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5 Tips for Your New Year’s Celebration

happynewyear-2014Here we are closing the last chapter in 2014, I hope your holidays were successful and beautifully decorated!  As we are in the week of a new year, I decided to focus a post on ideas for having a New Year’s Eve party and decorating for the celebration of the New Year.

Here are 5 great ideas for your New Year’s celebration:

  1. Play Games:  Not in the mood for a big party?  Invite a few friends or couples over and host a game night.  One of our favorites is Guesstures as you can create teams, and it’s a lot of fun!  For some other game ideas, click here.
  2. Decorate your mantel:  Create a 2015 mantel piece by using four plain white pillar candles, using vinyl numbers (that can be purchased at any craft store) stick 2015 to each candle respectively.  Use spray adhesive, also sold in craft stores and completely spray the candle.  Using a spoon, pour super fine glitter (any color, depending on your theme colors) all over the candle.  After the adhesive dries, gently remove the vinyl numbers, and you should see candles that make up 2015 that will look beautiful on your mantel.  (Click here for a visual on how these glitter candles could look.)
  3. Create a centerpiece for your appetizer table:  Use or purchase a narrow basket or tin, keep in mind that you can always pick up a can of Rustoleum’s Metallic Spray Paint at any home store and change the color to match the center piece’s theme.  Put floral foam inside the container of your choice, purchase cardboard or paper mache 2015 numbers or create your own out of glitter card stock.  Attach skewers to them (with glue or tape) and stick the numbers in the floral foam to secure them in place.  Add silver and gold or black and white ornaments (of various sizes) to the container, and you have a fun New Year’s center piece.
  4. Decorating for the party:  I love the idea of hanging things from the ceiling as it draws the eye up and creates a magical feel to any party.  While researching for this post, I came across a fun idea – lit balloons.  Go to your local Party City and purchase LED lights and balloons.  Place a LED light in some of the balloons before you blow them up and use Balloon Tape to hang the balloons from the ceiling.  Or you could tie gold or silver ribbon to the balloons and hang them from the ceiling making the lengths various to add an interesting visual.  I also love the idea of using clear balloons and adding sparkly confetti to them to add an added interest.
  5. Party tips:  Plan to start the party late since people will be staying until past midnight that will mean there is no need for a complicated menu.  Simple appetizers and finger foods are the way to go.  If you need some appetizer inspiration, click here for some new ideas.  Have a New Year’s Eve toast prepared which will require that you have Champagne and flutes (glass or disposable) and have a sparkling juice or flavored water on hand for a non-alcoholic option.

DSC06126Enjoy your party planning and decorating!  Best wishes to you for 2015!  

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

How to Create the Perfect Outdoor July 4th Gathering

by Debbie Correale

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen you think of an outdoor 4th of July get together what do you think of?  Barbecues with hot dogs, ribs and hamburgers, fresh corn, refreshing drinks and sparklers?  Are you planning on having a get together with friends and family?  Here are some great tips for throwing a fun outdoor gathering:

Keep it simple and pick easy traditional foods!

If you are looking for food inspiration, check out these ideas from the Food Network.  Here is one of my favorites for Lemonade Iced Tea – yum!  Use beautifully colored by nature fruits such as watermelon, blueberries and strawberries to create the perfect table settings.  Have you seen the Stripes & Blue veggie Terra chips that you can purchase at the market?  They look fun and taste great!  If you are looking for some dessert ideas to go along with the patriotic theme, go to one of my favorites, Epicurious.com and check out the delicious options.

Create a fun table setting!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile writing this post I found a very unique table linen look that looks fabulous!  DIY Ombre Table Linen, so unique everyone will wonder where you purchased them!  Click here for the instructions which are hosted on HGTV.com, the photo and article is by Kristin Guy/ Dine X Design – thank you Kristin for this great idea!

Other great ideas: 

  • Use red, white and blue bandannas as napkins.
  • red-fabricKeep in mind you don’t have to use stars and stripes.  Using any combination of floral red and white or blue and white fabric would present a lovely July 4th setting and could be used for other events.  Go to your local fabric store such as Joann’s and look for decorator fabric or the outdoor fabric that is generally 54” wide and use it as a table cloth or runner and if you rip the edges you won’t have to hem them!  Bonus time saver!
  • I love the idea of mixing elements when setting your table.  For example, if you plan to use a bold patterned napkin set it with a solid colored plate or mix in a fun textured place mat.
  • Create colorful votive candles using dyed rice!  Fun idea for the kids, click here for those instructions.
  • Pick up some items from your local home store such as Pier 1 or go online and see the many options at OrientalTrading.com.

redesign rightIf you are in the Philadelphia area, they are having a parade starting at 11am at 6th and Chestnut Streets, click here for more information.  Whatever your plans this July 4, I hope you find time to enjoy and appreciate good friends, family and freedom.

For all your home staging, training, or redesign needs contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

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

Enjoy a Traditional Labor Day

oliver-labor-dayLabor Day is a federal holiday that honors working people.  It’s the weekend that families and friends get together and have picnics with traditional Labor Day meals!  Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and the best corn that summer provides!  In honor of Labor Day, I wanted to do a blog saluting all of you and giving a few tips on how to throw a fabulous Labor Day picnic/party!

The Menu

For a list of notable food ideas, click on the topic and you will be taken to a slew of terrific recipes from BHG.com – enjoy!


Red, white and blue is a traditional color scheme for Labor Day and one that is extremely easy to find!  Here are a few ideas:

I love seersucker, don’t you?  It reminds me of summer – light and flowing.  Here is a sweet idea from MarthaStewart.com where you can make your own and because of the nature of the fabric you don’t have to worry about ironing!  Love that!  Pick out a nice red or blue stripe that matches your table covering.  Click here to view the instructions.

This idea from HolidayCentral.com is so easy and lovely!  Use all of those tomatoes from your garden (or farmers market) and place white daisies and bunches of Basil or Mint for a pop of green – very nice!

For those outdoor picnic-parties, pick a lovely red check table cloth and use this idea from MarthaStewart.com – a way to keep your table cloth where you want it to remain, click here for instructions.

My recommendation is to keep it simple, and enjoy your relaxing day!

For all your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbbie@RedesignRight.com.

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

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 PartyCity.com and OrientalTrading.com 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 BHG.com, 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 Shindigz.com.

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 Beau-Coup.com, 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, Shutterfly.com, SnapFish.com, VisitPrint.com, and one of my favorites, TinyPrints.com.  (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 www.planaheadevents-montco.com.

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

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