You’ve created the guest list, called the caterer—or at least enlisted your friends who know their way around a kitchen—and you’re ready to send out formal invitations for your next party. Everything is in order, but how can you dress up your home?
Plan a party that "wows" with these design tips:
Create a chic and elegant look in your interior by implementing neutral colored furnishings and accessories. Then, when you’re ready to entertain, all that you have to add is the right colors.
Consider blinds or drapes that let in just the right amount of natural light, like solar blinds or lightweight draperies, so there isn't a glare during your movie marathon but enough light for an elegant brunch. Invest in a sofa without bold patterns or colors, and consider a fabric like synthetic microfiber that can stand the test of time. This type of textile will hide stains, too—a must when entertaining a house full of guests.
Use Seasonal Blooms
Flowers come in all shapes, colors and sizes, which makes them the perfect accessory for adding a little pop of color to your party theme. Bunches of tulips and daffodils work well for springtime soirees and vases of daisies and dahlias compliment summertime tablescapes. Autumn favorites, like sunflowers and snapdragons, create a festive feel and holiday seasonal flowers, like poinsettias, can be used to make a room feel merrier.
But, buying fresh flowers can add up quickly. So, instead of heading to the local florist, opt for artificial flowers. Craft stores like Michael’s offer a wide variety of artificial flowers at relatively low prices. If you must incorporate fresh flowers into your decor, consider growing your own garden with your favorite plants and flowers. Then, when you’re ready to entertain and transform your home into a party hot spot, snip and clip a cluster of blooms and pepper your home with vases bursting with colorful flowers.
Barbecue season is drawing near and soon backyards will be the top spot for spring and summertime parties. Add some color to your backyard patio or deck by decorating with versatile area rugs. Modern synthetic rugs can last all season and will surely wow the neighbors with their fashionable prints. Plus, they are quick drying and are resistant to mold, mildew and fading. Cleanup is easy with a simple spray from your garden hose, so you won’t have to worry about mustard stains or bugs.
Colorful Throw Pillows
Decorate your chairs and couches with a collection of colorful throw pillows. Rotate your throw pillows and use colors that reflect the seasons to keep your home feeling fresh and updated. Keep a mix of neutrals to partner with the colored pillows throughout the year. Bright blues and greens are great for spring; yellows and pinks are perfect for summer and oranges and reds fit fall festivities.
You also can test out your DIY skills by making your own throw pillow covers. Select a fabric that goes with your party theme, and get to work crafting beautiful throw pillow cases. Instructables offers step-by-step instructions for sewing envelope pillow covers. All that you’ll need to get started is a little time, scissors, pins, measuring tape, pillow forms and a sewing machine.