So many of the parties I write about are big parties, so it was fun talking to party planner Chris Nease, owner of Celebrations at Home in Richmond, Virginia, about some of the smaller events she throws, and the creative things she comes up with to make her parties special.
She just put together a candy table for a preteen's birthday, and her inspiration... a shower curtain. She wanted to do something fall and fun, so when she saw the $16 red and brown shower curtain at Walmart she knew she was onto something. Using the colors as her guide, she included chocolate milk (in recycled Starbucks frappuccino bottles), chocolate bars, licorice, Whoppers, Hershey's kisses, and chocolate covered donuts. But the best part, it looked professional and fabulous and cost less than $150 for the whole shebang.