guest post: my favorite ways to decorate for a party, by rachel’s nest

Rachel is the epitome of the do-it-all mom.  Since she’s had beautiful baby girl Audrey seven months ago (almost to the day!) she has seriously been mom on the go.  Rachel has managed to make a house a home and document it over at Rachel’s Nest all while being super mom.  What an inspiration!! 

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to be guest posting here at the Baloney Bug today! I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to decorate for a party! I love to entertain and these are my tried and true ways to do it with style! These are all pictures from parties I’ve thrown over the past few years! I hope you’ll enjoy the tips and try some of them for your next party!
Use containers and serving pieces in unusual ways
Think outside the box. Wine glasses of all shapes and sizes make great serving dishes for chocolate truffles, or small candies. I’ve even used them to display jewelry! Vintage silver pieces make everyday condiments look elegant. Use what you have, or check out your local thrift store to find unique pieces!
Use mirrors
Mirrors are a great way to glam up your table. You can buy them without frames, in all shapes and sizes, at most craft stores. Put them underneath a vase of flowers, or line up your wine glasses on top of them! Candles look especially great on top of a mirror since the light from the flame will be reflected!
Use fabric
Skip the plastic tablecloths and go for fabric instead! Fabric will make your party look luxurious and really help tie your theme together. You can use runners, tablecloths, scarves, curtains, you name it! Look around your house to see what you can find! The blue floral “tablecloth” below is actually a shower curtain, but it worked perfectly for my Royal Wedding Party, so I threw it on my table over an antique lace tablecloth (after washing, of course)! Don’t limit the fabric to the tabletop, though! If you’ll be taking pictures of your guests, consider throwing some fabric on a curtain rod to act as a pretty backdrop for photos, too!
Use real china, napkins and silverware 
Whenever possible, I always like to use real china (real, meaning ceramic or porcelain…not necessarily your fine china!), cloth napkins and silverware. I think it makes for an elegant party, and you can also use the dishes and napkins to add to your theme or color scheme.
Use picture frames
If applicable, use picture frames to display photos of the guest of honor. It will add a personal and thoughtful touch, and surely make the guest of honor feel extra special! There are plenty of other things you can frame too…quotes, song lyrics, funny memories written out. Get creative and make it personal!
I hope you find these tips helpful! Thanks, Joan for having me stop by!


  1. Thanks for having me as your guest blogger! I love your new blog design, by the way!

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