Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bling It Out

Who doesn’t love a little glamour at their parties? Diamonds are a girls’ best friend, but they can get a little pricey. At your next shindig, think about ways to make your party look expensive while staying within your budget.

Creative lighting is the simplest way to completely transform your space and give it a new look. You can change the entire color of a room by switching out your light bulbs for colored ones. If you want a more intimate setting, use reds and purples. If you’re looking for an upbeat mood, oranges and greens might do the trick. You can even use gel on recessed lights to give it a stunning look. There’s no need to call in a company to do all the work for you – all you need is a quick trip to your local hardware store, some imagination, and you’re good to go!

Another way to bling out your party is to add mirrors in a few spots around the party. They can really open up a space, making it appear larger than it really is. You can do it as simply as mirror coasters or as elaborate as mirrored floors and walls. Get creative and use a mirrored vase to hold your florals, or serve cocktails on a mirrored tray. It’s a cost effective way to add some flair to your event. And, a perfect way for guests to check themselves out...or whoever is behind them!

To make a statement in your floral arrangements, use larger, voluptuous flowers. Peonies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and dahlias have a great presence that allow you to use them less while still showing off a glamorous look. Even a single one of those flowers looks better than a cluster of smaller ones sitting in a vase. Go to the flower market and find the perfect flowers that are going to give your occasion that WOW factor in any room that your guests are going to walk into.

Small touches that make big impacts can also include flowers. Add a mini “Sensation” calla lily to each napkin and dinner menu. Or, put one on the passing trays of appetizers.

These simple things can transform your event into a more luxurious one while staying cost-effective. Whether it's a clever, simple touch or a flashy, in-your-face statement, these details will make any occasion a hit.

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