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Hi all.

My father is planning a big open house at his home, for business associates and friends, and I will do the decorating.

I did the decorating for this event last year and used a "star" theme in white, gold and silver. I bought gold and opalescent star shaped dishes, star shaped lights to hang in the windows, and decorated his white tree in gold and silver star ornaments. I used a lit star tree topper nestled in greenery with mini lights for his mantle. I had fun flinging star shaped sparklers all over the tables (I was NOT on the clean-up crew!).

I will re-use all of the star ornaments this year, but I am hoping you all can help me solve the problem I gave up on last year -the table centrepiece. It is a cocktail party and he has a VAST table that will hold most of the food - what do I put in the centre that will go with this theme?

Any other ideas to expand on this theme would be appreciated - I would like to do the mantle differently for example.

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If you are looking for fillers for vases or bowls...the silver candy balls used in baking are great. I buy them at the bulk food store & fill whatever with them..;)

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Anonymous

Thanks for thinking of me. I have that flyer, and those are so cute I will buy some for the bartender to use if I can't come up with another purpose.

I do think pictures are in order. I will have to ask Dad though. Can you imagine that conversation?

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nice to see you too!!:) We've missed you! & Yes those are the tree toppers I was referring to..pretty aren't they? And for the price! I'm sure they could be worked into just about anything...now don't make us wait too long to see you around again;)

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Anonymous

I apologize for not contributing with ideas here. Everyone posts so fast, by the time I'm half way across the moore, the problem has been fixed and you're cleaning up after the party.

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Anonymous

I love these ideas! I have some beautiful glass bowls I can lend Daddio for floating candles, I will definitely look for stars to make wands, I will hit Superstore to check out the star tree toppers and I will absolutely work in those glass blocks! I have the "great" room area (dining room and living room), the loft (which will be the bar), the kitchen, the bathrooms and the entry to dress up, so I can definitely use a ton of ideas!

By the way, Kaillean - the caterer was very obliging last year and used lots of star fruit...it was so pretty!

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I thought I would pass along a neat idea for serving appetizers and cookies/ tarts/baked goods etc.

On a recent episode of cityline I noticed that one of the guest cooks displayed the fancy tarts she made on those glass blocks used for windows. I thought it was a fabulous idea as they looked like big cubes of ice. I am going to buy a few for displaying cookies etc. on our Christmas buffet table. The plain square or rectangle ones are only about $5- $6 each at HD or Rona. I bet they would look fantastic if there was some candles or mini lights close by to reflect off them. I think you could create a beautiful "icy" display on your buffet table. They could be refridgerated and would hold the cold for a short time too for appetizers that are best served cold. They would be so esy to wash up after too.

I also thought that for people who had ceramic Christmas village houses those blocks would work well to display them on to look like icy streets.

For anyone who doesn't know the blocks I mean, here is a pic...:)

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Anonymous

...awww that sounds so sweet!! I'll be eagerly anticipating mine!!

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Anonymous

Loblaws has brought in some very pretty stars, that are meant to be tree toppers...the topper part is a spiraled cone which would allow them to stand alone or be incorporated into an arrangement...they were nice & not expensive, I think around 4 or 6 dollars...

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In my younger days I may have been more decorative, but at this point it would be a little like using Gollum or Yoda as a centrepiece. My dad has invited people he actually likes, so I will stay off the tables. If you would care to come though, we would be glad to have you - perhaps in a star spangled bikini and matching high-heeled slippers?

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You get the crown of stars for that solution. Hmmmm, what if you all wore a crown of stars and huddled towards the center of the table, wouldn't that be a stunning idea???

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For the big "bar" table, I could do Decorguy's "bowl on a box", filled with dry ice and three big pillar candles, and then surround the "base" of the bowl with Mmcormi's tulle over mini-lights idea used for her Christmas tree skirt.

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How long does the dry ice "smoke"? How much do you use? I am thinking that this idea would be a fabulous one for the loft area, which is where we put the bar tables last year. I need to decorate that area too...

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I can put these ideas together and do two hurricanes (I love candles on the table), with greenery around them, and small stars intermingled in the greenery? I would need to start my search for small star shaped ornaments...

Would it be "too much" if I put some white "rice" mini-lights in the greenery?

Constance, there is a chanelier, and I did put some of that foil and star covered "curly wire" on it last year, but I think you are right, the chandelier should get more attention. I will want to somehow coordinate the chandelier with what is on the table.

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Anonymous

I love Hurricane glass containers. How about 2 hurricanes down the table with some star ornaments filled halfway, and a pillar candle?

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