Eat, drink and be tacky with your closest friends by hosting an ugly holiday sweater party. No matter what you celebrate this holiday season, there's a sweater for you. So hit the thrift store, the attic or one of the online stores and start planning.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Make an impression with your invite
Feature yourself – in your ugly sweater, of course – on a paper or online invitation (both Evite and Paperless Post have a whole section of pre-made options to choose from).
2. Deck the halls
It's not just about the sweater. Raid the dollar store or thrift store for the most garish holiday decorations you can find and go nuts. Wrap your doors and fridge in loud holiday paper and ribbon, transform a room with tinsel and don't forget the bathroom. Remember, you're aiming for over-the-top, so items like this fun toilet seat cover are just a start.
3. Give awards
Hand out prizes in different categories, like Loudest Sweater (with jingle bells!), Scariest Sweater and Cutest Sweater. Mini versions of the holiday's tackiest dessert – fruitcake – make great trophies.
4. Go retro with refreshments
Authentic ugly holiday sweaters date back to the '80s (and maybe earlier), so focus on that era for food and drink inspiration: a retro wreath of pigs in blankets, topped with a bow; red and green cups of Jello (with or without holiday spirits) stacked in a Christmas tree-shaped tower; and so on.
5. Holiday pictures
Make a giant frame from cardboard and tin foil, accent it with Christmas lights and mistletoe and you've got an irresistible photo prop to commemorate the evening with. If you happen to have old holiday pictures of you and your family sporting ugly sweaters, be sure to display them.
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Sure, you could leave that cluttered room as a shrine to your college freshman, but wouldn't you love to use that space? Break the news to your kid gently, don't throw anything out without consulting them and keep some closet space open for when they come back to visit. Then consider one of these redecorating ideas for your empty nest.
1. Guest Room
A fresh coat of paint, new linens and the relocation of the trophy collection to the basement is sometimes all you need to repurpose a child's room into a guest-friendly bedroom.
2. Man Cave
Haul in the big screen and a mini fridge, swap the bed for a comfy couch and lounge chairs and you're ready for the big game. A pool or ping pong table could be a great addition to larger spaces.
3. Hobby Room
Finally, a practice room for your bluegrass band! Or a scrapbooking oasis where you can leave supplies out all the time. Bring in bright lights and a work table and you've got hobby heaven.
You'll be amazed how much space is in that bedroom once you get rid of the bed, dresser and desk. Install some full-length mirrors so you can check your form, buy rubber floor mats, set up the speakers and maybe a TV if you need encouragement from Jillian Michaels. Then get ready to sweat.
Replace your kid's furniture with an expansive desk, good lighting and some file cabinets and you're on your way to productivity
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You may still be picking your final tomatoes and enjoying the last flower blooms but it's time to take care for those pre-winter tasks that will help make next year's yard and garden even more lovely. Here's a list to hit before the snow starts falling.
1. Take care of those bald spots
Overseeding bald spots in the fall is like Rogaine for your lawn. Autumn's a good time for aerating, too.
2. Leave ornamental grass alone
Don't cut back the tops of ornamental grasses before early spring. The top growth helps insulate the root, keeping the source of next year's growth nice and snug.
3. Empty the tank
Store your mower with an empty tank over the winter. Have a bit of gas left? Mow over the leaves on your lawn for a natural mulch.
4. Speaking of mulch…
Mulching in fall can be even more beneficial for plants than doing it in spring. Spreading two to three inches of mulch around trees and shrubs helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during cold, dry winter months.
5. Maintain your hose and pipes
Drain your hoses and store them in the basement, shed or garage. Blow out your sprinkler system. Drain your water features. Stash watering cans, especially galvanized steel cans, indoors. Water left over the winter can freeze, expand and damage them all.
6. Put the tools to bed
Before storing your garden tools for the winter, clean them off and, if needed, sharpen them. Rub a bit of linseed oil into wooden handles to prevent cracking. When it's time to pull them out in the spring, you'll be ready to go.
A well-kept yard can increase the value of your home. Find out more ways to enhance your investment by talking to a Realtor.
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