What's a party without decorations? A lame one, that's what.
Looking to make your next shindig a memorable one? Well, it's all about the visuals, baby, so give your guests something purdy to look at while they drink up and get down.
This isn't your mother's cocktail party, so rather than going with a theme, consider focusing on style and details. In other words, make your pad look like you do this all the time.
Lanterns are a great accent for summer parties, because you can use them indoors or out. If it happens to be raining or you lack the space outside, then hang different colored lanterns – they can be paper or metal, depending on where you look – at different levels from the ceiling for a casual, chic look.
Garland is super easy to make, and forget about threading popcorn on a string. Look for big decorative beads, items from nature or even origami cranes and flowers to string up and hang over doorways or along bare walls.
Candles and flowers are a no-brainer. To avoid looking like Suzy Homemaker was in charge of decorations, look for mismatched vintage candle holders and brightly colored flowers for eye-catching accents.
You're going to need apps that are just as appealing to the eye as your decor, so try these Salmon-Pimiento Appetizers
and South-of-the-Border Sushi Appetizers