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5 Fabulous Floral Arrangements From 2 Supermarket Bouquets

5 Fabulous Floral Arrangements From 2 Supermarket Bouquets

  5 Fabulous Floral Arrangements From 2 Supermarket Bouquets 1. “Pop goes the Daisy” for the Beverage Bar: The mix of sophisticated roses with a playful Gerbera Daisy poking up in the middle adds a charming pop of color to your beverage bar. We used this wide-mouthed glass mason jar for interest and its wide base and low height. There is a lot of activity at the beverage bar, so keep things low and compact. […]

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Brunch Basics

Brunch Basics

  The Holidays are here and brunch is a simple and special way to celebrate with family and friends.  They are many times a less stressful, enjoyable and budget-friendly way to entertain.  Follow our Brunch Basics Guide below and host one this holiday in your home! 3 Practical & Easy Tips For A Stress-Free and Successful Brunch 1.    Serve the right balance of breakfast and lunch foods. Why?  Your guests will fall into 1 of […]

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How to Entertain When Your Short on Cash and Time – Party Snack Trend Alert !

How to Entertain When Your Short on Cash and Time - Party Snack Trend Alert !

Party snacks are stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight when it comes to menus for entertaining. Like fashion filters down from the designers on the runway to main street shops; entertaining trends filter down from the top chefs in restaurants across America, to the tables in our homes.  One such trend was noted in a recent research study by Mintel Menu Insights.  It found that “snacking is the new way to order […]

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Top 10 Tips For Saving Money On Halloween!

Top 10 Tips For Saving Money On Halloween!

Halloween is a great opportunity to have some inexpensive fun with family, friends, neighbors, schoolmates. Everyone is in a “spirited” mood and ready to party. With some easy planning, it’s simple to celebrate on a shoestring. Halloween is a great holiday for Back to Basic DIY projects. All you need is some time and ingenuity to work with the smallest of budgets. TOP 10 Tips For Saving This Halloween Candy Co-op : Get a few […]

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The Best Labor Day Weekend Party Menu!

The Best Labor Day Weekend Party Menu!

Labor Day Weekend is around the corner and we have the perfect menu for you! Why? It’s easy to prepare – allowing you to enjoy the party too! It’s budget-friendly so you can host a crowd for a holiday weekend BBQ. It’s DELICIOUS and incorporates all the fresh flavors of summer, like corn, tomatoes and berries! It’s special – after a summer of hamburgers and hotdogs this menu is a standout!   SUMMER MOSCOW MULE:  […]

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How To Create A Party Photo Booth

How To Create A Party Photo Booth

Want to incorporate the fun of a photo booth without the constraints and expense of a traditional photo booth? Here’s our answer and it’s so easy to do: A DIY Outdoor Photo Booth!  It’s easy to create party fun and memories that will last forever. How To Instructions: 1.    Search your basement, your mom’s basement or local tag sale for two frames. Hunt for two differently shaped or styled frames – consider large mirrors, framed […]

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Party Pinwheel Tutorial

Party Pinwheel Tutorial

Here is a pretty way to add a burst of color and some fun to your table and home this spring.  Create fun pinwheels that pull double duty as party décor and favors.  They are perfect for spring soirees, children’s birthday parties and showers.  It’s an easy and fun project for the kids!   Start with a colored sheet of paper.  Cut it into a perfect square.  Use thin paper so that the pinwheel will […]

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Last Minute #NCAA Basketball Viewing Party with Walgreens #cbias

Last Minute #NCAA Basketball Viewing Party with Walgreens #cbias

  Don’t go mad this March trying to host family and friends for last minute fun. Make it happen and join in on the action with this game plan for a last minute pop-up viewing party.   Three weeks of tournament play provides dozens of opportunities to view and celebrate the games of the NCAA® Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.   To keep things simple and stress-free, I headed to Walgreens to scout out and test […]

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New Year’s Eve Party On A Budget!

New Year's Eve Party On A Budget!

Looking for a way to host and toast the New Year on a tight budget?  Our solution:  A SWANKY MARTINI BAR FOR RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE!  It’s easy to host and costs just $7 per person. Host 12 people for $80 that’s less than $7 per person! ( $50: 2- 750 ml bottles of Gin and/or Vodka, $10: 1-750 ml bottle of Vermouth and $20: for Garnishes) We’ve got a solution for […]

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Super Bowl Party On A Budget!

Super Bowl Party On A Budget!

Take it to a new level this year with these tips for throwing the Ultimate Bowl Bash On A Budget. Football doesn’t have to mean hot dogs and beer all the time, and with the NFL gaining more female fans each year, your Superbowl party has to be tasty AND tasteful this year. Try these 4 super easy tips for saving time, money and stress -  and be a guest at your own party!  The […]

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Bride and Groom Chair Decor – Budget Friendly Wedding Idea with Command™ Brand Clear

Bride and Groom Chair Decor - Budget Friendly Wedding Idea with Command™ Brand Clear

A perfect way to make your wedding special and create a keepsake of your day – make your DIY WEDDING project pull double duty! Personalize the Bride and Groom’s chairs at the reception with their first initials. Using Command™ Picture Hanging Strips, hang oversized painted wooden letters on their chairs. Using Command™ Clear Wire Hook, hang a white tulle veil off the bride’s initial and further accent the groom’s chair with a black bowtie. After […]

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7 Super Tips For Saving Money This Easter!

7 Super Tips For Saving Money This Easter!

If you are hosting Easter this year, we have 7 super ways to save you money! If you like these, be sure to head over to our favorite site for advice on saving money,  Money Talks News! Stacy Johnson and the MTN’s team have all the latest and greatest tips – you can follow them on twitter @MoneyTalksNews and facebook too. 1. Start by hosting a brunch, not dinner.  Gear your meal toward breakfast and […]

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7 Spring Floral Arrangement Ideas – Make All For Less Than $20

7 Spring Floral Arrangement Ideas - Make All For Less Than $20

Make All 7 Pretty Flower Arrangements for Less Than $20 – here’s how from Elizabeth… Would you believe I created these 7 flower arrangements with flowers I picked up at the local supermarket for less than $20? I took advantage of the store special “18 roses for $12.99” – I couldn’t believe these beauties were the only bunch left. With the roses in hand, I shopped around to find a happy little filler flower to […]

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Celebrate Chinese New Year at Home with P.F. Chang’s!

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Home with P.F. Chang's!

  Make some magic this Monday and ignite the night with a Chinese New Year dinner for the family. It’s hard to like Monday, but this coming Monday, we all have an opportunity for some fun!  It’s the Chinese New Year and that’s a good reason to celebrate.  Here’s a simple and special dinner idea, I just tried out for you, thanks to my friends at P.F. Chang’s.  This year, stay home and save money […]

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

I love it when someone gives me a gift they made themselves – food gifts are always my favorite! A homemade gift not only touches the heart, 1.) it keeps you out of the mall 2.) is a wonderful way to involve the kids and illustrate the spirit of giving at the Holidays and 3.) it can really stretch your holiday budget without feeling like you skimped.  A “win win” for giver and receiver! Pictured above […]

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Easy and Inexpensive Ideas for Halloween Decor with Totally Ghoul from Kmart

Easy and Inexpensive Ideas for Halloween Decor with Totally Ghoul from Kmart

We had a blast decorating for Halloween this year and WOW did Kmart make it easy and inexpensive!  With a budget of $300 we decorated the front door and walkway, made our mantle spooktacular,  turned the front entry into a Happy Halloween greeting with plenty of candy for trick or treaters and decorated a party table with treats for fun with family and friends!  The looks are easy to achieve and it was inexpensive to […]

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The Best Halloween Party and Decoration Ideas with Totally Ghoul from Kmart

The Best Halloween Party and Decoration Ideas with Totally Ghoul from Kmart

Halloween is just around the corner so get ready to celebrate. Follow our easy and inexpensive tips and ideas below, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3! We headed to Kmart to shop for our Halloween supplies and found a great selection of ghoulish goodies – have to admit we got a little giddy over the great prices. The bonus is you can pack it away post-Halloween and pull it out next Halloween and the Halloween […]

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Recession-Proof Party : Dinner Party

Recession-Proof Party :  Dinner Party

  Italian Dinner Party It’s Crazy Eights! Host at 8 pm for 8 people for under $8.88 per person (including wine)! If you need to tighten the purse strings and think entertaining on a tight budget is out, think again. Here is our solution for keeping the party going. Below is a deliciously simple and inexpensive menu that won’t make your guests feel like you are pinching pennies. This “make-ahead meal” is also stress free […]

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Recession-Buster Cocktail Party (plus Martini Basics)

Recession-Buster Cocktail Party (plus Martini Basics)

“Not your Parents’ Potluck” Host 12 people for $80 that’s less than $7 per person! ( $50: 2- 750 ml bottles of Gin and/or Vodka, $10: 1-750 ml bottle of Vermouth and $20: for Garnishes) We’ve got a solution for those yearning for “good times” on a budget. Instead of dining out in a bar or restaurant and sharing appetizers and a big bill, bring the party home and ask guests to share their favorite […]

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Birthdays on a Budget

Birthdays on a Budget

Go For it Mom and Dad! You CAN keep your sanity and plan a budget friendly, kid friendly, birthday party for your child right in your own home. Simply consider your guests, your available space, and your inventory. Here’s How… Who to invite? The guest list should include the friends your child chooses to spend most of his/her free time with. I recommend a guest list of no more than ten and aim for an […]

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4 Fabulous Ideas For High Party Impact on a Low Budget!

4 Fabulous Ideas For High Party Impact on a Low Budget!

Feeling the pinch on your party because of a tight budget, but still want the look and feel created by party planners like Colin Cowie and Amy Atlas?  Well here is one of the best ways I know to create high party impact on a low party budget. I call it Mass Appeal.  Anything, and I do mean almost anything, in a monochromatic mass can take the mundane and make it WOW with glamour, drama […]

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Budget-Friendly Memorial Day Party Picks!

Budget-Friendly Memorial Day Party Picks!

photo source: 1. bhg.com 2. hostesswiththemostess.com 3. bhg.com – see links below. Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer and it deserves a celebration, so I spent some time surfing  the web to bring you some great patriotic party ideas. I found four fabulous ones to spotlight, not only because they will make magic at your party, but because they are budget friendly too.  Be sure to check out the amazing sites they […]

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Budget Friendly and Beautiful Bridesmaid Bouquet Idea!

Budget Friendly and Beautiful Bridesmaid Bouquet Idea!

Put your own SPIN ON LOVE! Need to be creative with the cost of wedding flowers?  Think out of the box with this budget friendly idea for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. You can purchase your own colorful and cool pinwheels from Rule42 at Esty.com.   ” Not only are pinwheel bouquets beautiful and unique, but they are also very cost effective. An average flower bouquet costs anywhere from $40 to $150. Costhelper.com says that flowers […]

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Lazy Man’s Barbecue Pork Sandwiches – Super Bowl Food!

Lazy Man's Barbecue Pork Sandwiches - Super Bowl Food!

Feed a dozen for under $15! For all of you out there armed with a crock pot and an appetite for some really good food, this recipe is for you! It’s a great dish, without the hassle of spending hours in the kitchen. While your supper cooks all day in your kitchen, you can spend the day the way you want to. Enjoying it any way you see fit and still be ready to feed […]

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Gilded Baked Potato Bar

Gilded Baked Potato Bar

Here is a very special way to serve a crowd without spending a fortune. A Gilded Baked Potato Bar will make a great impression on your guests and at the same time fill their tummies!  Below is a DIY video with instructions and suggested toppings. Put out a Gilded Baked Potato Bar at your next celebration, you won’t believe how easy it is!  I love it for: A Golden Globes Viewing Party Oscar Night Party, […]

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Tips For Saving Big On Thanksgiving

Tips For Saving Big On Thanksgiving

The holidays can be so expensive so here are good tips for saving money where you can… Decide your menu early and shop ahead. Clip coupons and search for items on sale.  MoneyTalkNews.com has a great search engine for coupons of all kinds. If you start early you shouldn’t have to pay full price for anything. Grocery stores feature the makings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal as their best sale items the week of Thanksgiving and […]

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Polenta Is Perfect Party Food For Just Pennies A Serving!

Polenta Is Perfect Party Food For Just Pennies A Serving!

Polenta is known as the pasta of the Northern Italy. It’s amazingly versatile, inexpensive and perfect parties!  You can make it in 5 minutes with water, or add broth or milk for more flavor or creaminess.  You can bake it, fry it,  grill it or serve it from the pot like a thick soup.   At just pennies a serving you can use polenta as a side dish, an appetizer, dessert or even a base […]

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Do-It-Yourself Fall Centerpiece!

Do-It-Yourself Fall Centerpiece!

…reposting this one from 2009, because it’s a great idea! Autumn is just a few weeks away here  in NJ and the leaves are already starting to change color.  If you live in a part of the world where the seasons change, by all means bring some of the beauty of fall into your home. The decor is free and literally falling from the sky -  compliments of Mother Nature! So don’t let a tight […]

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5 Budget-Friendly Secrets from Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding For Your Party!

5 Budget-Friendly Secrets from Chelsea Clinton's Wedding For Your Party!

As the details emerge about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding festivities, I am more and more impressed. I usually refrain from celebrity party blogging here, but I do want to share a few items of note.  It seems so much of what Chelsea Clinton opted for was simple and special. Although for obvious reason, things were done on a grand scale, many ideas from her wedding are ones that you can recreate at your own events and […]

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Terrific Toothpick Holders!

Terrific Toothpick Holders!

Pictured above is a brilliant idea from a clever couple’s wedding that was featured on the Snippet & Ink Blog ( check out the entire wedding here>).    The idea really caught my eye, as a perfect example of “simple yet special”.  These wooden toothpick holders make fabulous favors for an outdoor picnic or BBQ style event and would be perfect for a Family Reunion.  Oh and please note the clever use of the twist […]

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Simple and Special Tips for A Low-Key, Low-Cost Celebration

Simple and Special Tips for A Low-Key, Low-Cost Celebration

Recently, we had a chance to share our tips for easy entertaining with Good Housekeeping Magazine.  In this month’s very special 125th Anniversary Collectors Issue, a few of them made their way into the good (enough) monthly feature on page 31.   Above are images from the article and below are some of our simple and special tips for throwing a party that’s low-key and low-cost: Host a daytime affair like a brunch verses a more […]

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Tissue Paper Poms for a Party WOW Factor!

Tissue Paper Poms for a Party WOW Factor!

I love this idea for glamming up your next party!  Tissue Paper Pom Poms are hot right now and for good reason, they add a festive feel for people on a tight budget, yet are special enough for those that are not.  With just a few you can add a pretty punch of color to any room or outdoor space.   Go all out and hang a bunch and you can create a very dramatic […]

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Wedding Ideas In Bloom!

Wedding Ideas In Bloom!

Beautiful, budget-friendly and eco-friendly too – SCORE!  Blumeboxes are disposable vases made from recycled materials.   They are supplied flat so they reduce shipping costs and the impact on the environment.  The 6 inch blumebox is perfect for a wedding centerpiece, as you can see from the beautiful pictures in this post. The ideas in blume blog featured these images sent in from Christine Saunders of The Spiraled Stem.  Christine Saunders used blumeboxes for wedding […]

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Construction Themed Birthday Party with DIY Printables

Construction Themed Birthday Party with DIY Printables

What little guy doesn’t like tools and not much changes as they get bigger!  So here is a terrific way make his birthday party feel like a Construction Site! The Printable Party Decor from Plum Party is budget friendly but looks like you had a party planner. The print collection is $13.95 – Just print out as many as you need…and voila…it’s a party! To view go > Under Construction Printable Birthday Party Invitation and […]

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Luxe For Less Oscar® Night Party! – Red Carpet Viewing Party!

Luxe For Less Oscar® Night Party! - Red Carpet Viewing Party!

Photo Credit Flickr by Dave_B_ On Sunday, March 7th at 8PM EST on ABC, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet, presenting all its stars in their finest.  While Hollywood is preparing for their 82nd Annual Awards Event, plan a viewing party for friends and/or family.  Who doesn’t like to tune in to see what the stars are wearing, whom they’re with and who wins?  It’s even more fun when you have company! While Hollywood pulls […]

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