Finding big, fun-shaped vases is a great way to add a unique style to your party atmosphere. My favorite place to treasure hunt is Marshall’s. I found this 4ft tall vase for $12.00!!! What a buy. During normal hours (non-party), I will just leave my big vases sitting in a corner as a great accent piece, sometimes with florals or stems in them. But when the party is near, I bring them to life with lights and LOTS of florals. Here’s how:
- Thread a 50-light strand down through the mouth of the vase. I used white lights for this vase since it will not matter much with the deep red color of the vase. However, don’t be afraid to play with different color lights for different party themes or Holiday themes.
- Select your florals/pics. I liked this vase for many reasons, but the small mouth was the selling point. When you have a smaller mouth vase, you will need less florals and fillers…keeping your costs WAY down!
- Don’t worry about having a long stem floral….the only thing you will find that will reach the bottom of a tall vase and still stick out of the top will be branches or stems. I used a small piece of pine garland to close the mouth even more, and it helped to grab the stems and keep them nice and tight in place with NO glue or floral foam! Color me a happy crafter!
- Take your small piece of pine garland…wired garland a must….and wrap it around the outside of the vase’s mouth. Take some of the pine stems and tuck them into the mouth to help close the size and to give the stems something to keep them tight and high.
- I want this particular arrangement to be high/tall. So I selected my biggest/fullest pic…my poinsettias. I will have this vase against a wall, so I will only need three flowers: One for the middle, one on the left, and one on the right. Set the flower stems gently into the vase. Don’t panic if they feel wobbly or they lean over. We will fix that by adding more pics which will tighten up the mouth and allow for stability with the florals.
- I select my second tallest pics to be inserted next. I am using two because they are quite wide, and I don’t want it too cluttered as I build the arrangement upwards. Slide the two middle pics behind the flowers.
- My last row is my tallest pic. It is wide and tall, so I am using only one. Slip it behind all the florals in the back.
- Once all of your florals are in place, you begin the “primping”! Fluff it or scrunch it according to how you want it to look. Florals are made of wire, so you can control almost every part of them and place them in the direction that you need them to go. Don’t be afraid to bend things. You don’t have to “settle” for how they look once you place them in the vase. However, if you like it, then by all means, leave it be!
You are in charge of those flowers…make them move, bend, adjust to what you like.
If you have a cord from the lights that keeps popping out to the side and becomes an eye sore, then take some clear tape and take the cord to the back of the vase.
Plug it in, and you should have a beautiful piece of art that will create lighting for your party or just for you!
Decorating your stairway with garland is much easier than you may think, and you can have a most stunning entryway with minimal costs, or you can go all out and be totally extravagant. Let your “decorative taste” determine if you will have a rustic, ornate, fun, Victorian, elegant, or simplistic stairway. I have been fortunate enough to have a stairway in my last two houses. If you have a stairway….dec it out!
Here is what you will need:
- Artificial: You can purchase artificial garland at Walmart, Target, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, or any other craft/floral store, or on-line (Tree Topia, my favorite)
- Live: I have purchased live garland from fundraisers (boy scouts); I have ordered it on-line and had it shipped; and many Christmas Tree roadside stands sell garland.
- I like a thick ribbon with wired edges so I can have more control on the shape of the bows. However, any ribbon will do.
- Select a ribbon color that will go with your décor…either match it or select something that will work as an accent color. You can never go wrong with red, gold, white, silver, or green! Currently, I am using a lovely printed ribbon that I found at Costco! Great price for a ginormous roll.
This can certainly be an option, but I do recommend lights. Lighting for a party will create your mood. I change up my light colors… I am using multi lights this year. I was concerned that the printed ribbon with the multi light would clash. I think it turned out just fine because my stairway is really large with a lot of “white walls”, so I can get away with “loud.”
I go back and forth with putting anything extra on my banisters. The past few years I have kept it just bows and lights; however, I use to always use florals on my previous house’s banister. When I moved, my banisters doubled in length, so I could not use my old florals on the banister (though I still use them in other garland arrangements.) I can’t find what I want in floral pics, so I am using a floral print ribbon which gives me a lot of color. When I used florals, I had a solid red ribbon. I will be showing you how to add florals to your banisters.
We are now ready to get busy!
Starting at the top of the banister, loop the ribbon from under the banister to the top of the banister and tie a single knot (like you are tying your shoes) in the ribbon. Leave some room for the garland.
Slip an end of the garland under the ribbon and then pull the ribbon tight to secure the garland to the banister. No need for a double knot. You will only need to do this on the first ribbon. Once the garland is secure from the top, you will just work your way down the banister.
Now we are going to add the lights:
Once all of the lights are laid on top of the garland, it is now time to secure everything:
Go back to the ribbon and finish tying the bows…just like you tie your shoes. Once the bows are tied, you can be finished and leave the ribbon hanging down. If you do this, I would make the ribbon a little shorter as I think this length is too long to hang. I use this length because I am going to place the hanging ribbon up on the garland:
Be creative and scrunch the ribbon to give it some wave effect. This is why I suggest using a wire ribbon and you can bend the ribbon to help it to hold a wave look. If you have a piece of ribbon that will not rest, take a small tip of one garland stem and bend the garland stem over the ribbon to hold it in place. You may have to do this several times.
I have now added color to my banister without have the added expense of floral pics.
As you can see in the upper photo, there is an empty spot. This is where adding florals can come in handy. Below are several types of florals that I have that I could use:
You can use any size, color, shape, etc. for your florals. These florals came from a variety of stores and some are brand new and some I have had for years. You can even take a floral bush and cut each stem to make a floral pic…the second photo from the left is a poinsettia stem that I cut from a floral bush.
Adding the florals is easy. Just slide the stem into the garland! Be careful not to scratch your banister by jamming the pic into the garland…no need to be rough. Some folks like to hot glue the pics into place. This is a great idea if you have kids that will run up and down the steps and knock them off. I don’t have that problem, and I like not having them glued so I have the option of changing my decorations without pulling glued florals off the garland.
This is one more decoration ready for my Christmas Party! I will be moving on to decorating with garland sprays and centerpieces. If you have any length of the garland strands left, I will show you how to use them! Stay tuned.
Creative Brain Storm hit me yesterday! I am so excited about my Holiday decorating this year! I decided that I needed to do a drastic Holiday decoration make-over in my kitchen and family room (where my parties mainly take place) while still trying to maintain a decent budget. I thought that I was going to give my garland a face-lift with new floral pics. I wanted fun yet elegant as I am entertaining quite a bit this Holiday season.
I decided on red as my primary color, gold as the secondary color, and white as an accent color. But, I just wasn’t feeling the “vibe” and “love” with the floral pics after two days of shopping.
So, I started to search images online for red Holiday decoration ideas. Bulbs kept coming up in photos and catching my eye way more than the florals. Hmmmmm.
BULBS! They are so “in” this year and are more glorious and beautiful than ever! They are full of shimmer and glitter in bright, bold colors. The vintage bulbs are crazy beautiful with so many unique designs….art on strings! I like it. Fun. Glam. Bold. Elegant. I’m in!
Here are some of the pics that I found surfing the web that inspired me… I will be incorporating some of these ideas, and I have quite a few different ones up my sleeve that I will soon be sharing. But I wanted you to see how much fun folks are having with bulbs…
Cool stuff! Most of it is pretty simple to make. Just ask me if you need any help.
I am also going to be using a lot of candles and wine glasses….hope I have your curiosity up!
Shopping: Here in the Seattle area (Lynnwood), we just got a Hobby Lobby!!! OMG! It is a dream for party people. They have bulbs that knocked my socks off! Huge ones, tiny ones – colors galore…..rows and rows and rows of BULBS! And all Holiday decorations are 50% off! YAY! I got kicked out of the store last night when they closed at 8:00! (boo) I’m going back in tomorrow!
When I lived in the Pittsburgh area, I use to shop at Pat Catan’s all the time…another dream store. I have not been there for a while, so I do not know what their selection of bulbs are….anyone?????
Hint: I will be placing vintage bulbs down the center of my table….along with other fun things….but still keeping in my red, gold, white color theme. There will be bulbs everywhere…stay tuned!
I want to hear about your BULB ideas, too!!!!!