Lighthouse Wedding & Decorating Ideas

The majestic lighthouse is an attractive addition to any sailing or nautical decorating scheme. Whether a maritime party, wedding or home decor, the iconic shape and unique patterns are instantly recognizable as fitting for the occasion.

I've included my decorating ideas for the:
  • Food & Serving Table
  • Dinner Table & Centerpiece
  • Lighting
  • Party Area & Bathroom
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5 Baby Shower Theme Ideas

Shhh...It’s A Surprise!

Here are five baby shower theme ideas that will give your party planning skills a chance to shine. Impress your mommy-to-be guest of honor by marching right along with plans for a beautiful event. 
  • Nautical Theme Baby Shower
  • Garden Party Theme Baby Shower
  • Western Theme Baby Shower
  • Pink Flamingo Theme Baby Shower
  • Under the Sea Theme Baby Shower

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20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s Theme Party Ideas for Adults

Decade parties are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or commemorations of an event or date. Guests love dressing up for “the look” of the period; just add nostalgic playlists, decorations, food and drinks to create a memorable occasion. 

And to get your creative juices flowing, we've dug up the party-friendly highlights in trends, fads, icons, music, TV, movies, people and fashion:    
  • Roaring 20s Theme Party Ideas
  • Dirty 30s Theme Party Ideas
  • Fabulous 40s Theme Party Ideas
  • Nifty 50s Theme Party Ideas
  • Swingin' 60s Theme Party Ideas
  • Super 70s Theme Party Ideas
  • Big 80s Theme Party Ideas
  • Grungy 90s Theme Party Ideas
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Outdoor Party Setup Ideas

Beautiful summer days are a perfect opportunity to entertain outdoors. Here are a few outdoor party setup ideas I keep in mind to organize the layout and prioritize preparations and decorations.

Although you can apply most indoor party planning techniques to an outdoor event, you do need to make special consideration for:
  • Party Area Zones
    • Welcome/Entrance
    • Mingling/Bar
    • Conversation/Seating
    • Food service
    • DJ/Dancing
    • Activities
  • Lighting
  • Serving

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Cute 4th of July Food Ideas & Recipes

Make your Independence Day a little more special and memorable with some of these cute 4th of July food ideas and recipes. For cocktail bites or a backyard buffet, your guests will adore the small extra effort to make your event a lot more fun!

We've included 5 simple patriotic recipes:
  • Watermelon & Provolone Stars
  • Cherry Pepper Poppers
  • Patriotic Berry Cups
Star-Spangled Sausage Bites
  • Red, White, & Blue Trifle Sparkler
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Birthday Decorating Ideas For Adults

Today's birthday decorating ideas for adults are a sure way to create a fashionable celebration that will make the guest of honor feel special. 

When planning a party, I like to brainstorm three categories of decor to get my creative juices flowing. Specifically:
  • Motifs
  • Color
  • Theme
The result is a pulled-together look that elevates the occasion and guides my decorating purchases. 
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Picnic & Beach Food Ideas with Recipes

Pack up a picnic for a long day of fun in the sun at the beach with these easy-to-eat delicious and nutritious picnic & beach food ideas with recipes. 

Wraps and skewers make serving easy while minimizing the need for silverware. These fresh selections are also wonderful options for indoor beach-themed entertaining that will have your guests reminiscing about happy days at the seashore. 
  • Caesar Salad Bites
  • Fruit Skewers
  • Seared Ravioli Skewers
  • Crab & Avocado Wrap
  • Caribbean Wrap
  • Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites
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Decorating Ideas For Beach Parties

Evoke the care-free mood, festive spirit, and natural beauty of a day at the ocean with these decorating ideas for beach parties. Combining a relaxed atmosphere and cheerful decorations, beach parties are a theme that everyone can enjoy.

Choose one of these 3 beach themes as a guide or combine elements of each throughout your party:
  • Beach Fun: Elements of a day at the seashore, including activities & bright colors.
  • Surfer Surfari: All about surfing & surfers.
  • Seaside Scenery: Environmental & natural features from sand to sea gulls.
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Memorial Day Food Ideas & Recipes

Whether gathering in remembrance or kickstarting summer, these Memorial Day food ideas are sure to impress. Incorporating patriotic hues and American culinary classics will be a breeze this year with an array of appetizing options.
  • Memorial Day Hors d'oeuvres
    • Crudites & Cheese Platter
    • Shrimp Cocktail Shots
    • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Memorial Day Dinner Menu
    • Red, White & Blue Side Salad
    • Boston Baked Beans
    • French Potato Salad
    • Cheddar Bacon Burgers
  • Memorial Day Dessert
    • Old Fashioned Apple Pie
  • Memorial Day Party Drinks
    • Bourbon Punch
    • Red & Blue White Sangria
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Patriotic Themed Memorial Day Decorations

Memorial Day is coming up and signals summer fun from pool openings to summer vacation. It is also a heartfelt holiday which commemorates the bravery of military heroes who gave their lives in service. 

Honor their memory and start the season off right with a patriotic themed Memorial Day outdoor gathering featuring Old Glory herself. Whether picnic or pool party, these decorating ideas will instill a healthy dose of national pride and make a memorable occasion for all.
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Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

Serve up some savory "antojitos" or Cinco de Mayo appetizers as refreshing munchables in between rounds of margaritas. We have compiled cinco (five) Mexican-inspired recipes that are delicious and make appetizing displays as a plus. 

Decorate the serving trays with fun, themed decorations to show off your attention to detail, like a miniature Mexican Charro Sombrero, Red Parrot or Metal Saguaro Cactus Votive Candle Holder. 
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration Mexican Decorations

Cinco de Mayo celebration is almost here and Rae Lynn is thinking about Mexican-inspired party decorations! Here are some stylish decorating tips for incorporating festive decor with a Mexican flair into the party atmosphere. 

We've included a scheme for each of the major areas that may be utilized for a home-based Cinco de Mayo celebration. However, they are easily adapted for use in other venues using just a little bit of creativity. 
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Spring Table Decoration Ideas For Easter

The spring season is well on its way, waxing into full glory with flowers bursting into bloom as each day passes. Rae Lynn is always drawing inspiration from the colors and textures on the natural world to make the world of indoor party decorating a better place. 

We are going to share some of our spring table decoration ideas for Easter to keep your own nest looking sharp and seasonally appropriate.
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Country Western Appetizers & Hors d'oeuvre Recipes

If there is one thing that country folks appreciate, it is good eatin’. Whether you are hosting a blowout bonanza or a simple summer soiree, these Country Western appetizers & hors d'oeuvre recipes combine taste with ease that will give you the greatest bang for your entertaining buck.

When weighing your culinary options with a Country Western spin, we suggest staying true to the roots of country cooking, transforming the flavors of simple, hearty dishes into bite-sized bliss. 

With a little creativity and a bit of bacon grease, this collection of Country Western appetizers is sure to impress: 
  • Steak 'n Bacon Bites With Bernaise Sauce
  • Corn Cups With Green Chili
  • Chicken Fried Steak Bites
  • Country Kitchen Button Biscuits With Jam & Ham
  • Tex-Mex Queso Cups
  • Mini Pecan Pies
  • Perfectly Sweet Tea
  • Country Lemonade
  • Peach Lemonade
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Country Western Theme Party Decorating Ideas

The spirit of the Old West conjures romantic fantasies of adventure and the struggle for independence. Constant jockeying between lawless forces and rugged moral crusaders in the midst of untamed wilderness has captivated the human psyche with a uniquely American flavor.

Saddle up for some good, ol’ fashioned country western fun by styling your next shindig with decorations that channel the magic of the western wilderness. Rae Lynn has developed three country western theme party decorating ideas that incorporate different motifs of Southwestern American life across the wide Missouri. 
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