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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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
Lemon Gingertini
Apple Cider with Spiced Rum

Hors d’oeuvre
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Tuna Crostini

Cheesy Pumpkin Soup

Poached Pear Salad

Apricot Glazed Duck
Roasted Potatoes

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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