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Friday, July 10, 2009

How to Style Your Party : by Dan Meiners of STUDIO Dan Meiners


STUDIO STYLE: Creating a Fabulous Table 
on a less-than-fabulous budget

After a long and hectic week, nothing is better than getting together with friends to unwind over dinner and a few cocktails. And though it is lovely to go out, some of the most entertaining evenings happen in our own back yards. So the question is, how do you create a really memorable outdoor party without breaking the bank in the process? Our best advice to keep it affordable while making it gorgeous is to use what you already have around the house in creative new ways and supplement with fresh flowers and greenery.

An easy way to begin is to first establish your décor theme and color scheme. Inspiration can come from the color of a prized perennial that just started blooming in the garden, the watermelon mint cocktail you are serving, or those bright new cushions you got this spring for your patio set. Think about the style of the food you are serving or the patterns on your table linens and china, and use these as the jumping-off point.

After you have chosen your scheme, look around your house for things in that color family or genre to begin building your table-scape. Repurpose a gorgeous scarf or a series of placemats as a table runner. Use a collection of pretty or funky glassware, ceramic cups, or silver candle holders as flower vases. Try to look at objects you use every day in a new light, and layer pieces of varied heights and textures to create interest on the table. Don't be afraid to experiment; just make sure to leave enough empty space on the table for the items to stand out.

Different shades of one or two colors work well to unify a variety of found objects from your home into a cohesive table. Finish it all off by filling the containers you have chosen with an abundance of fresh flowers that complement your color palette. Tuck leaves, flowers, and branches from your own garden among the showy blooms from the florist to create arrangements that are budget-friendly and tie in well with the surroundings. Above all, have fun with your decorating. Your guests will appreciate your personal touches and will never guess that you did it all on a budget.

Visit STUDIO Dan Meiner's website, here, or view his Bliss List page, here

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