Dare To Be Domestic

An Ombre Christmas

Most holiday seasons I find myself buying new ornaments in a new color scheme for the DTBD studio tree.  But this year I decided to put to use all my past color schemes and create an ombre christmas tree.  It was simple and made a BIG statement in the room.

Here are a few of my tree decorating tips:

  1. Gather your tools before starting. (see image below)
  2. Place your tree in a spot where you can enjoy it while lounging or watching TV. Avoid placing it directly in front of a TV as the glare/reflection in the TV can be distracting.
  3. Dark green pipe cleaners are a good alternative to christmas ornament hooks.
  4. Place down a thick blanket and unpack and gather all your ormanats in a workspace close to the tree.
  5. Create your tree layout on a flat surface before actually placing them on the tree.
  6. Place lights on first, followed by ribbon, large ornaments and then smaller ornaments.
  7. Remember a good tree plays with depth so place items way deep and in the forefront.

I dare you to be domestic!


Add Some "Adult" to Your "Kid's" Party

Who says adults can't have fun at a one year old's birthday party? This past weekend Dare To Be Domestic helped coordinate a party thrown by Mom and kids party enthusiast Courtney Mitchell, for her one year old son Gavin.  Courtney is known for throwing great children's parties and always keeps in mind her adult friends when planning.  Here is a look at how Courtney keeps both the kids and adults entertained.  All of the fun paper goods and signage was created by Damon at The Paper Door.

  1. Grown Folks Candy: Adults love candy too. Courtney served candy from the adults childhood.
  2. Small Bites: Serve smaller sized treats so anyone on a diet won't be able to resist.
  3. Adult Signature Beverages: Stick to one fun signature drink for adults with light to little alcohol.
  4. Photo Booth:  Great for both kids and adults.
  5. Family Fun Toys: Rentals like Jumpers should be adult friendly.
  6. Live Entertainment: Helps keep the kid busy for at least an hour.
  7. Cocktail Tables: Give adults a place to talk and keep their drinks out of the way of the kids.

I dare you to be domestic!