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A Paper Lantern Table Runner For Easter

These days there are so many options for decorating the dining table. Flowers are always a default for special occasions, but can be expensive and don’t last. This spring why not try a centerpiece that’s festive and full of personality.

Paper lanterns are usually limited to birthday parties, but they can also serve as a centerpiece for showers, weddings, or dinner parties and holidays. The key is to choose a lovely color palette. Choose a monochromatic color scheme or vibrant assortment of six as shown. Create a pattern arranging the colors in clusters of two or three. For a modern look, mix in black lanterns with spring colors. Choose a gradient or ombre pattern for a stylish look. Since these little paper decorations come in a vast variety of colors, you can really mix them up to your liking.

You can order small lanterns like these in bulk online at very inexpensive prices. What’s great is that they can collapse, store easily and can be recycled for the next occasion. The trickiest part is assembling the actual lantern with its metal frame. It’s definitely great to have an extra set of hands.

For assembling the table runner, there are just a few steps:

  1. Assemble all the paper lanterns by inserting the metal frame that props them open. Be careful not to puncture the paper.

  2. Start with the first lantern and tie a knot on its hook. Twine is very sturdy and easy to hide for the final arrangement.

  3. String the lanterns like beads, creating clusters of the same color so that the pattern is clearly visible.

  4. When completed tie a knot on the last lantern. Lay the runner of lanterns on the table. Some may need to be twisted, stacked or pushed together to achieve the right look. Add in fresh flowers or greens for an added spring feel. (Note: avoid candles as they can cause a fire hazard)

  5. Place a small fabric runner underneath the paper lanterns or try using a full tablecloth for a little bit of contrast.

There you have it, a simple centerpiece that is out of the ordinary for everyday or a particularly festive tabletop!

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This post is part of a Guest Contributor series. Visit Camille Simmons at her beautiful lifestyle blog, Planning Pretty.

10 Tips For An Intimate Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Valentine’s Day has become a showy and sometimes impersonal celebration of love. We all love a fancy dinner, jewelry or two-dozen roses, but sometimes it’s nice to celebrate in a simpler fashion. So instead, invite the one you love to a romantic breakfast at home. Waking up to the wonderful scent of fresh coffee, quiche or pastries is a wonderful way to show your love. You can prep the breakfast the day before with a simple trip to the grocery store. No running around the mall, scavenging for a gift with all the hectic shoppers. Click through the slideshow for a few tips on planning an intimate Valentine’s Day breakfast.

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This post is part of a new Guest Contributor series. Visit Camille Simmons at her beautiful lifestyle blog, Planning Pretty.

Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year’s Eve Bash

As the holiday entertaining season ensues, we couldn’t wait to share with you our latest feature for HGTV.com. A colorful New Year’s Eve bash thrown by my sister and stylist, Angela Belt, and I. In collaboration with photographer, Leon Shipp Belt, we captured an inspiring New Year’s Eve event for you, that sparkles.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

Letterpress cards in hot pink and cream, reflect our modern color palette of gold, black, white and pink.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

The table is covered in a glittering gold wrapping paper.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

For simple flower arrangements that pop, use bunches of pink roses.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

A few pieces from the Christmas holiday can also be integrated into your NYE decor. Striped vintage ornaments add a festive touch.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

Keep things sweet and light with a selection of mini desserts.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

For a modern touch, integrate fun plates in black and white stripes.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

A smile booth can be easily crafted using wrapping paper and some white balloons.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

Leftover bows from holiday wrapping also make the perfect silly headbands.

AphroChic: Designer Sisters Throw A Colorful New Year's Eve Bash. Photographed by Leon S. Belt.

See the entire party on HGTV.com!

Produced by: Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of AphroChic for HGTV.com

Stylist: Angela Belt

Photographer: Leon Shipp Belt