DIY Halloween Party Decor

by Craftmel

created at: 10/03/2011

Last year was the first year I actually decorated for Halloween, and it was only my T.V. stand (which didn't have a television yet...) and my kitchen table.  I'm daring, I know.  But I couldn't resist doing something after seeing these simple and amazingly cheap decor ideas.  

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How to Take an Almost Free Tropical Getaway

by DIY Maven

Translucent Waters Cook Islands

A friend of mine is suffering from a major case of the winter blues, which isn't so unusual this winter. Last week I suggested she take a tropical stay-cation. The idea sounded so appealing, my boo and I did just that last Sunday. It was super fun and just what we needed to break the winter doldrums. Besides that, it cost us next to nothing, we weren't subjected to security pat downs or

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How to Throw a Mad Men Cocktail Party

by DIY Maven

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The fourth season of Mad Men is in full gear and I'm not watching it. Why? Because I started watching the series on DVD and I want to continue watching it on DVD--sans commercials and stuff. (Spoiled, huh?) I am DVRing it, but now I'm torn. Do I watch it or wait for the DVDs which will come out in like a year?! Can I wait that long!? Oh the agony! People like those over at Chic and Charming can feel me. Last year they threw

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Red, White and Booze Part Deux

by DIY Maven

Red, White, and HPNOTIQ Blue Martini Martini Photo

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. I can almost smell the sulfur in the air! Although The Fourth wouldn't be The Fourth without fireworks, it also wouldn't be The Fourth without some festive libations. Awhile back I posted a few red, white and blue boozy recipes, including non-alcoholic options for each. I thought it was time to add to our patriotic, bar tending arsenal. A search of the internet came up with some doozies.

Red,...

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Colossal Croquet Party

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 05/26/2010

If you're planning a croquet themed summer party, crank it up a notch to keep your guests engaged in this otherwise low key lawn game.  You don't have to go to the extent of the 2005 BurningMan Giant Croquet game, but you could create a hybrid of the game to appeal to your short-attention-span friends. 

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The 2010 Oscars: Inside the Governors Ball

by DIY Maven

created at: 03/04/2010

The decor for he after party of all after parties, the Governors Ball, for this year's Oscars will be 'nostalgic nouveau with a postmodern flair'. What does that mean to you and me? Think 1930's 'Streamline Moderne'. The color palette includes 'charcoal iridescent taffeta with platinum and cognac matte satins' with accents of purple and aubergine, complements of the floral arrangements.

As for the eats, they'll be just as spectacular as the decor. Hors d'Oeuvres include

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Super Bowl Party Time!

by DIY Maven

By nature, I'm a baseball fan. But this year, with the addition of Brett Favre to the Viking's roster...well, I must admit, I've taken notice of the goings on on the gridiron. And what's happened to my fellow Minnesotan Packer-fan friends has been is quite entertaining. So, I'm hoping for a Super Bowl appearance for the 'old man' and the Vikes--if for nothing else to see the veins pop in Cheeseheads' temples everywhere.

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How To: LED Wine Charms

by Chris Gardner

LED Wine Charms

In the flu-riddled winter of the year of the H1N1 breakout, you simply can't afford to accidentally swap champagne flutes this New Year's Eve.

And, of course, we're headed to the second decade of the millenium, so the standard wine glass charm - which really do work to individuate glasses - should get an update. Enter these clever LED Glass Charms, perfect for a little added festivity.

Materials

  • 1.7V to 3V red, orange, green, white/clear LED.
  • 100 & 200 ohm resistors
  • 25mm Beading Hoops
  • 3V lithium-ion batteries (Mouser part #658- BR2032-1GU,mfr part #BR2032-1GU @ $2.32 ea).

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How to Make Your own Christmas Crackers

by DIY Maven

Mid Victorian

If you haven't tugged on a Christmas Cracker you haven't lived. The silly joke, the equally silly hat, the Cracker-Jack-Style prize, they're great! And they're not just for Christmas anymore*. You can make them for parties of any variety, but I think crackers on New Years Eve with wishes/predictions for the new year would be a great fun. The tiny prizes could even be a bit more 'adult' for your adult party guests. 

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