4th of July DIY Party Ideas!

Celebrate a long weekend with friends; the more the merrier! This holiday is about celebrating freedom and what better way to do so than with friends?!

It’s summer, it’s hot, and this year the 4th of July falls on a long weekend. You still have time to host a last minute celebration!

Decorations
Start with the decorations to set the tone for your party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; get creative!

  • Add red white and blue accents to a wine or champagne bottle
  • Red and white flowers with a blue ribbon make for the perfect center piece
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Photo credit: Elainesflorist.com

Food
You want to enjoy the celebration as much as your guests. Don’t make it too complicated; have a cookout!

  • Hamburgers and hotdogs
  • Chips
  • Fruit
  • Desert- think light and fruity
  • Plenty more food ideas on our Pinterest page!
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Photo credit: Eightymphmom.com

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Cocktails
What’s a celebration without drinks? Don’t resist that fun and fruity cocktail, you deserve it!

  • Red White and Blue Sangria
  • Watermelon Blueberry Coconut Frozen Margarita
  • Red, White, and Blue Daiquiris
  • Get the recipe for these tasty treats here!
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Photo credit: Pinterest

Games
July 4th should be spent outside! Have a few outdoor games to entertain your guests while they mingle.

  • Corn hole
  • Frisbee
  • Cool off with Water balloon dodgeball
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Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

Music
Background music is a must. Know your guest list and set the mood.

  • Try out Pandora or Spotify’s summer playlists! They offer a great selection for almost every genre.
  • Be sure to crank up your favorite version of “Proud to be an American” before the day is over!

Don’t forget about Fireworks! 
Celebrate the end of a fabulous day by walking to the nearest park to watch fireworks, setting off sparklers in the yard, or enjoying the Macy’s televised celebration in New York City from the comfort of your living room!

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Photo credit: Pinterest

For more ideas for the perfect July 4th party check out our Pinterest board!

Last Minute New Year’s Eve Décor!

New Year’s Eve can sneak up on us very quickly after Christmas, so we wanted to give you some last minute ideas for decorating for your New Year’s Eve get together!

  • Start by choosing a color scheme – traditional New Year’s colors are black, silver, gold and white.
  • If you have empty wine or champagne bottles from Christmas, spray paint them gold or glue gold glitter to them.
    • You can also do this with battery powered candles or plastic drinkware.
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  • If you decorated with silver and gold for Christmas this is the perfect time to grab those decorations and transform them to festive, NYE decor.
    • Put silver or gold ornaments in glass jars and add candles.
    • Use your silver and gold trees and put them around the party room.
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  • You can also make décor out of your dessert by decorating cakes and cupcakes with the color scheme you chose.
  • Lastly, all you really need are a few bottles of champagne and great company!
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Thank you to all of our clients for making 2015 a great year for Karen Brown New York! We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Written by Emily Grosser, intern.

Christmas Party Decoration Ideas!

Many of you will probably be hosting family and close friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we wanted to give you some decoration ideas to make your get together even more special.

Table décor is important if you’re planning to host guests for a Christmas meal, but it doesn’t have to be over the top or expensive.

  • Put candy canes in clear glass jars with a red ribbon and set them around the table. It also doubles as a classic Christmas dessert option! (you can also do this with small ornaments)
  • Candles are always a great go-to option to make your table feel more festive – go for the classic red and green, or add in some gold and silver for some extra flare.
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Photo credit: pinterest

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photo credit: pinterest

  • Cut out or buy snowflakes made of card stock and use them as place cards.
  • Tie ribbons or bows on the backs of the chairs around the table and add a festive ornament, pinecone or evergreen.
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  • Add small bouquets of poinsettias around the table – you can even add tapered candles for extra ambiance.
  • Don’t forget that you can always keep it simple and classic.
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photo credit: pinterest

Everyone loves indulging at Christmas, especially when it comes to desserts!

  • Make your favorite family recipes and set them up at a fun dessert bar.
  • Decorate your dessert bar with festive things like candy canes, snowflakes, bows, and Santa hats.
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photo credit: Pinterest

Extra party tips:

  • Buy stick on letters in holiday colors for guests to put on wine glasses for a unique way to keep track of which one is theirs.
  • Set the mood with some subtle Christmas music in the background – make sure its not too loud so you can catch up with your guests without having to shout.
  • Enjoy yourself!! The décor doesn’t have to be perfect; neither does the food or the gifts. The holidays are about spending time with loved ones and appreciating what you have.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

The KBNY team wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Party!

This Tuesday is the perfect night for a girl’s night in since the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is airing on CBS at 10pm EST. Get your best girl friends together and enjoy watching the new extravagant pieces the Victoria’s Secret team is unveiling.

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We wanted to give you some ideas to make your viewing party even better!

  • First, pick a fun color palette. The classic colors for Victoria’s Secret are pink, white, and black. You can use those or add some of your own color ideas into the mix!
  • Find a fun, pink cocktail for you and your friends to sip on. You could choose classics like a Cosmo or a strawberry Daiquiri, or you could make up your own new drink.
  • Make some delicious desserts for you and your friends and set them up in athemeddessert spread. You can always start your diet tomorrow…
    • Chocolate is always a favorite, so feel free to make that new brownie recipe you’ve been wanting to try.
    • Pink desserts are also a great option. Whip out your cake pop maker (if you have one!) or follow these easy “how to” instructions and add some pink icing. Those are always a crowd pleaser.
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  • For easy décor, use all of those extra Victoria’s Secret bags you’ve gotten in the past and set them around the party area. You can also use them as favor bags for your guests.
  • If you want your décor to be more elaborate, buy some pink, black and white flowers. You can put them in vases around the party area and tie a classic pink ribbon around it, or you can follow these easy “how to” instructions for a fun corset or french braid affect, or even put vases in those extra Victoria’s Secret bags.
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photo credit: modernbohemianlifestyle.com

  • Ask your friends to wear their favorite Victoria’s Secret lounge wear, so you can watch one of the most anticipated fashion shows of the year in style.

 

  • Lastly, make sure your space is set up comfortably! Add some extra cushions and blankets to the room so you and your friends can be extra comfortable.

We hope you enjoy our ideas! Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more.

Written by our intern, Emily Grosser.

8 Tips for Simple Party Planning

‘Tis the season! The holidays are almost here. For many this is a fun time to rekindle with close friends and family, so don’t let the planning get in the way of the party. Here are 8 tips for simple party planning from our expert planners:

Get Organized – Create a master to-do list

From shopping for supplies to creating the perfect playlist, it’s important to keep track of all your tasks. We suggest creating a timeline that breaks everything down from the weeks leading up to the very day of the event. This will ensure you don’t miss a beat!

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Create A Theme

Holidays can be more festive when a creative theme is chosen to set the tone. Christmas Pajama Party or a Great Gatsby themed New Year – possibilities are endless.

Get the Word Out

Whether you’re sending an online or mailed invitation, it’s important to give your guests the proper amount of time to RSVP. Especially with the holidays rolling around, you don’t want them to commit to other events and miss out on all the fun.

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Offer a Self-Serve Bar

The key to a simple drink service? Set up a self-serve bar so that guests can be their own mixologist. Welcome guests with a drink upon arrival by placing a tray of champagne near the door. You can take it up a notch by creating a specialty concoction that matches the night’s theme.

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Photo Credit: image found on Pinterest

Set Up a Kid’s Corner

For many, the holidays are a time for family friendly gatherings so it’s important to not forget about the little ones. Use butcher paper as a table covering, and add crayons or other crafts such as building gingerbread houses to keep them entertained.

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Photo Credit: houseography.net

Keep It Simple

Choose simple trays of delicious hors d’oeuvres in lieu of a sit down appetizer. This allows guests a less-formal approach to sample flavors and mingle with other guests. Don’t be afraid to use readymade ingredients from the market – instead of making everything from scratch.

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Photo Credit: everydaygoodthinking.com

Add In Elements

Nothing says elegance like a simple centerpiece. Try and incorporate natural elements that tie into the season like bare branches and acorns. Handwrite the names of your guest on a piece of kraft paper, or add a pop of color using a vibrant napkin.

Stay Relaxed

The day is finally here. Leave an hour for yourself to freshen up, slip into something party-ready and light a few candles for added ambiance. As the host, you set the tone, so a relaxed attitude will bring out the same in your guests.