- Purchase tall metal wire baskets and an ample supply of small pumpkins. Place a tall arrangement of fall leaves, willow branches, and twigs inside the basket. Hold the arrangement with one hand and use the other hand to fill the basket with the small pumpkins. They will serve as an anchor to keep the foliage arrangement in place. Because the basket is wire the pumpkins will also be visible!
- Replace old, boring porch light fixtures with lantern style light fixtures. Lanterns are perfect for fall themes.
- Set a bale of hay on one side of the porch. Place pots of mums on it and at the foot of it. Fill in any gaps with appropriately sized pumpkins.
- Display a unique wreath. Rather than the standard, round, store bought wreath, make your own. Find a large, twiggy branch in the front or back yard. Purchase a strand of fall leaves from the craft store. (Real fall leaves will disintegrate too quickly to get longevity out of your wreath.) Use floral wire to twist, weave, and attach the leaves to the branch. Tie a bow at the base of the branch, with the ribbons trailing onto the foliage. Hang on the front door.
- When Halloween approaches, maximize your display by working with the theme. Insert witch’s brooms in tall planters and containers, and then attach bats and ghosts to the siding of the house on either side of the front door. A few days before Halloween, carve a few of the pumpkins and set them on the porch floor, forward of the other décor and illuminate each night.
- Make good use of an old wooden ladder by using it as a display stand. Stack pumpkins, gourds, and small flower pots on the rungs. Fill the small pots with tiny pumpkins. If you’re creative, paint the flower pots in fall colors before putting them to use. Slide large planters underneath the ladder and fill them with mums or fall foliage. Nearby, set a small bale of hay on the porch floor, and place a square of plywood on top to convert the hay bale to a table. Set a wicker chair next to it.
Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.
The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.
Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting.
Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.
Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.
Thank you to every man and woman who has given their life for our country. We are forever grateful.
Thank you to all of our mothers! You are an amazing part of our lives!
Decorating your home for Easter is fun and fresh. Spring has just begun and winter is officially over! Celebrate the Easter holiday and the season change with a slightly different fashion this year by getting a little closer to nature. Even if displaying Easter eggs and bunnies doesn’t fit your personality, you can still spruce up your home with seasoned sophistication!
Pastels are the choice color palettes for this time of year. Use pretty pastel accent pillows on your sofa and bedding. These are a great addition to your usual color scheme and are easily stored after the holiday is over.
Buy a few festive dishes in pastel color pallets. These will make your table setting look fresh and clean with a dash of fun. Add some cloth napkins in brighter color selections.
Fill clear containers with colorful Easter candy. Add shredded green paper to the bottom of the containers, to add another breath of spring to the space. Place these containers on your dining table, kitchen counter top and on the cocktail table. These little accents are pretty to look at and welcome visitors with a sweet.
“Spring” for a naturalistic wreath for your door. Finish off with a pretty pastel bow and faux Robin’s eggs (light blue eggs with brown speckles.
Tulips are the perfect flower for this time of year. Used in flower arrangements, they tend to last longer than other flowers. When you are shopping for tulips make sure and get a bouquet composed of closed flowers. They look pretty when they are closed and continue to look good as they bloom.
Enjoy brightening your home and welcoming the seasonal change!
Major retailers of jewelry across the globe have convinced us that in order for Valentine’s Day to be a success there must be diamonds. If you can afford them they are certainly impressive. Go for it and enjoy! But, if they’re not financially within reach you don’t necessarily have to forego a great dose of sparkle for your loved one. Instead, opt for rhinestones! Traditionally they have been associated with embellishment of garments or costume jewelry for formal events. These days, however, a lot of very beautiful rhinestone goods are available, including tasteful jewelry.
Here’s a list of suggestions so you can choose the perfect, affordable gift for the person in your life whose eyes light up at the sight of something sparkly. Are you the one with a heart desirous of some glimmer? Share this post with the one who needs to know!
Jewelry: brooches, bracelets, beads, earrings, charms, necklaces, rings, pendants, watches
Figurines: zodiac signs, butterflies, birds, animals, cartoon characters, holiday, flowers
Fashion Accessories: handbags, sunglasses, card holders, key rings, scarves, mobile device accessories
Home Accessories: candle holders, picture frames, ornaments, vases, dining items
Stationary: pens, stylus, USB pens/drives
Super spectacular: A tiara for the princess or crown for the queen in your life!
As you can see there are far more options with rhinestones than most of us realize. From the list above you’re sure to be able to find something for any personality type. Does the object of your affection have a deep love for animals? Offer up a lovely figurine of a favorite creature. Or maybe it’s someone who has a very busy and structured life that entails a nearly permanent attachment to the mobile phone. Who better to give smart phone case covered in rhinestones?
Last, consider wowing the object of your affection a little more by including some facts about rhinestones. Even though they aren’t diamonds, they still have an intriguing history that will add glamour to your gift! Rhinestones were first rock crystals that were collected from the Rhine, which explains their name. Later, a jeweler tried coating the underside of glass with powdered metal and they were thus manufactured. In modern times manufacturing is so advanced that rhinestones have nearly the same dazzle as a diamond when exposed to sunlight. The largest supplies come from Austria and the Czech Republic.
Want one last unique, slightly silly idea? Lavish your gift upon your loved one with the song “Rhinestone Cowboy” playing in the background! Best of luck!
We at Century Tile wish you a memorable holiday season with your family and friends!
Over the years, many of our posts have been popular around the holidays. We have collected a few of them for a great reading collection. We hope you enjoy them!
We hope your Thanksgiving is full of friends and family!
Hot chocolate is a staple on cold winter nights and holiday parties. Unfortunately, this dark liquid can stain your carpet quickly in the event of a spill. While it looks like it’ll be there forever, chocolate can be removed from carpeting. Just be sure to clean up the spill as soon as you see it to keep it from setting.
Begin by blotting up as much of the spill as you can with an absorbent cloth. Don’t rub the stain; you don’t want to work it further into the carpet, just absorb some of the liquid to help lighten the spill. Keep blotting until the cloth comes away dry.
After blotting the liquid from the spill, use one of the following mixtures. As a note, pretest any solution used on an inconspicuous location first. If a small amount of solution results in color transferring to a white cloth, use a different spot solution.
• Mix one fourth (¼) teaspoon dish detergent with one (1) cup of lukewarm water (don’t use any mixture stronger than this!)
• A non-flammable spot removal solution, such as a dry-cleaning type solvent.
• A mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water.
• Warm water
Dip a soft cloth into one of the above solutions. Use this to carefully blot the area of the spill. Begin on the outer edges of the spill and work towards the center. This will keep it from spreading.
Keep blotting the stain until you get the majority of it up. Rinse the cloth with water and pat the area again to help get any remaining soap out of the fibers.
If none of these solutions work, remember that professional cleaners are a great way to attack stains. Professionals have the equipment and skills to attack spots more aggressively.
Spills happen, particularly during parties. If you happen to notice some hot chocolate on your carpet, don’t panic. Take steps to clean it up as quickly as you can, and you shouldn’t notice any lingering stains to remind you of what once was spilled there. Learn more on removing chocolate stains here!