Planning a Party?

It’s that time of year when people are planning parties!  A joyous time of celebration…let’s get planning!

Personalizing a party makes the guest of honor feel special – it’s a way of saying “You are worth it!”  There are many online sites such as and that offer many party favor ideas, color schemes, etc.  If you would like to customize the party, here are some unique ideas.

Create Customized Décor or Take Home Gifts
I love this idea from, print out photos in black and white and mod-podge to a painted 3-D letter to create a beautiful collage honoring the guest(s) of honor.  Here’s another idea that looks great, tastes delightful and looks complicated but is remarkably easy to do.  Create custom labels using Microsoft Word, your color printer and standard Avery Labels to create a potentially stunning gift or party favor using Hershey Nuggets.  Click here for instructions on how to make these labels.

Table Coverings
Generally people will use a plastic, easily disposable table clothe as table coverings.  What if you added a decorative fabric to that to make the table shimmer with elegance?  Try gossamer fabric as an accent to table, walls, or draped from the ceiling to add a magical feel.  Click here to check out these ideas from

Are you tired of the traditional cake idea?  How about custom made Cake Pops – I love this idea!  They are bite sized, and you could contact your local bakery to see what options are available.  These are Favor Pops from, click on this link to view other ideas.

There are many online sites that allow you to incorporate photos of the honoree on the invitations such as,,,, and one of my favorites,  (Click on the website link to go to that site.)

Outdoor Party
Are you thinking about throwing an outdoor party event?  I checked in with expert Ruth Santiago of Plan Ahead Events, and she offers these five tips to prepare for various contingencies and ensure that your guests will be comfortable and enjoy the event.

1.  Bad Weather

Monitor weather forecasts.
Provide umbrellas (this could create a fun photo moment).
Rent a good quality tent to protect from rain/sun.
Make sure your décor is “weather proof” and anchored to prepare for possible wind.
Have your vendors do a site visit with you for a contingency plan.

2.  Plan for nuisances

Have the following items on hand for your guests:  Bug spray (a good idea would be to have a pest control treatment done to the outdoor area), Sunscreen, Hand Sanitizers, Fans, Water.

3.  Restroom Facilities

If the event is at a private home, you might want to consider bringing in portable restrooms.  Today’s event restrooms are far from your typical “port-a-potty”; some have sinks and mirrors and are more spacious than bathrooms in some venues.  It is recommended to have separate units for men and women.  Overuse of home bathrooms could cause bigger issues later in the day as they are not designed to handle heavy traffic.  Having someone responsible for keeping these cleaned and fully stocked is also a good idea.

4.  Power

An outdoor event often requires a lot of power.  Check with your band or DJ, caterer, photo booth and any lighting vendors as to their requirements to help determine if you have enough amps and circuits available to avoid overloading them.  Also, a generator is a nice item to have on hand in the event of a power failure.

5.  Permits

Having authorities crash your event would not be a good thing.  Make sure you do your research and find out if your town/municipalities require you to fill out permits; especially if it is at a private home.

For help with your party planning, you may contact Ruth at 267-884-4312 and find out more at

If you need help to do a house redesign before you throw your party, contact for your Redesign and Home Staging needs.

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at Find her on, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .

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