Posts Tagged ‘decor’

Thanksgiving, Thankfully Budget Friendly

10 Festive ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving with great food, a beautiful table, warm home decor touches, and all within budget.

Enjoy the video clips, and enjoy your holiday!

Holiday Dinner – feed 30 People for under $60 –  Seems unbelievable, but Coupon Mom shows how easily it CAN be done!

Southern Style Thanksgiving Budget Feast -  ”Simple Fresh Southern” cookbook authors, The Lee Brothers, Matt and Ted Lee, show recipes for a three-course Thanksgiving dinner to feed 8 for under $70.

Little Pumpkin Pies – Author of the 99-Cent Only Store Cookbook, Christiane Jory gives simple seasonal recipe for instant delicious on a dime.

No-Bake Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie – a Kraft Foods amazingly quick and easy recipe for a pie that doesn’t require any baking.

Easy Fall Table Centerpieces –  Professional floral designer, Amy Child Marella, gives easy fall table decor ideas you can do in minutes.

Etched Pumpkins, Easy & Beautiful! - interior designer and crafter Evette Rios shows amazingly beautiful and easy way to use pumpkins for affordable seasonal holiday decor flare in decorating your home.

Fall Table Decorations From Your Grocery - Designer, Jennifer Adams, and lifestyle TV reporter, Brooke Carlson show budget-friendly ideas to decorate your fall holiday table with items from the grocery store.

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Have A Happy New Year’s Eve (on a Budget!)

The perfect way to start saving money is… with a party of course! A New Year’s Eve party is just the ticket to prove to yourself that you can have a fantastic evening, look sensational, eat, drink and be merry, even host an event – and all while staying on budget! These videos give wallet-friendly ways to enjoy and/or host a New Year’s Eve bash so you can go ahead and usher in the New Year with a new “can do” attitude! So, go ahead, celebrate!

Easy New Year’s Eve Party Ideas – Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Editor, Evette Rios, shows Hoda and Kathie Lee ideas to dress up your New Year’s Eve party with quick craft projects and re-purposing holiday decor.

New Year’s Eve Party Comfort Foods on a Budget - Executive chef at New York’s Stanton Social, Chris Santos, shows recipes for budget-friendly comfort party dishes without spending over $80. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders, Potato Skins, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Caesar Bites, Ginger Sparkler Cocktail, Guinness Cake.

New Year’s Eve Party for under $100 - Owner and operator of A Perfect Event, Debi Lilly, gives tips to create a low-cost but elegant New Year’s Eve party using items you may already have on hand.

Inexpensive New Year’s Eve Party Ideas - Bryan Rafanelli, event designer of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, shares his tips for easy ultra-affordable and ultra-fun New Year’s Eve Party ideas that everyone will love (including your wallet).

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9 DIY Gift Ideas – Home Accessories from Recycled Items

Spruce up your space, (or create a great gift) with a little do-it-yourself. Here are easy-to-do eco-friendly projects that will turn those tired household objects you’re thinking of tossing out into beautiful and useful home accessories. They make great gift ideas, too!

Make a Vase from Magazine Pages - Recycle your old magazines by creating a vase, bowl or vessel using nothing more than glue and pages from a magazine. This video gives an easy DIY tutorial.

Home Decor Recycle DIY - Easily repurpose thrift store purchases or items from around your home… sometimes all you need is a little spray paint! Decorator Susan Phillips shows DIY home decor transformation ideas in this clip.

Repurpose Home Decor Items – This video from designer Soshana Gosselin gives easy ways to freshen up your home decor by repurposing, recycling and re-inventing items you already have.

DIY Cans to Votive Holders – This segment shows a simple DIY craft recycling project to transform an empty aluminum can into a votive holder. All you need is an empty can and scissors!

A Basket from Magazine Paper - Recycle your old magazines with this easy DIY craft project to create a cool and stylish multi-use basket out of nothing more than magazine pages and glue! Easy how-to directions in this clip.

Chinese Takeout Lantern DIY - Crafter Shiho Masuda transforms Chinese takeout containers into mini tabletop lanterns. Beautiful video shows DIY recycling craft directions to brighten your dining or coffee table.

Make a Book Safe – Take an old book and recycle it into a secret place to store precious or favorite items. A clever gift idea, or double a gift’s goodness by using this as an eco-friendly gift box! Video shows how you can do it.

Make a Vase from A Plastic Soda Bottle – Eco-friendly DIY: Create a vase from a plastic soda bottle. Simple DIY in this clip provides instructions. All you need is a bottle, scissors and rocks. Consider displaying several together in various sizes and colors. Add flowers and it’s complete! Makes nice gift!

Soda Can Lantern DIY - This clip shows how to make a recycled DIY lantern/candle holder out of a soda can. Extremely simple to do. (Be careful of sharp edges when pulling out the strips).

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15 Holiday Entertaining Ideas Your Friends, Family & Budget Will Love

15 Holdiay Entertaining Tips Your Friends, Family & Budget Will Love.. what more can we say? Happy Holidays!

Gifts, Hostess Gifts, and Party Favors:

Ideas for Hostess Gifts – Ideas for inexpensive gifts that say, “Thank you” to your event hosts, from author of  The Comfort Table, Katie Lee, on CBS The Early Show.

Creative Holiday Gift Giving – Tips from Mahalo.comto keep holiday costs in check with creative gifs, gift wrapping and gift-giving ideas that will keep your budget, your friends and your family all happy

Set Up, Food, Decor, and Party Favors:

Affordable Holiday Celebrations – Create an elegant stylish holiday party to delight your guests from the moment they walk in till they head for home. Affordable entertaining ideas from celebrity stylist Robert Verdi

Turn a Fall Wreath Into Holiday One – Event planner, designer & Celebrations.com expert, Shawn Rabideau, shows how to easily transform your fall wreath into a holiday one for budget-friendly decorating cheer.

Frugal Holiday Decorating – Designer  Debbee Daley specializes in redesign and offers tips for frugal and festive holiday decor from objects that my be in your own backyard.

Holiday Party Fab & Frugal – Holiday entertaining that’s kind to your budget! FabandFru.com creators Brandi Savitt & Stephanie Berenbaum share holiday party tips (mentioned giveaways no longer valid)

Holiday Party Ideas – Entertaining expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has easy festive holiday party tips on food, decor, and favors, that friends and family will enjoy and won’t break your budget.

How To For The Holidays - Evette Rios, Better Homes and Gardens.com contributing Holidays Editor, shows cooking, entertaining & decorating tips on how to do it right, do it better, & do it on a budget this holiday.

Creative Party Decor Ideas – Author of  Food to Flowers & Celebrations.com expert, Lulu Powers on the Nate Berkus Show gives three stress-free, elegant, easy ideas for any budget to entertain with style & brighten your table .

Food:

Mini-Sized Holiday Appetizers - A trio of party appetizer suggestions lets you minimize portion size while maximizing flavor – perfect for holiday entertaining from Jill Davie of Fine Living Network.

Easy Healthier Party Foods - Easy & healthier party treats that won’t break the bank but will make your party a delicious success from nutrition & fitness reporter, Lori Corbin.

Holiday Baked Brie With Figs - You can create this impressive & affordable warm cheese dish for your holiday party using the easy insider tips from Annette Joseph, a food and prop stylist.

Libation:

How to Spot Quality Wine For Under $20 – Buying bargain wine doesn’t necessarily mean cruising the sales bins. Food and Wine editor Ray Isle gives tips and tricks to spot the bottle that tastes expensive, but really is a bargain.

How to Shop For Holiday Wines – Save money with savvy wine shopping secrets from expert, Michael Green of Acker Merrall & Condit in NYC,  the oldest wine shop in the USA. He gives tips for holiday celebrations, dinners, and gift giving.

Signature Party Cocktails – Diana Heather editor of Celebrations.com & Andrea Correale, Entertaining Expert, show how to make two signature cocktails that can be prepared in advance, leaving you with time to enjoy your party!

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No-Cost Easy & Elegant

The little things can make a big luxurious difference!

I’ve seen several articles about decorating on the cheap by using found or recycled items. One of my favorites is to re-use bottles. No matter how they’re arranged, or what you do with them, they alway create an array of delight and elegance.  In this most recent arrangement, two bottles were found buried in my backyard,  one is a re-used water bottle, the other a re-used soda bottle, and all the cuttings were taken from wild plantings (aka: weeds) to create a complete and total 100% free floral arrangement for a lush centerpiece, or entry way welcome.

More no-cost, easy and elegant ideas in these videos:

Freecycling for Free Stuff - Christina Salvi, director of the NY group of Freecycle,org

Free & Fresh Entertaining Decor - Designer, author, tv host, Libby Langdon

Repurpose Those Holiday Cards - 6 Easy ideas to make useful items from any type of card you’ve received

Low to NO Cost Decor Makeovers - 9 Simple and quick tips to instantly spruce up any room from ForRent.com

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