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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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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Decorating Ideas For A Hawaiian Luau Theme Party

Say “aloha” to warmer weather with a fun and relaxing luau theme party in the style of the South Pacific! The Hawaiian concept of “luau” has come to mean “party” in modern usage and is commonly appropriated for any Hawaiian-themed event.

Decorating with Polynesian Tiki god figures imparts good luck to friendly gatherings. Ceremonial and decorative Polynesian tradition invokes the mask’s power to frighten away evil spirits, similar to the Western-style gargoyle.

The décor and conversation are what will set your event apart from the rest, so here are a few decorating ideas to spur some remarks about your impeccable taste in party decorating.
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St Patrick’s Day Ideas: Decorations, Hors d’oeuvres & Drinks

Incite the “luck o’ the Irish” with a lighthearted St. Patrick’s Day celebration incorporating green and gold colors, leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, and gold coins into your decorating, eating & drinking scheme. 

Find tips on decorating your party area, bar, dinner table and bathroom, along with yummy hors d'oeurve recipes, and tasty Irish & green libations.

Erin go Bragh!
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Types of Parties: The First Step To Planning Your Event

Are you ready to host a party, but not sure where to start? There are many types of parties and Rae Lynn has found that it is easiest to choose your party format first. 

Thinking through the style of an event you wish to plan will help make decisions about decorating, budgeting, timing, and food choices easier and better suited to the atmosphere you want to create. 

So, we have compiled a list of types of parties to get your creative juices flowing...
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8 Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipes from New Orleans

Mardi Gras 2014 falls on March 4th, but festivities in the Crescent City kick off weeks before the holiday. The Carnival season is a time of lighthearted celebration filled with sweet and savory indulgence before the austerity of Lent. 

In case you can’t make it down to the Big Easy this year, we have collected eight New Orleans classic cocktail recipes so you can enjoy the season in “spirit.” Laissez les bon temps rouler! 
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Nautical Hors d’oeuvre, Drink & Dinner Menu Recipes

Nautical AppetizersAlthough common sailors traditionally survived on hard tack and grog throughout lengthy sea voyages, the officers’ table has always been graced with finer fare. 

Whether you embark on an all-expenses paid (by you) five-course gourmet dinner or are inviting the crew for a few drinks in the captain’s lounge, sail through the soiree by offering gustatory drinkable and edible delights. 

This menu has been crafted to complement our Nautical theme party ideas by incorporating maritime colors, icons, and tastes of the sea.
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Nautical Party Decorating Ideas

From literary classics to modern cinematic productions, the romance of sailing the high seas has permeated the popular imagination for centuries. Nautical Banquet Wedding SettingCommand an audience at your next soiree by crafting a well-planned party that incorporates maritime decor.

Find extensive decorating ideas for subtle, strategically-placed nautical decor for your next event. Details for outdoor, foyer, guestbook, nautical styles, party area, lighting, bar area, serving table, banquet centerpiece, place settings, hors d'oeuvre trays and bathroom decorating.  Plus, a list of common terms with nautical roots for naming drinks, appetizers, and tables.
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Rae Lynn's Handy Dandy 2014 Party Planning Calendar

Start the new year off by choosing your events, dates and party themes for 2014! Great parties are about planning, so getting an early start ensures you don't forget a thing and find everything you need.


I've put together a list of dates to plan for (or around) to help you get started party planning for 2014.
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New Year's Day Menu Meanings & Recipes

New Years Day Black Eyed PeasCelebrating New Year’s Day is one of the oldest occasions throughout history. Whether the festivities fall on January 1 of the Gregorian calendar or some other day may depend on culture, but the symbolism of renewal is powerfully entrenched. 

We have collected some traditional New Year’s food selections and feature recipes with a tasty twist on the regional favorites of the American South.   
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