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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. We also celebrate the beginning of summer. We tend to have nice weather (we hope!) so we can enjoy the outdoors while honoring those whose lives were lost.

Here are some red, white and blue ideas to celebrate the day and make it special:

The checkered cloth tablecloth and cloth napkins are a classic for Memorial Day. It’s bright and bold colors of red and blue checkered are patriotic, classy and fun.  They are also popular for July 4th, summer parties, picnics, weddings etc.

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The Galaxy Vinyl Tablecloths are great for summer parties as well. Easy to wipe clean and loads of colors to choose from this makes a great outdoor tablecloth.

Royal blue vinyl tablelcoth

Still some time to make a decoration or two! I loved this cupcake liner wreath idea from the Gunny Sack. Check out her tutorial of how its done http://www.thegunnysack.com/2014/05/patriotic-cupcake-liner-wreath.html

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I also loved the Flip Flop wreath from mamadanddaboyz.com. It’s amazing how many inexpensive items you can find to create beautiful, creative designs.

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Let us know if you have any good ideas-we would love to hear from you! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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The colder parts of America can be challenging in the winter. There are months that are snowy, windy and brutally cold. Feelings about winter are divided. Some people embrace the winter. They love the serenity, the peace and quiet that comes along with winter. The comfort of being indoors is an opportunity to develop close relationships with the people around us. Relax indoors with some hot soup and tea by spreading out a lace tablecloth (or any white tablecloth) that is snow white for a nice winter effect.

heirloom white tablecloth

Some people like to brighten things up. They see winter as dark and dreary and love to bring some color indoors. Calming colors such as blue and green are great mood enhancers. A place mat or a table topper in such a color will certainly brighten up those days!

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Here are some interesting Fun Facts for Winter:

A single snowstorm can drop 39 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atom bombs!

Snow comes in a variety of colors, yellow, orange, green and even purple. Actually, it’s colorless but it can contain dust or algae that give it different colors. Orange snow fell over Siberia in 2007 and pink snow (watermelon snow) covered Krasnodar (Russia) in 2010. Watermelon snow is common in mountains and has a sweet smell and taste.

Pink snow, watermelon snow, may be pretty and sweet smelling, but it frequently contains nasty algae that will make you sick. Source: Wikipedia

It was believed that Eskimos had dozens of words for snow. However, some linguists showed that they have the same number of root words as English. Then other linguists showed that they really did seem to have more words. Now there is a hot debate about snowy words.

The Inuit/Eskimos should get together with snowboarders. Skiers are always using different words, such as “pow pow,” “mashed potatoes,” “champagne snow (powder),” “cauliflower,” “sticky snow,” “dust on crust” to describe the snow.

According to Guinness World Records, the largest snowflakes on record were 15 inches (38 cm) in diameter and 8 inches thick. They fell on Fort Keogh, in eastern Montana on 28 January 1887. Nearby ranchers described the flakes as “larger than mild pans” and measured them; “8 inches thick”.

Let us know what you think-do you enjoy the winter or just can’t wait for spring?

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Getting together for New Years is a fun and exhilarating celebration. We are excited about starting a new year, starting our new years resolutions that we are committed to and hopefully keep for a while. While some go outdoors to celebrate, some prefer that the party comes to them! By decorating your home festively and having tasty treats you and your guests will surely go into party mode!

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Frost twelve cupcakes and decorate the tops with numbers. Place on a pretty cake tray or platter. Add two clock hands by placing pretzels or chocolate in the center. Let the countdown begin!

Here is a fun game to play while waiting for the clock to strike twelve. Make a New Years Bingo game with fun symbols like party hats, champagne glasses, 2015, and see who gets the first row.

New Years Bingo

Hang balloons from the ceiling with string for a party look. Craftibilities.com has a super fun activity were you insert a note into a balloon and pop the balloon at a designated hour with instructions. http://www.craftibilities.com/2013/01/best-new-years-eve-ever-fun-games-and.html

Place a sparkly tablecloth on the table or a nice solid color tablecloth such as black and bring out the glittery party favors for a stark contrast. Place your appetizers, cocktails, and games on the table. Invite your friends and family. Now you’re ready to party! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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This is delightful time of year! We decorate to put us in the spirit and everything shines so bright The walls, the ceilings, and the tables as well. Will it be Red and Green? Gold and Silver? Blue and White? Here are some great suggestions:

The Burlap Damask table runner is printed on 100% Jute (Burlap) in a choice of gold or pewter. Everyone will just love this classy and pretty addition.

Burlap Damask Gold

Place your favorite Christmas tablecloth on the table and add a Glisten Round Table Topper to enhance it. Glitter is applied to the snowflakes to give it a glittery shiny effect. You can also try a Glisten Table Runner instead for a snowy Holiday look.

Glisten Table Topper

Don’t neglect the rest of your home! Add lots of greenery, ribbons and streamers to your staircases, mantle, and around picture frames. By spreading the exciting decorations all over your home you will be spreading holiday cheer to all those that see it!

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Halloween is a time for merry making and fun get togethers. Here’s a bit of Halloween fun fact knowledge for you:

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for making all sorts of incredible creations!

Pumpkin Fondant

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

Elegant Fern Tablecloth

Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.

The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia

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It is wonderful to see how a talented person can take a simple piece of canvas and paint and create a masterpiece; a musical instrument or a piano is used to burst forth a melodious song. At a wedding or party, a simple cloth napkin can be transformed into a beautiful design and enhance the table setting and the atmosphere of the event.

There are many uses for a cloth napkin. The most obvious and practical reason to use a cloth napkin is to keep yourself tidy and your clothing clean. Many years ago it was used to wipe the sweat off ones brow on a hot summer’s day. It can also be used as a beautiful decoration for a wedding or event. It is not always practical to put food out on each plate at a wedding or party. Salads may wilt and get soggy and appetizers may not keep to the correct serving temperature or simply get spoiled if it’s out for too long. That is not the case at a restaurant, since each person plans on ordering a different item. Instead of leaving an empty plate or drinking glass on the table, the table is dressed up with a pretty cloth napkin to create an elegant table setting.

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Some napkins are nice enough to be displayed on their own since today; napkins come in many different colors and printed styles. Napkins are usually matching a party or wedding tablecloth at an event.  When they are folded into different shapes the napkins make a real statement.  It’s great to put a stylish folded napkin on the table instead of filling the plate or drinking glass with food or drink.

assorted napkin designs

There are many ways for a napkins to be folded are here are just some of them. They can be folded into a pocket so silverware or invitations can be put in it. Flowers can be inserted in the pocket as well. Depending on your event, tuxedos, roses, pyramids, or fleur de lis styles can dress up the occasion. For the upcoming holiday of Easter a napkin can be folded into a bunny or rolled up as a carrot with the silverware sticking out of it as the leaves.

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There are many how to books and videos and the possibilities are endless. Have fun playing around with the designs and create one that’s right for you and your occasion. We’d love to see your pictures and creative ideas of how your table gets dressed for an occasion.

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Valentines Day is approaching

Are you someone who needs coaching?

The girls, they are broaching!

Every day of the year

It’s nice if appreciation is brought

But they want to know at least one day

That their hard works not for naught

Chocolate is so nice

It brings a smile to ones face

Flowers too- a fresh bouquet

The old ones to replace

Rose Table Topper

How about something red or white

A lace tablecloth for women to delight

Its delicate petals scattered across the table

Hosting a party she will now be able

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For this is something that can last quite long

When she glances at that tablecloth

Her feelings of appreciation will be strong

So show your love by treating her to something worthwhile

A classy new tablecloth that has a lot of style

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