If you have time and want to manage your budget for drinks, making prepared drinks is a fun addition to any outdoor party. For an outdoor party, I would suggest melamine drinkware or glassware you won't miss if it gets broken. Everyone loves budget-friendly fresh-brewed iced tea during the spring and summer. Pair tea with your favorite bourbon, simple syrup and fresh fruit for a light, refreshing summer beverage.
This space hosts the two Stansell boys, who share this bedroom that could also be described as their own little well-curated museum of interests. Their personalities and evidence of their adventures are proudly displayed around their room. If you look closely you’ll spy that at least one of the boys is a budding chef. They also have a small family of hamsters between them, and they love yellow tractors. The boys’ room is a really good example of how I approach kids' spaces: always go monochromatic with walls and bedding. Between their toys, books, art, rugs, etc. there will be plenty of opportunity for stimulation/adding interest without becoming too busy. My fave in the room? The drapes are perfectly appointed: they look fun and put an exclamation point on the entire space.
Who says that flowers are reserved for Valentine's Day? With a variety of green-tinted blooms to choose from, St. Patrick's Day is prime for sending a sweet token of luck to a friend or filling your home with vibrant fresh florals. Read on to learn how to create a fun leprechaun garden, sweet DIY paper flowers, a lush vase of romantic fresh blooms or a unique fruit and vegetable arrangement from a variety of seasonal green florals.
You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in the '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in the drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover featured on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter, Harper.
Use thick construction paper to cut out your leaf shapes. Do a few slightly different sizes and shapes so they look more natural when you layer them on top of each other. Since the wood stain is dark, it can be hard to see pencil marks as you outline. Instead, use an oil-based paint pen to lay out your design. (You can get these at any craft store in some really fun colors.)
Discover the shrubby side of clematis with this upright version of the classic vine. ‘Stand By Me’ grows to a shrub-like form that doesn’t need a trellis like a traditional vining clematis, although it does benefit from a little support. This clematis features beautiful blue blooms that dangle like bells and open from late spring through midsummer. After flowers fade, they form fuzzy seedheads that are eye-catching and fun. Plants grow 34 to 38 inches tall by 24 to 28 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. ‘Stand By Me’ clematis belongs to Pruning Group 3.
Eclectic and funky little girls room with a blush pink base. The soft color palette is anchored with the charcoal accents and dots of bright pink. A window seat with comfy toss pillows in fun textures creates a cozy reading nook. A lofted wood daybed lined with pink velvet cushions is perfect for lounging and sleeping. An antique mirror over sits over the wooden dresser, on which sits vases of brightly colored fresh flowers. A play tent in charcoal gray with white dots atop a small white faux fur rug provides a special place to hide away or share secrets with friends. An area rug in blush pink with a charcoal gray and white pattern picks up the colors from elsewhere in the room and complements the wooden furniture.
It's Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. Your whole family is coming for lunch in less than two hours. And what are you doing? Frantically polishing flatware. If this isn't your idea of fun, store your silver and silver-plated flatware in silver flatware storage rolls. The fabric absorbs the gases that tarnish silver and reduces (or even eliminates) the need for polishing. The compact size lets you get more flatware in a smaller space, taking up less room in your pantry or china cabinet. The storage roll pictured here is from Reed & Barton.
You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter, Harper.
Create a fun and modern Christmas tree arrangement with a few small natural objects combined with some bright colors. Hot glue pebbles, acorns, pine cones, twigs or other natural elements onto a styrofoam cone base. Once the cone is completely covered use a heavy coat of acrylic paint to color your Christmas tree. You can make all of your trees the same color, or create an arrangement of complementing colors to fit your decor.
Think outside the box for winter wedding florals, says planner Liz Singleton, of Events by Elizabeth Palmer. "Winter doesn't automatically mean silver, red and white. Creams and pinks with the lambs ear made the arrangement perfect for winter, giving it quite a bit of texture along with a more soft and romantic look. Gold is a fun metallic to pair with winter arrangements because typically, people think silver equals snow. Gold, however, helps create warmth with the candlelight and again, enhances the romantic undertones.” This lantern arrangement uses pink and ivory roses, blush peonies and Dusty miller. Florist: Flowers by Zoie.
"We sold our big house with a bonus room 15 years ago so that we could afford to start over and do what we love for a living," says designer Christina Britt Lewis of The Redesign Company. "This is a choice we never regret, but we make big boys and they have big friends. When they needed more space, we redesigned our garage. We used what we already had—a ping pong table we bartered for, the twin beds our teenage boys had outgrown for seating—and saved by considering it a three-season space and not installing heat or air conditioning. We hung trail maps of mountains we have conquered and set lists from concerts we loved in cheap frames for 'art' that brings back fun family memories."
You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter.
Make Rudolph and his sleigh full of goodies the star of the table with this fun centerpiece decor. Simply print and cut the Rudolph printable graphic and sleigh templates, and hot glue them to a circular piece of white cardstock to make them stand up. Embellish with ribbon and cover base with fake snow or shredded coconut for a touch of seasonal sparkle.
Blue cheese is certainly an acquired taste that not all your guests may love. Try these toppings to please all palates. Offer a pizza-style crowd-pleaser of mini pepperoni, fresh mozzarella balls, black olives and marinara sauce (left). Use up fresh produce with this flatbread that calls for ricotta, basil and butternut squash (middle). For even more fun, allow guests to create their own flatbreads by offering a variety of toppings at their disposal.
Dessert is a fun item to bring to a potluck dinner, and while it can be tempting to try something new, it is safer to simply update an old standby. Prepare brownies according to package directions. Then, to create a glaze, melt semisweet chocolate, butter and a bit of sugar over low heat. Add a splash of your favorite red wine. Pour glaze over fresh-from-the-oven brownies and allow to cool for two hours; cut and serve.
Formally known as Magilla purple perilla, it’s okay to shorten the name of this shade-loving plant to Magilla perilla, just because it’s fun to say. It’s a coleus lookalike, but the similarities stop there. Unlike coleus, Magilla perilla branches easily to form a full plant that’s packed with multicolored leaves. It’s also extremely heat and cold tolerant, which means it stands up to summer sizzle and fall’s chilly nights. Use it in containers or to bump up the color quotient in landscape beds. Plants grow quickly to achieve their full size: 24 to 36 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide.
Here’s a fun project for kids and grownups alike: Upcycle empty bottles to create solar garden lighting. The Solar Bottle Lantern Kit, $12.95 from Gardener’s Supply, consists of a rubber stopper with three short LED light strings attached. Just insert the light strings into a bottle of your choice and place the stopper in the top of the bottle. A small solar panel on the top charges the battery so that when dusk falls the twinkling LED lights begin to glow. Display the weatherproof project anywhere you like, year round.