Tips From Tracey — party table

Cute Valentine's Day Table Setting for two

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It's the day of red and pink all over! It' must be Valentine's Day.  We put together a simple table for two using a light pink plastic table cloth, a white plastic skirt and added a red valance for a little flair.   Many stores have sales the week before  a holiday so you can usually pick up some great decorating items at a huge discount. We found heart centerpieces that fit perfectly on our table.  Plastic red chargers were placed under white plates; simple wrapping paper ribbon with hearts made great napkin holders. Roses made from pipe cleaners was...

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Gobble, Gobble... turkey day is upon us.

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 Thanksgiving is just around the corner. More than almost any other holiday,Thanksgiving dinner, table decorations and guest lists are fussed and fretted over from the first day of November until the moment the turkey hits the dinner table. It's undoubtedly one of the biggest holidays of the year. It's a day of family and friends gathering together for a large meal and giving thanks.  Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year. We all are thoroughly familiar with the story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag and their first meal together in 1621 in Plymouth, MA. My family always celebrates with a large...

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Grab your Sombrero for Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is being observed this Sunday May 5th.  It's a celebration of Mexican pride and heritage in the United States. The festivities center around food, drinks, music and good company. I helped friends decorate an outdoor table for a small gathering they were having to celebrate this occasion early. Beautiful, bright colors are an intrinsic part of the Mexican culture, so we used as many as possible.  For our table, an orange table cover and  green table skirt aided in  bringing out the bright colors of the decorative  masks. Sombreros doubled as decoration and as a chip holder.  TIP:...

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It's Easter Time!

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Happy Easter!  It's the time for Easter baskets, Easter bonnets, egg hunts and chocolate bunnies!  It's a time of rebirth and it marks the beginning of Spring. The traditional Easter color is white, but at this time of year pastels rule the color pallet.   I used a variety of colors to compliment the harvest yellow tablecloth and aqua table skirt.   A door wreath doubles as a festive centerpiece and candle holder. Cheery napkins were tied  with ribbon and personalized colored eggs were used for place holders. Chick Peeps add a touch of the whimsy. Be peep is 32...

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Erin Go Bragh! (Ireland Forever)

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 Shamrocks. Leprechauns. Green beer. Corned beef and cabbage. No matter your ancestry, everyone wants to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Irish have observed it for over 1,000 years.  March 17th is not just a religious or national holiday to commemorate Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. It's a fun celebration of Irishness around the world.  Fun Facts: St. Patrick is responsible for banishing snakes from all of Ireland. The color first associated with Saint Patrick's Day was blue.  The "wearing of the green", in the form of shamrocks and ribbons emerged in the 17th century. The largest and longest St. Pat's...

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