Show Me decorations that “Light Up” the Party

 Show Me decorations that “Light Up” party!

The theme for the couples shower was love, and the event was hosted in the month of love, February. We love to look for unusual ways to carry out the theme and color story throughout the house.

Look up for more decorating opportunities!

Look up for more decorating opportunities!

Top off your table top decorating with a festive chandelier! Alta Lynn uses a base of Christmas green pine garland wrapped around the iron chandelier. She added a felt vine with red hearts, and the black and white polka dot ribbon ties it all together.

Show Me Tip: Invest in a great quality green garland and use it as a base for many decorating ideas. Most garlands (unlit) can be cut to the desired length with wire cutters.

Red wire was used to hang Old World red glass hearts and conversation hearts. Cut wire in different lengths and wrap on arms of the chandelier, finish off the other end with a heart and a curl.

Old World conversation hearts carry out the month of love.

Old World conversation hearts carry out the theme of love.

Show Me Tip: Always consider the weight of the decorations before attaching to the chandelier.

Finished chandelier tops off the  beautiful table.

Finished chandelier tops off the beautiful table.

Show Me Tip: Create interest by using a variety of heart sizes and different lengths of wire. (thin ribbon may also be used)

Setting the table, and a beautiful chandelier.

Setting the table, and a beautiful chandelier.

Chandeliers are a great area to decorate seasonally as seen in the Christmas Brunch hosted in November.

The table is set, complete with a "Vintage" Mary Engelbreit girl centerpiece.

The table is set, complete with a “Vintage” Mary Engelbreit girl centerpiece.

The chandelier tops of the dinning table decorations.

The chandelier tops of the dinning table decorations.

Notice the green garland and felt ivy with hearts is the base for the Christmas decorations! We love to use and reuse or repurpose decorations.

Lamps are another great place to decorate for celebrations, parties or seasonally.

This oversized floor lamp resides in the corner of the dining room and was the perfect spot to show off pictures of the bride and groom.

Oversized floor lamp ready for party decorations.

Oversized floor lamp ready for party decorations.

A garland of valentine hearts was secured around the lamp shade ready to slip in snapshots of the bride and groom!

Paper Valentine garland is secured on the lamp shade

Paper Valentine garland is secured on the lamp shade

The theme of Love is lit up and ready for the couples shower to begin! As you begin planning your next celebration or party consider these 3 tips

Show Me Decorating Tips:

1.Select a theme or color story: Love, Valentines with Red, Pink, Black and White

2.Gather decorations (at home or shopping) to coordinate and compliment the theme and color story: Valentine hearts, ribbon, table cloth, runner, centerpiece (remember the gift, a #CotonColors Happy Everything plate & attachments, is used on this table with fresh flowers in a pitcher added)

3.Set your table days before and designate serving pieces for selections of food to be served

Alta Lynn’s tip:  Enlist a friend and it goes twice as fast!

Alta Lynn's motto: Friends are helpers!

Alta Lynn’s motto: Friends are helpers!

 Enjoy more of the party decorations……

To add a festive touch in the kitchen Alta Lynn hung paper lanterns from the ceiling hooks she leaves in year round and changes out decorations seasonally!

Paper lanterns float above the kitchen, hung from teacup hooks!

Paper lanterns float above the kitchen, hung from teacup hooks!

Ribbon is used to hang the lanterns!

Light weight decorations are an easy change out! You could also use oversized shatterproof Christmas balls.

Paper mache balls hang from black and white polka dot ribbon and a Mark Roberts Fairy adds whimsy!

Paper Mache balls hang from black and white polka dot ribbon and a Mark Roberts Fairy adds whimsy!

Happy decorating y’all,

Kathy and Becky

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Show Me a Couples Shower

Show Me a Couples Shower…..Bring a Blender for her, Some tools for him, or pick out a present for the two of them!

How do you decorate and  celebrate a couples shower in February….. with love that is! Considering that the month of Love is February, what better time to host a couples shower when your house is decorated for Valentines!

As proper etiquette would have it, a shower is hosted after a wedding where everyone is not invited to the wedding……so the good friends of the mother and father of the groom hosted a couples shower. What better time than a noon Sandwich, chips and dip bar!

And where do we start? With a theme and color story!

Theme: Couples shower & wedding celebration. Color story: Red, pink and black and white! Hearts and Love!

here is the table setup:

Show Me a Couples Shower

Show Me a Couples Shower

Alta Lynn shows off the tablescape. A black table-cloth serves as a great backdrop with the punch of the hot pink paper mesh runner!

Black table cloth with pink paper mesh runner.

Black table-cloth with pink paper mesh runner.

Show Me Tip: Invest in good quality fabric tablecloths. To create an inexpensive table runner use a length of mesh, the ends gathered  with a rubber band and trimmed in coordinating ribbon. In this scene black and white polka dot ribbon is perfect!

Coton Color's Happy Everything platter with seasonal attachments serves as part of the centerpiece and gift!

Coton Color’s Happy Everything platter with seasonal attachments serves as part of the centerpiece and gift!

Flowers and Coton Colors platter are elevated on a Pink cake stand. Creating different heights adds interest to your tablescape.

Show Me Tip: Gather up your serving pieces and set your table the day before the shower. Mark each platter or stand with a sticky note of which food goes where.

Black and white serving pieces are collected and used to support the color story.

Setting the table, and a beautiful chandelier.

Setting the table, and a beautiful chandelier.

Baked Hawaiian sandwiches were the star of the show. They are delicious and easy to make ahead. You may adapt to your taste and likes.

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

A vegetable tray, fresh fruit, and a selection of chips and dips completed the savory menu. Hearty enough for men!

A delicious selection of cupcakes, cookies and bars finished the party on a sweet note!

Sharing the decorating responsibilities helps to create a beautiful event!

Sharing the decorating responsibilities helps to create a beautiful event!

Ice tea bar and light fruit punch quenched everyone’s thirst!

Guest are greeted with a beautiful wreath,Lisa Frost Heart banner, red, pink and black and white!

Guest are greeted with a beautiful wreath,Lisa Frost Heart banner, red, pink and black and white!

Show Me Tip: Create a great 1st impression and set the theme for the celebration or event stating at your front door.

Live, love and laugh…Show Me a Happy Couple!

Happy Decorating y’all!

Kathy and Becky

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1st Impression, you only get one chance!

1st Impression, you only get one chance!