My Party Ideas on Celebrations!

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2009

created at: 2009-07-08

If you've never heard of Celebrations, they're the go-to site when you're thinking about planning a party. From decor to food to drinks to invitations and everything else you hadn't thought of yet. SO you can imagine my pleasure when they asked me to contribute some ideas to their already amazing… Continue Reading

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How to Make a "Fry Box"

By: Diy maven Jun 29, 2009


fry box favor by Jaime Ward

Perfect for party favors or small gifts, these fry boxes are a snap to whip up!

  • heavier weight scrapbook paper, sized 8.5" x 11"
  • a printer
  • a… Continue Reading
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How to Make a Paper 'Lantern' Centerpiece

By: Diy maven Apr 20, 2009

Although made specifically for a wedding, these paper lantern centerpieces would be a lovely addition to any large gathering. To make them, assemble the… Continue Reading

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Celebrate Earth Day and Win Great Prizes!

By: Diy maven Apr 09, 2009

Celebrations is sponsoring a fun giveaway in celebration of Earth Day. Just visit the site and tell them 'in 500 words or less about an eco-friendly party activity or game idea that you'd organize at your Earth Day celebration.'

To prime your party-planning pump, some examples of such activities might include 'organizing a community clean-up or having guests bring old, white T-shirts to tie-dye and decorate with their own "Save Our… Continue Reading

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How-to: St. Paddy's Day Eye Makeup on YouTube

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 16, 2009

created at: 2009-03-16

Don't just slap on bright green eyeshadow for tomorrow's shamrock celebration. Learn step-by-step (and I mean comprehensively and thoroughly)… Continue Reading

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How to: Sew a Custom Drawstring Favor Bag

By: Chrisjob Feb 26, 2009

Vane Becidyan, the Brooklyn Bride, in collaboration with Etsy's How-Tuesday, offers this video tutorial for making fabric drawstring bags for big impact for party/wedding/shower favors. And when they've pulled the string and discovered their goodies, the wrapping still remains part of the gift: a reusable, handmade, colorful gift.



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How to Bring Mardi Gras Home

By: Diy maven Feb 23, 2009

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday which means, for some people, it's the last day to party. Until after Easter, that is. If you're not able to make it to the Big Easy to celebrate the carnival properly, you can bring the festivities home with sights, tastes and sounds of New Orleans. First, cook up some tasty dishes, courtesy of Epicurious. From Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo to Oyster Po'boys to Vegetarian Red Beans and King's Cake, there's something for… Continue Reading

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Oscar Party Ideas PLUS Print Your Own Oscar Ballot.

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2009

How does making a 'The Wrestler' music mix sound? Or maybe setting up a Slum Hot Dog Station for you and your friends? No? Well, then could I interest you in a Sean Penn Honey Berry MILKContinue Reading

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Three Hot Drink Recipes to Warm Your Toes (and Cloud Your Brain...)

By: Chrisjob Feb 06, 2009

It's still cold outside... So, this weekend, embrace the fact that your stuck inside with these recipes for a few hot cocktails that'll cure your winter blues...


  • Hot Toddy: Steamy Tea, Bourbon, and Lemon
  • Hot Buttery Rum: Rum, Butter, and's like a cookie that'll give you a hangover
  • Hot Cocoa and Schnapps: A Peppermint Patty worth the calories..
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How to throw a great Super Bowl party that won't blow your budget.

By: Diy maven Jan 29, 2009

We only watch one football game a year around here and that's the Super Bowl*. And it's for the commercials. Whichever you're a fan of, you can still throw a party to celebrate. That is, if budget allows. To save some bucks and still get your party on, consider these tips from Celebrations:

  1. Throw a pot luck party.
  2. Get your decorations at the 99-cent store.
  3. Don’t buy hard–expensive–liquor and stick to soda… Continue Reading
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Winter Rx: Grillin' Out

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 19, 2008

created on: 12/19/08 

Around my house, nothing lifts our spirits more than a tasty, healthy meal cooked out on a smokin' hot grill.  We've adopted an untraditional tradition of grilling out on Christmas Eve. Whether it's burgers and brats, or a pork tenderloin, we feel like we've broken the rules a little… Continue Reading

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Curbly Recession Busters: Throwing a Popcorn Tasting Party

By: Diy maven Dec 19, 2008

Last night we had a popcorn tasting. This came about because I was sampling recipes for take-alongs, which are in full bloom these days. As I was shaking my pot and minding the popper, I thought, what a cool idea for a party! Why? Well, popcorn is super cheap. I bought a 4 pound bag of kernels for about 3 bucks. Five pounds of un-popped popcorn makes....well, have you every seen the movie Real Genius? Okay, not that much, but still.

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Dress Up the Kitchen

By: Lilybee Dec 11, 2008

My (very brave) mum is hosting a dinner party for 35 this month. There will be a ginormous tree and a roaring fire, carefully grouped seating and good music. Of course the guests probably won't hear or see any of that, they'll be hanging out in the kitchen, all 35 of them.

Here are a few ways to extend your decorating in to the most used space in the house


created on: 12/10/08

Artfully arrange (or carelessly toss) a few… Continue Reading

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17 Cures for Campaign Return Party Hangovers

By: Diy maven Nov 05, 2008

Party too much last night? No worries. Epilog has ‘17 helpful foods for the big-head blues’. (‘Blues’ does not refer to any specific political party in this context. Unless, of course, you were partying out of glee.) For the recipes and the reasons they’re thought to work at clearing out cobwebs, head on over to Epilog.

  • Bacon, Egg and Cheese
  • Bagel & Cream Cheese
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Coffee
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Download Zombie Sounds and More

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 30, 2008

created on: 10/30/08 



 Don't forget to download some horrifying Zombie Sounds and more to your fright night Halloween party.  This is a great way to get the anxiety heightened before the party even starts. 


Try these for some blood curdling chills: Reading

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Spooky Food!

By: Diy maven Oct 22, 2008

CraftyCrafty has assembled a gallery of eery edibles. Some cute, some creepy and some downright gross!





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Mad Scientist Mixology: Halloween Cocktail Recipes.

By: Chrisjob Oct 14, 2008

A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here's a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.

Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:

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Over 200 Spooky (and cute) Halloween Ideas.

By: Chrisjob Oct 07, 2008

There's certain to be hundreds of these compilation lists popping up over the blogospheres in the next few weeks, and this option from TipNut has upped the ante with over 200 Halloween craft, costume, and decor ideas.

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DIY: Fabric Party Garland.

By: Chrisjob Sep 01, 2008

created on: 09/01/08

Everyone loves the festive touch of hanging stuff from the ceiling. But the premade, disposable options are, well, disposable, and well, ugly. Handmade paper garlands are a much better option, but if you're making the effort, why not go all out and create a fabric option, which can be used again and again with no tearing, ripping, or crinking...well, maybe a little crinkling, but nothing a hot iron and a few seconds can't fix. And what a… Continue Reading

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Red Balloon Lamp

By: Diy maven Apr 22, 2008

Made of white polypropylene, this balloon glows red thanks to a red LED bulb and two lithium-coin batteries. Perfect for nighttime parties on the patio. Although, when I look at it, I can't help singing the opening lines of Roxanne. From Design Boom, the lamp will set you back $30, which includes shipping.

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