HOW TO: Decorate More with Less
May 02, 2011
Hello Everyone! Party Planner and Social Media Guru Ryan here to tell you how you can decorate a lot with just a little.
First, there is a rule of thumb in the restaurant industry that says to keep the lights down and the prices up. While you won't be charging your guests to be at your party, you can still take advantage of lighting.
If your lights have dimmer switches, then roll them down to about half way from fully lit. Not only will this make white or lighter colored walls reflect less light, any imperfections in your ceiling or otherwise will be harder to spot.
If you don't have dimmer switches, don't worry! Just turn overhead lights off and substitue lamp light throughout your room. Less light can be more when setting a mood for your party. People's eye will quickly adjust and your space will have a cozy feel.
Depending on the theme/nature of your party, you can also use fun 'dark light' light bulbs or party lights with multiple colors. Rotating or stationary colored lights can go a long way as decorations. They can fill a room or a single wall with color and are much cheaper than some other options.
Lower lighting can also help minimal decorating go farther. Decorate near light sources if possible. Hang danglers down from overhead fixtures (be mindful of possible fire hazards) and put fun cutouts on the walls where lamp light lands.
You should also decorate areas where you know people will congregate are likely to pass. Doorways are an easy space to decorate. You can hang something on the door itself, line the frame with garland, hang whirls or a metallic fringe curtain down from the middle, the ideas go on and on!
The kitchen, while difficult to decorate, is often a space where people gather during parties. Forget decorating cabinet doors though and instead try liberally sprinkling confetti on your counter tops. This is a quick and easy way to liven up a space, especially if you have solid colored counter tops. Be mindful of difficult confetti clean up though!
For family, living, and dining room spaces, try to decorate where people may end up sitting or on any exceptionally empty spaces of wall. Again, cutouts are a great and cheap way to fill space. Depending on how much space you have to fill, a scene setter back drop can be another ideal way to hide blank walls.