a buffet table, or displayed at each place setting.
Place napkins in the center of each place setting at an angle, or unfold them and place them in Personalized Stadium Cups for a tall festive look.

Welcome family with a Personalized Family Tree Autograph Banner and have them sign the banner before they leave for a wonderful keepsake.

Decorating An Event Using The 5 Senses


When most people think of decorating for an event, they think of linen color, centerpieces, streamers, flower arrangements, and balloons.  These items are purchased, arranged perfectly, and viola, decorating for the event is complete!  Or is it?  An event’s decor does not solely rest on the decorations.  An event’s décor should create an environment for the event.  Creating a complete and memorable environment should engage all 5 senses.  Here are tips on how to engage all 5 senses.

Sight

An eye catching idea, that can work with any budget, is to have all your decor one color.  This creates a cohesive environment, ambiance, and drama with minimal effort.  Center pieces of inexpensive monochromatic floral arrangements can add extra drama to your event!  If your budget allows, work one color into the lighting and food and beverage offerings.  Extend the monochromatic décor concept to your guests by asking them to wear outfits using the decor color.  This is a fun way to involve your guests in the overall event, and make them part of the decor.

Not a fan of the monochromatic concept, mix colors into your decor.  Rememer, colors can evoke emotions.  Use simple color options by choosing one main color and an accent color.  Another option is to choose  multiple colors (no more than five), or varying shades of the same color that will evoke emotion.

Hear

The music played during an event is crucial to the event’s vibe. Make sure the music is relevant to the event theme.  While making your music selection, ask yourself the following:

  • Is there enough music for the entire event?
  • Is the music appropriate for the event?  Is the music appropriate for the guest demographic?  Do the guests find the music interesting?
  • Is the volume appropriate for this particular event?  Does the volume allow guests to comfortably hold a conversation?

Smell

Follow the adage “less is more” when selecting an aroma for your event.  Aroma selecting tips:

  • Ask yourself: do your guests have allergies?  If so, avoid floral or citrus fragrances to avoid evoking allergic reactions.
  • Avoid scents that are naturally very strong.
  • Select one fragrance for your event (this can be flowers, candles, incense, scented oils, room spritzers, etc.).

Taste

Every event should have great food and drinks.  You do not have be a gourmet chef to make this happen.  Use your resources to bring great food and drinks to your event.  Food for the event can go beyond the hours of the gathering!  I recently planned and coordinated a Christmas in the City themed event.  Each guest received a gift bag with a delicious red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.  Not only did the guests enjoy the food and drinks, they were able to take a taste of the event home.

Touch

Engaging your guests sense of touch addresses two event environmental questions:

  • How are your guests feeling?
  • What are your guests feeling?

How your guests are feeling deals with the layout and traffic flow of the event.  You want to make sure the layout of tables and chairs allows guests enough space to move around comfortably.  Guests that feel cramped or uncomfortable may leave your event sooner than later.  Event layout tip:  have food stations and beverage stations in separate areas.  This will minimize congestion between the two stations.

What your guests are feeling deals with the texture and comfort of linens, furnishings, and anything a guest touches.  Make sure all decor itmes are pleasing to the touch.

Remember, your event is an experience.  An event that engages the five senses creates a memorable event experience your guests will never forget!  Cheers!

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