When you live in a Shea Homes entertainment-centric home, it’s easy to find reasons to throw a party. We know some new Shea homeowners who feel compelled to join a book club, just so they can entertain! Others suddenly find themselves celebrating every family member’s half-birthday – cake and all. No matter what the occasion, the right décor can turn simply so-so into breathtakingly beautiful.

Here are some great tips that won’t break the bank and will leave you asking, when can we do this again?

  1. A party staple is candlelight, but no one wants candle clean up duty. When planning your lighting, don’t underestimate tea lights. These little, self-contained candles can be purchased in bulk and are inexpensive. Set out a few dozen, indoors and out, to add sparkle and ambience for pennies without leaving any mess. Set them in groupings for more intense light or solo for soft spot lighting.
  2. To keep your guests moving, set food and beverages in different “stations” around your home – mix it up and move it around, using both indoors and outdoors. Place food in a few different areas with drinks in yet another to encourage guests to mix and mingle. This prevents the “water cooler” gatherings and provides opportunities for plenty of fun.
  3. Save money on flowers by cutting flowers or greens from your own yard, or put some whole citrus in a vase. Drop colored beads or crystals into a narrow clear, glass vase with lemon-lime soda. Thee effervescence will bubble up and cause the beads to float.
  4. When it comes to flatware and dinnerware, forget matchy-matchy. If serving a buffet, combine white plates with colors to give an eclectic look with silverware of all sorts and styles to make a complete collection of useful and beautiful elements. When setting a table, mix up the settings so everyone has a matching set of a colorful combination. If you want to expand your look, try the local second-hand store for inexpensive sets of dishes, or specific pieces.
  5. To cap off your event, nothing sets a mood like music! Create a playlist to fit your theme, or start with something mellow and build the beat as the night goes on.

Above all, enjoy yourself!