Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Party Decorations

Happy Halloween! I just wanted to share pictures from our Halloween party. A lot of the decorations were handmade and super easy.

We used Martha Stewart's Halloween shilouttes to make the windows spooky. Shining a spotlight on the windows from inside the house make them stand out more. I also used a purple up-light to make the entry way spookier. I love this picture of my demon dog Heisman.

These bags were super easy to make. I cut the letters out of brown lunch sacks. Then, I placed another brown lunch sack inside of the first one. We put rocks inside the bags to make sure they didn't blow over. I made these three years ago and they're still in great shape!

Guests were greeted by this spooky entry way when they first arrived. I put scary pictures of real people in some of the frames. I filled our apothecary jars with eyeballs, frogs and other scary creatures.

Jones hung out above the television. This was the main focus in the living room. I uplighted him in green to make an eerie effect.

The fire place was lined with flickering lights. It's hard to tell, but there is a cat made of orange lights in the center.

A guest decorated these cupcakes for the party.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

5 tips for wedding dance floors - what you should know!

It may be easy to forget about the dance floor as you groove the night away, but these five tricks and tips will make you wanna polish your dancin' shoes!

Cunningham Photo Artists

1) Have you checked with your venue to see whether they will supply a dance floor? If not, don't take off your blue suede shoes just yet! Check out Details' dance floor options here. Our dance floor prices are the lowest in town and the price includes installation.

Morgan Trinker

2) Especially for carpeted areas, it is important to lay a floor down for safety reasons. When your cousin wears her five inch heels and has had one cocktail too many, a solid surface will help her keep dancin'!

Magnolia Hotel Houston

3) Like carpeted areas, outdoor receptions call for the same security!

Rhode Island Lighting

4) Dance floors do NOT have to be plain and dull. Look at what these couples did to personalize their center stage. Lighting can make your dance floor pop.

Global Heart Entertainment

Music Man Event Professionals

5) Dance floors serve as the center of your event. Make sure you keep the party going and highlight this area.

Rhode Island Lighting

Friday, October 14, 2011

Different ways to tie chair sashes

Chair sashes can add detail a pop of color to any event. Many customers ask us how to tie the chair covers, and here are some ideas to get you started.

Tying chair sashes takes longer than you think (we know from experience!). Make sure you practice and leave plenty of time in your schedule for sash tying. This is a great activity for people who want to help with your event!

Click here to view our wide selection of chair covers and sashes.

Knotted Chair Sash
The easiest and fastest way to tie a chair sash is in a knot. You can either tie in a traditional knot, or hide the knot. This video gives you a great tip for hiding the knot once you have it tied.

One Loop Bow Sash
The one loop bow sash is unique, yet fairly easy to tie. To learn how, watch this video.

Traditional Bow Sash
Tying a bow sash is fairly easy as well. The trick is to make sure you pull the knot tight before you loop the bow. This video shows you how.

Side Bow Sash
Side bows add a modern and elegant touch to any event. This video shows you how.

Rosette Sash

The rosette sash is the most difficult and time consuming, but it has a definite wow factor. Watch this video to learn how to tie the rosette sash.

Sash Embellishments

Adding embellishments is another way to step up your chair covers a notch. Use shells, flowers, broaches, or whatever your imagination desires.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

DIY Submerged-Flower Centerpieces

We absolutely love the effortless look of submerged flowers! However, our hearts sunk when our flowers kept floating to the top of the vase. We hope these tips from No Fuss Fabulous will help you too:

1. In order for your flowers not to float to the top of your vase, you will need to a) attach the stems to the bottom of the vase with aquarium glue or b) use fishing weights. Fishing weights are small silver weights sold at hardware stores. Attach weights onto the flower with clear fishing wire and let it sink – cover up with decorative stones or c) for some flowers simply adding decorative stones or pebbles to the bottom of each vase around stems keep the flowers from floating to the top.

2. If you use regular tap water, bubbles may eventually begin to form on your flowers. Use distilled water to prevent bubbling.

3. Real flowers are recommended. If you use silk flowers, make sure you test them in water to prevent bleeding. I have heard that synthetic flowers work better than silk.

4. If your arrangement starts to look too heavy, try submerging only half of your flowers. I have been to a few events where they only submerged a portion of the flowers and they looked quite lovely.

5. In water, everything is magnified. A floating wire or fraying silk flower will show. Be sure that your pieces are well put together before adding water.

6. Depending on the flower you choose, the blooms can look nice up to a week submerged in water. The length of time your centerpiece will look fresh depends not only on the flower you choose, but also how much jostling will take place. This is something to think about if you are hauling a few of them to a wedding reception or other event.

Browse our selection of cylinder vases at to gather inspiration for your next centerpiece!