Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

Your guide to party planning, hosting, and adding unique touches that turn gatherings into memorable occasions

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Decorate for an Easter Brunch

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Easter is a celebration of life and rebirth. Many use this time of year to celebrate this new life and the promise and hope of renewal. Often after a church service, you can honor this significant time of the year by hosting an Easter brunch for family and friends. Here are some wonderful ideas to inspire your event decorations.

Front Door and Entryway

The entrance to your home should signal immediately that a different time is upon us. Start by adorning your porch or front entry with wreaths or signage on the front door. Use topiaries that can last throughout the summer on either side of your door, almost like soldiers standing guard. You can even use garden statues or other animal embellishments like rabbits, lambs, or chicks to indicate that spring’s signs of new life are here.

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Candlelight Dinner Table Setting Ideas

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Valentine’s Day happens only once a year, and so it’s important to make it special every time. There are different ways to celebrate this day, but you can always start with a classic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Dress up the dining table for a romantic dinner for two with these elegant table setting ideas:

Candles and Red Roses

Candles and red roses are a classic recipe for romance. Nothing sets the perfect ambience for Valentine’s Day better than the flickering light of candles and the intense red hue of roses.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Super Bowl Recipes and Party Ideas

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Super Bowl Sunday is an extraordinary day, with millions of football fans gathering to watch NFL’s championship game. Families and friends flock their television sets to watch and support their teams, making this day a great opportunity to host a party. Here are ideas to make Game Day even more fun and exciting:

Snacks to Whip Up for Game Day

There is no need to cook a sumptuous heavy meal for a Super Bowl party. All you need are finger food and light snacks to munch on while watching the television. Here are some easy-to-prepare snacks that can make your friends and family full and satisfied while glued to the TV:

Chili-Garlic Chicken Wings

The special chili-garlic sauce and green onion garnish makes these chicken wings a real crowd pleaser. Before deep-frying, the wings are generously seasoned with salt and black pepper, and dredged in flour. Get detailed instructions here.

Oregon Tuna Melts

Guests would be raving about the balance of tuna and cheese in these sandwiches. Onions, olive oil, vinegar, basil and crushed red pepper make the tuna salad extra rich. Mustard, mayonnaise and cheese complement all these great flavors. Add a fun football kick to the tuna melts by placing them in football sandwich wraps.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Wedding with a Touch of Christmas

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This Christmas will be very special for my daughter because she and her husband will be celebrating their first Christmas together as husband and wife. She got married this past November and it was such a joyous life event for our family. Weddings are a blissful occasion and each one always has a unique presence of its own.

I think a wedding should reflect the personality of the bride and groom. My daughter absolutely loves Christmas. In fact, she would turn on Christmas music immediately after Thanksgiving dinner. The Christmas tree was an element that I knew is so indicative of who Abbey is to our family. She is the family girl who makes sure we get together during the best times and coordinates schedules to make getting together much easier. It was a delight to reflect all the aspects of who Abbey is by giving her wedding venue a hint of Christmas.

Pinecroft Mansion in the Crosely Estate in Cincinnati, Ohio

Pinecroft Mansion, Cincinnati, Ohio

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