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Tuesday
Nov152011

10 tips: hosting the holiday party

‘Tis the season for parties! Make it easy-breezy by utilizing most of what you already have—and by adopting these ten tips from our catalog stylists.

Set the stage.
tip 1: pull two tables together and don’t worry if things don’t match—it’s more important that everyone’s together. Besides, the drinks and the menu are the real stars of the show.
tip 2: use chalkboard paint and write a welcoming message for guests.
tip 3: the right lighting can create the perfect mood- whether you want moody and sexy or bright and festive. You can also create a dramatic chandelier by hanging multiple utility pendants.

Tablescapes 101.
tip 4: tie your tables together visually with a long runner made of gift wrap paper. You can even supply markers and pencils to your guests if you want an interactive party.
tip 5: we used multiples of our 15 minute glasses laying on their sides to inject some color and as an alternative to flowers. Smart votives are a favorite since they product a nice flicker but contain no wax—so no worries about soot or spilling it.

Personalize it.
tip 6: the easiest way to entertain is buffet style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set a nice table.
tip 7: miniature chair ornaments pair well with name cards—and they make a fun take-away gift.

Thirsty?
tip 8: make the bar accessible and easy for your guests to make their own drinks. You can even put instructions for a recipe in a picture frame and place on the bar for reference.
tip 9: keep things interesting by using an acrylic storage box as a party tub and these bottle vases to hold the mixers for your very own champagne cocktail.

Food prep.
tip 10: take the stress out of food prep and buy prepared foods from your favorite shops. That’ll leave time to concentrate on one singular spectacular dish that to make yourself.
Besides, the best reason to throw a party is to spend time partying with guests!

Thursday
Oct202011

how to: create a whirly tree

Supplies:
36 whirly candleholders
36 smart tealights
36 nails or screws, about 4” long
small glass pebbles, available at craft stores

Directions:
1. Using a soft pencil, plot a triangle on the wall about 36” wide at the base and 48” tall—starting about 18” from the floor.

2. Mark “X”s about 6” apart left to right—alternating their placement like bowling pins—and with about 8” between rows.

3. Screw or nail the hanging hardware deep enough for each candleholder to hang securely.

4. Hang whirly candleholders—each with about 1/4 cup of glass pebbles—and insert smart tealights.
hint: for a temporary display, use a painted mdf panel like we did for our bubble wreath.

file under: DIY, alternative tree

Thursday
Oct202011

how to: create a string lights tree

Supplies:
indoor string lights
lightweight ornaments
pencil and painter’s tape
hanging hardware, we used about 9 nails

Directions:
1. Using a pencil and painter’s tape as needed, mark out a tall triangle for the position of the tree, and a rectangle for the tree base.

2. Secure hanging hardware for the light strands—we used one nail at the top, a row of 6 along the bottom, and 2 for the base.

3. Test the light strand then weave it around the hardware—the simpler the better.

4. Hang a mix of lightweight ornaments on light sockets—or with ornament hooks—as desired.

hints:
1. Use the longest strand of lights available to avoid a bulky plug connection—also, avoid direct contact between the light bulbs and paper ornaments.
2. Use hanging hardware best suited for your wall—for best advice, check with your local hardware store.
3. Start a few inches off the floor—safely away from low objects or carpeting.

Thanks to marcus, prop stylist on this CB2 catalog shoot.

file under: DIY, alternative tree

Thursday
Oct202011

how to: create a frame tree

The basic geometric shapes of a Christmas tree is an elongated triangle for the tree, and a smaller rectangle for the tree trunk.

Keeping this in mind, look for visual elements that work well together and that can fill both spaces. Whether it’s framed art, pages pulled from favorite magazines or typography from a computer printer—anything goes, even holiday greeting cards friends and family.

Supplies from top to bottom, left to right:
float frame 7x9”
float frame square 11.5”
format acrylic cube
float frame 7x9”
hi-gloss white cube
float frame 7x9”
shiny frame 4x6”
float frame 7x9”
gallery frame narrow 4x6”
walnut box frame 5x8”

hint: Notice multiples of the float frame in the 7x9” size? This repetition gives structure to the tree while allowing individual elements to stand out in the crowd. Also, substitute a format clear cube for the hi-gloss white cube since it’s no longer available.

Thanks to marcus, prop stylist on this CB2 catalog shoot.

file under: DIY, alternative tree

Thursday
Oct202011

how to: create a chalkboard tree

Perhaps the easiest, most eco-friendly and versatile tree is one that’s sketched with chalk on a wall painted with chalkboard paint.

hint: think outside the box and embrace the holiday spirit by sketching a new tree every day…or, instead of an ornament party, host a design challenge and offer all types and colors of chalk to guests then vote for the favorite…or build a virtual tree adding elements on each of the 12 days of Christmas—the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Thanks to marcus, prop stylist on this CB2 catalog shoot.

file under: DIY, alternative tree