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New Year's Eve is a time to celebrate and decorate with family and friends. There are simple ways to decorate with items found around the house. Mark Eliason with Jenkins Eliason Interiors show Keith some tips to impress your guests.
Keep it simple. Use a plain white table cloth. You can add wide ribbon that runs the length and width of the table to add interest. All you need to make a festive center piece is sticks, glue and glitter. Just break up some sticks that are around the house. Then use simple school glue to coat the sticks with glitter. Take those sticks and make a miniature wreath. Then you can put the wreath in the middle of the table. Drop in a candle or jar of candy in the wreath to make your table even more festive.
If there are any remnants of fabric around the house, they can also be used as a centerpiece. Just tuck the raw edges under create a miniature pillow that you can put a centerpiece on.
It's very important to keep centerpiece low so guest don't have a hard time talking to one another during dinner.
Unused wallpaper can be used to create free and unusual place mats. Use interesting or festive pattern to create interest. You can cut the mats in ovals, squares or any shape under the sun. Have fun with it.
Party favors can be used as table decorations. Wrapped chocolates, wine or Champaign bottles can add some extra pizzazz. If you want to personalized favors, frame a picture of your guest for a name card and have the framed picture be the favor.
Framing the night's menu can also be a great favor. Guest will know what they are getting for the evening, the menu will add to the table decor and then the frame becomes a party favor.
The key to decorating is to not go overboard. Keep adding decorations you like until it gets to be too much. Then you can scale down to what looks the best.