If you’ve never decorated for a party before, it might appear to be simpler than it really is. Sure, you’re going to purchase decorations and set them out before everyone arrives, but that process can be more time consuming than you might realize.
Everyone has that one person close to them. The one who says the same thing every year on their birthday or when another special occasion rolls around. “Don’t bother getting me anything, and whatever you do… Don’t throw me a party!”. While we want to respect their wishes it seems disingenuous not to do something special for them when a special occasion occurs, especially when it’s something they’ve earned like a job promotion, personal victory or the news that they’ve beaten a serious illness.
Ah Christmas, the blessed time of generous Santa and presents forever for kids. For anyone else; the merry festive season can be anything from a bubble of joy to a mandatory nightmarish hell before the end of the year. The main reason for the opposed opinions about it is that most Christmas celebrations are culturally and socially imposed and don’t respect people’s choices, interests and personalities. If you’re a fun and outgoing person, it’s likely that you’d like to make the most of the Christmas season to enjoy yourself, and that probably doesn’t mean spending ages playing scrabbles with your great-aunt Martha. You want to live life to the fullest, and there’s no reason why the festive holidays need to be the worst part of the year. Because everyone is different, it’s time to accept that every Christmas needs to reflect these divergences.
The US is full of great cities, but only a few of them get the attention they really deserve. Sure, New York City and Los Angeles are among the world’s greatest cities, but that doesn’t mean they should get all the limelight. It’s time to look at some of the cities that are still underrated and underappreciated. They could provide you with your next destination when you’re looking for a fresh city break, so read on to find out more.
Right next to the Missouri River, you’ll find the city of Omaha. It’s a small, quaint city that can often feel lost in time. But this is what makes it so interesting and such a nice place to visit. It has cobbled streets, old museums and period features that will captivate you endlessly. It’s a city that’s in touch with its own history, so you should be able to learn a lot about how it was founded while you’re there too. For people interested in the history of the country, that’s a good reason to visit Omaha.
The picturesque mountains surrounding Albuquerque are simply stunning. It’s what makes this New Mexico city such a unique place. But aside from that backdrop, the city of Albuquerque has plenty to offer people who are visiting for the first time. It has dozens of fantastic cultural delights, fantastic galleries and up to date restaurants. And you’re never far from natural areas where you can go exploring or do outdoor activities.
Madison, Wisconsin is certainly one of the most beautiful and livable cities in all of America. It has fantastic facilities, and the landscape surrounding the city is stunning. There are three different lakes surrounding it, and these are perfect for sailing and water sports during the summer months. And during the winter, these lakes turn into ideal places for ice skating. It’s a magical city that you should definitely visit.
There is a distinct local identity at work in St. Louis, and it can be a real pleasure to come and discover it. As well as all the local specificities that make the place stand out from other locations and cities in the Midwest, the place has a thriving city atmosphere too. The nightlife is really good, and there are plenty of acclaimed restaurants and eateries, such as Lona’s Little Eats. There is plenty to do and see, so don’t skip past St. Louis.
Missoula is located in Montana, one of the country’s best states for natural wonders. It’s incredible to find this city right in the middle of such a state. But it’s urban and vibrant, and not what many people expect in a state like Montana. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so underappreciated. It’s a youthful city, and more people are discovering it each year, so make sure you check it out as soon as you possibly can.
There are so many great US cities that tend to fly under the radar and not get too much attention. If you’re looking for a new city to visit, definitely consider the options highlighted above.
Birthdays are an important milestone in any person’s life, and you should always celebrate yours in style. Being surrounded by friends and relatives on this special day (or the weekend before) is the perfect way to see in a new chapter. After all, this is probably one of the few times where it’s possible to get a big group together. Having said that, there is one other major issue: money.
You can still have that birthday bonanza without breaking the bank, though. And these tips for the perfect P-A-R-T-Y will enable you to do just that. What are you waiting for? Let’s get the celebration planning started.
Celebrities can always be seen walking the red carpet at Hollywood events, rocking their beautiful dresses and posing for the camera. I especially love to see when photographers get every angle of celebs outfits and shoes – the whole 360 spin and shoe cam. The Academy Awards, nicknamed “The Oscars” specifically is a huge event in the celebrity world. The most prestigious movie stars get together to celebrate their accomplishments, which leads to an insanely glamorous and luxurious event. Seeing The Academy Awards on television isn’t enough for everyone – some dream of being there in the mix of the event and this is where a red carpet party comes into play.
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The aim of throwing a red carpet or academy awards party is to recreate the entire event with friends, changing the atmosphere to match the one of Hollywood. To kick off this red carpet party, there are some things that are required:
- The invitation
- Dress code
- The red carpet
- Step and repeat banner
- Red carpet decor
- Food and drink
The InvitationThe invitation you send out to your guests is the first impression they will get of the party. Since you are having an academy awards party, this invitation needs to be the epitome of luxury. Do not go too overboard with glitz and glam, though – sometimes being on the simple side is more elegant. Foil or letterpress invitations are great ways to add glamour to your invitations, without being flashy. Before you send out your invitations, create a guest list with all of your invitees and ensure to limit it to your budget and venue.
Inform all invitees to attend your event in their best formal ballroom attire. When you create your invitations, you should make sure to put the dress code on there, informing your guests to play the part. This means that women will wear long, formal gowns and men will wear their fanciest tuxedo. Think about what you see on the red carpet – this is the type of outfit you are going for. If you do not have a gown or tuxedo that will “fit” the event, try searching for websites that allow you to rent for the night. For example, Rent The Runway is a great website for renting dresses!
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BallroomAfter you come up with a tentative budget and guest list, the search is on for a venue! Find a place that will match the style of your event – imagine what the real academy awards party would look like and do your best to recreate that…of course, within your budget. When you find the perfect place, make sure you talk to them about the event you are picturing – this way, you will know what they do and do not allow.
Shop around for a red carpet long enough to cover the entrance of your venue. The red carpet is the first thing that guests will see when they walk into your event, so make it noticeable! If you can, have lights that amplify the red carpet and make your guests feel camera ready. Another fun touch would be hiring photographers as “press” for the party!
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Step and Repeat BannerThe step and repeat banner is the banner behind your red carpet – it will be in every picture taken on the red carpet. Each year, the banner is different at The Academy Awards, but each year there is a similar trend – it is glamorous. Most usually have light tones like gold and white and typically say The Oscars on there. Make the banner your own – you could even add your name for a more personal touch!
Red Carpet Decor
Red carpet decor is important to set the tone of the event. The decor includes flowers, tables, tablecloths, and more. A great, special touch to add to your event is a sword from Swords of Northshire. Swords of Northshire has replica movie swords on their website, which would be a great addition to your Academy Awards party. For example, they have a Braveheart replica sword. Braveheart won an Academy Award for best picture, best director, best cinematography, best sound editing, best makeup and hairstyle, best director – motion film, and many other awards. Another movie replica sword on their website is from Kill Bill. Your guests will be in awe of the high-quality replica sword and the good thing about purchasing a sword for your party is that it will be of use after the event too. All of the swords are hand forged and battle ready, ensuring that you have the best product possible. Swords of Northshire has many fantastic reviews on their website to help you feel more comfortable with your purchase, too. These two reviews are just two out of over 375 reviews on their website: “I collect all kinds of swords, and I can honestly say the one I just got from swords of northshire is my favorite and one of the best quality blades I’ve ever gotten thank you so much!” “My sword is amazing. Better then I expected. I would recommend anyone looking for a sword of any type to look here first.”
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Food and DrinkIn my opinion, passed hor d’oeuvres would be a great addition to your party. Tapas style foods are always higher end and seem fancier. Of course, having someone pass around food the entire night does raise the cost of the event, so a great secondary option would be to have small bite-sized food sitting around your ballroom. Cheese boards, chocolate fountains, cold soups, crostinis and more are perfect options to step up the food at your event.
EntertainmentThe entertainment is always the star of the show! From musicians and speakers to magicians and dancers, you cannot go wrong. Honestly, if you incorporate all of the other aspects of this party; you could probably even get away without having “live” entertainment. A great way to save costs on this is to have your own speech, create awards for your friends and announce them yourself, and have a set playlist on your phone or computer that will play during the event. This will definitely get the party started!
The Academy Awards is an elaborate event that people watch and awe over, each year. Bringing the event to your friends in the form of a party is an amazing way to have the best time of your life and getting an excuse to dress up and have fun! Do not forget to have fun while planning and make sure to check out Swords of Northshire; if you need a high-quality movie replica for your fancy red carpet party!
There is something quite worrying about seeing sisters, partners or mothers and children wearing the same clothes. You know the kind? Being forced to wear the same jumper as your little brother, or put into the same dress as your big sister. Awkward fashion that is a great name for it.
However, in recent years the idea of fashion coordination between friends, children or partners has gone wild again. There is a gorgeous company which makes patterned tights for both mother and baby. A sock company which makes matching socks for father and son. It is a subtle nod and looks sweet. A less is more type of approach.
Of course, you don’t have to match to have the perfect his n hers fashion. Think David and Victoria Beckham; they aren’t seen dead in the same outfit. However, each always has a little nod to the other. Couples styling is what it is called, and we are going to help you master this look so you when you head out with your other half, you seem to go together even better than before.
First off you need to suss out what kind of couple you are. Are you both sporty, smart or alternative? Or is one of you chic and classic while the other is a little more grunge? There are ways of balancing both your outfits even if you have completely different styles. However, it is, of course, easier if you both like to dress with the same style.
An excellent example of how to achieve this look is this. Your partner has decided to have a suit made by Fielding and Nicholson, and it is going to include a very specific type of tweed. You prefer to wear a more rock look, leather trousers, basic white tee and a little black jacket. Speaking to the tailors, you could have a panel of the tweed attached to a bag, in panel style. Or you could even go for adding a little bit of the tweed into the lining of your jacket. Or replace one of the pockets on the back of your jeans with it. There are loads of subtle ways you can combine his sartorial finesse with your punked up biker chick look. You just need to get creative and fit this into your desk to drinks style guide.
If you both like the smart look, then it is simple to coordinate your style. Take elements from his design tastes and mix them into yours. Or get him to take on a little of your style. If you are going for the cobalt blue look of Kate Middleton in this dress, then he could follow through with the colour by adding a cobalt blue silk to his top pocket or make his tie the same colour.
You don’t have to go crazy, and both turn up with the same outfit on, but you can twist it up and follow things through so you both seamlessly work together. The more indirect you make it, the more significant the impact will be!
How do you feel about bachelorette parties- are you having one? Maybe after all of the wedding planning, you’re exhausted and want to keep it to something simple. On the other hand, you might see this as an opportunity to let loose and celebrate since at this point most of the wedding details have been finalized! Either way, there are plenty of cool things you could consider doing regardless of your personality, budget or time constraints. Here are a few ideas to think about!