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by Kelly Curtis

Ombre has been around for a bit now and yet it's still around, meaning it's here to stay for awhile. What exactly is ombre? It's where shades of the same color or tone gradually fade into each other from dark to light or vice versa. It is seen throughout cakes, backgrounds and various wedding and party decorations. This color trend is definitely an eye catcher and will make a statement at your next event.

Are you wanting to host a dinner party? However, you are hesitant about the fact that your place is such a small space. This week's Party Tip of the Week will give you some great tips on hosting one in your small area.

  1. Rearrange your furniture. Don't be afraid to swap out your couch or coffee table for your dining room table if you have more room. This may give you enough adequate space and you won't feel so cramped. You can also take out furniture. The next morning you can easily move it back.
  2. Create a mood with your lighting – Use lamps to create warm lighting, as well as candles. The softer lighting is more inviting and just cozy.

These 2 simple tips will help you host a dinner party, even if your space is a little tight. Don't be confined by where you live. Your party will be just as great even if you had more space.

by Kelly Curtis

Bunting is such a great idea to add to any wedding or party! You can customize it in any way making sure it matches the style of your event. Also, it's a little easy DIY, which you can look forward to a tutorial on bunting from us later on. What do you think about it and how would you personalize it for your upcoming parties?

by Kelly Curtis

This month's DIY of the month is a Valentine's Day card printable. Some of you may not be able to make it out to grab a card or just like homemade cards better, so we've got you covered. This is a fun little card that you can easily print off and then make it your own by filling in the blank after "I Love You More Than ____" Just a great card that you can personalize on the front and then say what you need to say on the inside. Hope you enjoy!

Here is the attached VDay card so you can easily print it off.

by Kelly Curtis

Think about the flow of your party

What does this mean? Think about where you're serving food and drinks. Is the area small and will it get congested? Will there be a few bottlenecks? Consider removing a few chairs and rearranging tables to create a more open plan. That way, your guests don't get congested in just one area and your party has more of a flow.

by Kelly Curtis

What's trending for 2015 parties? There are many great things, but one that stands out is reusing your decorations. Using party decorations just once is a little heartbreaking. You use this great decor, but it only gets to be seen once. However, if you start thinking about how you can reuse your decorations, you can decorate with them for every event you host.

What do you mean reuse your decorations? Invest in pieces, like vases for example, that can be used at any party. Actually invest in your party pieces that can be used for different events. All you need is a little bit of out-of-the-box thinking on how you can change up your decorations to match the theme.

by Kelly Curtis

Want a fun DIY for Valentine's Day? Wedding and Party Network searched Pinterest for some great ideas that are perfect for your Valentine party. We've found some great ideas!

i should be mopping the floor

How cute is this garland? It's simple, yet is an adorable addition to the home or party for decor.

The Crafted Sparrow

We love this idea of fortune cookies for a Valentine's Day card or even would make a great party favor! It's so unique and you can even put fun personalized messages inside.

At The Picket Fence

This mug is so adorable! Another great DIY to do as a gift or even a favor as well.

All of these Valentine's Day DIYs are so great for the holiday and can easily be incorporated into your home or party.

Thanks to i should be mopping the floor, The Crafted Sparrow, At The Picket Fence

by Hannah Jackson

If you'll be the one in the kitchen this year during the Super Bowl, here are some easy yet super delicious appetizers to make for the big game, along with a few ideas on how to display your food in a unique way.

  • Bacon Wrapped Potatoes: Cut small, gold potatoes in half, wrap each with half a piece of bacon, and roast. These are so easy and will have your house smelling extra yummy.
  • Mini Ranch Burgers: Their name says it all, and the ranch will give these burgers a nice zest.
  • Pita Chips and Hummus: Simple, healthy, and a good break from the traditional chips and salsa.
  • Homemade Chicken Nuggets: These are not your kids' beloved chicken nuggets–although they are a very healthy alternative! Coat your chicken with crunched up pita chips and Parmesan for an unexpected flavor boost and great texture.
  • Nacho Bar :  This will give everyone plenty of options to build their own nachos. You can do a variety of chips to match whatever dips you choose to prepare. If possible, the dips could match team colors!
  • Build-Your-Own Sandwiches: Meats, cheeses, condiments, and mini sub rolls make this appetizer a filling one. Everyone will love being able to customize their own delicious creation.
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries: If you're needing a sweet option, dip strawberries in milk chocolate, then use white chocolate or white icing to draw stitching on them like a football.

Fun Super Bowl Party Food Display Ideas

Football Field Table Cloth: Aside from the actually football game, it's all about the food table. Transform it into a football field with green felt and white ribbons for the 10-yard lines.

Chalkboard: Set up an over-sized chalkboard behind your food table with the words, "Ready, Set, Eat!" written on it. Or have someone who actually knows a thing or two about football draw a game play on the chalkboard. This is a super easy back drop that can even be interactive as your guests come up with their own football puns to write on there throughout the party.

Watermelon Helmet: This one requires some explaining and a skillful hand. By hollowing out a watermelon you can make it into the shape of a football helmet, fill it with fresh fruit, and watch everyone be amazed at your creativity.

Team Colors: If there is unanimously one team that you will all be rooting for, customize your food table to reflect the team's colors. You can do this with the actual food and also by setting out pom poms, jerseys, flags, or other gear you and your friends may have.

Throw a delicious Super Bowl party this year with delicious, yet simple appetizers. Your guests will be blow away by your set up as well.

Are you planning on hosting any outdoor parties this year? Everyone loves them, but there are problems that arise. One example is bugs! Not only are they a nuisance when they're biting you, they're also swarming around the food. Have you ever thought of placing your food in cookie jars, mason jars or any time of decorative container with a lid? Having a lid ensures the bugs stay off the food and you also have a fun way to display your food.

by Elizabeth Cooper

This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday. This means, you and your sweetie will be rested after you sleep in, and then you’ll have the whole day ahead of you. Here are some ideas for filling that time with new memories of love.

Get Your Chef On

Valentine’s Day is the night of crowded restaurants, full of couples vying for privacy. Instead of braving the masses, stay at home with a nice meal that you made together! Pick out a recipe that suits you both, shop for the ingredients together and spend a chunk of your Valentine’s Day in the kitchen with some wine and music that you both like.

Tip: Take turns doing the not-so-fun jobs (like washing dishes and cleaning kitchen messes) so both of you get a shot at the actual cooking.

No one is left out for long periods of time, you get to take advantage of an all-day V-Day, and you end up with delicious food (or even mediocre food, but it’s definitely made with love.) Win-win.

Time Travel

What brought you together? What was your first date? If you’ve been together (or at least have known each other for) a good while, you’ve probably got some set activities that you like to share. Perhaps you both love video games, movie theater outings, or a certain restaurant or club. If your first date was dinner at a certain place, go there for dinner on Valentine’s Day. A certain movie? Rent or stream it. Recreate your first date and make some new memories from it.

Tip #1: One new memory could be a Valentine’s Day gift, like a piece of jewelry or a rose, tucked into the dessert at the restaurant.

Sending Flowers: Still A Classic

Don’t let the idea of a Saturday holiday stop you from sending flowers. In fact, take advantage of a week of Valentine’s Day by having an arrangement delivered the Monday BEFORE! The flowers will sit on your sweetie’s desk and remind them that you love them all week long. Your florist is happy to deliver early and help make your love the envy of the office – or if the flowers go to their house, the neighbors.

Tip: Don’t forget to place your order well in advance!

Valentine’s Day is special, and it only comes around on the weekend but rarely. Take advantage of it!

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