Holiday Decorating for December Birthdays

Holiday Birthday DecorationsIf you, or someone you know, has a birthday in December, you know how easy and often the special day is overshadowed or included into Christmas and holiday festivities. 

Competing parties, hectic schedules and everyone's travel plans make it difficult for a big event, but you can make the day special with our tips for holiday decorating for December birthdays.

Instead of decorating throughout, designate a special party zone, such as the breakfast nook, dinner table, bar and/or small party area, and decorate in a contrasting theme.  Use distinctive color, birthday, or secular winter decorations to differentiate the celebration from holiday and Christmas distractions.
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Christmas Decorating Ideas & Festive Home Decor Tips

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Table DecorationsDecember is here to usher in the winter season & Christmas cheer! The holidays often reunite friends and families from far-flung places, and small efforts to decorate for the winter season pay off by making everyone feel more welcome. 

Whether or not you've caught the decorating bug yet this year, Rae Lynn has some Christmas decorating ideas & festive home decor suggestions that just might inspire you to break out the decor to the tune of a Christmas melody.
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Thanksgiving Fun Facts & Historical Trivia

Rocker Hand TurkeyFor your Thanksgiving holiday, we've assembled some unique turkey hand ideas, historical Thanksgiving trivia, and tips on dealing with family & vegetarians.
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Fall Trends - Home Decorating

Fall trends work beautifully with modern interior home decorating schemes. Fall Throw PillowsFurniture and walls painted in neutrals in shades of gray, black and white set the stage for colorful accents that can be switched out to incorporate colors, textures, and shapes of the season.  

Trends we're following for the fall season include autumn colors, decorative critters, metallic accents and organics & naturals...
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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas & Table Decorations

The Thanksgiving guests have been invited, the rooms have been strewn with decorations, and the menu has been determined. Glitzy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas All is almost well, with the exception of the dining table centerpiece. Luckily, Rae Lynn has a few Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas to remedy this worrisome conundrum. 

A great fall centerpiece incorporates seasonal variety to enhance the ambiance while remaining tasteful and low-key. These variations on three centerpiece themes are budget-friendly and sophisticated, integrating both natural and man-made elements. 
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Fall Dinner Party Menu & Recipes

The colorful autumn landscape and frosty nip in the air this time of year seem to have most people in a cheerful mood after the long hot summer.  Hosting a fun dinner affair may be just the right remedy to recharge and reconnect with your favorite people before the holiday hustle and bustle begins.

Here is one of our favorite fall dinner party menus, along with recipes inspired by the season:

Cocktail Hour
Drinks
Lemon Gingertini
Apple Cider with Spiced Rum

Hors d’oeuvre
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Appetizer
Tuna Crostini

Soup
Cheesy Pumpkin Soup

Salad
Poached Pear Salad

Main
Apricot Glazed Duck
Roasted Potatoes

Dessert
Apple-Raspberry Crisp

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Fall Decorating Ideas For the Autumn Season

October and November is the most dynamic time of the fall season as autumnal hues become more spectacular each passing day. It is a month of preparation for the holidays, the impending winter, and the closing of the year.

Fall Decorating Ideas Leaf VotivesPlanning and preparation are two of Rae Lynn’s favorite topics, especially when it comes to entertaining and hospitality. As the outside temperatures dip lower, people are brought indoors together for warmth, food, and fun, which coincidentally is the perfect recipe for a house party. 

Whether you are planning a casual family get-together or to show off gourmet cooking and cocktails, simple autumn-inspired fall decorating ideas will elevate the occasion. These room-by-room themes work well together as a whole-home makeover or as stand-alone projects.

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Three Easy Halloween Party Decoration Ideas

Americans spend over $7 billion preparing for the Halloween holiday, with roughly two-thirds spent on decorative tricks and delectable treats. Halloween Owls Centerpiece What this means to aspiring hosts is that people have a lot of choices when it comes to decorating for Halloween. 

Perfect party planning is always crucial to success, but even more so when you are wanting to stand out from every other Jack on the block. So, does this mean more spending on spectacular displays of phantasmagorical fancy or bust?
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21 Strange and Wonderful Facts about College Team Mascots

Today nothing beats seeing our beloved mascots run out on the field, bringing with them boundless team spirit and the promise of a big win. University of Miami Ibis MascotThat’s true whether they’re costumed characters, animals, vegetables, fruit, a color or even imaginary.

Read on for some fun mascot tidbits...


University of Miami's Mascot
Sebastian the Ibis
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Getting In Gear For Your Tailgate Party - Tailgating Checklist

Most parties take a little organization, but a tailgate party takes planning and then some. After all, you can’t just duck back into your house if you forget the corkscrew.  That’s why it’s important to heed these words from the author A.A. Milne, who wrote one of Rae Lynn’s fave books:   

Florida Gators Tailgating Checklist
Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.  —Winnie the Pooh 

The only things you want mixed up at your tailgate party are the drinks. For everything else, we have a solution: 

Rae Lynn’s Handy-Dandy Tailgate Packing/Decorating/Setting Up Checklist!  
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Top Ten Reasons You Need to Celebrate the German Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began with a wedding—and what a wedding it must have been. On 12 October 1810, Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. EOktoberfest Germany Entrance Signveryone in Munich was invited to the ceremony and celebration, which included horse races. The horse racing continued the next year, and a tradition was born. 

Of course, it’s the food, drink and party atmosphere that continue today. The Lord Mayor of Munich will tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at high noon on 21 September and invite all visitors to quench their thirst. 

Read on for 10 reasons why Rae Lynn celebrates Oktoberfest—and for Oktoberfest party ideas that will make your festivities royal.
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Tailgate Food That Shows Your Team Spirit

Tailgating food often revolves around the predictable: burgers, brats, chips, dips and a choice of beer, beer or beer to drink. Georgia Bulldog Tailgating by Peter Zimmerman But that’s for tailgaters who want to warm the bench. If you want your tailgate party to score big and win fans, you need to step up your game.   

One way to make your football tailgate food a standout is to take your cue from the local food movement sweeping the country. What cuisine reflects your region and your team’s traditions?   
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Seven Ocean-Themed Centerpieces for a Sun- Sand- and Surf-sational Soiree

Some 123.3 million Americans--or 39 percent of the population--live in counties directly on the shoreline. Of course, that means that 60 percent of us are a county away, a state away or half a Ocean Themed Centerpiecescontinent away from the ocean.  
And face it--even if you're nearby--it's always fun to bring a little beach home. 

With the right bits and pieces, you can create your own shoreline scene and invite your friends and family for a beach party. Start with one of these ocean-themed centerpieces for your table, then build on the theme for a sun-, sand- and surf-sational soiree.
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How to Host a Winning Marathon Party

Let's make one thing clear from the start--by Marathon Party, we're not talking about a really long event that lasts for days and leaves you wondering how Gatsby did it. We're talking about a party that supports those crazy people who travel 26.2 miles without ever using a car. 

Even if you, like me, never plan to run or even walk a marathon or half-marathon, we get a lift by supporting the people who do. So if you suddenly find your home on a marathon route, there's only one thing to do:  Throw a party! 

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15 Must-Haves for Your Next Impromptu Party

Ever want to be THAT girl or guy--the one who can throw a fab little soirée at a moment's notice? Trust me, you can be. Impromptu doesn't mean no planning; it just means you're ready at a moment's notice. All you need to do is stock the cupboards, fridge and freezer, throw on a smile and look for an occasion that calls for a spontaneous party.

What occasions call for a party?
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