Friday, December 27, 2013

Making New Year's Eve Memorable with New Traditions

Whether you choose to spend New Year's Eve with family, friends or both, you can make the occasion more meaningful by establishing some fun traditions. You can add a level of sentimentality to the night by including simple rituals. You can also consider throwing a big party or choosing a special location to observe the midnight hour. Traditions can vary greatly, but the sentiment can provide years of wonderful memories.

Hosting a New Year's Eve party is a familiar tradition, but you can add a personal touch by creating a unique theme. For example, you can develop a family-friendly tradition of hosting movies, board games and singing. Adapt to an adult crowd by hiring a DJ and renting a dance floor. One of the most important traditions is spending time with people that matter, and that can be accomplished by putting on the party of the year.

Midnight Rituals
The tradition of kissing your significant other at midnight is well-known. Make it more creative by finding a fun location for that midnight kiss. You might choose the same location every year, or you could choose a unique spot annually. In either case, you can make the moment memorable and fun.
A midnight toast is another familiar tradition. Add some creativity by selecting themed champagne glasses like redneck champagne flukes. Make it meaningful by writing a sentimental speech or a humorous limerick to read before the glasses clink. Simplify it by encouraging everyone present to share a resolution or positive thought for the coming year.

Resolutions and Alternatives
Many people enjoy the idea of choosing a resolution for the New Year. However, many are also frustrated by the idea of trying to keep up with a lofty goal. Consider replacing resolutions with New Year's predictions, encouraging those with whom you celebrate to make a personal prediction for the coming year. This will allow for that same sentiment without the pressure to perform.

Cultural Traditions
You can explore the New Year's traditions of the international community by serving different foods and observing special activities. Make a huge batch of tamales for a Mexican observance. Eat round fruit and wear polka dots as you ring in the year Philippines style. Don't forget to sing Auld Lange Syne as you add a Scottish flair to your celebration.

Traditions are fun, and you can make your celebration an event to remember by including those activities that will make a personal impact for you and for those with whom you share New Year's Eve. For a wide selection of decorations for this holiday season visit our online store.  We carry seasonal decorations and much more.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Party Table Décor Ideas

Tis the season for holiday parties!  This time of year is filled with times to get together with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. We all want our homes to look perfect and well decorated, but you don’t have to break the bank of worry too much to get thing looking festive for your celebrations. Instead of stressing about your entire home, focus on the most inviting area - where the food will be. There are plenty of ideas out there for fun decorations and accents. 

Here are a few of our favorite ideas to adding Christmas spirit to your kitchen:

Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas serving platters – These are great for cookies, desserts or an appetizer such cheese and cracker plate 

Decorative Handtowels – A quick way to add some holiday cheer to a guest bathroom or kitchen by hanging over the oven handle

Holiday Mugs – Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate or homemade eggnog during the holidays, spruce up your glass with a “naughty or nice” option

Santa Salt and Pepper Shakers – Another easy way to add some Christmas “spice” to your kitchen is with Santa boot themed salt and pepper shakers